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|Tips and Updates Related to Construction Contracts|
Matthew H. Hanka; Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A.;
September 3, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014This summer promises to be a busy one for local construction projects. Commercial and residential projects are rapidly increasing in number. And, regardless of whether you are involved in a large commercial project, or looking to update or build a new home, the following practical tips and...
|Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court Holds That Noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act Does Not Entitle Homeowners to Free Work|
Matthew L. Erlanger, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the contractor’s home improvement contractor registration...
|Precedent Setting Case: Standard Exclusion in Course of Construction Insurance Policy Interpreted for First Time|
Lauren Kristjanson, Grant H. Mayovsky, David Miachika, Christopher J. O'Connor; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.v. Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, 2014 BCSC 1568 ┐ Builders Risk (Course of Construction) Policy; LEG2/96 Defects Exclusion Interpreted; Fortuity and Damage Requirements Clarified
|Are HOAs Required To Accept Partial Payments On Delinquent Assessment Liens?|
Todd R. Howell; Tharpe & Howell;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The Davis-Stirling Act governs HOA initiated judicial foreclosures against homeowners relative to outstanding lien assessments. In 2011, the Huntington Continental Town House Association recorded a delinquent lien assessment against one of its homeowners followed by the filing of a judicial...
|Mechanics Liens: Better Than Money Judgments|
Asha Echeverria; Bernstein Shur;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014In a recent Maine mechanics lien case, Cote Corporation v. Kelley Earthworks, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld Cote Corporation’s mechanics lien judgment. In this case, Cote filed a mechanics lien against property owned by Kelley for the construction of an asphalt plant on...
|Stop Being So Unreasonable!|
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014In a recent case decided in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Federal Court considered when costs are reasonable and when they are not. Kellogg Brown and Root Services Inc. (“KBR”) entered into a contract with the Army back in 2001 to provide logistical...
|Improper Asbestos Removal at School for the Blind Site|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently investigating the possibility of improper asbestos removal at the site of the former Michigan School for the Blind. The investigation has followed after Michigan construction company, MAC Contracting, LLC, was accused of improperly and unsafely...
|Is the End Near for Race-Conscious Contracting Programs? Federal Contractor Challenges the 8(a) Minority Business Development Program|
Edward T. DeLisle, Kayleen Egan, Maria L. Panichelli; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014Is the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) minority business development program, also known as the “8(a) Program” unconstitutional? The legality of the program has been a hot topic of debate over the year, most recently due to a significant DC District Court...
|Discretionary Protectioná- State Bonding Requirements in P3 Projects|
Vianney Lopez; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014Public-private partnerships (“P3s”) have become an increasingly popular procurement method for public projects. P3s refer to the partnership between a public government agency—which can be federal, state, or local—and a private entity. The private entity’s role in...
|Texas Supreme Court Applies Economic Loss Rule to Limit Tort Claims by Contractors Against Owner's Design Professionals|
Scott W. Cowan, Christopher H. Domingo, Daniel D. McMillan, Andrew D. Ness, J. Laurens Wilkes; Jones Day;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014In a June 20 decision, the Texas Supreme Court applied the economic loss rule to preclude a direct claim for negligent misrepresentation by a construction contractor against an owner's architect based on flawed design documents. LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Constr. Co., No. 11-0810, 2014 Tex. LEXIS...