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First-Time CSC Speaker Tackles eDiscovery – 7/15/20

PITTSBURGH – Samantha L. Brutout, Esq. could not make it to last year’s Construction Super Conference (CSC) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Instead, the 14-year construction law veteran was navigating her way through a lengthy trial back in her home city of Pittsburgh, Pa. With plans still in place for a Dec. 7-9 CSC at the […]

Analysis — Virus-Related Legal Issues – 7/15/20

RIVER EDGE, N.J. – With the heat of summer raging and the global pandemic spiking in some regions of the U.S., effects on construction law are coming into focus. Third Thursday sat down with Patrick J. Greene, Esq., senior partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., River Edge, N.J., to gauge the current climate, as well as […]

SmartSaver Rates + Speaker Lineup Soon – 6/17/20

LAS VEGAS – Fair warning: SmartSaver registration rates for Construction Super Conference are set to open on Tuesday, July 21. SmartSaver rates are the lowest possible rates to attend the conference which is scheduled for Dec. 7-9, 2020 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. To all prospective speakers who submitted proposals for presentations and/or […]

CSC 2019 and a Look Ahead to 2020

SOUTHFIELD, MI – I arrived a day early to last year’s Construction Super Conference, situated in Rancho Palos Verdes on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The Terranea Resort is a spectacular venue at any time, and although the third week of December 2019 was a bit challenging owing to the holiday season, it proved […]

OSHA Will Not Be Compelled to Issue ETS

WASHINGTON, DC – Can OSHA be compelled to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that deals with the COVID-19 pandemic? A May 18 lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO asserted that the answer should be yes. The lawsuit ultimately hit a dead end when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the AFL-CIO’s […]

Possible Modifications for CSC 2020

LAS VEGAS – What will the Dec. 7-9 Construction Super Conference look like in 2020? Greater spacing between seats, sanitation stations, dedicated entrances/exits, and reimagined registration areas are all on the table. The CSC team is discussing these and other possibilities for putting on the event during the COVID-19 era. The December 2019 CSC seems […]

Insurance and COVID-19

TRUMBULL, CT – The fine print on countless construction contracts is getting a fresh scrubbing in light of the global pandemic. For example, do insurance provisions found in builders’ risk coverage (and other forms of property coverage) apply to coronavirus? According to Michael V. Pepe, partner at Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Trumbull, Conn., the […]

CSC Aims for December 2020 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Entering the third month of the COVID-19 crisis, organizers at Construction Super Conference (CSC) are still aiming to convene Dec. 7-9, 2020. Unlike last year’s conference at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Calif, CSC will return to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. “It’s been such a crazy year,” says […]

Crisis Gets Us Back to Basics

ARLINGTON, VA – As senior counsel, Construction Law, for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, Brian Perlberg has seen his share of strife within the field of construction law. In the last two months, however, he’s seen an entirely new level of chaos.    “The virus crisis has turned the world on its head, and […]

Pondering the Pandemic — Impact, Conflicts, Silver Linings, and Historical Context

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Wayne H. Kalayjian, PE, SE, CFE, is a keen observer of history. Last year at Construction Super Conference in Palos Verdes, Calif, he presented Dancing With Disaster: Great Construction Catastrophes and How They Shaped the Law. Bouncing from comedy to tragedy, the presentation covered the worst construction-related disasters, as well as […]

Industry News — Let the COVID-Related Lawsuits Begin

PITTSBURGH – The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh is suing Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, citing an “unfair double standard” in construction rules. An article in the Tribune-Review details efforts by the Builders Association to revise rules that favor office building over home building. According to reporter Paul Guggenheimer, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is imposing a cap […]

Leadership Through the Pandemic and Beyond

FAIRFAX, VA – Empathy, compassion, and trying to create clarity for teams and people you lead is important. That might be clarity about tomorrow, because it doesn’t have to be a long timeline with clarity because it’s obviously impossible for any of us to predict the future. Leaders who are doing well are synthesizing a […]

CSC Day 3 – Disasters, Miscalculations, and Construction Law

PALOS VERDES, CA – Construction is one of the most injury-prone industries in the world. If earthquakes and fires don’t claim a structure, human error will encroach at the most inopportune moments. “It’s the human factors that are much more difficult to predict and control,” said Wayne H. Kalayjian, PE, SE, CFE, director at Secretariat […]

A Peek at the Future On Day Two of CSC

PALOS VERDES, CA – Construction Super Conference (CSC) Keynote speaker Alec Ross kicked off day two with a morning presentation outlining global technology trends that could shape the next decade. “A lot of the science fiction from the 1970s will be the reality of the 2020s,” said Ross, an author and professor, during his keynote […]

Day Two of Construction Super Conference – Drugs and Safety

PALOS VERDES, CA – Considering that employees with substance abuse issues account for up to 50% of all accidents on the job site, drugs are a big problem in the construction industry. A panel on day two of CSC tackled the conundrum during Managing the Use and Abuse of Prescription Drugs and Medical and Recreational […]