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An update on payment issues on UK construction projects

Our Autumn 2016 update includes news on the Prompt Payment Code and the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter as well as some guidance on the use of payment schedules....more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Provides (Another) Reason to Double-Check Your Payment Clauses

A recent ruling out of the First District Illinois Appellate Court makes one thing clear: contractors and subcontractors should pay close attention to payment clauses on all contract forms. In Beal Bank Nevada v. Northshore...more

Construction Contract Clauses That May or May Not Have Your Vote – Part 3

Scope, time and cost provisions may be the most important clauses in your construction contract but they’re not the only ones which can impact your bottom line. The third in a multi-part series, here are some other important...more

Worker’s Compensation Exclusivity Rule Gets “Trumped” by Indemnity Provision

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with the title. The next case, Aluma Systems Concrete Construction of California v. Nibbi Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the First District, Case No. A145734 (August 16, 2016),...more

Subcontractor Exception Torpedoes Insurers’ Defense To Faulty Workmanship Claim

As this blog has reported, a line of cases deciding coverage disputes over faulty workmanship runs against (or, at least, around) a basic rule for interpreting insurance policies. Under that rule, the scope of coverage is...more

Harsh Consequences for Contractor’s False Payment Certifications in Massachusetts

On most construction projects, a project owner will require the contractor to certify that it has fully paid each of its subcontractors as a condition to the owner making payment to the contractor. The purpose of these...more

Unpaid Subcontractors Beware

Alberta Court of Appeal confirms no duty to disclose existence of labour and material bond unless asked - Labour and material payment bonds (L&M Bonds) serve an important purpose on a construction project by providing...more

Title Insurance Treatment of Mechanic’s Liens

The “Homeowner Amendments” to Ohio Mechanic’s Lien law significantly limits the rights of subcontractors and suppliers to file mechanic’s liens against a homeowner’s property. These apply if the owner has paid the builder in...more

Broad “Assumption of Liability” Clause in Subcontract Likely Trumps “Waiver of Subrogation” Clause in Prime Contract

In a recent case handled by Bradley, a federal court in Maryland issued a decision attempting to reconcile inconsistent contract provisions. The general contractor said that its fire sprinkler subcontractor was...more

“Rip and Tear” Damage Remains Covered Under CGL Policy as “Accident”—for Now.

The Colorado Supreme Court has approved a settlement between the parties to an appeal of the 2012 Colorado Pool Systems v. Scottsdale Insurance Company Court of Appeals case, leaving that ruling intact. The ruling parses a...more

California Court Limits Recovery for General Contractors Relying on Subcontractor Bids

The court’s decision allows subcontractors to place unforgiving terms in their bids and gives them an ultimate out if general contractors do not agree to those terms. General contractors should pay attention to a...more

FAQ on the Limitations on Subcontracting New Rules

We recently held a live seminar and a webinar on the new Limitations on Subcontracting (“LOS”) rule. We reviewed the questions submitted during the sessions, and noticed that many of the same questions were being asked by...more

Minnesota Rewrites Construction Rules for Prompt Payment and Retainage

Minnesota has modified its prompt payment and retainage statute (Minn. Stat. 337.10). These revisions mean that many owners, contractors and subcontractors will have to revise the payment provisions of their construction...more

Federal Court in Maryland Denies Summary Judgment, Holding That Subcontract Provision Placing Responsibility for Property Damage...

Turner Constr. Co. v. BFPE Int’l, Inc., No. JKB-15-368, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39161 (D. Md. Mar. 25, 2016) - The University of Maryland Medical Center (“UMMC”) entered into a contract (the “Prime Contract”) with Turner...more

Subcontractor’s Failure to Strictly Comply With Notice Provision Costs $200,000

Whether you are an owner, contractor, subcontractor or supplier, you will want to read the rest of this post since it illustrates precisely what all those attorneys have been telling you for years: “Please, please, please...more

Top 7 Factors Affecting Labor Productivity Losses On A Construction Project

Construction labor is always in the news. Last month, I wrote an article for the Nashville Business Journal challenging industry leaders on how to respond to the shortage of skilled labor in the area. Recently, the U.S....more

Fed. Circ. Further Dulls CDA's Statute Of Limitations

A few years back, a string of decisions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims invoked the Contract Disputes Act’s six-year statute of limitations to dispose of several long-pending...more

Critical Amendments to Minnesota's Prompt Payment and Retainage Laws

The Minnesota legislature recently passed a bill significantly amending Minnesota's prompt payment statute. The revised statute specifically authorizes contractors and subcontractors of any tier to stop work if they are not...more

Subcontractor Not Entitled to Payment After Refusal to Perform Disputed Extra Work

In the hustle and bustle of completing a construction project it can be easy to overlook the importance of the contract.  However, when a dispute arises the contract generally dictates the outcome of that dispute.  A recent...more

Construction Subcontractor Settles FCA Allegations for $2.8 Million

A recent settlement illustrates the broad reach of the FCA and the substantial liability that “mere retention” of an overpayment can impose on contractors several steps removed from a government contract. The dispute...more

Your Invaluable Mechanic’s Lien Rights – Exercise Them!

The right to file a mechanic’s lien is established by state statute, allowing those providing work, services, materials or equipment to a construction project with additional valuable security in the event of non-payment of...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

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

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

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