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Should I Demand Arbitration or Not?

If a dispute goes on long enough, it will ultimately result in litigation or arbitration. Parties need to think about whether they would rather end up in court, or with a private arbitrator, or arbitration panel. Many of the well-accepted trade association contracts have a “check-the-box” approach, in which you need to say whether you […]

Are You Prepared for the Risks of Design Delegation?

Design build contractors are generally familiar with the risk they are assuming under the traditional design-build model in which the contractor is responsible for the design, as well as the construction of the design his team has created. However, contractors are less familiar with the risks that are assumed under a design-bid-build model in which […]

Is Your Owner’s Representative a Problem Solver or a Paper Pusher?

On large and complex construction projects, the overall purpose of an Owner’s Representative is to guide the Owner through the design and construction process. At the Project’s inception, an Owner’s Representative should provide valuable insight for the Owner to consider when making critical decisions, such as the selection of the design professional and construction manager. […]

Another Look at Force Majeure Clauses

Force majeure or “Act of God” clauses were often forgotten until the COVID-19 pandemic dusted them off and made them relevant again. These clauses are well worth another look. What is Force Majeure? “Force majeure” is the term used to describe an exceptional event or circumstance that is unforeseeable, beyond the control of the parties, […]