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Subcontractors + Suppliers Score a Mechanic’s Lien Rights Victory in Ohio Appellate Court

On August 14, 2019, the Court of Appeals, Ninth Judicial District (Summit County) handed Ohio subcontractors and suppliers a victory on mechanic’s lien rights by reversing and remanding a trial court decision where the lower court had held that a subcontractor’s notice of furnishing was invalid because it was served before the sub had performed any labor or […]

Design-Assist vs. Design-Build

The terms, Design-Assist and Design-Build, are frequently used by the construction industry in recent years. While they sound similar, they could not mean more different things. Design Assist Under Design-Assist, the construction team, often including key subcontractors, is engaged by the owner to collaborate with the design professional during the design phase to improve constructability […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]