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Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To – May 2016

Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To - If you're a solar contractor, make sure you don't get burned...more

Standing tall – The “Independent Contractor” defence for builders and construction professionals

The High Court has recently ruled that main contractors and architects may rely on the independent contractor defence to defeat claims in negligence brought by management corporations. The court’s inquiry focused on whether...more

Can Active Interference by Owner Invalidate A No Damages for Delay Clause? Sometimes.

In C and H Electric, Inc. v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a Contractor’s claims against a Town for delay damages could not overcome the “no damages for delay” clause because...more

Perspectives - March/April - 2016

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply...more

One Word Makes All The Difference – The Distinction Between “Pay If Paid” and “Pay When Paid” Clauses

Payment clauses in California construction contracts are often complex and multi-layered. This is especially true in contracts between general contractors and their subcontractors. The general does not want to pay the subs...more

General contractor, not present on job site, was still responsible for subcontractor’s safety: labour board

A general contractor on a residential project was responsible for the safety of its subcontractors even though it was not on site at the time of an incident. The general contractor objected to two compliance orders...more

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING BRIEFING: Payment provisions in construction contracts: relief for employers? - Harding v Paice [2015]

In the case of Harding trading as MJ Harding Contractors v Paice and another [2015] EWCA Civ 1231(18 November 2015) the Court of Appeal (CoA) agreed that despite failing to issue a valid pay less notice and being ordered by...more

One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed

I know how the thinking goes . . . Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general contractors) will be up to snuff, why do you...more

Betterment on the Construction Project (law note)

Today’s post is thanks to a discussion with an engineer following a talk I gave for the ASCE of North Carolina.  He asked about owners trying to recover for obvious mistakes, for which they’d have to pay anyhow....more

Construction Corner: Procurement of General Contractor

In a previous Construction Corner post we discussed the procurement of an Architect for a school project. In this post, we will discuss the procurement of a General Contractor. ...more

Construction Corner: Construction Contract Basics

In a previous Construction Corner Post we discussed the primary elements of a design contract for a school construction project. In this post we will describe the basic elements of a construction contract for a school...more

California Court of Appeals Says, “We Like Eich(leay)!”

Time is money. And nowhere can than be best observed than on a construction project. Project delays can mean lost profits for owners, liquidated damages for general contractors, and increased material, labor, field...more

Do Your Employees and Construction Laborers Belong to You? Depends.

When walking through the mall or the grocery store with my children, I inevitably get asked, “Are they all yours?” Depending on my mood, I may or may not claim them all. As a general contractor, you will want to know the...more

Construction Corner: Design Contract Basics

In prior Construction Corner posts, we discussed statutory requirements and guidelines for the procurement of architectural services. Here we will address the basic elements of design contracts between public and private...more

New York’s First Department Holds That Fall Caused By a Shock Constitutes a Violation of Labor Law §240(1)

In Nazario v 222 Broadway, LLC, LEXIS 246 (1st Dep’t Jan. 14, 2016). the Appellate Division, First Department held that the motion court erred in dismissing plaintiff’s claim for violation of New York State Labor Law...more

Arizona Court Holds Pollution Inapplicable to Faulty Plumbing Claims

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. James River Ins., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19076 (D. Ariz. Feb. 16, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Arizona had occasion to consider the application of...more

Eight Years Later, Suspended Contract Bites Contractor

How long can work under a contract be suspended before the contractor’s obligations will be deemed terminated? A lot longer than you might expect....more

Resolving UK construction disputes

Our construction disputes briefing highlights litigation, arbitration and ADR developments and is aimed at in-house lawyers in the construction industry. For more information on any of the topics below, please contact one of...more

Beware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin

On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically,...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds Property Owner’s Negligence Claim Against Design Professional Barred by Economic Loss Rule

In A&H Properties Partnerships v. GPM Engineering [(2015) No. 03-13-00805-CV], the Texas Court of Appeals decided whether a property owner could maintain a direct action for negligence against a project designer hired by the...more

Contractors Beware: Subcontractor Exception to “Your Work” Exclusion May Not Save the Day

Commercial general liability (CGL) coverage for a general contractor is not guaranteed, even if property damage is all a subcontractor’s fault. Consider the following example: A general contractor builds a stadium for which a...more

Be Careful Who You Hire: Unlicensed Contractors are Employees of the Hirer

In Randall Blackwell v. Ray Vasilas, (D067239, Superior Court No. 37-2013-00064563-CU-PO-CTL) the Fourth Appellate District held the Privette Doctrine does not protect a hirer from liability to an independent contractor’s...more

The Prompt Payment Rollercoaster

This past year we wrote about a case involving California’s prompt payment laws and the current state of confusion with the prompt payment statutes which are scattered throughout the state Code and which are inconsistent in...more

OSHA Continues Delayed Enforcement of Confined Space Standard for Residential Contractors

As we discussed last summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new Confined Space in Construction Standard, which went into effect on August 3, 2015 and required heightened training, continuous...more

Subcontractor Not Entitled to Payment after it Refused to Perform Disputed Work

In yet another case from Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Acme Abatement Contractor, Inc. v. S&R Corp. found that a general contractor was justified in not paying its subcontractor, even after the...more

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