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HTMLConstruction Industry Scheme Rules Have Been Simplified For Contractors
Suriya Edwards; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2015, previously published on July 28, 2015
The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) was set up to deal with the payment of tax, focussing on the labour side of construction operations, within the construction industry. A construction project typically has a client or a developer instructing works, a contractor who agrees to undertake the...


HTMLContractual Considerations for Melding BIM with Integrated Project Delivery
Eugene Polyak; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015
Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) is increasingly used within the construction industry by design professionals, contractors, construction managers, and owners. BIM is particularly well suited to Integrated Project Delivery (“IPD”), a project delivery method where...


HTMLSignificant Changes to AAA's Construction Arbitration Rules Effective July 1, 2015
Mark D. Bogard; Jaburg Wilk;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2015
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently issued several significant revisions to its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules, which became effective July 1, 2015. The revised rules apply to construction arbitration cases initiated on or after July 1, 2015. For contracts entered prior to...


HTMLDominion Cove Point LNG Files Construction Status Report
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 17, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015
Dominion Cove Point LNG has filed a report with FERC on construction activities through June 2015 at its LNG export terminal near Lusby, Md. The status report states that engineering is 90% complete, procurement is 77% complete, and construction is 5.3% complete.


HTMLThe Risks Of Using Criminal Statutes To Collect Construction Debts
John R. Lockard; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 15, 2015
The failure to make payment on a construction contract may not only result in a claim for money damages in a civil lawsuit, but it may also result in a violation of a criminal statute. For example, Code of Virginia Section 43-13 makes it a felony to use funds received for a particular construction...


HTMLConstruction Cases: Statute of Repose Commences When the Contract, Not the Construction, Is Completed
Robert Garcia; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 6, 2015
The appellant condominium complex filed suit against various defendants for construction defects. The appellee subcontractor moved to dismiss the appellant’s claims on the basis that they were filed outside the ten-year statute of repose. Pursuant to section 95.11(3)(c), Fla. Stat., an action...


HTMLWhat New Attorneys Should Know About Construction Law
Nicole A. Poltash; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 13, 2015, previously published on July 2015
Attorneys often pride themselves on being objective—on being able to see both sides of the story and then adamantly argue for that side which is their client’s. Of course, there are also two sides to practicing in each area of the law. Below are some of the dual lessons I have learned...


HTMLShould You Agree to Provide Performance Guarantees and Warranties? It Depends On the Project Delivery Method.
Jay R. Houghton; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
When confronted by a project delivery method other than the traditional design-bid-build method, owners and contractors must be cognizant of exactly how that changes the project’s risk profile. One obvious risk on every project is whether the project will satisfy the owner’s performance...


HTMLErosion of the Spearin Doctrine of Implied Warranty in Alternative Project Delivery Methods
Joseph R. Young; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2015
The United States Supreme Court ruled nearly a century ago that a contractor is not responsible for consequences of defects in the plans and specifications when that contractor is bound to build according to plans and specifications prepared by the owner. U.S. v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132 (1918). This...


HTMLCollecting Judgments Across State Lines
Joseph J. Dinardo; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
In recent years, many in the construction industry have found themselves in the situation of having obtained a judgment against an owner, general contractor, or subcontractor in one state only to find out that the debtor has moved its operations or assets to another state to avoid its creditors....


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