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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Remedy for Unserved Notices of Violation

What happens when the City doesn’t properly serve a notice of building code violations? In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide that issue in Stone Street Partners, LLC v. City...more

Statutory Limit on Change Orders Bars Contractor Claim in Virginia

A recent Virginia case strictly construing a statutory limit on the amount of contract change orders has raised concerns among contractors doing business with Virginia state and local agencies. In Carnell Construction Corp....more

(INFOGRAPHIC) Amalgamation of Interests - or How to Ensure You Wasted Time Setting Up Multiple Project Companies

There is a fairly customary practice in real estate development and construction intended to take advantage of the liability protections afforded by the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The practice is very...more

CEB’s Mechanics Liens and Related Remedies – 2014 Update

I’ve been writing for the CEB – the Continuing Education of the Bar – which publishes legal practice guides for lawyers for some time now. But I don’t think I’ve been quite as excited to write for the CEB than writing...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Subcontractor Should Have Proceeded Against Project Bond

Last month, a divided Supreme Court held that a subcontractor on a public works program should have timely proceeded against the project bond, and had no remedy against the Village after the general contractor went bankrupt...more

Expo 2020 - part 4: ignorance isn’t bliss – Taking care to ensure that the contractual arrangements are properly documented

With the upcoming finalisation and the approval process of the Master Planning for Dubai Expo 2020, the early site activities are set to commence in the initial part of 2015 to ensure that the event is well on track for the...more

What Kind of License Do You Need for Design-Build Services in Florida?

Design-build firms are not required to hold a contractor’s license in Florida. They’re also not required to have an engineer’s license. Architect’s license? Nope, they don’t have to hold that one either....more

Liquidated Damages in Your Contract? Not So Fast

Parties often include terms in a contract providing for predetermined damages, or liquidated damages, in the event of a breach by one of the parties. In construction contracts, liquidated damages provisions typically apply to...more

Hawaii Finds Unilateral Arbitrator-Selection Provision Fundamentally Unfair

The Supreme Court of Hawai’i concluded last week that it is fundamentally unfair to allow one party to an arbitration agreement to unilaterally select the arbitral forum. Nishimura v. Gentry Homes, Ltd., __ P.3d__, 2014 WL...more

Subordination Agreements with General Contractors are Enforceable

Lenders know that recording their construction deeds of trust after the commencement of construction is risky because of the possibility of losing priority to mechanic’s liens. A recent case sheds light on a strategy lenders...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Right to Construction Defect Remedies Involving Residential Units with Previously Occupied Spaces

In Oxbow Constr., LLC v. Eight Judicial Dist. Ct., 2014 Nev. LEXIS 109, 130 Nev. Adv. Rep. 86 (Nev. Oct. 16, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court considered issues regarding class-action certification and the availability of...more

Regional Steel: the continuing effort to avoid the cost of correcting the insured’s work

Casualty insurers normally do not expect to pay the cost of their insureds simply doing a good job. Insurers typically view their contracts as assuming the risk of delineated consequences – damages – if the insured’s work...more

Constitutional Default Interest Rate of 7% Rather Than 10% Default for Breach of Contract, Applies to Prejudgment Interest on a...

Addressing an issue of first impression, the Fourth Appellate District has determined that in a mechanic's lien foreclosure action against an innocent property owner who did not contract with the mechanic's lien claimant, the...more

City of Lakewood Adopts Ordinance to Encourage Condominium Construction and Reduce Construction Defect Litigation

On Monday, October 13, 2014, the City of Lakewood became the first Colorado municipality to adopt legislation intended to encourage construction of “for sale” multifamily projects by mitigating the risks to developers and...more

Enforcing Notice Provisions in Construction Contracts in the United States

Notice provisions are a key part of construction contracts. These provisions typically require a contractor to notify the owner of the project (or an owner-designated representative) when the contractor believes that it is...more

High Court Finds No Duty of Care From Builder to Owners Corporation

The High Court has held that a builder of a serviced apartment complex does not owe a duty of care in negligence for financial loss arising from defects in common property to an owner's corporation (Brookfield...more

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Mechanic’s Lien Reigns Supreme in the Battle of a Project Default? Not for a Waiving General

In what can only be described as a devastating result for a general contractor, the Fourth Appellate District held that a general contractor may prospectively waive the priority of a mechanic’s lien to the owner’s...more

Illinois Court Holds Insurer Estopped from Relying on Coverage Defenses

In its recent decision in Mt. Hawley Ins. Co v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 655 (Ill. App. Ct. Sept. 9, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether...more

Contractors: Beware the Subordination Clause

Did you know that California is the only state in the country in which mechanics liens are a constitutional right? Tis true. Article XIV of the California Constitution states: Mechanics, persons furnishing...more

Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Would Provide for Internet-Based Directory to Serve as a Standardized...

Pending House Bill 473 seeks to amend the current lien law by creating a centralized construction notices registry in Pennsylvania known as the State Construction Notices Directory (“Directory”), which would provide owners...more

Mechanics Liens — Smart Tools of Construction Industry Professionals, and Bane of Property Owners

In 1791, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison proposed the first mechanics liens legislation in order to promote development in Washington. The Maryland Assembly (which governed Washington at that time) passed the...more

Mind the Details: Make Sure your WRAP Coverage is Done Right

A client recently asked for advice about insuring their development project with a wrap insurance policy. As we talked through the pros and cons, I was reminded of the intricacies of wrap insurance products. Undoubtedly,...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Oct 2014

Lack of Direct Contractual Relationship Doesn’t Doom Coverage - Why it matters: The companies involved in a workplace accident are additional insureds pursuant to a sub-subcontractor’s policy and the insurer...more

Construction Defect Claims Tackled By Lakewood

The impact of construction defect lawsuits on condominium development in Colorado has been a hot topic recently. Colorado law treats residential construction differently than non-residential construction. This increases the...more

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