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Federal Court in New Jersey Holds That Failure to Timely File an Affidavit of Merit Dooms Owner’s Claim for Breach of Contract...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Frontier Dev. LLC v. Craig Test Boring Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 149950 (D.N.J. Sept. 15, 2017) - On September 15, 2017, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed plaintiff’s, Frontier...more

Earthquake Experts Urge Acceleration of California Retrofitting Requirements

by Zelle LLP on

On September 19, 1985, more than 5,000 people in and around Mexico City lost their lives when the 8.0 magnitude Michoacán earthquake collapsed 412 buildings and seriously damaged several thousand more. Many of the buildings...more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

AIG Must Defend Additional Insureds

by Nossaman LLP on

That it took an appellate court to order AIG’s Lexington Insurance to honor its additional insured obligations is a measure of how frequently insurers attempt to dodge this important contractual obligation. The case of...more

Is Your Lien Up to Code? B.C. Court Decisions Provide Clarity on Application of Builders Lien Act

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently released two decisions regarding the application of the Builders Lien Act (Act), providing clarity on limitation periods for filing a lien claim and the circumstances where...more

One Final Reminder: OSHA Electronic Records Submission Deadline December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 is the final deadline to comply with newly implemented Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) regulations that require electronically submitting workplace injury data and information to OSHA....more

Can a CCIP Provide Workers' Compensation Immunity for Claims by Injured Employees of Subcontractors?

by Murtha Cullina on

In Connecticut, the answer was yes. Work-related injuries are an unfortunate reality in the construction industry, as are the lawsuits that often follow....more

Prevailing Wages: SB 96

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The following Q&A were from a recent Best Best & Krieger LLP free webinar “SB 96: Department of Industrial Relations’ New Prevailing Wage Penalties.” The webinar was presented as part of an ongoing series...more

Overview of the Revisions to AIA Owner-Contractor Construction Documents

by King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC on

Just as it did in 2007, when it issued a new set of construction contract documents to replace the existing 1997 set, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) recently issued its series of revised construction contracts....more

California Court Confirms Broad Coverage Under "Ongoing Operations" Endorsements

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A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,”...more

NSW re-opens its door to foreign developers

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The Berejiklian Government has introduced a Bill into the NSW Parliament which may change the way surcharge purchase duty and surcharge land tax applies to foreign developers....more

A Frustrating Exercise: Federal District Court In Iowa Declines To Grant Summary Judgment On Frustration Of Purpose Doctrine In A...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Rembrandt Enters., Inc. v. Dahmes Stainless, Inc., No. C15-4248-LTS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144636 (N.D. Iowa Sept. 7, 2017) - On September 7, 2017, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa denied a...more

A Myth About Delay – Revisited

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Construction lawyers routinely deal with delay claims. I have presented or defended more of them than I can remember. That is why I was curious when, earlier this year, I received a series of email invitations to...more

Podcast Episode 11 - Damaging Clauses with Professor Maureen "Molly" Brady

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 11, Professor Molly Brady from the University of Virginia joins us to discuss damaging clauses and her recent law review article. She has...more

Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional...more

Client Alert: The New AIA (2017) Documents

The American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) revises its standard contract forms every ten (10) years and, in April 2017, released some of the revised documents for 2017. An additional 18 forms will be released later in...more

GAO Bid Protest Sustain Rate Remains High in FY 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued to Congress its annual bid protest report. Of particular note, the report states that, “[o]f the protests resolved on the merits during fiscal year 2017, [GAO]...more

Court Finds General Contractor Liable For Subcontractor’s Employees

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor...more

Contractors, Know Your Contracts!

by Cole Schotz on

Last week, New Jersey’s Appellate Division re-affirmed the principle that a court must strictly apply the terms of a construction contract when determining a dispute between contracting parties. Where the contract terms...more

P3 Legislative Update

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Legislators at both the state and local level have been busy introducing and considering new legislation that could impact the government procurement process and public/private partnerships. These new provisions will...more

Delays Again For Crane Operator Certification For Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In June we reported that OSHA intended to propose an extension of the November 10, 2017 compliance date for certification of crane operators. Last Thursday, November 9th, OSHA made it official, announcing in the Federal...more

Legal issues for those running UK construction businesses - (Planning, Health and Safety, Regulatory, House Building and...

by Dentons on

Welcome to our round-up of legal issues relevant to UK construction businesses. The summaries below contain updates and links to recent articles from colleagues specialising in planning, health and safety, regulatory or...more

LAWA Receives Technical Proposals from Three Teams for APM Project

by Nossaman LLP on

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced last Thursday that it has received three Technical Proposals in response to its Request for Proposals for the Automated People Mover (APM) project....more

2017 Standard AIA forms: A Summary of the Important Changes

by Reed Smith on

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts, the most commonly used set of construction contract forms on commercial projects in the United States, recently released the second part of its once-in-a-decade updates to...more

Property Damage, Occurrences, Delays, Offsets and Fees. California Decision is a Smorgasbord of Construction Insurance Issues

I read once that 97 percent of cases never go to trial. However, there are still the ones that do. And, then, there are the ones that do both. The following case, Global Modular, Inc. v. Kadena Pacific, Inc., California Court...more

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