Posts Written By: Don Gregory

Do I Need a Bond on My Next Project?

Many owner-developers choose to forego requiring a Performance and Payment Bond from their contractors in the hope of shaving another 1%-2% from the project cost. However, current market conditions suggest that owners rethink that decision. The current industry environment consists of busy contractors competing for a limited labor pool, and struggling to meet ambitious project […]

5 Ways to Attack a “Pay if Paid” Clause

“Pay when Paid” in many jurisdictions – including Ohio – means that while timing of payment may be delayed, there still is obligation to pay the sub within a reasonable period of time. In contrast, “Pay if Paid” (frequently utilizing words like “if” and “condition precedent”) means that not only timing, but also entitlement to […]

Surety Gets Burned by Not Making Article 8 Demand

The Court of Claims has ruled that the State of Ohio “Article 8” dispute resolution process applies to the surety in a takeover situation following a contractor default (Berkley Insurance Company v. Kent State University, Case No. 2018-00579JD). The trial court found that the surety had not timely initiated the “Article 8” claim process, and […]

Construction Managers Need to Watch Out for State’s Supplementary Conditions

The state of Ohio is regularly utilizing a “best value” approach to select “at risk” CMs on a subjective basis to perform work on a “cost plus” Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) basis. One frequent area of differing interests surrounds the establishment of a GMP after the contract has been awarded and significant pre-construction compensation paid. […]

Unilateral Arbitration Agreements Pose Risks

It is increasingly common to encounter dispute resolution provisions that allow one party the right to unilaterally select arbitration or litigation after the dispute develops. These “unilateral arbitration” clauses are criticized by some as being unfair because they allow one party – usually the upstream party – to shop for a favorable venue once the […]