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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 […]

Establishment of the GMP: The Fatal Flaw

More and more construction contracts are CM-at-risk contracts with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (“GMP”). Contractors and Owners are increasingly relying upon a “cost plus with a GMP” format, such as the AIA A133 form, as a fair way to allocate risk. This is particularly true when the design drawings are evolving in the early days […]

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, […]