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Price Escalation Due to Steel Tariff

There has been a lot of discussion lately about President Trump’s plan to assess tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Construction materials use a lot of steel and would be greatly impacted by cost increases that will likely flow from such tariffs. Regardless of where construction contractors and subcontractors stand on this […]

Ohio Mechanic’s Lien Claimants Can Recover Legal Fees

Those perfecting mechanic’s liens on Ohio construction projects are often frustrated by the costs of doing so. Many do not appreciate that Ohio has a statute – R.C. 1311.16 – that provides in relevant part: When judgment is rendered…the court may allow reasonable attorney’s fees to be paid out of the fund realized for lien […]

8th District Court of Appeals Allows City of Cleveland to Continue With Its Residency Requirements

Updating earlier blog postings on this topic, the Eighth District Court of Appeals followed earlier court rulings and prohibited the State from enforcing its statute eliminating residency requirements for construction projects, which was signed by Governor Kasich in August 2016 (City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 105500, 2017-Ohio-8882). By doing […]

Ohio’s Statute of Repose Does Not Apply to Breach of Contract Claims

The Third District Court of Appeals (Seneca County) recently ruled that Ohio’s statute of repose (R.C. 2305.131) does not apply to breach of contract claims. See New Riegel Local School District, Board of Education and State of Ohio v. The Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, Inc., 3rd Dist. Seneca Nos. 13-17-03, 13-17-06, 2017-Ohio-8521. The case […]

Certain Contract Indemnity Provisions are Unenforceable

It has become increasingly common for those in the construction industry to encounter indemnity provisions in their contracts. Indemnity provisions are agreements where one party (the promisor) agrees to protect and hold harmless the other party (the promisee) from liability arising from certain risk. These provisions can shift the risk of liability from a negligent […]