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They Can’t Take That Away From Me. Well, At Least Not At First

Some of you may recall the George and Ira Gershwin song, They Can’t Take That Away From Me made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film, Shall We Dance. A recent amendment to a mechanic’s lien statute will limit...more

Analysis: Prevailing Party In Jury Trial Finds Uncertainty In Remedies Available Under Pennsylvania Contractor And Subcontractor...

Since 1994, Pennsylvania law has provided enhanced remedies for prevailing in a payment dispute arising out of a construction project. The prevailing party in a recent jury trial discovered uncertainty in the precise...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Construction Lender's Subsidiary Is Not a Subsequent Purchaser - Negligence Claim May Not Be Asserted...

Lenders and contractors may want to take additional precautions before they take title to a newly constructed home through foreclosure (or deed in lieu of foreclosure) following a recent decision by the Colorado Supreme...more

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Significant Labor Law Amendments Take Effect February 27

As we previously reported, the New York State Legislature last June passed a Bill, intended to revitalize the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things,...more

Fourth District Reverses Lower Court Ruling in Construction Defect Litigation

On January 22, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued for publication its decision in McMillin Companies LLC v. American Safety Indemnity Company, 4th Dist. Div. 1, D063586. The case is significant in...more

Managing Retail Employer Risk and the Janitorial Services Contractor-Subcontractor Relationship

Discount retailer Ross Stores, Inc.'s ("Ross") recent proposed settlement of a California labor law class action filed by immigrant and low wage subcontractors related to janitorial services performed in its Ross Dress for...more

SBA Proposes Subcontracting Reforms and Other Changes

In this presentation: - Hot off the presses: SBA’s proposed rule for the new mentor-protégé program for all small businesses - How the limitations on subcontracting currently work - Changes to the...more

California Court of Appeals Determines Subcontractor is Unable to Maintain Cross-Claims for Equitable Indemnity and Contribution...

In State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, 232 Cal. App. 4th 1227 (2015), the California Court of Appeals considered whether a subcontractor could maintain cross-claims for equitable indemnity and contribution against the...more

2014 Construction SuperConference Recap and Lessons for 2015 [Video]

Pepper Hamilton has been a longtime supporter of the Construction SuperConference, the preeminent construction conference for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction...more

Third-party lawsuits and construction worksite accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8,000 American employees are injured on the job every day. Some of these injuries are relatively minor, requiring only a short recovery period....more

New Notice, Registration and Reporting Requirements for California Public Works Projects

- Effective July 1, 2014, (or a later date if DIR's online registration system was not in place on that date) contractors and subcontractors working on "public works" projects were required to register with the California...more

Reminder - Maryland's Prevailing Wage Law for Elementary and Secondary School Construction Projects is in Effect

Maryland's new prevailing wage law for elementary and secondary school construction projects (HB 727/SB 232 from the 2014 General Assembly session) is in effect. This law requires all such construction projects costing more...more

New This Month: MO Supreme Court Limits the Construction Industry's Use of Certain Sales and Use Tax Exemptions

On January 13, 2015, the Missouri Supreme Court issued three decisions on sales and use tax that have limited the construction industry's ability to utilize certain exemptions in those areas. Companies that utilize such...more

The Expansion of Pennsylvania's Whistleblower Law - What Government Contractors Must Know About This New Liability Threat

Businesses that enter into contracts with state or local government entities in Pennsylvania need to be aware of a new liability threat – lawsuits from employees alleging waste or wrongdoing in connection with the award of...more

Construction Case Law Update - January, 2015

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Slavin Doctrine; Design Contracts - Under the Slavin doctrine, a subcontractor design company was not liable despite negligently designing intersection traffic lights that resulted in a fatal car...more

2015 Trends: #5 Regulatory Enforcement Moves Down Market

While ethics and compliance scandals that implicate brand name companies tend to grab the headlines, smaller organizations have always borne the brunt of regulatory enforcement. Over the years, U.S. Sentencing Commission data...more

No Damages for Delay Exceptions: Active Interference?

While a contractor generally has a right to a time extension and damages stemming from a delay caused by the owner, the owner (or general contractor if the harmed party is a subcontractor) may be able to assert several...more

Your “Independent Contractor” Clause Just Got a Little Less Relevant

Construction projects are complex, multi-partied, multi-disciplinary endeavors, in which subcontracting all or a portion of the work to be performed is not uncommon. When subcontracting work, parties usually make it...more

Where, Oh Where, Can My Lawsuit be Filed?

When preparing or negotiating the terms of construction contracts, parties often indicate where any dispute that may arise between the parties must be litigated. Courts will generally enforce such “venue” or “forum selection”...more

Virginia Public Contractors Beware: Fourth Circuit Upholds Cap on Contractor Recovery for Changed Work

Recently, in Carnell Constr. Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Auth., the federal appellate court covering West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas upheld a trial court’s determination that a Virginia statute places...more

Health Care Industry Finds Cure to Save Time and Money on New Facilities

To meet the demands of an aging population and health care reform, many new hospitals and other health care facilities are being built. These projects are typically large, costly and complex and, therefore, merit careful...more

The One New Year’s Resolution You’ll Want to Keep if You’re Involved in Public Works Projects

New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep. In fact, studies (which I have a sneaking suspicion may have been paid for by the tobacco, donut and vacation timeshare lobbies) have found that only 8% of New Year’s...more

Executive Orders Impacting Construction in 2015

In 2014 Barack Obama issued over 30 executive orders as promised in his State of the Union Address. At least three of these orders are notable and will impact federal contractors and workers performing construction and...more

En Banc Pennsylvania Superior Court Rejects Extending CASPA Liability Beyond Contracting Parties

Scungio Borst & Assocs. v. 410 Shurs Lane Developers, LLC et al., 2014 Pa. Super. LEXIS 4527 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). On reconsideration of an earlier panel decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Court en banc...more

Compliance With Notice Provisions Can Make Or Break Your Bottom Line

Over the past decade, courts in Ohio have confirmed time and time again that they will strictly enforce notice requirements in construction contracts where a contractor or subcontractor seeks additional time or compensation. ...more

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