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OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

Blink and You'll Miss It - NSW Defect Bond Scheme Postponed and Email Service Gets the Green Light under the NSW SOP Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The NSW Parliament has today passed the Electronic Transactions Legislation Amendment (Government Transactions) Bill 2017 (the Bill). The Bill has broad reaching implications for many participants in the building and...more

Get your ducks in a row if you want to challenge an adjudicator's decision

by Dentons on

To err is human and, soon after the Construction Act was enacted, the courts sensibly recognised that a "slip rule" could be implied in adjudications to allow adjudicators to correct minor clerical and typographical errors in...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Despite ‘Known Damage’ Exclusion Insurer Had Duty Under Oregon Law to Indemnify and Defend Contractor...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Alkemade v. Quanta Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6896 (9th Cir. Apr. 20, 2017) - In 1994, Adrianus and Rachelle Alkemade (the “Alkemades”) bought a house from Meltebeke Built Paradise Homes (“Meltebeke”). The home was...more

Do Minnesota Municipalities Have the Authority to Source Public Works Contracts Using the Construction Manager at Risk Delivery...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Recently, at least two experienced attorneys, one who represents contractors and the other who primarily represents public authorities, have published position papers opining whether Minnesota municipalities have the power...more

“Controlling Employer” Doctrine Reviewed and Vacated by OSHRC Law Judge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an interesting outcome, an OSHRC Administrative Law Judge recently vacated a citation to an alleged “controlling employer” based on 5th Circuit precedent – despite being contrary with OSHA policy and...more

A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

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In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

City of Los Angeles Releases Draft Hollywood Community Plan Update

On June 13, 2017, the City of Los Angeles released its new Hollywood Community Plan (“Plan”) draft. The current plan dates back to 1988. In 2012, the City adopted an update to the community plan that was subsequently...more

Safety Agency Applies Federal Law To Bar Employer Safety Violation Citation - Agency’s Application of 5th Circuit Appeals Court...

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The federal agency that reviews OSHA safety violation cases, also known as the OSH Review Commission, recently adopted the decision of one of its Administrative Law Judges who applied 5th Circuit precedent to reject a safety...more

Arizona Lien, Payment Bond, and Stop Notice Summary Guidelines

by Jaburg Wilk on

Preliminary Lien Notices - “Prelims” should always be given (usually necessary for perfecting lien, bond and stop notice claims) Send within twenty (20) days of first day materials/labor furnished (“20-day...more

Emergency Rule on School Construction Allows Planned Projects to Go Forward

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The 2015 Michigan Building Code, which became effective in April 2017, requires public schools to construct storm shelters capable of accommodating every occupant of a school building in the event of high winds or a tornado....more

A License to Sue: Appellate Court Upholds Condition of Statute that a Contracting Party Must Hold a Valid Contractor’s License to...

California Business & Professions Code section 7031(a) requires a party to have contractor’s license in order to maintain an action for compensation for services performed for which a contractor’s license is needed. In...more

Missouri Repeals Prevailing Wage Law In Government Contracting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed into law legislation generally forbidding public entities from requiring union wage rates be paid on public construction projects. The legislation, signed into law on May 30,...more

Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases

by Jones Day on

Since late last year, there have been several major decisions from Australia's highest courts on important issues for stakeholders in the construction, mining and infrastructure industries. Below, we provide a summary. Some...more

Risk is More Than Just a Board Game: A Guide to Performance Bonds

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Although other forms of security are possible to secure performance of a construction contract, corporate surety performance bonds remain the construction contract guarantee of choice for owners in both public and private...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

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Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Developer bonds and defect inspection regime postponed again

by Dentons on

The NSW Government has again postponed the commencement of the new developer bond and defect inspection regime under Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (Act). The regime was proclaimed to commence on 1 July...more

2017 and the West Virginia Legislature - The Year of the Employer

The 2017 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature saw several changes in laws relevant to employers. Changes of interest to employers include the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act, Second Chance for Employment Act,...more

Minnesota Legislature Modifies its Condominium Construction Defect Law

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Condominium construction in Minnesota has dramatically slowed since its peak from 2003 through 2006. Most developers have elected to build apartments instead of condominiums. This imbalance has been partly driven by the...more

SB-30 and its Implications for Doing Public Work Construction for the State of California – Another Risk to Manage

by Snell & Wilmer on

Summary of SB-30 - Senate Bill 30 California-Mexico Border: Federally Funded Infrastructure (“SB-30”) was introduced on December 5, 2016 by Democrat Senator Ricardo Lara, who is its primary sponsor. SB-30 is an act to add...more

Construction Advisory: Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Developer’s Right to Consent to Removal of Mandatory Arbitration Provision...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court gave developers and contractors another reason to consider jumping back into the condominium construction market. By upholding the Colorado Court of Appeals decision in the Vallagio...more

When completion is not quite complete - Thabula Trade & Invest 3 (Pty) Ltd v. Ruwacon (Pty) Ltd and Others

by Dentons on

The High Court of South Africa considered a dispute on the interpretation of retention clauses in two subcontracts. The court provided much needed guidance on the approach to be taken where subcontracts do not contain time...more

Trump’s Infrastructure Weak

This past week was President Trump’s “Infrastructure Week.” A week dedicated, according to the White House’s official blog, “to addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure” and to try to build support for the President’s...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges? – Part 2

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this post, which is the second segment of a three-part series, we will highlight the various ways that local governments facing fiscal challenges have turned to imposing fees related to the administration of their zoning,...more

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