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  • Lawsuit Claims LEED Certification Is False and Misleading

    Class action suit holds that the "green" project rating system is just a marketing gimmick that harms the interests of non-LEED building performance experts.

  • Builder Liability for Defective Drywall Limited in LA

    State waranty law sets one-year limit.

  • Taking the Lead on Lead

    ALTHOUGH LEAD-BASED paint has been banned for residential use since 1978, federal regulators are concerned about the potential health threat to children posed by lead-containing-dust that may be generated when lead-coated components are repaired or renovated.

  • Judge Ponders Army Corps Liability in Katrina Catastrophe

  • Employee Drinking on the Job

    Suppose your lead carpenter calls and says there has been an accident: One of your employees cut his finger off — and by the way, he had alcohol on his breath when it happened. What do you do? If you’re like most contractors, you fire the employee and then say to yourself, “Whew! I’m glad that’s...

  • Clarifying Liability Coverage

    Q. After working for several years as an employee, I recently headed out on my own and began shopping around for liability insurance. Most policies offer "occurrence" coverage, but one company offers a "claims made" policy that provides similar coverage for less money. What's the difference between...

  • Ruling Protects Developers From Fair Housing Lawsuits

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed that the right to sue over design-and-construction violations of the Fair Housing Act expires two years after a project's completion.

  • How to Reduce the Risk of Mold Claims

    Mold has been around for millennia, but in recent years public concern about its presence in homes and buildings has metastasized into near hysteria. This has spawned a legal atmosphere in which it's relatively easy for unscrupulous owners to fabricate huge mold lawsuits against contractors.

  • Who Pays for a Sub's Negligence?

    I preach endlessly about job-site safety and the importance of regular safety inspections.

  • Arbitration Beats Going to Court - in Most Cases

    I advise clients to stick to arbitration for two reasons: The judge and jury may not have the expertise to understand the dispute, and litigation takes more time.