construction contracts Archive

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 […]

Ohio Supreme Court Rules that Construction Defects are Not Covered Under CGL Policy Article

The Ohio Supreme Court has again ruled that owners, contractors and subcontractors in Ohio have little protection from construction defects. The construction industry has long relied upon Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) policies to protect against personal injury or property damage losses, including those flowing from construction defects. Large premiums are paid every year to the […]

Ten Things to Remember During a Time of Growth

The construction industry is blessed with solid growth but challenged by a labor shortage. Those who remember these simple principles will do well. 1. Now is the time to demand Fair Contract language and secure it. If not now, when? It is much easier in good times to insist upon equitable contract terms. 2. Condition […]

AIA Retires A201-2007 General Conditions on October 31

Many in the industry commonly utilized the AIA documents, often with significant revisions. The core of many of these documents are the AIA General Conditions (A201) with the parties frequently using the 2007 version as a starting point. AIA typically modifies its contract documents every ten (10) years and released its latest edition of the […]

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 […]