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Adobe PDFPreparing for the Big One: Los Angeles’s New Seismic Retrofit Ordinance and Recommendations for Mitigating Risk
Eric M. Khodadian, Theodore D. Levin; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 9, 2016, previously published on May 19, 2016
A major earthquake in California is inevitable. Most Californians recall the 1994 Northridge earthquake that rocked Los Angeles with a 6.7 on the Richter scale. In that earthquake, some of the structures that suffered the greatest damage were wood-framed “soft story” buildings and...

 

HTMLRights of Deck and Balcony Collapse Victims in Virginia
Matthew W. Broughton, Gregory D. Habeeb; Gentry Locke, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 7, 2016, previously published on May 1, 2016
For many apartment dwellers, a deck or balcony is their version of a backyard - a place they can privately savor a sunny day or cool evening. Occupants and visitors alike should be able to enjoy a deck or balcony with confidence in its stability. Over the last twenty years, however, there has been...

 

HTMLSupreme Court of Virginia Clarifies Scope of Contractors' Potential Liability for Design Defects
John R. Lockard; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published on May 2016
The Supreme Court of Virginia recently addressed construction contractors’ potential liability for damages caused by design defects. In William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. v. Heritage Fellowship Church, a church hired an engineering firm to design a rain tank system to provide storm water...

 

HTMLDesigners and Builders Beware - New Technologies New Products New Risks
John R. Singleton; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 31, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016
Were it not for the advancement in building technologies and the introduction of new building products, we might still be living in caves. On the other hand, those who have been victims of failed new technologies and faulty new building products may conclude that living in a cave was not such a bad...

 

HTMLBuilders Liens - Know Your Legal Paths to Resolution
Robert A. Hodgins, Michael Peraya; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 31, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016
In its first construction lien decision in some time, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed what many British Columbians have known since the 2003 Court of Appeal decision in Shimco Metal Erectors Ltd. v. Design Steel Constructors Ltd., namely, that lien claimants are not confined to pursuing only...

 

HTMLEnd of the Road: The Supreme Court of Canada Denies Leave to Appeal in Iona Contractors Ltd. v Guarantee Company of North America
James W. MacLellan, Richard H. Shaban; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of Canada today released its highly anticipated decision in Iona Contractors Ltd. v Guarantee Company of North America, 2015 ABCA 240 dismissing the application for leave to appeal by the Trustee in Bankruptcy (the "Trustee") of the bankrupt, Iona Contractors Inc....

 

HTMLCorpus Christi Liquefaction Files Construction Progress Report
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2016, previously published on April 21, 2016
Corpus Christi Liquefaction has filed a report with FERC covering construction through March 2016 at its liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Corpus Christi, Texas. The report states that engineering has progressed to 97.1%, procurement has progressed to 46.0%, and Bechtel’s direct hire...

 

HTMLThe Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts Clarify the “Retained Control” Exception to General Rule of Landowner’s Nonliability for Independent Contractors
Michael A. Karaffa; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2016, previously published on March 1, 2016
Pennsylvania has long embraced the general rule that a landowner who engages an independent contractor is not liable for the independent contractor’s negligence. Plaintiffs can get around the rule, however, if the landowner kept sufficient control over the worksite under the “retained...

 

HTMLAppeals Court Rules GC Has “Reasonable Cause” to Withhold Payment
Kari Kiki Bergeron; Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016
After the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled that General Contractor Woodrow Wilson Construction Co. Inc., hired to build a New Orleans elementary school, owed penalties and attorney’s fees to its subcontractor, Fisk Electric Co., over withholding payments to it, the United States Court of...

 

HTMLBeware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin
George E. Pallas, Carol A. Sigmond; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 9, 2016, previously published on February 15, 2016
On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically, commencing tomorrow, Tuesday February 16, rigorous safety sweeps of...

 


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