Thoughts on construction law from Christopher G. Hill, Virginia construction lawyer, LEED AP, mediator, and member of the Virginia Legal Elite in Construction Law

Bond Claims

Miller Act Bond Claims in VirginiaThe Federal Miller Act and the Virginia “Little Miller Act” are great tools that Virginia construction professionals can use on Federal and State construction projects. Particularly in today’s construction marketplace, construction subcontractors and suppliers are bidding on more government work to which these statutes apply. Even in an improving construction economy, private bonding is becoming more of the norm.

This page compiles the various Construction Law Musings relating to construction bond claims and other construction surety and bonding issues. For more, read the posts below or click here if you are on a mobile device for more.

July 1, 2015 Statutory Changes Affecting Virginia Contractors and Subcontractors

Originally posted 2015-06-01 09:00:41. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAs always seems to be the case, this year, as in others, the Virginia General Assembly has seen fit to “tweak” a few construction related statutes. All of these changes will go into effect on July 1, 2015. The big one, and one that I posted about

The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute Stage 2- Increase the Heat

Originally posted 2015-01-19 09:00:35. Republished by Blog Post PromoterLast week we discussed the groundwork and circumstances of a construction claim. This week’s post will discuss the next steps, hopefully short of full blown arbitration or litigation that you, as a construction company, can pursue presuming your claim has been properly preserved. If your contract requires

Should a Subcontractor provide bonds to a GC who is not himself bonded? (Bonding Agent Perspective)

Guest Post Friday is back, and for this week, Construction Law Musings welcomes Steve Moore. Steve has been the Construction & Surety Manager for Towne Insurance Agency-Invincia, in Chesterfield, VA since 2010. Steve’s experience in the Virginia surety bonding marketplace started in 1985 with USF&G. His underwriting travels took him from USF&G to starting National

Private Project Payment Bonds and Pay if Paid in Virginia

Originally posted 2017-01-02 09:15:09. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOne of the many items of construction law that has always been about as clear as mud has been the interaction between a contractual pay if paid clause and payment bond claims either under the Federal Miller Act or Virginia’s “Little Miller Act.” While properly drafted contractual

When Is Mandatory Arbitration Not Mandatory?

Originally posted 2015-08-10 10:16:47. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI have discussed my views on mandatory mediation in construction contracts at other places here at Musings and also discussed how the contract is king here in Virginia. A recent Charlottesville, Virginia Circuit Court case combined these two concepts to allow a subcontractor to proceed straight to

Subcontractors Must be Careful Providing Bonds when General Contractor Does Not

After I wrote the title to this post, I thought, “Well, that says it all, doesn’t it?” I also considered the fact that for those that read this construction law blog on a regular basis, I am likely stating the obvious. I then thought about the fact that there can be confusion regarding the purpose

Contractors in Virginia Need To Be Ready for July 1, 2011

Originally posted 2011-05-02 09:00:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The Virginia General Assembly has passed a couple of bills, effective July 1, 2011, that will affect contractors’ and other construction professionals’ rights to payment and where they can and should bring their construction related claims. The first set of changes are to Virginia’s “Little Miller

The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute Stage 3- The Last Straw

Originally posted 2015-01-26 09:00:48. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOver the past two weeks here at Construction Law Musings, I’ve discussed the first two stages of a typical construction dispute (if such a thing exists): the claim, and how to bring heat short of litigation/arbitration. As promised, this week I’ll be discussing the next step or

Reminder: Don’t Let Holiday Cheer Blow Your Deadlines

Originally posted 2012-12-03 09:00:01. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAs we enter the month of December, thoughts of the holidays start to enter our heads. Holiday music, shopping, smiles and a warm fire tend to take one’s thoughts away from business and toward family. What could go wrong during this chilly, somewhat hectic, but joyful time