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Texas Supreme Court Narrows the Ability of General Contractors to Seek Chapter 82 Indemnity for Product Claims

On June 17, the Texas Supreme Court further clarified the definition of the word "seller" in Chapter 82 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (known as the Texas Products Liability Act), which was intended to provide...more

Insurer’s Potential Exposure to Fees and Costs When Prosecuting Indemnity Action under Assignment from Insured

Hearn Pacific Corporation v. Second Generation Roofing, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (May 2, 2016) - It is not uncommon in construction defect and some other cases for an insurer of the general...more

Construction Defect Debate to be Heard by Colorado Supreme Court

The construction defects case of Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et al. has garnered national attention since the Colorado Court of Appeals' decision in May 2015,...more

How to Circumvent “No Damages for Delay” Clauses

Most commercial construction contracts contain a “No Damage For Delay” Clause and most contractors mistakenly believe they are Kings X for any potential claims related to delay caused by an owner or original contractor. ...more

Subcontractor’s Failure to Strictly Comply With Notice Provision Costs $200,000

Whether you are an owner, contractor, subcontractor or supplier, you will want to read the rest of this post since it illustrates precisely what all those attorneys have been telling you for years: “Please, please, please...more

Successful Proposer Selected for UC Merced 2020 Project

The Regents of the University of California announced on June 15, 2016 that it has selected Plenary Properties Merced as the successful proposer for the UC Merced 2020 Project....more

An update on payment issues on UK construction projects

In our Winter edition, we highlighted a number of government initiatives to improve the payment cycle in the industry and suggested sticking to payment procedures as well as remembering your right to adjudication. ...more

Legal issues for those running a construction business (cybersecurity, competition and employment law)

In this section, we round up recent articles from our colleagues in other practice areas that will interest those running construction businesses and their human resources teams. This edition focuses on cybersecurity...more

Oregon Court of Appeals Holds that “Common Issue” Exception Applies to Permit Defendant Contractor to Recover Attorney’s Fees From...

In The Village at North Pointe Condominiums Association v. Bloedel Construction Co. et al., 278 Or App 354 (2016), the Oregon Court of Appeals held that defendant contractor could recover attorneys’ fees against a homeowners...more

Top 7 Factors Affecting Labor Productivity Losses On A Construction Project

Construction labor is always in the news. Last month, I wrote an article for the Nashville Business Journal challenging industry leaders on how to respond to the shortage of skilled labor in the area. Recently, the U.S....more

Have Exempt Employees? If So, There’s Some Big Changes in the Forecast

April showers brings May flowers…or so goes the saying. For California employers, April showers brought a May deluge. On April 4, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the statewide minimum wage,...more

Insurer’s Attempt to Shift Cost of Defense to Another Insurer Found Void as to Public Policy

While construction can sometimes be risky, construction litigation is almost always expensive. This volatile mix of risk and expense has made risk shifting, through indemnity and insurance, a primary goal and concern by those...more

Caution! Construction Zone: A Piece-Rate Compensation System Can Be An Effective Tool For Construction Businesses, But What About...

If your business involves construction, then you may be familiar with the concept of piece-rate compensation. Under this system, employees are paid based on the number of units, or pieces, they complete, rather than on the...more

One Awesome Case Discussing The Difference Between Delay and Disruption Damages!

Rarely do you find a case that succinctly addresses a construction law issue.  Today, one of my legal alerts pointed me to one such case dealing with delay damages and disruption damages. This is a must read!...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Addresses SOL in Construction Defect Suit

In the case of 328 Barry Avenue, LLC v. Nolan Properties Group, LLC, 871 N.W.2d 745 (Minn. 2015), the Supreme Court of Minnesota considered the statute of limitations under Minn. Stat. § 541.051, subd. 1, for actions “arising...more

Do Change Orders Need to be in Writing and Other Things That Might Surprise You

You’ve likely heard it before or maybe you’ve even said it yourself: “Go ahead and get started, we’ll get you a change order later.” The only thing is, “later” never happens, and after you’ve finished performing the work...more

The New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree reforming the Italian Public Procurement regulation, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/24/EU. On April 18, 2016, the Italian...more

If it Walks Like a Duck - Construction Management at Risk Contracts a Risky Move for Cities

A growing number of Minnesota cities may be violating the competitive bidding laws by awarding construction management at risk (CM at risk) contracts for new facilities. With few exceptions, cities and other public...more

How to Lose Your Contractor’s License in 90 Days (or Less)

Did you know that California’s Contractors’ State License Law, Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 7000 et seq., requires licensees to report various information to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) “within 90 days” of the...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: The Owner in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Construction Manager

Industry leaders agree that the economy has turned the corner and private construction projects are on the uptick.  Banks have eased lending requirements and there is more private equity money on the streets.  Inexperienced...more

Construction Defect Insurance Disputes Are Daunting Puzzles, But Neutrals Fit the Pieces Together

Think construction defects cases are complicated? Try looking at them from the perspective of the neutrals who guide parties to settlement. Complicated only begins to describe what one experienced neutral calls working on a...more

Construction Law Group News: General Contractor's false certifications bar it from any recovery from Owner

In a case of first impression, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently ruled that a general contractor, G4S ("the General"), could not recover any of its over $14M claim against a public owner MTPC ("the Owner") because...more

Dealing with Mechanic’s Liens Which Arise After Completion of Construction

Construction is complete on your new home and you are busy settling in to your new surroundings and then you receive notice that a mechanic’s lien has been recorded and is now encumbering your property. You discover that one...more

Construction Financing and Mechanics’ Liens in Connecticut

Bankers and other professionals who have worked on construction loans in states other than Connecticut will know how much of a pain it can be to make construction loan advances. You usually need to perform a title update and...more

Your Invaluable Mechanic’s Lien Rights – Exercise Them!

The right to file a mechanic’s lien is established by state statute, allowing those providing work, services, materials or equipment to a construction project with additional valuable security in the event of non-payment of...more

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