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The Ten Commandments of Construction Law

A construction project can be “a problem in progress.” What separates successful owners, contractors and subcontractors from the others is their ability to effectively manage those problems. Practitioners advising the construction industry frequently consult the relevant contract documents when dealing with these problems, but there are several key statutes that trump the contract that counselors […]

Cranes: Who Owns the Project Air?

The recent surge of construction activity in urban settings has accelerated the use of cranes in tight spaces. Frequently, large cranes find themselves moving over neighbor’s buildings. Unfortunately, there is little definitive law that tells us exactly what the obligations of the crane operators are as to the neighbor’s property and what “air rights” may […]

Third Appellate District Ruling = Good News for Contractor + Owner Covered by CGL Policy

This week, the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District, in a ruling that reversed the Hancock County Court of Common Pleas, issued a welcome ruling for construction participants in the state of Ohio. The court held that the industry-standard Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy purchased by Charles Construction Services, Inc. from Cincinnati Insurance, […]

5 Steps to Protect Your Claim

It is not unusual for contractors to experience impacts beyond their control that delay or disrupt their work. While each contract requires a little different approach, if you follow these basic steps you should be in a good position to seek redress on your claim for additional time or money. Request a Time Extension in […]

Contractors + Subcontractors at Risk When Owner Fails to Pay Architect

We have long counseled Owners about the risks associated with the standard AIA contract language stating that the Architect’s Drawings are “Instruments of Service” and the license to use them can be withheld by the Architect in the event there is a dispute between the Owner and Architect – involving payment or otherwise. It is […]