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|Maryland Federal Court Rules That An Arbitration Provision In A Construction Contract Giving Only One Party The Right To Select Arbitration Is Unenforceable|
Michael C. Zisa; Peckar & Abramson, P.C.;
June 27, 2014In a recent United States District Court for the District of Maryland decision, U.S. ex rel. Birckhead Electric, Inc. v. James W. Ancel, Inc., 2014 WL 2574529 (D. Md. June 5, 2014), the Court found that an arbitration provision in a construction contract that binds only one party is unenforceable....
|The New Maine General Hospital - The Gold Standard in Maine|
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014Construction lawyers like me are used to encountering construction projects gone bad, and sometimes, headed directly toward litigation. In this column, I wanted to focus on a large-scale recent project in Maine that was an enormous success: the new Maine General hospital. I will highlight two of...
|Are Your Construction Contracts' Forum-Selection and Choice-of-Law Clauses Enforceable?|
Kent W. Lindsay, Daniel D. McMillan, Andrew D. Ness, Kevin O'Brien, Stephen V. O'Neal; Jones Day;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 2014While typically relegated to the last pages of a construction contract, forum-selection and choice-of-law clauses control every aspect of the parties' respective obligations and liabilities undertaken on a project. Issues like payment, suspension of work and termination, good faith and fair...
|Oregon Supreme Court Tackles Statute of Repose for Construction|
Timothy John Repass; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on May 29, 2014Contractors and their counsel should take note of these two decisions, as they will affect the duration of contractors’ exposure to construction defect claims under Oregon’s statute of repose. In the absence of written acceptance, the ten year limitations period of Oregon Revised...
|Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an Owner’s Architect in a Case That Highlights the Economic Loss Rule|
Lee C. Davis, Nkoyo-Ene Effiong, Juan C. Garcia; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 23, 2014On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction Company, Inc., No. 11-0810,1 the Supreme Court of Texas reversed the...
|Undisclosed Billing on Public Contracts May Turn “Cost Plus Fee” into “Cost Plus Fines”|
Jonathan T. Elder; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014A recent settlement between a large construction management firm and the FBI is the latest reminder that when doing business with a public awarding authority - state or federal - anything less than full transparency is likely to result in serious trouble. A recent unwitting student of this hard...
|Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Differing Site Conditions Claims and Broadens the Scope of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing|
Kirk J. McCormick; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014A recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals represents a major triumph for contractors pursuing certain types of claims against the Federal Government. In Metcalf Construction Co. v. United States, 742 F.3d 984 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the Federal Circuit reinforced the principles underlying...
|Ohio’s Vacant (Dinosaur) Buildings are not Extinct-Incentives Available to Create Jurassic Building Parks|
Kohrman Jackson Krantz PLL;
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014When I think of old, vacant industrial buildings, I see opportunities vs. eyesores. Brick and block is a far better insulator than thin-skinned metal siding, and certainly adds character to the exterior appearance as well. Often, floors are 6’’ level concrete, spans (between columns)...
|Will Your Independent Contractors Come Back to Haunt You? Illinois Supreme Court Upholds the Illinois Employee Classification Act|
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 2014On May 27, 2014 the Illinois Supreme Court issued a modified opinion in Bartlow v. Costigan, 2014 IL 115152 (Ill. 2014). The case involved constitutional challenges to the Illinois Employee Classification Act, 820 ILCS 185/1 et seq. The opinion should give pause to any company employing independent...
|Kentucky Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment to Asphalt Kettle Manufacturer Following Worker’s Death|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 14, 2014Following an explosion of an asphalt kettle that severely injured an employee of a roofing contractor working on a public school project, the worker subsequently died from a pain medication overdose and his estate brought suit against the asphalt kettle manufacturer alleging design defect, failure...