Legal Insights Archive

Bidding Amid Price Escalation + Shortages

The COVID pandemic disrupted production and supply distribution chains. Pent up demand is increasing the need for construction materials, and prices are rising dramatically. And some materials have been rationed or allocated on a limited basis. All of these factors have increased the uncertainties and risks for bidders, and those seeking to rely upon those […]

Another Court Awards Extended Home Office Overhead

For years, owners and contractors have battled over whether extended home office overhead is recoverable for project delays, and if so, how to best measure it. Our firm has successfully represented contractors in recovering extended home office overhead for project delays – even on non-ODOT jobs – utilizing ODOT’s well-accepted HOOP formula. Our firm has […]

New Loss of Labor Productivity Standard on the Way

Common are the construction projects that do not go as planned. Schedules slip as unexpected problems occur and pressure builds on all project participants to “catch up” and still preserve the project budget and completion date. It is typical in these circumstances to see acceleration and delay claims arising from these schedule impacts. Claims for […]

4th Circuit Rules for Subcontractor on “Subcontract vs. Miller Act” Issue

In the recently decided case of Aarow/IET, LLC v Hartford Fire Insurance Company, No. 19-1710 (4th Cir. 2020), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a victory for a subcontractor whose federal Miller Act (payment bond) claim had been preliminarily dismissed by the Eastern District of Virginia trial court after that court […]

Legal New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

Most of us are only too eager to see 2020 come to an end, even if it has been a pretty good economic year for the construction industry. Here are some 2021 New Year’s Resolutions to help you start the year off right. 1. Talk to your bonding agent about removing any personal liability from […]