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HTMLConstruction Contractor Faces Manslaughter Charge in Worker’s Death
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2016, previously published on June 28, 2016
A New York man and two construction companies he owns have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of an employee who plunged six stories to his death after allegedly being directed to perform work without fall protection.


HTMLConstruction Labor Costs May Rise With New Department of Labor Rule
Turlington Law Firm;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2016, previously published by Construction Executive
Risk Management eNewsletter
on Spring, 2016
On May 18, 2016, President Obama announced the publication of the Department of Labor¿s (DOL) final rule regarding overtime regulations.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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