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Ten Things to Remember During a Time of Growth

The construction industry is blessed with solid growth but challenged by a labor shortage. Those who remember these simple principles will do well. 1. Now is the time to demand Fair Contract language and secure it. If not now, when? It is much easier in good times to insist upon equitable contract terms. 2. Condition […]

AIA Retires A201-2007 General Conditions on October 31

Many in the industry commonly utilized the AIA documents, often with significant revisions. The core of many of these documents are the AIA General Conditions (A201) with the parties frequently using the 2007 version as a starting point. AIA typically modifies its contract documents every ten (10) years and released its latest edition of the […]

One-Sided Arbitration Clause: Contractor’s Right to Unilaterally Choose Arbitration Upheld

Subcontractors are often asked to sign a subcontract giving the general contractor the right to, in its sole discretion, choose arbitration or litigation to resolve subcontract disputes. Many view these clauses as unfair, and whether such clauses are even enforceable is not settled, which means that state and federal courts across the country have come […]

“Pay-if-Paid” No Defense to Miller Act Claim

“Pay-if-paid” clauses are finding their way into subcontracts with increasing frequency. These clauses tie the subcontractor’s right to payment to the contractor’s receipt of payment from the owner. Federal projects require the contractor to post a “Miller Act” payment bond guaranteeing timely payment to subcontractors and suppliers. A recent case out of Virginia has answered […]

Debunking the Top Ten Payment Myths

Payment is the lifeblood of any contractor, subcontractor or supplier. Yet many myths adversely affect your ability to timely secure payment. Here is my personal top ten. 1. “Don’t worry about it, we can always lien.” While lien rights are important, they are not a substitute for good credit practices. Lien rights only attach to any […]