Construction Concepts Tip #6: Architects

By | New Miami Blog | September 16, 2013

A recent report from McGraw-Hill Construction’s research and analytics unit reported that that the total volume of construction contracts in the South Florida area has reached $3.7 billion for 2013, a 24% increase over the same period last year.  This report is one of many indicators of the continued explosion of new construction in the South Florida real estate market.

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Constitutionality of Labor Department Fines

By | The Appellate Strategist | September 16, 2013
Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Constitutionality of Labor Department Fines

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Bartlow v. Costigan. Bartlow isa facial constitutional challenge to the system of administrative fines administered by the Illinois Department of Labor in connection with allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees for purposes of minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.

Arbitration: What is It? Why Should You Care?

By | Best Practices Construction Law | September 16, 2013
Matt DeVries

When parties to a construction project find themselves in a dispute, there are a few options to help find a resolution. These can include: engaging in informal settlement discussions, taking the dispute to an initial decision maker identified in the contract, or hiring a third-party mediator to help the parties find a resolution.  If the dispute does not settle at that point, the parties can turn to the courts and engaged in litigation.

California Supreme Court Set to Hear First Post-Koontz Takings Case

By | California Eminent Domain Report | September 16, 2013
California Supreme Court Set to Hear First Post-Koontz Takings Case

As reported by our colleague Robert Thomas on inversecondemnation.com, the California Supreme Court granted the California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) petition for review in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose.