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Pennsylvania’s New “State Construction Notices Directory” and the Implementation of Significant Changes to Pennsylvania’s...

Important changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law recently took effect on December 31, 2016, with the launch of an online State Construction Notices Directory. These amendments to the Mechanics’ Lien Law (which were...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

Kentucky Appellate Court Holds That a Contractor May Pursue Claim of Negligent Misrepresentation Against Architect Despite Lack of...

D.W. Wilburn, Inc. v. K. Norman Berry Assocs., No. 2015-CA-001254-MR, 2016 Ky. App. Lexis 206 (Ky. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2016) - This case arose out of a construction project in which the Oldham County Board of Education...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Establishes New Six-Factor Test for Determining Joint Employment under the FLSA

On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit established a new six-factor test to determine whether two or more entities are joint employers for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). ...more

Tightening the Screws: Fourth Circuit Establishes New Test for Evaluating Joint Employment Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards...

On January 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued two opinions which serve to clarify and expand the circumstances under which entities may...more

It's Official: PA Construction Notices Directory Is Up and Running

By now, you have probably heard enough from us about the new changes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. If a newsletter article and several blog posts were not enough, here is one more reminder that the long-anticipated...more

Virginia Supreme Court Holds That Subcontractors Did Not Waive Statute of Limitations, With The Result That The General Contractor...

Hensel Phelps Constr. Co. v. Thompson Masonry Contractor, Inc., et. al., No. 151780, 2016 Va. LEXIS 166 (Va. Nov. 3, 2016) - The dispute arose from the construction of a student health and fitness center at Virginia...more

Dangers When a Contractor Agrees to Indemnify or Name an Architect/Engineer as an Additional Insured on an Insurance Policy

Contractors are often required to contractually indemnify and defend owner's engineers and architects, and include them as additional insureds on liability insurance policies. However, a recent federal case demonstrated the...more

Significant Government Contract Litigation: A Year in Review

Last year provided a number of important claims and cases that further developed various aspects of litigation regarding the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). The major issues raised in some of the more notable claims include...more

Federal Court in Hawaii Holds that an Unlicensed Subcontractor May Pursue Contract Claims Against Contractor Notwithstanding...

U.S. Pipelining LLC v. Johnson Controls, Inc., No. 16-00132 HG-RLP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150767 (D. Haw. Oct. 31, 2016) - This action arose out of the renovation of a condominium complex on Maui (Project). Johnson...more

New York Case Reminds Us That Some Courts Take Notice Provisions Very Seriously

A New York appellate court issued a decision in 2016 that serves as an important reminder to all tiers of the construction industry: courts take the notice provisions in your construction contracts very seriously. In the...more

Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Directory Is Now Available

Consistent with the October 2014 amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services has created the internet-based State Construction Notices Directory (the "Directory"). The...more

Construction Industry Scheme - taxing our landlords and tenants

The Construction Industry Scheme (‘CIS’) requires contractors to withhold tax from payments to subcontractors in relation to certain construction work. It is easy to assume that CIS only applies to mainstream contractors, but...more

Portion of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Blocked

On Tuesday of this week, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the portions of President Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order. That order, signed in 2014 and...more

Department Of Defense Issues Final Cyber Incident Reporting Rule

On October 4, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) published a final rule implementing mandatory cyber incident reporting requirements for DoD contractors and subcontractors. The rule, which is effective as of November 3,...more

Don’t Sleep on Your NJ Construction Lien Enforcement Deadline

So you’ve managed to successfully file a construction lien claim in New Jersey. Well, don’t then kick back and relax for too long, because if you fail to take action to enforce that lien claim within the limited time...more

Down Payments Issued Without a Sworn Statement May Result in Owners and Lenders Paying More than Their Contract Price

In the construction industry, owners and lenders often issue "down payments" to contractors prior to the commencement of work on a project. This practice commonly occurs on residential construction and small commercial...more

DOE Clarifies Whistleblower Protections in Proposed Rule Revision

Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors may be subject to additional civil penalties. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently published proposed revisions to its procedural rules for nuclear activities in...more

Did You Really Accept That Bid? – How Contractors Can Avoid Post-Acceptance Bid Disputes Over Contract Terms

When California general contractors submit bids to an owner, can they force their subcontractors to honor their bids? Can they recover damages if the subcontractor later refuses to do so? While the general rule in...more

Alert to Contractors – California Court of Appeals (2d App. Dist.) Rules Subcontractor Price in Proposal Containing Material...

Flintco Pacific, Inc. v. TEC Management Consultants, Inc., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 594 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. June 21, 2016) - There was an important California decision published on July 19, 2016 (decided June 21, 2016)...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

California Public Works Contractors Will Be Required to Submit Payroll Records Electronically Starting August 1

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced this week that the requirement for public works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) electronically using the DIR’s...more

Alberta Court Releases Game-Changing Decision on Certificate of Substantial Performance, Liens

In Chandos Construction Ltd. v. Twin Peaks Construction Ltd. (Chandos Construction), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) held that once the certificate of substantial performance (Certificate) is issued and major...more

Oregon Law to Affect Pay Stubs, Time and Pay Records, and Wage Theft

The State of Oregon has enacted a new law, SB 1587, designed to increase transparency with respect to employee pay, prevent wage theft, and expose wage and hour violations. Generally, the law will require employers to provide...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

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