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Robinson+Cole’s construction lawyers worked on many significant and unique projects across the country worth billions of dollars in construction value in recent months. Our clients are owners, designers, and contractors, and...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Enforceable School District’s Oral Promise to Pay Subcontractor for Returning to Job after...

Zacherl, Inc. v. Flaherty Mechanical Contractors, LLC, 131 A.3d 1030, 2016 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 6, 2016) - The West Allegheny School Board (the “School Board”) voted to approve the School District’s (the...more

Three Rules for Every Change on Every Construction Project

A construction contract without a changes clause is like a boat without a captain. The boat will never reach its destination, and the construction project will never reach proper completion. The changes clause protects owners...more

Obligation to Perform Work and Incur Costs Under Construction Contract is a Section 752 Liability

In a recently issued Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201608001), the IRS determined that a taxpayer-partnership’s obligation to perform work and incur costs under a long-term construction contract constituted a partnership...more

Exceptions to the temporary finality of interim payment certificates and the architect’s role in enforcement proceedings - A case...

The issue before the Court of Appeal was whether an employer could establish any exceptions in clause 31(13) of the Singapore Institute of Architects Articles and Conditions of Building Contract (“SIA Conditions”) to...more

Consideration of Force Majeure in Construction Contracts

Before entering into a construction contract, consider how force majeure events are evolving in today’s world. Have you looked the risk of climate change causing more frequent unusual or severe weather? What about the...more

Sixth Circuit’s Rejection of Taint Damages Theory in False Claims Act Case Reinforces that Value-Received May Substantially Offset...

In False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the Department of Justice and, where the government has declined to intervene, qui tam plaintiffs, routinely pursue aggressive damages theories. In its recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Wall...more

To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? That is the Question

It’s been the fodder of debate of philosophers, academics and the rest of us for ages: - Do we have free will or are our actions predetermined and the result of preceding events? - Are human beings...more

Yet Another Trap for the Unwary : Forum Selection – Don’t Get Dragged Across the Country

Recently I came across an article that led me to a case that dealt with the seemingly innocuous and often perfunctory forum selection clause. In the case (Liddell Bros. v. Impact Recovery Sys., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36258...more

California’s Prompt Payment Laws: Just Because an Owner Has Changed Course Doesn’t Mean It’s Changed Course on Previous Payments

We’ve written before about California’s prompt payment laws which are designed to help contractors get paid in a timely and orderly fashion, which is always nice, right?...more

Proceed Wisely, Ninja Contractor, Because Suing Your DOT May Have Limitations

No self-respecting Ninja goes into battle without a plan, right? You need to know your environment, your opponent and the rules of the battle. For you Ninja contractors, it’s a good thing to fully understand your potential...more

How to Protect Yourself Against Surprise Parties to Contracts

If a party breaches a contract, under classic contract law, typically only the parties to the agreement have the right to enforce its terms. Yet courts are increasingly granting third parties the right to enforce a contract,...more

Limitations of Liability – Scenario 3: Pay if Paid and Flow Through Clauses

I suppose that it is apropos that I have been delayed in writing this final piece in the four-part Limitations of Liability series, relating to subcontract pay if paid and flow through clauses. Being more than one step...more

Arbitration vs. Litigation: The Great Debate

Many of the “form” commercial construction contracts (e.g., AIA forms) contain “dispute resolution” clauses proposing binding arbitration as opposed to courtroom litigation. Most U.S. courts, faced with the number of cases...more

Can Active Interference by Owner Invalidate A No Damages for Delay Clause? Sometimes.

In C and H Electric, Inc. v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a Contractor’s claims against a Town for delay damages could not overcome the “no damages for delay” clause because...more

Contractual Liquidated Damages Update 3.0

Several editions ago, we published an article relating to the Boone Coleman v. Village of Piketon case, which struck down a $278,000 liquidated damages award for construction delays because the amount was disproportionately...more

One Word Makes All The Difference – The Distinction Between “Pay If Paid” and “Pay When Paid” Clauses

Payment clauses in California construction contracts are often complex and multi-layered. This is especially true in contracts between general contractors and their subcontractors. The general does not want to pay the subs...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Spring 2016

Spearin Lite? The Limited Implied Warranty in a Construction Management at Risk Project - We are all familiar with the Spearin doctrine: In the classic design-bid-build project delivery system, an owner furnishes...more

Finding “Common Ground” in a Site Conditions Clause

I recently attended an ABA conference in Newark, New Jersey in which the theme was “Finding Common Ground in Drafting and Negotiating Design Clauses” in construction contracts. One of the speakers presented a segment...more

Issues for consideration: EPC contracts and technology licenses in petrochemical projects

In petrochemical projects, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are often negotiated after the technology licenses have been negotiated between the technology licensors and the project...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: V. Surety and Bond Issues: The relationship between trust and lien claims under Provincial...

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, per Rothstein, J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (“Dominion”) was the general contractor of a football...more

OCIP Liability Insurer Required to Indemnify Florida Contractor for $23M in Property Damage Arising Out of Defective Subcontractor...

Pavarini Construction Co. v. Ace American Insurance Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151247 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 29, 2015) - This action arose out of a construction project to build a 63-story luxury condominium tower located in...more

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING BRIEFING: Payment provisions in construction contracts: relief for employers? - Harding v Paice [2015]

In the case of Harding trading as MJ Harding Contractors v Paice and another [2015] EWCA Civ 1231(18 November 2015) the Court of Appeal (CoA) agreed that despite failing to issue a valid pay less notice and being ordered by...more

Litigation Update - March 8, 2016

On 12 February 2016, the Supreme Court held in its decision in Tzaneros Investments Pty Limited v Walker Group Constructions Pty Limited [2016] NSWSC 50 (Tzaneros v WGC) that the first respondent, Walker Group Constructions...more

Under Construction - March 2016

Welcome to the first edition of our Under Construction newsletter for 2016. Indemnity laws and clauses are a big part of construction contracts. They can make or break a project. Defend and indemnify obligations have the...more

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