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Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

Subcontractor Claims: What Can You Do Once Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy?

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

Governor Brown Signs Bill Making Companies Liable for Employment Violations of Independent Labor Contractor Companies

This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897. This bill creates new Labor Code section 2810.3, which applies to all but a very limited number of companies with 25 or more employees (i.e., the...more

Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down, Still FCRA

Does your business use a contractor to provide in-home services to your customers? If so, you probably want the contractor to conduct background checks on its employees. You want the contractor to screen out people who pose...more

2014 Connecticut Legislative Summary - September 2014

The 2014 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly closed with only a few new laws on the books that will affect the design and construction industry. The summaries below highlight the most significant of these....more

Construction Case Law Update - September #2 2014

FLORIDA FEDERAL CASES - - Contribution, Equitable Subrogation, and Breach of Contract – Insurer adequately alleged elements of contribution, equitable subrogation, and breach of contract claims in construction defect...more

Connecticut Court Again Holds That Certificates of Insurance Do Not Confer Rights

A Connecticut Superior Court has further clarified the construction industry whether a certificate of insurance naming a party as an additional insured confers any rights on that party. In Hobbs, Inc. v. Charter Oak Fire...more

New VETS Report on the Horizon

Covered federal contractors and subcontractors must annually report the number of their employees who are protected veterans, and the number of veterans they have hired during a reporting period. At long last, the U.S....more

Texas High Court Holds State’s Unclaimed Property Act Does Not Preclude Cy Pres Distribution Of Unclaimed Class Action Settlement...

In a 5-4 decision, the Texas Supreme Court held that the cy pres provision of a class action settlement was not subject to the state’s Unclaimed Property Act. After the trial court certified a class of subcontractors whose...more

United States: U.S. Supreme Court Dramatically Expands Whistleblower Law

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme court in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158, held in a 6-3 decision that employees of a private company that is a contractor or subcontractor of public company are entitled to whistleblower...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Construes “Active Interference” Exception to “No-Damage-for-Delay” Clause

C&H Electric, Inc. v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843, 2014 Conn. LEXIS 263 (Aug. 5, 2014) - This dispute arose out of a project to renovate and build an addition at a high school in the Town of Bethel, Connecticut. The...more

The Legal and Financial Consequences of Moving to a More Contractor Friendly No-Damage-For-Delay Cause

According to the New York City Building Congress, Manhattan is poised to add roughly nine million square feet of new office space to its inventory between 2013 and 2015. If realized, this would be the highest volume of new...more

The Jury is Still Out On The Effectiveness Of The “Calderon Process”

The State of California implemented the “Calderon Process” almost two decades ago. The hope was this pre-litigation “mediation” process would lower the cost, and increase the likelihood of early settlement, of construction...more

Federal Contractors Beware – Part 5

On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a proposed rule prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against an employee or applicant who discusses,...more

Calling a Letter a “Reservation of Rights” Does Not Necessarily Make It So

Many insurers are in the habit of sending perfunctory “reservation of rights” letters to their insureds throughout the lifetime of a claim. The reason they do so is not a very well-guarded secret in the insurance industry. An...more

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Class Representative's Authority to Dispose of Unclaimed Settlement Proceeds

A sharply divided Texas Supreme Court recently held that unclaimed class action settlement funds may be disposed of in the manner selected by the parties and are not subject to the state’s Unclaimed Property Act. In Highland...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - September 2014

In This Issue: - Water, Water, Everywhere - D.C. Office of Planning Takes a Stand Against Pop- Ups with New Zoning Text Amendment - Excerpt from Water, Water, Everywhere: Despite the lingering...more

September 2014 Ruling Clears Way for New York City Service Worker Wage Hike

Some New York City service workers could have their wages and benefits doubled following an August 8, 2014, court order removing the last obstacle to implementing New York City’s own prevailing wage law. Enacted over...more

NSW Supreme Court Confirms Definition of a 'Construction Contract' Under the Building and Construction Industry Security of...

The recent NSW Supreme Court case of Seabreeze Manly v Toposu, (Seabreeze Case), is a useful reminder to the building and construction industry as to what 'arrangements' will give rise to a 'construction contract' under the...more

OFCCP Notice of Proposed Extension of Record-Keeping Requirements for Construction Contractors

On September 2, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published in the Federal Register a proposed renewal of the current record-keeping, notice, and reporting requirements imposed by Executive...more

Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in...more

In California, Looks Really Do Matter: Visual Appearance and Internal Consistency of Policy Language Supports Application of...

In Yu v. Landmark American Ins. Co., 2014 WL 4162365 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2014)*, the California Court of Appeals relied on the visual appearance and internal consistency of an endorsement entitled “EXCLUSION – YOUR PRIOR...more

Summary of California’s Prompt Payment Laws

The California legislature has enacted a comprehensive series of prompt payment statutes that are designed to ensure the prompt payment of progress payments and retention payments to downstream contractors by imposing harsh...more

Reminder: Just Being Incorporated Isn’t Enough

Being incorporated isn't enough for a construction company to keep its assets protected. As a contractor or subcontractor you need to keep up the corporate formalities to avoid the possibility of personal assets being on the...more

President, OFCCP Set New Employment Rules For Federal Contractors

While chastising Congress as “doing nothing,” the executive and administrative branches of the federal government were busy making new employment rules for federal contractors and subcontractors. This summer, President...more

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