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The Other Shoe Drops: An Update on DOLI Enforcement of Contractor Registration Requirements

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In a move of interest to residential or commercial contractors working in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) recently began enforcing a 2012 requirement that all unlicensed contractors register...more

Client Update: The 2017 Changes to the AIA Contract Documents: A Summary of the Relevant Changes to the Owner-Contractor Forms

by Reed Smith on

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts are the most commonly used set of construction contract forms on commercial projects in the United States. In late April 2017, AIA issued its once-in-a-decade updates to...more

Subcontractors’ Strongest Protections Don’t Always Apply

Several years ago, Ohio’s legislature passed a law to provide subcontractors and material suppliers with a formidable weapon to protect their payment rights – the Ohio Prompt Payment Act. ORC 4113.62 requires that...more

Relationships with Subcontractors Can Create Joint Employment

A recent court case from a Federal Appeals court out of Maryland should cause contractors to re-examine their relationships with subcontractors and their employees. In that case, Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, the employees...more

Thinking About Improving Your Louisiana Facility? Follow These Steps or Risk Unlimited Lien Liability Under Louisiana’s Private...

by Liskow & Lewis on

If a subcontractor or supplier on a Louisiana construction project is not paid in full, it can file a lien against the owner’s property and sue the owner for payment even though it did not contract with the owner and even if...more

American Institute of Architects Releases 2017 Contract Documents

by Lane Powell PC on

Lane Powell strives to help our clients stay ahead of the curve on all matters concerning construction law. This is a quick note to let you know that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its 2017 Construction...more

New Bankruptcy Case Limits Assertion of Post-Bankruptcy Construction Liens

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On March 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that curtails the rights of suppliers to lien non-debtor third-party property following the bankruptcy filing of a construction...more

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Littler on

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...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Clark Hill PLC on

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...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Clark Hill PLC on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by Cole Schotz on

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

by Clark Hill PLC on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

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