Builders’ Risk Claims and Deadlines Extensions Related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Coverage depends upon the cause of the damage. Two articles by Scott Van Voorhis in discuss the insurance ramifications for contractors with projects affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He addresses two related issues— builders’ risk coverage for property damage and contract deadline extensions. According to Mr. Van Voorhis, “details tucked away in builder’s […]

Women’s Leadership Workshop to be Offered at 2017 Construction SuperConference

Atlanta: Led by dynamic coach and educator Brooke Vuckovic, Ph.D., this complimentary workshop presented by Navigant, Eversheds Sutherland, and Lendlease will help executives in attendance better define their purpose and presence as leaders. KELLY HEUER, Managing Director, Global Construction Practice at Navigant, states, “Attendees of the Women’s Leadership Workshop will learn simple, research-proven methods to enhance […]

Opinion—Contractors, the unsung heroes of disaster relief

By Don Wallis Builders are always among the first to respond and the last to leave when disaster strikes. In the past month hurricanes have ravaged Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico with unprecedented fury. Wildfires in the Northwest have done the same. Some of the Caribbean islands have suffered devastation that has made them virtually […]

Public Labor Agreements No Longer Required in Missouri

PLAs are no longer required for government projects In Missouri. Public Labor Agreements (PLAs) require contractors working for public entities to adhere to certain labor relation requirements. Traditionally this has meant that contractors must work with organized labor. The Missouri legislature has passed, and the governor has signed Senate Bill No. 182 which ends this […]

AIA Provisions May Provide Architects With A Cause Of Action for Copyright Infringement Against Contractors.

Ohio court rules that AIA B101-2007 gives architects almost absolute control over their plans and specifications. Contractors are aware that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) documents provide architects with significant contractual advantages in their relationships with both owners and contractors. A recent case ruling by the Northern District Court of Ohio confirms this. An […]

Additional Insured Limitations Must Be Clear, Reasonable

California Court of Appeal rules that limitations must be explicitly stated.  The California Court of Appeal in a recent case, Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., Cal Ct. App. (4th Dist.) Docket No. DO 70478, ruled that an insurer cannot refuse to indemnify an additional insured based upon contract language that is open […]

Construction SuperConference to Welcome Todd Buchholz as Opening Keynote

Todd Buchholz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CSC and you will not want to miss it! Bruce Ficken, Member, Cozen O’Connor and CSC Co-Chair: “Anyone planning to attend the opening keynote session, featuring Todd Buchholz, is in for a treat.” As a frequent commentator on the state of the markets, Buchholz brings […]

Northwest Area Water Supply Project Approved After 15 Years of Litigation

The project can still be postponed by further appeals.  The Northwest Area Water Supply project is a partially completed pipeline that will supply northwestern North Dakota with a steady supply of drinking water when it is completed. When that will be is still uncertain. Blake Nicholson’s Associated Press article, reprinted at, reports that U.S. […]

NYC Rezoning Provides Insights into the Legal Complexities of Urban Development

Approval of new zoning is only the first step in providing developers with the opportunity to redevelop existing properties. An article by David M. Levitt in Bloomberg’s National Real Estate Investor outlines the ongoing efforts of the City of New York and real estate developers in Manhattan to erect new, larger office buildings in midtown […]

Personal Injury Rules Clarified in Texas Construction Case

A $43.5 million verdict is overturned by the appeals court. Texas law has clearly defined regulations outlining what recourse is available for a worker injured on a construction site. As an article in the Houston Chronicle explains, the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals recently overturned a $43.5 million verdict because, based upon Texas law, the […]

Early Registration For Construction SuperConference Now Open

Early registration for the Construction SuperConference, the preeminent construction conference developed for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction markets is now open. Kevin Gaffney, CSC director: “If you are looking to save money, it pays to act now.”  Read the full story » You can’t afford to miss […]

Opinion—The battle over the 2015 Clean Water Rule continues

By Don Wallis A protracted legal struggle benefits no one. Jim Parsons’ article in the July issue of ENR outlines the continuing legal struggle between the construction industry and environmentalists over the 2015 Clean Water Rule enacted by the Obama administration. The 2015 Rule “brings smaller, state-regulated waterways and wetlands under federal pollution-control jurisdiction.” Environmentalist […]

Pennsylvania Changes the Remedies for Payment Disputes on Public Works Projects

CASPA was replaced by PPA as the statute for determining remedies in payment disputes The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has revised the standards for determining remedies for contractors and subcontractors in payment disputes on public works projects. This decision directly affects companies working on state and municipal projects in Pennsylvania and has the potential to indirectly […]