Welcome back to Lydia Lemalu after a several month maternity leave. The Firm extends its best wishes to her and new son Heru. Also returning from a recent sojourn to theU.K. is Perry Rhoads. Read all about the family’s adventure in Perry’s bLAWg entry–“All Rhoads lead to London“ where he chats about English gardening, pub life and […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 6

IN THIS ISSUE: A new twist on an old story “Automatic” termination catches many contractors off guard Job, interrupted Mecahnics’ lien rights are a matter of perspective–the court’s Historic fiction Owner’s failure to disclose building history brings harsh lesson Not dead yet: Claim periods may defy expectations Can construction managers insure against their own breach […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 5

IN THIS ISSUE: Watch your step! Payment formalities can trip up anyone EISS claims highlight a common insurance foible Sometimes overachievers achieve nothing “Value engineering” leads to delays . . . and a lawsuit Tick tock tick tock: If you want to sue, watch the clock When can’t an architect be a general contractor? Read […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 4

IN THIS ISSUE: A question of cake Can an owner recover cost of completion not actually incurred? Construction conglomerate renovate legal playing field Go fly a kite–and you might go to jail When it comes to mechanics’ liens, the devil is in the details Does insurance cover plain old bad work? Read More

Construction Newsletter Vol.3

IN THIS ISSUE: File Like The Wind Timeliness key for subcontractor nonpayment claims Finish work promptly or face a financial loss Warning: May require heavy lifting Getting insurers to pay up is rarely easy You are going to sue me? I don’t think so … The ugly truth: Aesthetics and arbitration may not mix “Illegal” […]

Construction Newsletter Vol. 2

IN THIS ISSUE: File Like The Wind Timeliness key for subcontractor nonpayment claims Tiptoeing Into Trouble Stealth bidder suffers consequences of low profile “Cost” isn’t always a “plus” in cost-plus contracts When is arbitration … not? Specific performance: On the rise in construction setting Read More

Construction Newsletter Vol. 1

IN THIS ISSUE: Permit process frustrates everyone (even judges) Going nowhere fast? Request an extension before claiming delay damages Don’t give subcontract documents the brush-off Design errors call for creative lawyering “Renovation” doesn’t always mean “construction” Reviewing insurance coverage before starting a project is critical Read More