Scotti Law Group recently recovered $1.5 Million for a Pipeline Contractor who had performed construction work on a 70-mile long, 30-inch diameter natural gas pipeline that traversed three counties in eastern Ohio. The prime contractor was unable to pay its creditors, including the Pipeline Contractor. Scotti Law Group promptly prepared and filed a detailed payment bond […]
Sometimes the law struggles to keep pace with the ever-changing needs and demands of the people. As a result, some very old and very puzzling laws are still technically in effect. Dozens of top-ten lists have been written on the most humorous of these laws—like a law in Florida about what parking fees apply to […]
In Pennsylvania, when public Owners want to build, the Separations Act, 71 P.S. 1618, requires them to use a multiple-prime project delivery system and each of these prime construction contracts must be competitively bid. This paper will not focus on whether Pennsylvania’s Separation Act should be changed; just like Geico Insurance commercial, “Everyone knows that.” […]
Companies must become more risk aware. Companies need to assess a project’s potential risk and to be decisive in either avoiding or managing that risk. As the economy worsens, there is less work available and the competition for that work is increased. This combination of less available work and heightened competition reduces both a company’s […]
The contract documents establish the rules and framework for the design and construction of the project. Based on previous projects and conflicts, experienced construction practitioners have their own forms and, as importantly, opinions on what should typically be included in Owner-Contractor, Owner-Architect and Contractor-Subcontractor agreements. Even skilled practitioners, however, must alter or modify the contract […]
Critical components of a contract include: indemnification, scope of work, warranty, payment terms, pay if paid/pay when paid. schedule of values, liquidated damages, damages waiver(s), financial wherewithal of owner, schedule, construction change directives, and more. The following article lists each section and gives details.