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When Does a Contractor Legally Abandon a Construction Project?

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Lately, we’ve been spending more time as litigators pursuing and defending claims of abandonment against contractors. It has become apparent that abandonment is often misinterpreted in its legal meaning and effect. Here are...more

Welcome Ontario's new Construction Act

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On December 5, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the Bill), was passed by a unanimous vote of the Ontario legislature. The Bill incorporates almost all of the recommendations set out in an in-depth...more

Mississippi Federal District Court Permits General Contractor’s Negligence Claim to Proceed Against Project Consultant Given...

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S. Indus. Contractors, LLC v. Neel-Schaffer, Inc., No. 1:17CV255-LG-JCG, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196804 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 30, 2017) - This case arises out of the West Pier Facilities project at the Port of Gulfport,...more

[Webinar] Government Agency Coordination Office PTAC: Federal Construction Contracts – Common Issues and Critical Claim Strategies...

On January 24, we are hosting a webinar on common issues and critical claim strategies in federal construction contracts with the California University of Pennsylvania Government Agency Coordination Office - Procurement...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session – Biennial Budget, Connecticut General Assembly

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

Appeal it All! Guarding Against Multiple, Independent Grounds

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You’ve identified a killer issue for appeal, no doubt a winner. Congratulations! You still lose. How can that be? In Novum Structures, LLC v. Choate Construction Company, Inc., 698 Fed. Appx. 608 (11th Cir. 2017), the...more

Use Of The Word “In” Indicates Geography; Use Of The Word “Of” Indicates Sovereignty: Federal District Court In Maryland Holds...

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Pritchett Controls, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192182, 2017 WL 5591872 (D. Md. Nov. 21, 2017) - James W. Ancel, Inc. (“JWA”) was the prime contractor on a project for the Maryland...more

Extremely Clear Pay-If-Paid Clause is Enforced

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Every contract involves the risk of insolvency, and every construction subcontract involves the risk of the owner/developer failing to make the payments that the contractor intends to use to pay its subcontractors....more

Georgia Court Of Appeals Holds That Sovereign Immunity Shields County From Contractor’s Claims Based Upon Unwritten Change Orders

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Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc., 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 568 (Ga. Ct. App., November 15, 2017) - Fulton County contracted with SOCO Construction Company (“SOCO”) to build a cultural center near the Fulton...more

Caveat contractors: Under new California law, general contractors will be on the hook for unpaid subcontractor wages

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Enacted by California state legislators in September and effective for contracts entered on or after January 1, 2018, A.B. 1701 makes direct contractors (defined as those with a direct contractual relationship with a project...more

What Changes Are In Store For California Employers in 2018?

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As 2017 draws to a close, now is an opportune time for California employers to review the new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 and ensure compliance. As with past years, the new crop of employment laws are...more

Do Not Clean, Clean Dirt: Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc.

On December 21, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting the private right of action under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), Douglass v. Shamrock Paving, Inc. The decision analyzes three...more

FIDIC Updates its Rainbow Suite of Contracts

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Background: Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils ("FIDIC")'s Red (Construction), Yellow (Plant and Design and Build) and Silver (EPC) Books ("Rainbow Suite of Contracts") are widely used on major construction and...more

Termination for Convenience: File on Time and Document Your Costs

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Last month, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals issued two decisions involving terminations for convenience. Both decisions are instructive regarding how contractors should anticipate contractual and regulatory...more

A Look Back at Texas Insurance Law in 2017

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2017 was a busy year for insurance practitioners, legislators and jurists. The year brought a number of long-awaited Texas Supreme Court opinions, ranging from a case of simple contract construction to a lengthy opinion...more

'Time at large' argument unsuccessful where contract contains broad extension of time clause

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In the case of Severfield (UK) Ltd v Duro Felguera UK Ltd (No. 2) [2017] EWHC 3066 (TCC), the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in England and Wales declined to find ‘time at large' under a construction contract where...more

The Hard Hat Bulletin

On September 13, 2017 the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1701, which requires the General Contractor of a private construction project to pay all unpaid wages and fringe benefits owed to an employee of a...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - December 2017

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Suitability of Arbitration Rules for Construction Disputes - Arbitration continues to be the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes. With many large infrastructure projects being financed,...more

Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

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In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

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Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

Federal District Court in Virginia Holds That Prime Contractor’s Payment Bond Surety Cannot Rely on No-Damages-For-Delay Clause in...

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United States v. John C. Grimberg Co., Case No. 1:16-cv-991, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173362 (E.D. Virginia, October 19, 2017) - John C. Grimberg (“Prime Contractor”) was awarded a contract (the “Prime Contract”) to design...more

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

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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

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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

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

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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

Under Construction - December 2017

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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

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