Posts Written By: Eric Travers

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 […]

Subcontractors + Suppliers Score a Mechanic’s Lien Rights Victory in Ohio Appellate Court

On August 14, 2019, the Court of Appeals, Ninth Judicial District (Summit County) handed Ohio subcontractors and suppliers a victory on mechanic’s lien rights by reversing and remanding a trial court decision where the lower court had held that a subcontractor’s notice of furnishing was invalid because it was served before the sub had performed any labor or […]

One-Sided Arbitration Clause: Contractor’s Right to Unilaterally Choose Arbitration Upheld

Subcontractors are often asked to sign a subcontract giving the general contractor the right to, in its sole discretion, choose arbitration or litigation to resolve subcontract disputes. Many view these clauses as unfair, and whether such clauses are even enforceable is not settled, which means that state and federal courts across the country have come […]

Third Appellate District Ruling = Good News for Contractor + Owner Covered by CGL Policy

This week, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District, in a ruling that reversed the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas, issued a welcome ruling for construction participants in the state of Ohio. The court held that the industry-standard Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy purchased by Charles Construction Services, Inc. from Cincinnati Insurance, […]

Are Construction Projects “Problems in Progress”? Obey these Ten Commandments of Construction Risk Management

It is a common saying that construction projects are “problems in progress.” Subcontractors, who often are the ones financing the project through their labor and materials, bear inordinate risk that the financial impact of any problems will fall on them. If you follow the commandments below you won’t eliminate problems, but you can set yourself […]