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Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

New Harbor Bridge Set to Launch

On September 28, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation and Flatiron/Dragados, LLC (Developer) entered into a comprehensive development agreement (Agreement) for the Harbor Bridge Replacement Project in Corpus Christi...more

Negligent Misrepresentation Standard Shifts in Contractor’s Favor with Pennsylvania Appellate Ruling

Contractors and subcontractors who are aggrieved by erroneous information on construction documents may have an easier time proving an architect or other design professional made a negligent misrepresentation that harmed them...more

Fixing Your Mistakes: Henia Investments v Beck Interiors

Since 2011, Employer and Contractors have been living with the payment regime prescribed by the updated Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. This regime amounts to strict liability for the payer – if...more

New Rules Make Construction Arbitration More Attractive

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) implemented new Construction Industry Arbitration Rules this past summer. The changes eliminate certain gaps or ambiguities in the old rules, create some additional tools with which...more

Court of Appeal Opens Pandora’s Box on Definition of “Contractor” for Forum Selection Clauses

In Vita Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc. v. HKS Architects, Inc. (“Vita Planning”), the First Appellate District held California’s Code of Civil Procedure section 410.42 (“Section 410.42”) which prohibits an...more

Construction E-Note - September 2015

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires and issues licenses for entities and individuals to qualify to construct improvements to real property in Florida. Generally speaking, an out-of-state...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

Size Your Project Up: Developing a Tailored RFP Can Lead to More Effective Procurements, Successful Projects and Fewer Protests

Gone is the day when public agencies only have one option — the traditional design-bid-build construction delivery method — for procuring a contractor for a public construction project. Instead, there is an increased...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

Construction & Engineering Alert - September 2015

Interpreting the payment provisions in construction contracts: clarification and guidance provided by the TCC To be effective, an application for payment needs to be free from ambiguity. It should state the sum...more

Citing Erosion of the Privity Doctrine, California Court Permits Homeowner to Pursue Subcontractor for Damages Despite Lack of...

The California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, recently held that a building materials supplier owed a duty to a homeowner despite a lack of privity between the two. In Prince v. Thompson Building Materials, 2015...more

The Buck Stops Over There: Have Indemnitors Become the Insurers of First and Last Resort?

Insurance and indemnity are the primary risk management strategies on construction projects. Insurance, such as commercial general liability insurance, insures against third party claims for bodily injury and property damage,...more

Construction and Engineering Toolkit: Insuring Existing Buildings in Which and Next to Which Construction Work is to Take Place

This construction guide covers: -JCT contracts in real estate development -Minimum energy standards for letting buildings -Construction work adjacent to existing structures -Insuring the existing...more

Letters of the Law: 'R' is for Retention

Contractors in Qatar are usually required to stump up an enormous 30% of the contract sum in security to the employer. This is more onerous than in most jurisdictions, and reflects the buying power of the client but also the...more

AAA Revises Construction Arbitration Rules

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (“Rules”) as of July 1, 2015. Many of the changes are designed to streamline the arbitration process,...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

What are the three most important risk-shifting provisions contractors and subcontractors should be concerned about?

“No damages for delay” clauses: “No damages for delay” clauses allocate the risks of project delays and disruptions between the owner and contractor. Oftentimes, these clauses preclude a contractor from recovering...more

When Contract Forms Cause Unintended Consequences

Inclusion of unrevised Standard AIA contract forms in your construction agreements can cause serious unintended consequences. A case decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, Bd. of Comm’rs. Cty of Jefferson v. Teton Corp., 30...more

Construction & Engineering Toolkit: The Construction Industry Tax Deduction Scheme (CIS) - August 2015

In This Issue: The Construction Industry Tax Deduction Scheme (CIS) The Construction Industry Scheme (or CIS, as it is more commonly known) is a tax deduction scheme. It concerns construction work and...more

11th Circuit Finds a Covered “Occurrence” Under CGL Policy For Damages Resulting From Contractor’s Faulty Work and Rejects...

In Pennsylvania National Mutual Insurance Company v. St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 790 F.3d 1173 (11th Cir. 2015), a judgment was obtained by the Parish (a Catholic Church) against Kiker Corporation (“Kiker”), which was...more

Saul Ewing Top Ten Construction Clauses: Substantial Completion

Substantial completion is described in AIA Document A201™-2007 as “the stage in the progress of the Work when the Work or designated portion thereof is substantially complete in accordance with the Contract Documents so that...more

Letters of the Law: 'Q' is for Quality

Quality can be difficult to describe and equally difficult to deliver. To what quality does a contractor have to deliver construction works by law? How is that measured? As with many aspects of construction and...more

Four Common Construction Contracts

Like Baskin Robins, construction contracts come in a variety of different flavors although, thankfully, significantly fewer than 31 flavors. Here are four of the most common types of construction contracts between project...more

American Arbitration Association Revises Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently revised its Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures (Rules). The revised Rules, which took effect on July 1, 2015, are intended to provide a more efficient and...more

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