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Construction Lien Act reform and promptness of payment

On September 26, 2016, an expert review report titled, "Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act" (the Report) released findings on the problems associated with delinquent payments and the...more

Under Construction - March 2017

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the spring 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope 2017 is off to a good start for you and your company. An issue that seems to commonly come up in cost-plus...more

Call Me Maybe? . . . Don’t Waive Your Rights Under the Right to Repair Act’s Prelitigation Procedures

We’ve written before about the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code Sections 895 et seq.). The Act, also commonly known as SB 800 after the bill that established it, applies to newly constructed residential units including...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs...more

Yellow is signalled

The second edition of FIDIC's Yellow Book (Conditions for Plant and Design Build) is due to be released in the coming months. It was pre-launched at the FIDIC annual conference in December, and review of a "conference...more

NEC4 is on its way

The next generation of NEC contracts – the NEC4 suite – is due to be launched on 22 June 2017 at the NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2017....more

Changes to your Scope of Services on the Construction Project (law note)

Our office is in the middle of a large renovation. It’s been several months of drilling, sawing, painting, carpeting– you name it. I’m proud to say that we have had not one change to the scope of work during that time.....more

Union Fund Uses NY False Claims Act to Blow Whistle on Prevailing Wage Violator and Recover $33,750

In the first reported case of its kind in New York, in February a union fund received a five-figure settlement payment from a Harlem-based general contractor that worked on a New York City affordable housing project after the...more

This Month in Corruption: Contractors Fined for False Billing on Assembly Sq. T

Two contractors involved in building the Assembly Square T station knowingly submitted inflated payment estimates for materials and will pay large fines and penalties to resolve the case, according to the Office of Attorney...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

Construction Defect – Strict Compliance with Right to Repair Response Deadline Required

A residential builder must assert insufficiency of claimant’s notice within 14 days under the California Right to Repair Act also known as SB 800. William Blanchette, et al. v. The Superior Court of Imperial...more

Could You Be More Specific . . . About My Excess AI Coverage?

Are you a general contractor who is pretty sure that you have additional insured coverage for some stuff under your sub-subcontractor’s excess policy? Advent, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, Case No....more

Construction One-Minute Read: Preparing Change Orders

Because change orders are ubiquitous in the construction industry, they are often prepared with less scrutiny and attention to detail than is needed. Each change order is intended to be a modification to the original (prime...more

Building a Favorable Project Record During Construction Disputes

The value and importance of the written record in a dispute arising from a major construction project cannot be overstated. Even when project personnel are available to provide first-hand accounts—which often is challenging...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Opens the Door to Joint Employer Liability for Contractors - Could Your Company Be At Risk?

On January 25, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals[1] dealt a significant blow to the traditional contractor-subcontractor relationship. In finding that a contractor and subcontractor could be considered “joint...more

When Construction Contracts Go Sideways in Bankruptcy

The contractor on a project files a bankruptcy case. How should the property owner and subcontractors proceed? When a party to a contract files bankruptcy, the other party’s actions are constrained by the bankruptcy code....more

Arizona Court of Appeals Confirms “Subcontractor Exception” to “Your Work” Exclusion Does Not Apply to Additional Insured General...

In Double AA Builders, Ltd. v. Preferred Contractors Insurance Company, LLC, --- P.3d ----, 2016 WL 7508079, *1 (Ariz. Ct. App. Dec. 30, 2016), the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s grant of summary...more

Another Joint Employer Test Makes Its Debut

On January 25, 2017, a federal appeals court that covers Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North and South Carolina was the latest to craft a joint employer test, holding that a Maryland general contractor was the joint...more

Fourth Circuit Says Construction General Contractor Responsible to Subcontractor's Employees for FLSA Violations

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage payment laws, employers are responsible for compliance with wage payment requirements. Plaintiffs cannot sue non-employers claiming overtime or minimum wage violations....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

The Importance of Construction Contracts and Items to Consider When Preparing Construction Contracts

It's important for parties entering into any significant economic transaction to have written contracts.  This is especially true for construction projects which are, by their nature, complicated.  A contract on a...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

Alberta Court of Appeal confirms an obligee/trustee under labour and material payment bond has no legal duty to disclose the existence of such a bond to potential bond claimants until specifically asked about its...more

Illinois Court Addresses Contractual "Pay-If-Paid" Provisions - Appellate Ruling: Strict Standard is Required for Forfeiture of...

The Illinois First District Appellate Court recently addressed the longstanding principle in A.A. Conte Inc. v. Campbell-Lowrie-Lautermilch Corp., 132 Ill. App. 3d 325 (1st Dist. 1985), of barring payments by general...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

Construction Group News: Your corporate real estate is held by a separate LLC, so it's protected, right? Maybe Not...

Your business real estate may not be safe from a separate, but related, company’s bankruptcy. In a shot across the bow to the Massachusetts construction community, a Massachusetts bankruptcy court has determined that in...more

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