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|Massive Overhaul of Nevada Construction Defect Statute|
T. Blake Gross, Janice M. Michaels, Anthony S. Wong; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015On February 24, 2015, Governor Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 125 (AB 125) into law. AB 125 substantially changes Nevada’s construction defect laws and will likely change the landscape of both litigation and construction practices. As one of the leading Nevada firms representing builders...
|New Greenfield Project: Madrid's City of Justice|
Javier Lasa, Joaquin Perez-Marsa; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015Madrid’s Regional Government has recently announced the opening of the bid for the new City of Justice. The project foresees the construction and operation of a new town district in the outskirts of Madrid where all the courts of justice of the capital will be gathered. The City of Justice...
|Oh...By the Way....Don’t Forget To Wash Your Hands!|
John Swansinger; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015We can’t preach enough that, when it comes to construction contracts, words mean everything. I am writing about a tragic case involving the spread of Legionnaires disease being cause by shoddy workmanship in a new construction project. In 2007, Miami Valley Hospital and its corporate arm,...
|Review of US Patent Claims Construction Gets Canadianized|
Martin Brandsma, David Tait; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 7, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015On January 20, 2015, the US Supreme Court rendered its precedent-setting decision in Teva that reversed the Federal Circuit’s practice of reviewing all District Court claim constructions de novo on appeal. Instead the Supreme Court found that some decisions are entitled to deference as a...
|First Things First: Registration and Licensing Requirements for Contractors Working in Foreign Jurisdictions|
Lochlin B. Samples; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015Construction companies’ increasing opportunities to perform work across state lines poses unique challenges and requirements, not the least of which are general business registrations and licensing requirements. While the exact requirements will vary from state-to-state, virtually every state...
|Arizona’s New Construction Defect Law is Effective the Summer of 2015|
C. Cole Crabtree; Jaburg Wilk;
April 7, 2015On March 23, 2015, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed into law House Bill 2578. This new legislation relates specifically to Arizona¿s construction defect claims and revises the Purchaser Dwelling Actions statute - ARS § 12-1361, et al. The new law is effective the summer of 2015.
|Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry: An Often Overlooked and Underutilized Source of Protection|
Matthew A. Green; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in employment contracts, asset purchase agreements or stock purchase agreements.
|Supreme Court Likely To Clarify Standard of Review on District Court's Factual Findings in Support of Patent Claim Construction|
Staas Halsey LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on Fall-Winter 2014The Supreme Court of the United States (“Supreme Court”) has granted Teva Pharmaceuticals USA’s (“Teva”) petition for review. Teva appealed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”). The Federal Circuit had...
|What Should Parties Do With Unusually Severe Weather on a Construction Project?|
Matthew J. DeVries; Burr & Forman LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 2015Rain. Snow. Sleet. Ice. The winter elements this year have been unusually severe throughout the country. While weather affects our everyday lives, it can be especially crippling to the delivery of materials, the schedule of activities, and the construction project as a whole.
|OGC to Prohibit Conversion of LNG Facility Pipelines|
Paul R. Cassidy, Monika A. Sawicka; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on January 9, 2015On January 5, 2015, the Province of British Columbia issued a direction (the “Direction”) to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (“OGC”) prohibiting the OGC from issuing permits to convert LNG facility pipelines, which are built to support liquefied natural gas...