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Architects May Use Electronic Seals in Connecticut

A post about a remarkable technological leap in the construction industry would hardly be news. The advances we’ve witnessed over the last few decades have been (and continue to be) revolutionary. But some steps ‘forward’...more

Recent Developments in Retrofit Liability of Publicly Accessible Properties

If you own or invest in an older, publicly accessible property that does not comply with new regulations, you may be at risk of substantial liability. Retrofitting older properties to comply with new legal requirements and...more

“If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to Construction Contract Bidding

In Otis Elevator Co. v. W.G.Yates & Sons Construction Co., 589 Fed. Appx. 953; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20214 (11th Cir. 2014), a subcontractor installed a series of escalators for an airport expansion project and sued the...more

Maximizing Project Success—A New Guide for Owners

Those of us who work in the design and construction industry have a good idea of what drives a successful project. In short, we see a successful project as one that finishes on time and within the budget. Common sense...more

Cybersecurity for Contractors and Design Professionals

Data breaches and the resulting havoc for companies that must deal with them are all over the news. While most construction industry businesses do not handle large amounts of consumer data, you cannot simply ignore...more

Changes to Florida's Construction Defect Notice Statute

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new bill that changes Florida's construction defect notice statute, effective October 1, 2015. Changes to the Florida statute include: (I) an amendment to section 558.001, revising...more

Arizona State Legislature Expands Prompt Payment to Design Professionals on Public Works Projects

Arizona law has long protected the rights of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to prompt payment. However, all such protections have not extended to design professionals. For example, in 2013, the Arizona Court of...more

Under Construction - June 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the summer edition of our Under Construction newsletter. In this issue, we highlight several hot topic items affecting the construction industry such as what happens when the...more

Construction Corner: Selecting an Architect for Your School Construction Project

Last week, we discussed the importance of evaluating the capabilities of your initial project team to assess the need for a third party project manager. This week we will focus on selecting the architect who will best serve...more

Construction Lien Law: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company [Video]

Presented by Tobey Coleman and Emily Yeatts This webinar provides an overview of North Carolina’s construction lien laws and how they apply to and impact each party involved in a typical construction project – owners and...more

Connecticut Legislature Introduces Bill that Would Subject the State to a Statute of Limitations in Claims Against Design...

The Connecticut Legislature recently introduced a bill that would subject the State to a ten year statute of repose for claims against design professionals for defective design and/or administration of construction projects....more

Playing with House Money: Fifth Circuit Holds that Home Designs Can Constitute Advertisements

Insurers – who bear the burden of crafting unambiguous policy language defining the contours of coverage – constantly face difficulty in attempting to predict unexpected liability. And sometimes, Courts can make this job far...more

Newly Revised Arizona Purchaser Dwelling Act Changes Rules for Construction Defect Claims

When the Arizona Legislature enacted the Purchaser Dwelling Act (the "Act") in 2002, it imposed various pre-litigation notice and inspection requirements on purchasers and homeowners’ associations before they could file a...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

Insurance Recovery Law - March 2015

New York Federal Court Rejects Insurer’s Request for Recoupment - Why it matters: The federal court, applying New York law, held that an energy drink manufacturer’s advertising coverage claim—arising from underlying...more

Design Professional Liens: A Blueprint

If you work in the construction industry in California you’re likely familiar with mechanics liens. But there’s one other type of lien available on construction projects in California: The design professional...more

Florida Appeals Court Holds Contractor and Engineering Firm Entitled to Summary Judgment on Personal Injury Claim Where Owner...

The Florida Department of Transportation (“DOT”) hired Transportation Engineering, Inc. (“TEI”) to design, and D.A.B. Constructors, Inc. (“DAB”) to install, median guardrails along the Florida Turnpike. After the...more

Ober|Kaler Construction Attorneys Author Maryland Section of 50-State Survey of Licensure Requirements for Architectural and...

Joseph C. Kovars and Christopher C. Dahl of Ober|Kaler's Construction Group recently authored the Maryland section of a 50-state survey of licensure requirements for architectural and engineering firms. The survey has been...more

It Takes One to Confront One in a Professional Liability Claim

Would an architect by any other name smell as sweet? The answer is no when it comes to authoring an affidavit of merit in New Jersey. A recent case made clear that an affidavit from a professional licensed in a different...more

Copyright in House Plans

A couple, the Ecklunds, approached Oakcraft Homes, a custom home-builder. Based on their discussions, Oakcraft prepared a house plan and gave a copy of the plan to the Ecklunds. The couple later took that plan to a rival home...more

AIA Construction Contract Issues: An Owner’s Perspective

MANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE DOCUMENTED USING AIA FORMS. These forms focus on issues concerning the architect and contractor. It is in the owner’s interest to protect itself by negotiating the key provisions in the...more

Recent Developments in California Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law - Liability for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals - This year, California courts decided a variety of cases with important relevance to...more

The Need for Homebuilder Vigilance About Copyrights

Are homebuilders as vigilant as they should be in protecting their intellectual property rights — including the copyrights that qualifying architectural drawings and structures receive automatically as a matter of law, even...more

Real Estate Tip: Risky Risk Allocation

Landlords and tenants spend a good deal of time deciding how to share risk, how to insure against it, and whether or not to provide indemnities with respect to it. When the leased premises is a place of public accommodation,...more

New York Court Revisits Architect’s Duty Under Contract and Tort Principles

Issues of privity and whether claims sound in breach of contract or negligence are common in construction defect cases involving architects and New York is no exception. Indeed, New York courts have long wrestled with...more

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