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|Update on Discoverability of Attorney-Expert Communications|
Matthew L. Erlanger, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 25, 2014On April 29, 2014 an evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital upheld a lower court ruling holding that communications between a party’s attorney and a party’s expert witness are exempt from disclosure during discovery. This case was previously...
|Surprising Shakeup in Construction Lending: New Law Kisses Kessler Goodbye|
Katherine E. Missimer; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP;
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014On July 9, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 117 of 2014 which amends the Mechanics’ Lien Law to grant lien priority to open-end mortgages over mechanics’ liens, provided that sixty percent (60%) of the proceeds of such mortgages are used for construction costs.
|Qatar Construction Update - Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Qatar|
Dentons Canada LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014Qatar has seen a positive step forward in the enforcement of arbitration awards recently with a decision by the Court of Cassation examining the application of the New York Convention, of which Qatar is a member, in respect of enforcement of arbitration awards in Qatar.
|President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors|
Randall D. Avram, James H. Coil, Susan W. Pangborn, Chuck Rice; Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP;
July 28, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 11478 prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors and construction employers working on federally assisted construction projects from discriminating in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This marks the...
|Act 117 Signed into Law Amending the Mechanic’s Lien Law and Easing Construction Lending|
Derek P. Dissinger; Barley Snyder;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014A few months ago we published an article titled, “Pennsylvania House and Senate Pass Bills to Ease Construction Lending.” The article described Senate Bill 145 of 2014 which contemplated amendments to the Mechanic’s Lien Law of 1963 authored to ease construction lending....
|Principal Architects on Residential Projects Liable for Construction Defects Outside Their Control; Developers and Owners May Pay the Price|
Meredith A. Jones-McKeown; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided the much watched case Beacon Residential Community Assoc. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. The court held that the “principal architect” “owes a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of a residential building ....
|Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Amended, Clarifying Open-End Construction Loan Mortgage Priority|
Duane Morris LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 117 of 2014, which amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law (MLL), 49 P.S. 1101, et seq., to provide that a construction loan secured by an open-end mortgage where at least 60 percent of the proceeds are "intended to pay...
|City of Quincy, Massachusetts Bidding Requirements Pre-empted by Federal Law|
David P. Ray; Bernstein Shur;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014In a case just decided by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, the Court has concluded that a City of Quincy, Massachusetts ordinance requiring bidders on municipal projects in the city to engage in a specific type of apprentice training program violated the Federal Employment Retirement...
|Reed Construction Data - Economy Improving Slowly but Surely|
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the industry’s economy continues to improve even though it remains sluggish and somewhat uneven. Year-to-date, seasonally adjusted spending...
|The Economic Loss Doctrine Scaled Back in Massachusetts|
Asha Echeverria; Bernstein Shur;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014In a case recently decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, the Court reaffirmed that the Economic Loss Rule applies to construction cases in Massachusetts. The trustees of the Market Gallery Condominiums in Lowell filed an action against Ayer Properties seeking damages for the negligent...