Silver Lining? Economic Downturn Spurs Construction Disputes

Rob-Pitkin-214x3001For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, we welcome back Rob Pitkin.  Rob (@KCconstrlawyer) is an attorney with the Construction Law Group of Horn Aylward & Bandy, LLC in Kansas City, where he handles Construction disputes and other types of sophisticated business litigation.  Originally from Iowa, he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina.  Rob is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law and serves as an Arbitrator on construction cases for the American Arbitration Association. He has been practicing law for 25 years now and focusing on construction law for more than 15 years. 

The economic downturn in 2008 spawned many construction disputes, some of which have given us some new law governing these types of cases.  Here in the Kansas City area we are no exception.

Should a General Contractor Tell a Sub that its Bid is Too Low?

A recent article by my pal, and occasional guest poster, Craig Martin (@craigmartin_jd) asks the question: “Does a General Contractor Have to Tell a Subcontractor that its Bid is Too Low?”  In his great post on a recent Nebraska decision concludes that the answer is no, so long as the subcontractor had all of the…

Thanks Again to The Lien Blog

Originally posted 2013-01-29 13:39:36. I have been lucky to get to know Scott Wolfe, Jr. (@scottwolfejr) and the folks at the Lien Blog (@zlienit).  Scott is a multiple time guest contributor here at Construction Law Musings and I have been lucky enough to post on multiple occasions over there.  The latest of my guest posts…

Shameless Plug Alert: Please Consider Construction Law Musings for the Blawg 100

Yes, its that time of year again and nominations are open for the ABA Blawg 100.  Its also the time that I both thank you, the readers of Construction Law Musings that keep this maintaining this place worthwhile, for your readership and also ask that you become a “Friend of the Blawg” and let the…

Miller Act Bond Claims Subject to “Pay If Paid”. . . Sometimes

Originally posted 2010-04-05 09:00:25. The Federal Miller Act is a great tool that subcontractors and suppliers on Federal projects can use for collection of wrongfully withheld amounts due.  However, as a recent federal case from the Eastern District of Virginia points out, the construction contract’s terms affect when a subcontractor or supplier can use this…

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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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