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Construction Manager at Risk Held to Assume the Risk of Design Changes on Massachusetts Public Construction Project

The Massachusetts Superior Court (County of Worcester) held in Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane Building Co. and Travelers & Surety Company of America decided on June 24, 2014 that a Construction Manager at...more

Did the Court of Appeals Just Raise the Bar for California Contractors to Self-Report Construction-Related Judgments?

An interesting construction case just came out from the California Court of Appeals for the Second District this past month – Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the Second...more

Construction Contract Claims Against a Third-Party Lender? The Unforeseen Consequences of a Standard Practice

For those of us who commonly represent lenders, there is nothing more unsettling than hearing the words “course and pattern of conduct” or “dominion and control” or some variation of the same. Any suit where someone seeks to...more

Conclusory Allegations Held Insufficient to Support Declaratory Relief on Right to Independent Counsel or Allocation of Defense...

In Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (No. E060057, filed 5/22/15), a California Court of Appeal held that a developer’s declaratory relief lawsuit seeking a declaration of the right to independent counsel was...more

Righting a Wrong in West Virginia – The Residential Construction Right to Cure

In residential construction, problems can arise with customers that cause expensive litigation. In West Virginia, a right to cure in residential construction by statute can alleviate such costs. The statutory term is...more

Letters of the Law: 'J' is for Jurisdiction

The first step when you cannot resolve your dispute is the "jurisdiction" clause in your contract. In some contracts the jurisdiction clause has been ferociously reviewed, considered and negotiated. Other contracts completely...more

The Texas Department of Transportation and Lane-Abrams Joint Venture Reach Agreement on the State Highway 360 Project

On May 15, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Lane-Abrams Joint Venture (DB Contractor) entered into a design-build contract (DBA) and associated comprehensive maintenance agreement (COMA) for the...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court, Finds An Express Contract

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court in a contractor-subcontractor dispute, requiring analysis of the contract and unjust enrichment doctrines. In the unpublished decision, Lawrence M. Clarke, Inc. v....more

The Construct - May 2015

In This Issue: - Construction Contract Claims Against a Third-Party Lender? The Unforeseen Consequences of a Standard Practice: For those of us who commonly represent lenders, there is nothing more unsettling...more

Letters of Intent: What Do They Really Do?

A construction project usually contains a web of contractual relationships, such as between owner-contractor, contractor-subcontractor, subcontractor-supplier, owner-architect, architect-engineer, and so forth. To make things...more

Ober|Kaler's Construction Group Helps Client Win Bid Protest in Connecticut and Secure $153,000,000 Public Works Contract

Joseph C. Kovars and Jackson B. Boyd of Ober|Kaler's Construction Group recently helped a client win a bid protest in Connecticut and secure a contract worth over $153,000,000 to improve and expand a water pollution control...more

Food for Thought – Ten Post ADCNC Construction Defect meeting comments on “the system” by CD practitioners

The process still works if everyone cooperates. That means plaintiffs, developers, subcontractors and insurance companies. A breakdown exists in the following areas: Plaintiffs are not being uniformly required to...more

Stop, Think, and Be Careful What You Ask For: Lessons and Opportunities Created by Recent Arbitration Ruling

On April 21, 2015, the Missouri Court of Appeals in City of Chesterfield v. Frederich Construction Inc. upheld an arbitration award that included substantial attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, in a construction case...more

Letters of the Law: 'I' is for Indemnity

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Standard form construction contracts contain indemnities. For example, the FIDIC standard forms of contract contain indemnities in relation to loss arising from death,...more

It Ain’t Over Till it’s Over. Why Project Completion in California Isn’t as Straightforward as You Think

Why “Completion” is Important in California - In California, project “completion,” is important not only for getting paid, but for also understanding the deadlines associated with California’s statutory construction...more

Construction Law Advisory - May 2015

In This Issue: - Beware of penny bidding: Contractors could be stuck footing the bill for differing site conditions - Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs whether good faith refusal to pay is a factor in awarding...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

Construction Defect Reform Bill Defeated

Senate Bill 15-177, a bill introduced to reform Colorado’s construction defect litigation process, was defeated in a House of Representatives Committee on April 28, 2015 without being presented for a full vote in the House....more

Federal Arbitration Case Update | Bound and Determined

Owner Not Bound by Arbitration Clause in Engagement Agreement between Contractor and Law Firm - Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi v. King Construction - 2015 WL 1379980 - United States Court of Appeals, Fifth...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 17 & 24, 2015

Statute of Limitations/Liens: one year statute of limitations to enforce equitable lien under Fla. Stat. sec. 95.11(5)(b) runs from last furnishing of labor, services, or material for improvement of real property; Fla. Stat....more

Security on Large Construction Projects. The Payment Remedy You Probably Never Heard of

California has a number of statutory payment remedies available on construction projects. Some, such as the mechanics lien, are relatively well known and often utilized. Others, such as the stop payment notice, are somewhat...more

Privity Of Contract Is Still The Rule For Breach-Of-Implied-Warranty Claims Against Subcontractors, Even For New Home Construction

Arizona has long recognized the existence of an implied warranty arising out of new home construction. In Columbia Western Corp. v. Vela., the Arizona Court of Appeals expanded implied warranty liability to cover...more

Federal District Court Holds that General Contractor’s Failure to Provide Notice of Default Does Not Preclude Recovery on...

Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc. v. Safeco Insurance Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10032 (W.D. Mo. 2015) - This dispute between a general contractor and its subcontractor’s performance bond surety arose out of a renovation...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19245 - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey - SC19245 Concurrence - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey Holding that a separation agreement that requires the payment of unallocated alimony and child support ‘‘until the …. [w]ife’s...more

Termination for Convenience Contract Provision Retains Responsibility for Liquidated Damages

Most construction contracts between an owner and prime contractor provide the owner with the right to terminate the contract for cause or for convenience. In an important decision released in early April, the Connecticut...more

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