You don’t need to go any further than this Washington Post article to read about a delayed construction project where the parties are passing blame back and forth.  The Silver Spring Transit Center is reported to be two years behind schedule and suffering from significant cost increases. No doubt the dispute will be resolved in

A contractor’s recovery from an owner for damages suffered by its subcontractor is limited in certain circumstances. The Severin doctrine provides that a general contractor cannot sue an owner on behalf of one of its subcontractors to recover monies due to the subcontractor unless the general contractor is itself liable to the subcontractor.

The Background.

Contractor licensing is a specialized area of construction law that can have significant consequences to the parties involved.  Whether you are an out-of-state contractor bidding on an in-state public project, an electrical contractor on a commercial project, or a joint-venture partnership performing general contracting services, you need to check your state’s laws on licensing. 

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I was working in our Virginia office this past week and was amazed at the amount of highway construction at and around Tyson’s Corner.  What also caught my attention was the progress of the 495 Express Lanes project, which includes the construction of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that will operate on the I-495/Capital Beltway.

I had an admiralty professor at law school who would often refer to the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States as … get this … the Supremes! In honor of Professor Jones, today’s post is about the Supremes decision in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana, where the court declined to expand the definition of “navigable” under federal law.
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