HLG News & Updates
District of Columbia Enacts Construction Prompt Payment Statute
On August 2, 2013, the Council of the District of Columbia, along with the Mayor of the District of Columbia, enacted legislation known as the “Private Contractor and Subcontractor Prompt Payment Act of 2013” (the “Act”). The Act has...
How to Reduce Risks and Costs of Litigation
Perhaps the most difficult question a client can ask an attorney – a question that causes anxiety for both clients and attorneys alike – is the simple question “how much will it cost to resolve the dispute?” This question is almost...
Pursuing Misallocated Contract Funds in Bankruptcy: Recent Developments Regarding Non-Dischargeability and Fraudulent Misrepresentations
The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued an interesting opinion this past summer titled SG Homes Associates, LP v. Marinucci, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 11176. The opinion examines the pursuit of a general contractor’s...
Agreements to Binding Arbitration: Is the Agreement really Mutual?
Recently the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a published opinion on the topic of binding arbitration clauses in written contracts. In Noohi v. Toll Bros., Inc., 708 F. 3d 599 (4th Cir. 2013), a class action of...
Unapproved Change Orders: Forcing the Issue
One of the big issues crossing my desk lately is the problem of ‘price and proceed’ change orders, unilateral change directives, and other directives to proceed with additional change order work. The contract documents typically require...
Maryland Mechanics Liens: How Much Work Do You Need to Perform to Entitle You to a Lien?
Many contractors working in the state of Maryland often think the only projects upon which they can obtain a mechanics’ lien are new construction projects. This is simply not true. In fact, mechanics’ liens in Maryland, regardless of amount due, are...
Construction Law: Differing Site Conditions - [VIDEO]
Adam Harrison discusses subsurface excavation and differing site conditions.
The New Economy - [VIDEO]
Adam Harrison discusses the importance of preventative risk management during the economic recovery in the construction industry.
Construction Law: An Introduction to Joint Venture Agreements - [VIDEO]
Adam Harrison discusses important considerations relevant to joint ventures in the construction industry.