Category Archives: Construction Law

Alert: AAA Construction Industry Rules Update

The American Arbitration Association has made some needed updates to their Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Rules, effective July 1, 2015.  Among the changes listed at their website are: A mediation step for all cases with claims of $100,000 or more (subject to the ability of any party to opt out). Consolidation and joinder time…

When Is Mandatory Arbitration Not Mandatory?

I 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 litigation despite various ADR provisions in the contract…

OSHA/VOSH Roundup

Originally posted 2011-02-28 11:52:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter In an unusual flurry of occupational safety related activity, the Virginia courts decided two cases in the last week relating to either the review of occupational safety regulations themselves or their enforcement. In Nat’l College of Business & Technology Inc. v. Davenport (.pdf), the Virginia Court…

Development in CBF Green Building Case in Maryland

Originally posted 2014-08-04 09:00:10. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRemember that case I discussed a while back relating to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) building in Annapolis, Maryland?  Remember how it was a lawsuit over parallams and failure of those parallams?  Do you even remember what a parallam is? Well, that case was initially dismissed upon…

Thoughts on Letting Go at ALPS 411

Once again, the folks over at the ALPS411 Blog have let me invade and post some thoughts from the world of solo construction practice.  This time, they asked for (and I hope I delivered) some of my better thoughts on “letting go” of work once the work day is done.  Here’s a bit of an…