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Design-Build Contractors Get Ready to Go Back to School

For bid requests issued on or after July 1, 2016, California school districts, with approval of their governing board, Schoolmay procure design-build contracts for projects in excess of $1M, awarding the contract to either...more

Residential Builders Prevail in Illinois Supreme Court Decision, Also Benefiting Homebuyers

The Illinois Supreme Court’s May 19 decision in Fattah v. Bim represents a significant victory for residential construction companies and will also benefit homebuyers. In its decision, the Court unanimously defined a common...more

Lead Paint and Drinking Water in Maine – Now Under Even More Scrutiny: Important news for owners of residential and child care...

Lead paint is a well-known problem for older homes, and lead in residential drinking water from historic plumbing is also a recognized issue in Maine. Lead can be a serious problem if children or pregnant women are exposed at...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

How to Lose Your Contractor’s License in 90 Days (or Less)

Did you know that California’s Contractors’ State License Law, Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 7000 et seq., requires licensees to report various information to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) “within 90 days” of the...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: The Owner in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Construction Manager

Industry leaders agree that the economy has turned the corner and private construction projects are on the uptick.  Banks have eased lending requirements and there is more private equity money on the streets.  Inexperienced...more

Public Owner Recovers Liquidated Damages Even After Terminating Contractor for Convenience

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  That’s no fun!  Why even get the cake if you are not allowed to eat it?  Recently, a court held that a public owner could have both a termination for convenience, as well as...more

Owners and Developers Beware: Federal Law Preempts Your Remedies Against Design Professionals for ADA Violations

Recent years have seen a proliferation of lawsuits against building owners and businesses for violation of the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Not only restaurants, but also hotels,...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

Do No-Damage-for-Delay Clauses Bar Acceleration Claims?

Time is money in construction, and project delays can cause contractors to incur substantial additional costs. To avoid responsibility for paying these costs, project owners often include a no-damage-for-delay (NDFD) clause...more

Attention Home Improvement Contractors: CA Bill Singles Out Solar Contractors

California Assembly Bill 2699 (Gonzalez) is a bill to watch if you are a home improvement contractor that solarinstalls solar energy systems or, for that matter, a contractor in California. AB 2699 would, among other things,...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

Electrical contractor fined $537,500 after death of resident from faulty electrical work

An electrical contractor has been hit with a huge fine after its faulty electrical work led to a resident’s death. The contractor had installed an in-floor heating system in the bathroom of a home. The resident, an...more

CSLB Joint Venture Licenses – Providing Contractors With The Means To Expand Their Businesses

California’s Business and Professions Code requires contractors to be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”). The CSLB issues licenses in 44 different classifications which are separated into three...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19408 - NPC Offices, LLC v. Kowaleski - In this case, the Supreme Court reversed the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court had agreed with the Trial Court that a driveway...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

Contractor loses lawsuit against city for alleged breaches of OHSA’s asbestos-disclosure rules

A construction contractor has lost its bid for damages from a city, relying on a little-used section of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act that permits contractors to sue a building owner for damages for failing...more

Insurance Producer Had No Duty to Review Insured's Application for Replacement Coverage and Explain the Application to the Insured

Professional Lines Alert - Office Furnishings, Ltd. v. A.F. Crissie & Co., No. 1-14-1724 (Illinois Appellate Court, 1st Dist. December 16, 2015) - Plaintiff was the occupant of a warehouse/office space where a...more

Construction due diligence: Sooner is always better than later

Non-payment of receivables is an ongoing problem for contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers notwithstanding the strength or weakness of the economy. Having knowledge of one’s alternative available legal remedies...more

CBCA Expands its Approval of Subcontractors’ “Sponsored” Claims

Typically, a subcontractor cannot appeal a Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) claim to the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“CBCA”) because the subcontractor lacks privity of contract with the government. However, the...more

Williams Mullen Construction Industry Newsletter - Spring 2016

2016 begins with the issuance of this Construction Industry Newsletter, our fifth. In this issue, we have articles on vapor intrusion, liability for project design, enforcement of mechanic’s lien and bond waiver clauses, and...more

The Glass Is Half Full – Proceed With Cautious Optimism

Last month, the New England Real Estate Journal published an article by Rebecca Nolan touting an awakening of growth in the Connecticut region. In her article, Ms. Nolan reminds us that our Yankee perseverance has seen us...more

The DIR Calls Timeout On Its New Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a follow-up notice to public works contractors and agencies to clarify the DIR's current enforcement of its Electronic Certified Payroll (eCPR)...more

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