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Court of Federal Claims Holds that Contractor’s Defense of Defective Specifications Is Not an Independent Claim Requiring...

Total Eng’g, Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. Claims LEXIS 30 (Fed. Cl. Jan. 26, 2015) - The United States Army Corps of Engineers (the “Government”) awarded a contract to Total Engineering, Inc. (“Total”) for preliminary...more

Anatomy of an Indemnity Provision - Construction Practice Newsletter

Indemnity clauses are one of the most negotiated (and litigated) provisions in a construction contract. - They’re also one of the least understood. - But we’re here to dissect it for you, so to speak. ...more

A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals - Construction Practice Newsletter

Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Case No. A134542 (December 13, 2012) – in which the California Court of Appeals...more

TOP TEN Construction Clauses - The “Work” Clause

This clause defines the scope of work in a construction project and the definition varies by source. For instance, American Institute of Architects Document A201-2007 defines "Work" as "construction and services required by...more

Letters of the Law: 'F' is for Fire Safety

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Achieving fire safety standards is paramount for the successful completion of many construction and engineering projects but what approval is needed, how does it affect the...more

Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages May Have Just Cost You More Than You Thought

Mechanics lien claims, payment bond claims, stop payment notice claims, delay claims, defect claims, abandonment claims . . . With the variety of claims unique to construction projects it’s easy to forget that...more

Construction Law Developments in 2015 Colorado Legislative Session

In the first two months of its 2015 session, the Colorado General Assembly has introduced two bills that could have a significant impact on construction law in Colorado....more

They Can’t Take That Away From Me. Well, At Least Not At First

Some of you may recall the George and Ira Gershwin song, They Can’t Take That Away From Me made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film, Shall We Dance. A recent amendment to a mechanic’s lien statute will limit...more

2014 A Busy Year for Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law: More New Changes Take Effect

When it comes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law (Lien Statute), the Pennsylvania legislature was quite active in 2014. In July, Governor Corbett signed into law certain changes to the Lien Statute affecting residential...more

Delay and Disruption Claims: Big Impacts on Your Bottom Line

“Time is money” in construction. Owners, design professionals and contractors use time to calculate the impact of lost performance. Yet delay and disruption can be commonplace in construction projects. The reasons for the...more

Payment Clauses In Construction Contracts - The Importance Of Serving Notices

An employer's failure to serve the correct payment notices (a payment notice or pay less notice) under a construction contract can result in the contractor being entitled to all sums being claimed by him in his application...more

Tips for Suspending Work for Non-Payment without Getting Fired

All work and no pay making you crazy? A temporary suspension of work may be an appropriate self-help remedy for an owner’s or contractor’s non-payment. Although termination of the contract for the material breach of...more

Utah Clarifies Lien Amounts and Bonding Requirements

The Utah Supreme Court recently clarified that the only permissible amounts to claim under Utah’s mechanic lien statutes are those “equivalent to the value of the services rendered, labor performed, or materials or equipment...more

Insurance Review (Australia) - February 2015

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: - The Financial System Inquiry - Insurance Reform In The UK - CYBER: - Top Five Privacy And Cyber Predictions, Trends And Issues Impacting Insurers In 2015 And...more

Under Construction - March 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of our Under Construction newsletter. There have been some interesting legal changes that have taken place recently with the potential to significantly impact the construction...more

Full Federal Court Cleans Up the Mess on Light Brownfields Enterprise Agreements

The Full Court of the Federal Court (Court) has handed down its decision in Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v John Holland Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 16 (24 February 2015) which clarifies the approval process for...more

Analysis: Prevailing Party In Jury Trial Finds Uncertainty In Remedies Available Under Pennsylvania Contractor And Subcontractor...

Since 1994, Pennsylvania law has provided enhanced remedies for prevailing in a payment dispute arising out of a construction project. The prevailing party in a recent jury trial discovered uncertainty in the precise...more

Zachry Construction Corp.: The End to Indemnity for Exemplary Damages?

In August 2014, the Texas Supreme Court decided Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex.). While the case involves construction issues—and specifically the enforceability...more

Virginia General Assembly Addresses Fourth Circuit Decision to Uphold Statutory Cap on Recovery by Public Works Contractors for...

In Carnell Construction Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 745 F.3d 703 (2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court’s ruling that, without government approval,...more

Letters of the Law: 'E' is for Express Terms

Contract terms are not always in black and white. Express terms are those which are specifically agreed between the parties. In a written contract 'express' terms are those written on the pages of the contract. However,...more

Does the 72-Hour Rule Allow a Contractor in Maryland to Fix a Mistake in its MBE Participation Schedule After Bid Opening?

A recent Maryland Board of Public Works meeting addressed whether the state has flexibility in applying minority business enterprise (MBE) regulatory requirements in State contracts....more

War (and Construction Scheduling) is Hell?

On February 26, 2015, Roy Cooper of Arcadis and I reprised our popular Workshop for the University of Hartford’s Construction Institute, “Managing Legal Exposures.” One of the slides in our presentation quotes a wise jurist...more

Give Way or Yield? The jurisdiction of your contract does matter! (Law note)

Have you ever been to England? If so, you’ve likely seen their version of our “Yield” sign– the “Give Way” sign. It is a bit jarring to those from this side of the “big pond”....more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Protecting Your Company From Misrepresentation Claims Through Contractual Exculpatory Clauses [Video]

Watch an in-depth Bilzin Sumberg Homebuilder Series webinar that discusses protecting your company from misrepresentation claims through contractual exculpatory clauses. This seminar discusses the case of Duggan, LLC v....more

New York Appellate Division Holds That Subcontractor’s Failure to Give Cure Notice Before Stopping Work Did Not Bar Recovery...

U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Koko Contracting, Inc., No. 518611, 2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 600 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 22, 2015) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed judgment in favor of a...more

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