Ten Clauses You Need in Your Insurance Exhibit

TRUMBULL, CT – Insurance terms are vital to construction contracts and subcontracts. They represent the parties’ agreement about what insurance will be in place to protect the parties from claims by third parties, as well as claims by one party against the other. There are many options for coverage, and every project has its own needs. Nonetheless, there are certain things that every contract, or standalone insurance exhibit, should establish. The construction contract should clearly establish the parties’ mutual obligations to procure and maintain insurance for the project.

Cozen O’Connor Commits to Antiracism Alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cozen O’Connor has joined more than 125 other law firms to form the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). The LFAA will partner with legal services organizations to identify and dismantle structural or systemic racism in the law, and then create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that are both immediate and long-term in […]

Work Without the White Noise? – Something is Lacking

EL SEGUNDO, CA – As director at El Segundo, Calif-based Secretariat, Wayne H. Kalayjian, PE, SE, CFE, works to solve construction-related dilemmas, delays, disruptions, and cost overruns. Within the context of the global pandemic, it’s meant an uptick in work. And yet, much of the remote work necessitated by the pandemic is lacking that crucial […]

Industry News – Scaffold Law, COVID Guidance

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. – Seeking to end New York’s Scaffold Law and replace it with a comparative negligence liability standard, Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.) introduced the Infrastructure Expansion Act (H.R. 8222) at a press conference earlier this week in Hamburg, N.Y. The press conference was attended by representatives from construction, business, and insurance organizations. Congressman […]

NYC Plans to Boost Construction Jobs – 8/20/20

NEW YORK—New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced via press release that the Community Hiring economic justice plan would aim to drive economic recovery in economically disadvantaged communities by using the city’s purchasing power to connect New Yorkers to good jobs. This plan would provide an estimated 1,300 construction jobs for every $1 billion in […]

Trade Shows in 2020 – 8/20/20

ATLANTA – It’s no secret that several trade shows and conferences have been canceled and/or gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The company that puts on Construction Super Conference (Emerald) has had to adjust, as has every other conference organizer in the U.S. and throughout the world. When the pandemic first […]

Age of Ethics — A CSC Primer – 8/20/20

CHICAGO – Rationalizing poor ethical behavior is not a strategy, and fortunately it’s not a huge concern among construction law attorneys most of the time. Karen P. Layng, president and founder of Chicago-based M.A.I.T. Co., acknowledges that lawyers may encounter shades of grey, but in those cases she encourages them to seek out the black […]

Cybersecurity — Broadening the Scope – 8/20/20

LAS VEGAS and NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Construction companies are being targeted by a growing number of cyber threats. Beefing up cybersecurity and knowing the relevant privacy compliance requirements can save money and prevent a lot of headaches. According to Newmeyer Dillion attorneys, Nathan Owens (partner) and Jeffrey M. Dennis, head of Privacy & Data […]

CSC Industry News – July – 7/15/20

Sexual Harassment in Construction IndustryNEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that 18 former employees, who experienced sexual harassment and workplace retaliation at a Long Island-based construction company, were awarded $1.5 million. The agreement also establishes a fund for other workers who also experienced sexual harassment at the company. An investigation into […]

Speaker Lineup Announcement Coming Soon – 7/15/20

LAS VEGAS – SmartSaver registration rates for Construction Super Conference are just five days away, set to open on Tuesday, July 21. SmartSaver rates are the lowest possible rates to attend the conference which is still scheduled for Dec. 7-9, 2020 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Look for special e-mail announcements from CSC […]

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 […]