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Mandatory Arbitration Isn’t All Bad, if. . .

In the past week or so mandatory arbitration has been all the rage. From those that argue that arbitration is becoming more burdensome than litigation , to my friend and fellow construction attorney Scott Wolfe who gives great advice on how to make arbitration worth it again . You can place me in...

Arbitrators can decide validity of arbitration provision in construction contracts

By Edward Lozowicki and Robert Sturgeon Binding arbitration of construction disputes is frequently required by standard industry contracts. For example, the contract forms published by the American Institute of Architects either require or provide an option for arbitration under the Construction Industry...

Read Your Construction Contract Arbitration Clauses Carefully

In May of last year, we discussed an opinion in U.S. ex rel. Thyssenkrupp Safway Inc. v. Tessa Structures LLC . If you recall, this case involves a three way payment dispute between a supplier, Thyssenkrupp, a subcontractor, Tessa Structures, and a general contractor, Vista Contracting. As discussed...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – May 29th, 2012 Update

Real Cases in Real Estate is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners, investors and the general public. Andrea Lee...

Construction Law Musings: You Have Choices (Litigation Versus Mediation)

As I sit here thinking about an impending trial in the Goochland County General District Court, it hit me that I also serve as a mediator in that court from time to time. Coincidentally, I will be “wearing both hats” (litigator and mediator) this week on back to back days. It will be interesting...

Some Construction Contract Basics- Necessities and Pitfalls

Recently, I’ve been on an “advising” kick here at Construction Law Musings. My last two posts have been about communication and trusting your gut when it comes to a smooth construction project. This post will be the third in the trilogy (and who knows maybe I’ll have a 4th and...

Is Arbitration Okay Under the Miller Act? It Is if You Don’t Object

I have discussed both payment bond claims under the Miller Act and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) here at Construction Law Musings on many an occasion. A question that is sometimes open is what to do when there is contractually mandated arbitration for claims “relating to the contract or the...

New Supplementary Rules for Fixed Time and Cost Construction Arbitration Have Been Developed by the American Arbitration Association

By Dylan B. Spadaccino, Esq. Arbitration has historically been the preferred method for resolving construction disputes in the United States, as many in the industry have (1) preferred the idea of having complex construction disputes decided by someone with construction-specific experience and...

To Require Arbitration or Not To Require Arbitration

Many, if not most, construction contracts that I review during the course of my practice day include a mandatory arbitration clause. Most of these refer in a blanket manner to AAA Construction Industry Rules. The topic for this post is not whether such clauses are enforceable or whether they are one...

Appellate Division Holds That Trial Court Had the Right To Decide If Foreclosure-Related Dispute Was Arbitrable, But Decided It Wrong

By Peter J. Gallagher ( @pjsgallagher ) Most of the current litigation over foreclosures has played out in the courts, but a recent decision from the Appellate Division, Banquez v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], involved a foreclosure...

Construction Law 2014: A Year in Review – RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER

Due to the weather for Thursday, March 5, 2015, Babst Calland’s Construction Law 2014: The Year in Review seminar has been rescheduled and will now be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we hope that you will be able to join us on this new...

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

Over 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 “last...

Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- An Alternative

Over the past three weeks, I’ve discussed three “stages” of a construction dispute from the claim , to how to increase the pressure for payment, to the litigation . While these three steps are all too often necessary tools in your construction collection arsenal, they are expensive...

Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- A Wrap Up

Over the past four weeks, I’ve “mused” on the “stages” of a construction dispute. What started as a kernel of thought in my mind turned into what has seemed to be a popular set of four posts that I hope were both informative and interesting. Because of the great feedback...

When is Mediation Appropriate for Your Construction Case?

Here at Construction Law Musings, I have often discussed mediation as a good alternative to the expense and headaches of litigation. What I have discussed less often are the circumstances in which it is most appropriate to consider or even push for mediation. The obvious and clearest time that mediation...

More Musings From the Mediation Trenches

As those that read this construction blog on a regular basis know, I became a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator a few years ago. I did so because I believe that mediation as a form of alternate dispute resolution is in most cases a much better alternative to resolve a construction dispute than...