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General Contractor’s Excess Insurer Denied Equitable Contribution From Subcontractor’s Excess Insurer

In Advent v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., etc. (No. H041934 filed 12/6/16), a California appeals court refused to order a subcontractor’s excess insurer to contribute to a general contractor’s excess insurer because the...more

Under Construction - December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Torts – Premises Liability

Al Khosh v. Staples Construction Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (October 26, 2016) - Under Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, an employee of an independent contractor...more

An update on payment issues on UK construction projects

Our Autumn 2016 update includes news on the Prompt Payment Code and the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter as well as some guidance on the use of payment schedules....more

Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Provides (Another) Reason to Double-Check Your Payment Clauses

A recent ruling out of the First District Illinois Appellate Court makes one thing clear: contractors and subcontractors should pay close attention to payment clauses on all contract forms. In Beal Bank Nevada v. Northshore...more

Modification: Exceptions to Privette Doctrine Do Not Apply Where There is No Evidence a General Contractor Affirmatively...

In a case which was the subject of our Alert dated October 31, 2016 (click here for prior alert), the Court of Appeal of the State of California – Second Appellate District on November 17, 2016 issued a modification to the...more

Construction Contract Clauses That May or May Not Have Your Vote – Part 3

Scope, time and cost provisions may be the most important clauses in your construction contract but they’re not the only ones which can impact your bottom line. The third in a multi-part series, here are some other important...more

Virginia Supreme Court Undermines Effectiveness of Flow-Down Provisions in Construction Agreements

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently held in a construction case that typical flow-down provisions found in subcontracts are insufficient to pass through to the subcontractor, a general contractor’s waiver of...more

Leaning In – Pennsylvania Refining the Mechanic’s Lien Law

Pennsylvania has continued to refine its mechanic’s lien law in recent years, and next year will bring the most sweeping changes ever for owners and contractors that work on larger projects....more

Construction Contract Clauses That Keep on Giving (to Someone) – Part 2

Scope, time and cost provisions may be the most important clauses in your construction contract but they’re not the only ones which can impact your bottom line. The second in a multi-part series, here are some other important...more

Are you a joint employer?

Are you an employer who uses temporary employees, staffing agencies or independent contractors? Use of such contingent or contract workers is not unusual and may be necessary for your operations. If you are in that...more

New Appellate Ruling Increases Residential Builders' Exposure to Defect Liability in Illinois

Illinois law on the implied warranty of habitability (IWH) is continuously changing, and residential builders should take notice of a new opinion issued by the Appellate Court, First District, on October 26 in a construction...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Litigation Challenges With Collecting Attorneys’ Fees

It is common knowledge among construction litigators that in order for a contractor to recover attorneys’ fees from a subcontractor, the subcontract must specifically state that attorneys’ fees are recoverable. However, in...more

Exceptions to Privette Doctrine Do Not Apply Where There is No Evidence a General Contractor Affirmatively Contributed to the...

The Court of Appeal of the State of California – Second Appellate District in Khosh v. Staples Construction Company, Inc. (10/26/16 – Case No. B268937) affirmed the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of the...more

Scary Contract Clauses Which Go Bump in the Night – Part 1

Scope, time and cost provisions may be the most important clauses in your construction contract but they’re not the only ones which can impact your bottom line. The first in a multi-part series, here are some other important...more

Sierra Pacific v. Bradbury goes unchallenged: Colorado’s six-year statute of repose begins when a subcontractor’s scope of work...

It’s official: the October 20, 2016 deadline to petition for certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals on its decision in Sierra Pacific Industries, Inc. v. Bradbury has passed, so it appears that decision will...more

Worker’s Compensation Exclusivity Rule Gets “Trumped” by Indemnity Provision

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with the title. The next case, Aluma Systems Concrete Construction of California v. Nibbi Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the First District, Case No. A145734 (August 16, 2016),...more

Non-delegable duties of architects and main contractors in construction claims - A case study of MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik...

In MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2016] SGCA 40, the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA) held that architects and main contractors are not subject to a non-delegable duty in tort to ensure that...more

The Tenant Improvement Allowance: Identifying and Circumventing Common Pitfalls

Shopping Center Law & Strategy - The tenant improvement allowance is a critical component of the economic calculations inherent in a commercial lease transaction. The basic concept is as follows: upon the negotiation of...more

How Construction Contracts are Made. Hint: It’s a Bit Like Making Sausage

Construction can be a messy affair. In a sense, that’s to be expected when you’re building a complex structure, involving the coordination of several parties and numerous persons, in the natural environment and in the...more

Court of Appeals Changes Calculation of Statute of Repose

Colorado law generally prohibits construction defect lawsuits against a construction professional brought “more than six years after the substantial completion of the improvement to the real property.” § 13-80-104, C.R.S....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

Taking a Closer Look at the New Federal Contractor "Blacklisting" Obligations

On August 25, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Final Rule regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures for federal contractors President...more

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

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