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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

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

Burn Notice: Why Strict Compliance with Notice Requirements is Critical

Compliance with notice provisions in contracts is often a threshold question for courts when evaluating contract claims. In Contractors Edge, Inc. v. City of Mankato, the Minnesota Court of Appeals addressed such a...more

Agreements to Arbitrate Are Simple, Right?

The construction industry has been a leader in the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. In the past 30 years, it is fair to say that arbitration has outpaced litigation as the dominant method of dispute resolution. The...more

Construction E-Note - March 2016

Flint, Michigan’s problems with lead in its drinking water have been well documented, and this has prompted reports of similar problems detected in other communities, even though these are apparently not as extensive as the...more

Contractors: Do You Have a Cell Phone Policy? Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Smart phones and tablets are now commonplace on the construction job site.  Are your cell phone policies as outdated as the original the flip phones that you issued to your employees? Do you even have a cell phone policy?...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

If You Settle Your Construction Dispute, Have You Really Settled It?

Just this weekend, after breaking up a Minecraft dispute among four my young children, I sent them back to the world of digital building. Within minutes, they were fighting again. Makes you wonder about whether whether you...more

Expert Troubles? Look No Further Than to Sir Isaac Newton

Experts. Love ’em. Hate ’em. But you need ’em. Particularly in complex litigation matters, including, many construction cases....more

Resolving UK construction disputes

Our construction disputes briefing highlights litigation, arbitration and ADR developments and is aimed at in-house lawyers in the construction industry. For more information on any of the topics below, please contact one of...more

To Be or Not to Be in Arbitration? That is the Question

Arbitration has become a very common and effective way to resolve construction disputes in lieu of traditional litigation, and it is easy to understand why: - The parties can select arbitrators with construction...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Arbitration Timelines

This decision explains the timelines for seeking to vacate an arbitration award. It illustrates that an arbitration proceeding has its own rules that the parties better understand or lose their rights....more

[Event] Construction Liens: Understand the Complexities; Protect Your Interest - Jan. 13th, Grand Rapids, MI

Please join us to learn about the Michigan Construction Lien Act and other important laws affecting the construction industry. Learn how to use the lien act to secure payment for your work and avoid common...more

New York Commercial Division to Tighten Eligibility Requirements For Two Categories of Disputes

Parties and counsel involved in disputes arising out of domestic arbitrations or home improvement contracts soon will have to clear heightened eligibility requirements before being able to proceed in the Commercial Division...more

Inside The New Complex Business Litigation Program For The New Jersey Superior Court

After years and years of discussion and debate, the New Jersey Supreme Court, by Order of Chief Justice Rabner, has implemented a state-wide Complex Business Litigation Program (the “Program”) designed to address the...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

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

11th Circuit to decide whether construction defect notice under Florida repair statute is a “suit”

Recently, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida addressed what constitutes a “suit” within the context of Florida’s right-to-repair procedure for construction defect disputes. In Altman...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Summer 2015

Construction Lawyering in the U.K. and U.S.: Contrasts and Similarities - Introduction - There are important differences between the American and British styles of lawyering, but there is also much common...more

Eastern District of Texas Rules that Insurer’s Delayed Acceptance of the Duty to Defend Constitutes a Breach of that Duty

In Yowell v. Seneca Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 WL 4575450, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98719 (E.D.Tex., Jul. 28, 2015), the Eastern District of Texas ruled that an insurer’s unexplained, 140-day delay in agreeing to defend its...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

Letters of the Law: 'M' is for Mediation

Mediation as a concept is not new in the Middle East but its use as a dispute resolution solution in construction disputes is very much in its infancy. Internationally Mediation is a well-known dispute resolution process and...more

US District Court in New York Holds Owner’s Interference Bars Claim that Contractor Breached By Abandoning Project

NYU Hosps. Ctr. v. HRH Constr. LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31967 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2015) - NYU Hospitals Center (“NYU”) hired HRH Construction LLC (“HRH”) to renovate NYU’s radiology center. HRH entered into...more

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