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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 […]

The Legal Who, What, Where, Why + How of Bond Claims

On February 28, 2019, Don spoke as part of a two hour session about surety bonds featuring several industry experts. Covering the basics of bond claims, Don discussed types of bonds, who can make claims and what is covered, as well as when to make a claim and waiting periods. The PowerPoint that accompanied his […]

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. […]

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

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 […]