Appeals Court Finds For Contractor on Its Overhead Claim, But Not During Concurrent Delays

The First Appellate District of Ohio (Hamilton County) recently found for a contractor on its overhead claim against a public housing authority. In Jindal Builders & Restoration Corp. v. Cincinnati Metro. House Auth., 2020-Ohio-4043, the Court cited a number of cases that allowed a contractor to recover its indirect costs, and specifically home office overhead […]

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What is the Verdict on Virtual Mediations?

While courts have ground nearly to a halt on civil matters during the COVID-19 pandemic, mediations are moving again.  Some are proceeding in person, while others are taking place on a virtual platform like Zoom, and some others are a hybrid of both. Having conducted a good number of all of these different types of […]

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What Can Be Done About Bid Shopping?

“Bid shopping” occurs when a general contractor discloses the bid price of one subcontractor (or suppliers) to its competitors in an attempt to obtain a lower bid than the one on which the general contractor based its bid to the owner. Put another way, bid shopping occurs when a general contractor uses the lowest bid […]

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Dealing with a Problem Project

”Any Construction Project Is a Problem In Progress” What separates successful owners, contractors and subcontractors from the unsuccessful ones is the ability to effectively manage those problems. Through the effective management of problems with good people, problems can be resolved without deteriorating into serious disputes, or if disputes occur, they can be more timely and […]

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Court Holds that Subcontract Conditional Payment Clause is Not a Defense to a Surety on a Payment Bond Claim

In the recently decided case of Crosno Construction, Inc. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Company of America, No. D075561, 2020 WL 1899278 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 17, 2020) the California Court of Appeals issued a victory for subcontractors’ and suppliers’ payment rights by holding that a subcontract “conditional payment” clause may not be relied on […]

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