Posts Written By: Don Gregory

Relief from Old Construction Defect Claims: Statute of Repose Applies To Tort and Contract Claims

There are two ways in Ohio that a claim for building defects is barred by time: the statute of limitations and the statute of repose. The statute of limitations is the period of time for a party suffering harm to file a lawsuit. In Ohio the contract statute of limitations on construction claims was 15 […]

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. […]