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10 Key Takeaways: Collaborative Relationships Between Owners & Contractors

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Pat Gaas and Brian Gaudet recently participated as panelists along with other key industryleaders at the 4th Annual EPC Contract Management Conference in Houston. Here are the key takeaways....more

Fashion Trends for Design Professionals: Wearing Many Different Hats

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

With the rise in alternative project delivery systems, design professionals are often expected to provide services beyond those required under the “traditional mode.” As one may expect, this expansion of services can also...more

Contractors May Benefit by Taking Equity in the Project They are Constructing

Contractors may benefit in making a small equity investment in the projects they construct. The financial benefit can arise from the investment itself and from improved understanding and communication with the owner during...more

AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

California Employers: Know and Comply With New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2018

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following its pattern in recent years, in 2017 the California legislature enacted many new laws affecting California employers. The new laws address several topics, including: - Broader gender-related discrimination,...more

Direct Contractors Potentially Liable for Subcontractors' Failure to Pay Wages

by Clark Hill PLC on

Commencing on January 1, 2018, California has enforced and made effective AB 1701 (Labor Code § 218.7). In accordance with this new law, "direct contractors" on private works of improvements will now be directly liable for...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 12 “Sexual Harassment Training Requirements Expanded for Farm...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

FIDIC Updates its Rainbow Suite of Contracts

by Jones Day on

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

An Important Reminder for Federal Contractors: Act Fast on Termination for Convenience Claims!

Federal contractors generally don’t need to worry too much about statute of limitations issues on federal contract claims because the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”) includes a generous six-year window to file. However, it is...more

2018 Legislative Update for California Employers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

California has had yet another banner year closing the 2017 legislative session with a spate of new employment laws imposing additional compliance obligations on employers. Bucking the anti-regulatory tide in Washington, DC,...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

Timing Is Everything – Risks Associated With Exposure To PCBs Was Not Foreseeable In 1969

On December 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in the case of Town of Westport, et al., v. Monsanto Company, et al., affirmed the District Court’s ruling granting the defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment...more

Teaming Arrangements: Pros and Cons of Teaming Agreements vs. Joint Ventures

by Williams Mullen on

Interested in combining forces with another government contractor? Well, teaming may be for you— but make sure you find the arrangement that works for your business....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

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

2017 has been a busy year for the California legislature, with the result that a number of new and significant employment laws have been added to the books and will take effect on January 1, 2018. Employers should take note...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

Out-of-State Contractors and Design Professionals Beware: The Georgia Removal Statute Does Not Apply to You

Out-of-state contractors and design professionals working on projects in Georgia should consider including venue selection clauses in their contracts. Under O.C.G.A. § 14-2-510(b)(4), venue for tort actions lies “in the...more

The Bankruptcy And Construction Junction: Making Your Texas Mechanic’s Lien Function Better In Bankruptcy

by Cole Schotz on

In order to secure a real property owner’s payment obligation, contractors, mechanics, materialmen, and other workmen are often granted a lien referred to by a variety of names including, materialmen’s liens, workmen’s liens,...more

State Appeals Courts Rule on ‘That Particular Part’ Exclusions

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Two recent cases from separate California state courts correctly interpret the phrase “that particular part” and apply it in its intended narrow sense. This is good news for contractors and is in contrast to some recent...more

Underground Storage Tank Enforcement: Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Order Addressing...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a November 15th Order addressing a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...more

Prime Contractors Take Note of New California Law Imposing Liability for Subcontractors’ Employees’ Unpaid Wages

California is imposing greater responsibilities on prime contractors for nonpayment of wages and benefits by their subcontractors. On October 14, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1701 (Thurmond), adding...more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

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V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES - A. The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench holds surety liable under a performance bond for consequential damages suffered by an obligee as result of defaulting contractor. Vermilion & District...more

New Law Holds Contractors Liable for Subcontractors’ Non-Payment of Wages

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Assembly Bill 1701 (AB 1701) provides a “direct contractor” is liable for the wages, benefits and contributions (plus interest) owed by its subcontractor(s), even if the subcontractor has been paid for the work. A “direct...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

Suspension and Debarment

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The government can suspend or debar an entity or individual for a host of actions or omissions, barring them from doing business with the government. A proactive strategy of self-examination, corrective action and engagement...more

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