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This update tracks COVID-19 shutdown orders as of March 26, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT that affect construction projects in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – jurisdictions in which Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP offices are located. We have updated the post in the last 24 hours to cover new orders in Massachusetts and Minnesota. Jurisdictions Requiring Work Stoppage: Massachusetts: On March 17, 2020, the City of…
Update on State-Specific Coronavirus Shutdown Orders and Their Impact on Construction Work Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Construction Practice has outlined Coronavirus shutdown orders as of March 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT and their impact on state-specific construction projects across ten jurisdictions. The areas covered include: Delaware; the District of Columbia; Florida; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; and Pennsylvania. These orders largely allow construction work to proceed. Read our full summary here
Builders Beware: Georgia Court Rejects Suit by Unlicensed Contractor for Unpaid Work Unlicensed contractors in Georgia recently were dealt a blow by the state’s Court of Appeals when three judges held that a contractor’s failure to possess a valid state contractor’s license precluded the contractor from bringing a lawsuit for unpaid fees. In Fleetwood v. Lucas, __ S.E.2d __, 2020 WL 1149734 (Ga. Ct. App. March 10, 2020), a panel of judges ruled against a…
Builders Beware: Georgia Court Rejects Suit by Unlicensed Contractor for Unpaid Work Unlicensed contractors in Georgia recently were dealt a blow by the state’s Court of Appeals when three judges held that a contractor’s failure to possess a valid state contractor’s license precluded the contractor from bringing a lawsuit for unpaid fees. In Fleetwood v. Lucas, __ S.E.2d __, 2020 WL 1149734 (Ga. Ct. App. March 10, 2020), a panel of judges ruled against a…
Builders Beware: Georgia Court Rejects Suit by Unlicensed Contractor for Unpaid Work Unlicensed contractors in Georgia recently were dealt a blow by the state’s Court of Appeals when three judges held that a contractor’s failure to possess a valid state contractor’s license precluded the contractor from bringing a lawsuit for unpaid fees. In Fleetwood v. Lucas, __ S.E.2d __, 2020 WL 1149734 (Ga. Ct. App. March 10, 2020), a panel of judges ruled against a…
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s 2020 Construction Risk Management Symposium: Three Key Takeaways From environmental risks and shifting OSHA regulations to community engagement and emerging workplace issues involving medical marijuana use, the construction industry faces many challenges. These risks and challenges—along with strategies and solutions to address them—were the primary topics discussed at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s recent Construction Risk Management Symposium attended by more than 70 professionals from the construction, real estate development,…
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s 2020 Construction Risk Management Symposium: Three Key Takeaways From environmental risks and shifting OSHA regulations to community engagement and emerging workplace issues involving medical marijuana use, the construction industry faces many challenges. These risks and challenges—along with strategies and solutions to address them—were the primary topics discussed at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s recent Construction Risk Management Symposium attended by more than 70 professionals from the construction, real estate development,…
Language in Performance Bond Critical in Determining Surety’s Rights to Complete If an owner terminates a contractor due to a contractor default on a bonded project, can the surety hire the same contractor to complete the work under the bond?  Depending on the language of the bond, it may be permissible in Florida. Recently, in Seawatch at Marathon Condominium Association, Inc. v. The Guarantee Company of North America, No. 3D18-1337, 2019 WL 4850194 (Fla. 3d…
Effective August 20, 2019, Illinois law provides that a maximum of 10 percent retainage may be withheld from payments under private construction contracts and, after the contract is one-half complete, retainage must be reduced to 5 percent and kept at 5 percent for the remainder of the contract.  With this new law, Illinois joins the vast majority of states that have enacted laws pertaining to retainage on construction contracts.  Like almost every other state, Illinois’ retainage restrictions are…
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District Florida settled its allegations against a Central Florida contractor accused of violating the Small Business Administration’s regulations by allegedly creating a sham joint venture to be awarded a project. Click here for more information about the settlement. NASA sought bids for a demolition project that was funded by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).  A requirement of the project was that it be awarded to a business that…