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West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...more

House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Concurrent delay: from North Sea to Arabian Gulf

by Dentons on

Questions surrounding which party is at fault and which party bears the risk commonly occur in construction projects where there are issues of concurrent delay....more

Argentina Announces Preliminary Highway P3 Bidding Guidelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Argentina published the preliminary terms and conditions and technical specifications for Stage 1 of its first public-private partnership (P3) initiative in the...more

From Red to Black: Using Tax Credit Programs to Complete the Project

Similar to other industries in today’s economy, our contractor and developer clients deal in a highly competitive marketplace. As contractors and developers seek opportunities to expand business, they should consider some...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

A Case Against One-Size-Fits-All Construction Contracts: Problems with AIA Form Contracts and Some Solutions

by King & Spalding on

Project development involves careful planning and clear contractual requirements on the front end to help ensure that the project is completed on time and within the budget. Key components of any successful construction...more

Government Actions are Not Protected Speech Under California Anti-SLAPP Law - Appellate Opinion Stems from Disputed Construction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a government entity issues a construction permit, that is government action not protected by California’s anti-SLAPP law — which extends only to constitutionally protected exercises such as “free speech” — the California...more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

NYC Property Owners: Neighbors Who Are Renovating Might Use Your Property For Free.

by Cole Schotz on

The New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, requires a developer to safeguard adjoining property during the conduct of all construction and demolition operations. Accordingly, a developer and an adjoining property owner may...more

First Look - Fall 2017: Issues and Developments in Insurance Law

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

“Insureds may wish, or be contractually obligated, to extend their insurance coverage to other individuals or entities,” commonly referred to as additional insureds. In fact, in certain industries, additional insured...more

Out is Now In – Understanding the Outparcel Trend and Potential Pitfalls

During the last several years, we have noticed a trend in the world of retail development. More and more “big-box” retail companies are carving out parts of their parking lots to create new outparcels. To understand the...more

Florida Statute 95.11(3)(C) Has Been Amended to Address the Ruling in Cypress Fairway Condo. V. Bergeron Constr. Co.

by Burr & Forman on

In Cypress Fairway Condo. v. Bergeron Constr. Co., 164 So. 3d 706 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015) the 5thDistrict Court of appeals defined “completion of the contract” to mean completion of performance by both sides of the contract, not...more

Year-End CEQA Legislative And Regulatory Roundup – December 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As another year draws near its close, a number of notable recent CEQA developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas have occurred that bear mention. SB 35 (Wiener), perhaps the “poster child” of the numerous...more

From majlis to courtroom an interview with Peter Shaw

by Dentons on

Having been a leading construction and engineering lawyer and arbitrator for over 40 years, as well as a prominent figure in the UAE legal landscape for close to two decades, Dentons' Peter Shaw has witnessed the ups and...more

Local Government Contracts and Buying American

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In April 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling for stricter enforcement of the federal government’s “Buy American” laws. These laws have been on the books for several decades and generally require that the...more

Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems

We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured...more

Art in Public Places: Regulatory Burden or Opportunity?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The concept of art in public places is well-established in the United States. As early as the 1930s, the federal government created New Deal programs that paid artists to create works of art for display in municipal buildings...more

Federal Court Holds That, Under Louisiana Law, a Contractor Need Not Show a Total Work Stoppage to Recover Extended Home Office...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Team Contrs., L.L.C. v. Waypoint NOLA, L.L.C., No. 16-1131, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162172 (E.D. La. Oct. 2, 2017) - Waypoint NOLA (“Waypoint”) was the owner of a hotel construction project in New Orleans (the “Project”). ...more

In a Win for Design Professionals, California Court of Appeals Holds That Relation-Back Doctrine Does Not Apply to Certificate of...

The year was 1995. The old guard was still in power in Sacramento. “Button-Down” Pete Wilson was Governor. Willie Brown, the self-nicknamed “Ayatollah of the Assembly,” was Speaker of the Assembly. And Bill “Huggy” Lockyer...more

If You Don’t Do the Work, You Might Do Time Instead: Service-Disabled Veteran Faces Jail Time for Failing to Run Day-to-Day...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Government recently indicted an Army veteran for allegedly using his status as a service-disabled veteran to help a company qualify as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and falsely obtain nearly $40 million...more

Off the Reservation (of Rights): South Carolina Speaks on CGL Insurer Notification Requirements

Lawsuits over defective construction are common in South Carolina. So, when a construction company covered by a CGL insurance policy is sued over an alleged construction defect, the insurance company may agree to defend the...more

The Site Report - Construction Law Insights - December 2017

Welcome to the first issue of our newly redesigned e-newsletter for the construction industry. The name and look of this publication may have changed, but one thing remains the same: our dedication to providing insightful,...more

A New FIDIC Rainbow: Red, Yellow and Silver

by White & Case LLP on

Today, at the International Contract Users Conference in London, the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) launched Second Editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books as updates to the First Edition...more

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