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|Summary of California’s Prompt Payment Laws|
Colin R. Higgins, Jeffrey M. Singletary; Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.;
October 13, 2014, previously published on September 2014The California legislature has enacted a comprehensive series of prompt payment statutes that are designed to ensure the prompt payment of progress payments and retention payments to downstream contractors by imposing harsh monetary penalties for any violations of the statutory scheme. Determining...
|Drafting Contracts to Minimize or Avoid Claims|
Jason Ebe; Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.;
October 13, 2014, previously published on September 2014Many claims that arise in design and construction may be mitigated or avoided as a result of prudent contract drafting at the outset of the project. This article provides practical tips for drafting contracts to minimize or avoid claims. These tips are applicable to design and construction...
|Subcontractors Beware: An Agreement to Sponsor an Appeal May No Longer Be Enough|
Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on September 26, 2014The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ (“ASBCA”) jurisdiction is limited by law to prime contractors. For the ASBCA to exercise jurisdiction over a subcontractor’s claim, a subcontractor’s appeal must be sponsored by the party in privity with the United States...
|Industry Standards and OSHA Redefining VSSR Regulations|
Nicholas E. Davis, Lawrence C. Davison, Samuel M. Duran, Christopher B. Ermisch, Cynthia C. Felson; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that industry standards and OSHA laws may be considered by the Industrial Commission in the interpretation of VSSR (Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement) regulations. In State ex rel. Richmond v. Indus. Comm., Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-1604, the claimant...
|Does Pennsylvania Law Permit Contractors and Owners to Extend the Six-Month Filing Deadline By Agreement?|
Dylan B. Spadaccino; Babst Calland;
October 9, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014 It is not uncommon for a subcontractor, for example, to call his or her attorney regarding filing a lawsuit against the prime contractor, 13 months after the dispute arose, only to learn that buried deep within the 50 page, single spaced, 8-point font contract, lurks a clause that shortened the...
|Florida Law Permits Limitations of Liability Clauses for Design Professionals|
Stephen M. Reams; Stites & Harbison, PLLC;
October 8, 2014Florida enacted legislation making limitation of liability clauses for design professionals enforceable when certain conditions are met. The new law, passed last year, reverses the decision of a Florida appellate court that ruled in 2010 that any limitation of liability clause purporting to limit...
|Court of Appeal Issues Decision Clarifying the Applicability of Prevailing Wage Law to Offsite Fabrication of Materials|
Rebecca Chaparro, Tyree K. Dorward; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
October 7, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014The California Court of Appeal has ruled that fabrication of materials for a public works project is not subject to California’s prevailing wage law if it occurs at a “permanent, offsite manufacturing facility, the location and existence of which is determined wholly without regard to...
|Misclassification of Workers: An Attempt to Save Could Cost Your Business A Bundle|
Mark D. Maneche, Gregory S. Weiner; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
October 7, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Many business owners, including those in the construction industry, have noticed that their classification of workers is being closely scrutinized by a variety of federal and state regulatory agencies. There is no indication that this trend will slow any time soon. In fact, it was recently...
|State Payment Bond Statutes: Navigating "Little Miller Acts"|
Stephen J. Kelleher; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
October 2, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014Contractors working on public contracts may perform for a number of public owners across a variety of jurisdictions. While it is always prudent for a contractor to know the contractual requirements of each jurisdiction, it is even more important to do so when crossing state lines. All states have...
|Supreme Court Of New Jersey Holds That Cardiovascular Death Is Not Compensable.|
Angela Y. DeMary; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
September 29, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014The New Jersey Supreme Court reiterated that there remains a heightened standard of proof and causation for cardiovascular claims. The Supreme Court opined in Rennerr/i> that the decedent husband/petitioner failed to sustain his burden of proving a compensable cardiovascular death.