Scope of Work

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Can You Change the Scope of Work? Not in a bidding situation! (reader comment)

Setting the Right Expectations for Owner Clients is a must, as I recently wrote in my post discussing Scope of Work clauses. According to construction consultant Tony Frisby,* scope of work issues are more important than...more

Setting the Right Expectations for your Owner Client– Craft your Scope of Work well (law note)

Regular readers of this blog know that you absolutely should have a written contract, and not rely on “gentlemen’s agreements.” But what is the most important part of your agreement to provide professional services? The...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

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

Owners: Have You Protected Your Project Design?

The owner’s rights to use project design documents can be overlooked during contract drafting and negotiation. Standard form design contracts, however, often contain design document terms that weigh heavily in the architect’s...more

When Contract Forms Cause Unintended Consequences

Inclusion of unrevised Standard AIA contract forms in your construction agreements can cause serious unintended consequences. A case decided by the Indiana Supreme Court, Bd. of Comm’rs. Cty of Jefferson v. Teton Corp., 30...more

Commonwealth Court Expands the Scope of Good Samaritan Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act

In 2003, the Pennsylvania General Assembly amended Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to expand the definition of the word “employee” to include employees who, while in the course and scope of their employment,...more

New Jersey Supreme Court affirms award of bid that deviates from proposal

The New Jersey Supreme Court has affirmed a state agency’s decision to award a contract to the lowest bidder even though the bid did not comply with the scope-of-work requirements of a request for proposal. Matthew J....more

Issues of Exceeding the Proper Scope Continue to Plague the Board

In Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, IPR2013-00308, Paper 27 (June 6, 2014) another patent owner was complaining that the Petitioner had exceeded the proper scope in...more

The Legal Perspective on Technical Documents in the Construction Industry

A lawyer adds value to a project by applying his or her unique knowledge of legal principles and industry experience to the particular circumstances of a client’s business. In the construction industry, the substance...more

California Court Denies Summary Judgment on Known Conditions Exclusion

In its recent decision in Lennar Mare Island v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26405 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had occasion to consider the...more

Protesting IDIQ Orders Under $10 Million? Here Are Your Options

Imagine that your company is a contract holder under a U.S. Army multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The Army issues a request for proposal for a firm, fixed-priced task order, and your...more

New West Virginia Case Finds an Injury at Work Not a Result of Employment

Morton v. West Virginia Office of Ins. Com’r, 2013 WL 5508553, -- S.E.2d ---- (Oct. 4, 2013) (per curiam). Affirming Workers’ Compensation Board of Review’s denial of compensability. In Morton, the claimant injured her...more

When 'On-the-Job' is Not Necessarily On the Job

A majority of the High Court (4:2) has handed down a significant decision in Comcare v PVYW [2013] HCA 41, which has clarified the meaning of a "work-related injury" and closely examined what was said in Hatzminanolis v ANI...more

Employer Held Not Vicariously Liable For Employee’s Alleged Negligent Use Of Company Car

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. provided Troy Martinez with a company vehicle to use in the execution of his duties. After completing a day’s work, Martinez drove to Bakersfield with his family to purchase a car for his...more

California Court Limits “Coming And Going” Exception In Finding Employer Liable For Car Accident That Occurred While Employee Was...

Employers sometimes face vicarious liability for personal injury and property damage when employees use their own vehicles in connection with the performance of their job duties and get into traffic accidents. When facing...more

Getting In: Preparation and Delivery of Leased Premises

The condition of the premises upon delivery is often one of the most important parts of the lease negotiation. The lease provisions addressing this issue are often contained in an exhibit or schedule to the lease, or a...more

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