Cristen T. Fletcher
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Public-Private Partnerships: Conflicting Interests Between Design-Builder and Designer

Authored by attorney Michael L. Sterling Federal, state, and local governments are turning to the private sector to meet construction and infrastructure demands. Currently, one of the most widely used options is the Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”). On the design side, a PPP project will involve at least three parties – the Concessionaire, Design-Builder and Designer… Read more »

Miller Act Payment Bond Protection Do Not Extend to Third-Tier Subcontractors

Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore The Miller Act requires that a contractor who is awarded a government construction contract worth $100,000 or more must furnish a payment bond. It also limits the potential claimants on the bond to persons who provide labor and materials directly to the prime contractor or persons with direct contractual… Read more »

Rebound in Construction Activity?

Authored by attorney George M. Nicholos The Architecture Billings Index for February of 2013 indicates a continued strong pace in design activity in architectural firms and suggests an oncoming jump in nonresidential construction spending during the second half of this year. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys… Read more »

We Won the Contract, But Then Discovered a Mistake in our Bid. Now What?

Authored by attorney Anthony J. Mazzeo The euphoria you feel upon being notified by a contracting officer that your company has been awarded a federal contract on which you recently bid can quickly turn to dread if you discover that a mistake caused you to underbid the work. Being bound to a contract based on… Read more »

New Restrictions on Mechanic’s Lien in Virginia

Authored by attorney James R. Harvey The 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed a new law further complicating Virginia’s mechanic’s lien laws. The bill, which passed with wide support in the House of Delegates and Senate amends Va. Code §43-3 to now prohibit liens by those without a valid Virginia contractor’s license. “A person who performs… Read more »

A security guard may be covered under the Longshore Act if his work is integral to shipbuilding.

The 1984 Amendments to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act made it clear that employees who exclusively perform “office clerical, secretarial, security, or data processing work” are not covered by the Act so long as they are covered by the applicable state workers’ compensation act.  33 U.S.C. §902(3)(A). In a recent case, Gelinas v…. Read more »

A Corporate Entity: A Means to Limiting Liability, But Not Just a Shield

Jul 2012 , Vol. VI, No.1 Authored by attorney Sean Golden It is an all-too-commonly held belief that, by merely registering an organization as a corporation or limited liability company with the State Corporation Commission, or by signing a corporation’s name to a contract, those individuals can totally shield themselves from liabilities associated with that… Read more »

Am I Responsible for That?

Authored by attorney Neil Lowenstein Landowners hire contractors to perform work for the landowner.  Contractors then typically hire multiple subcontractors to perform various portions of that work.  And, subcontractors then hire sub-subcontractors to perform various portions of their work.  And, so on depending upon the nature of the particular project.  Often the work being performed… Read more »