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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

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

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

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

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

In Dismissing Homebuyer’s Defective Construction Suit Against Contractor for Lack of Privity, Supreme Court of Utah Cautions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tomlinson v. Douglas Knight Constr., Inc., 2017 Utah Lexis 132 (August 29, 2017) - This case arises out of the construction of a residential property. Lot 84 Deer Crossing (“Lot 84”) purchased the property and contracted...more

Best in Law: Sole-Source Construction Contracts - Property Owners Whose Projects Require a Specific Brand or Proprietary Product...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Commercial and residential property owners and managers engage in many projects to construct and maintain their properties. From interior and exterior painting, flooring and lighting to paving and asphalt coatings, such...more

Allocation of Risk in Construction Contracts

by White & Case LLP on

Risk in construction contracts - ‘Risk’, in a project delivery context, can be defined as ‘an event or set of circumstances that,should it occur, will have an effect on the achievement of the project’s objectives’. Risk...more

Introduction to the FIDIC Suite of Contracts

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The history of the FIDIC suite - Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils1 (FIDIC) was founded in Belgium in 1913. Since then, it has become the foremost representative body for the world’s consulting engineers,...more

Michigan Court Of Appeals Holds That Contractor Who Failed To Timely Seek A Time Extension Is Barred From Contesting Liquidated...

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Abhe & Svboda, Inc. v. State of Michigan Department of Transportation, 2017 Mich. App. Lexis 1387 (August 29, 2017) - Contractor Abhe & Svboda, Inc. (“A&B”) entered into a contract with the Michigan Department of...more

The 2017 AIA Changes that Matter to Owners

Last time, we discussed how some of the 2017 revisions to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) form design and construction contracts benefit general contractors. Such revisions added clarity to provisions concerning...more

Bound by your bargain

by Dentons on

During April 2015, the Court of Appeals (Civil Division) delivered its judgment in MT Hojgaard A/S v. E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 407....more

Tips for Contractors Who Want to Help Rebuild After the California Wildfires

I received a call from one of my contractor clients this past week to see what he could do to help those affected by California’s North Bay fires....more

Disputing a Final Certificate: Does the Contractor Still Need to Pay?

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The Situation: Most construction contracts, including AS4000 and AS2124, stipulate that a final certificate is issued following completion of the work, stating the final amount payable between the parties. The Development:...more

Is it wrong to confuse an arbitrator's failure to give reasons with the conduct of proceedings?

by Dentons on

Construction disputes in South Africa are typically subject to dispute resolution by arbitration. This is usually regulated by the Arbitration Act (the Act). Under the common law and section 28 of the Act, an arbitration...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That “Economic Waste” Doctrine, As Adopted In Wisconsin, Prevented Owner From Recovering Costs To Repair...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

WTE-S&S AG Enters., LLC v. GHD, Inc., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 2343 (Bankr. N. D. Ill. August 18, 2017) - This breach of contract dispute arises out of a contract to design and build a cow-manure digester on a farm in Wisconsin. ...more

5 Key Takeaways: Texas Lien Laws and Advanced Lien & Payment

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Brian Gaudet recently gave two presentations, “Texas Lien Laws” and “Advanced Lien & Payment,” at the Associated General Contractors of America Houston Chapter....more

Changes in Real Estate legislation - 3 quarter 2017

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Amendments to the federal laws - Federal Law No. 135-FZ On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving the Procedure for Establishing and Using the Territory Adjacent to an Airfield and...more

General Contractors Now Liable In Private Construction For Wage And Fringe Benefit Liabilities Of Subcontractors

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1701. This law imposes liability on general contractors for wage and fringe benefit liabilities of its subcontractors. This law applies to all contracts entered...more

California Building Owners and Contractors: Act before January 1, 2018, to Minimize Risks of Non-Paying Subcontractors

by Allen Matkins on

This past weekend Governor Brown signed AB 1701, a bill that requires direct contractors to pay any wages, fringe benefits, or other benefit payments or contributions owed by a defaulting subcontractor, plus interest. This...more

Federal Court Holds That Under Louisiana Law, Actual Notice Of Cause Of Delay Satisfies Contractual Notice Requirement Despite...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125012 (E.D. La. August 8, 2017) - The Housing Authority of New Orleans (“the Authority”) contracted with Parkcrest Builders, LLC (“Parkcrest”)...more

Construction One-Minute Read: California Officials Put Additional Pressure on General Contractors to Prevent Wage Theft

General contractors’ top priorities on a construction project are completing the work on time, completing the work within budget, and guarding against future construction defect claims. New and pending laws in California,...more

Do you know the full extent of your contractual obligations (and can you meet them)?

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In 125 OBS (Nominees 1) & Anor v. Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 25 (TCC), the court found the contractor liable for the highly publicised failure of glass panels at a prestigious building in London....more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

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