Avoid Unenforceable “Agreements to Agree”

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In the construction industry, we see a growing trend of contractors, subcontractors and designers collaborating to pursue large construction contracts. Among many benefits, these collaborations enable companies to pursue projects that would otherwise be too large by combining their resources and skill sets with compatible partners. The terms of these collaborations are often outlined in “teaming agreements,” which define the …

Rising Construction Costs Concern West Virginia Transportation Secretary

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Transportation Secretary Tom Smith said Monday that runaway inflation in highway construction costs has the department concerned as West Virginia embarks on the $2.8 billion “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. “Those are concerning numbers when you have things escalating that far,” Smith said of reports of an 8.8 percent inflation rate for construction costs. Those costs might have been reflected last …

Attorney: Contractors Should Read Construction Contracts for Ommissions, References

Denise Gillin Uncategorized

Whether it’s a contract, an insurance policy or another provision governing a construction project, all terms are spelled out in black and white—or they should be. If not, the risk for claims and disputes usually rises, often dramatically. Construction contracts alone can make or break projects before shovels hit the dirt, depending on whether the terms and conditions of multiple …

Construction CEOs Confident Revenue Will Rise

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Recent construction surveys have expressed a cautiously optimistic look at the industry’s prospects for the next year or so, but there appears to be a growing consensus that the seemingly unfettered growth that the industry has enjoyed during the last several years will soon slow. For example, Engineering News-Record’s second-quarter Construction Industry Confidence Survey showed that construction executives, while upbeat about the industry …

Two Contractors Charged With Fraud, Stealing Identities of Minority Businesses

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Two construction executives were charged with fraudulently obtaining public contracts worth millions of dollars by stealing the identities of two minority-owned businesses, and failing to pay more than $400,000 to more than 50 employees, the state attorney general’s office said today. One of the executives, Michael Martin, 47, of Latham, formerly owned Eastern Building & Restoration Inc. in Albany. Read …

California, Maryland Make GCs Liable for Unpaid Wages of More Workers

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It’s been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. If so, general contractors throughout the country may soon be taking on more responsibility for the unpaid wages of the workers on their construction projects than they might have expected. As of January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 1701 makes general contractors liable for the unpaid wages of any employee …