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HTMLPresident 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;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLPrincipal 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;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
On 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 ....

 

HTMLAct 117 Signed into Law Amending the Mechanic’s Lien Law and Easing Construction Lending
Derek P. Dissinger; Barley Snyder;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
A 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....

 

HTMLPennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Amended, Clarifying Open-End Construction Loan Mortgage Priority
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLThe Economic Loss Doctrine Scaled Back in Massachusetts
Asha Echeverria; Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
In 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...

 

HTMLContract's Notice Provision Bars Claim for Extra Work
James K. Bidgood, Jay R. Houghton, Joseph Young; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 7, 2014
The United States Court of Federal Claims recently held that a contractor’s claim for additional compensation for a change should be denied because the contractor failed to satisfy its contract’s written notice requirements. K-Con Building Systems, Inc. v. The United States, 114 Fed....

 

HTMLReed Construction Data - Economy Improving Slowly but Surely
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
Reed 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...

 

HTMLAmendments to Ohio P3 Legislation Add Bonding Requirements with a Twist
Lisa M. Wampler; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014
It is no secret within the construction industry that public-private partnership (P3) project delivery has recently become all the rage. The demand for infrastructure repairs and improvements is high, and the public dollars needed to fund them are scarce. P3 projects incorporating public and...

 

HTMLAnti-Indemnification Statutes and Their Impact upon Insuring Indemnification Obligations Versus Those of an Additional Insured
Jay R. Houghton; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 7, 2014
Construction projects are inherently risky endeavors. A myriad of things that can go wrong range from damaging a tree on neighboring property, to the structural failure of a completed building, and the loss of limb or life. One of the most important reasons one enters into a contract while...

 

HTMLISO 2013 Additional Insured Endorsements Revisions - What the Construction Industry Needs to Do
Nicholas H. Ceavers; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 7, 2014
New risks associated with recent revisions to the standard ISO Additional Insured endorsements language have not been addressed by many in the construction industry. Although these revisions occurred in April of 2013, many participants in the construction industry have failed to take adequate...

 


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