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The Risky Business of Warranties

Posted in Architects & Engineers, Construction Contracts

Owners and contractors beware! The warranty you get may not be what you bargained for.

Many construction contracts, including widely used industry form contracts, contain two distinct warranties, a general warranty and a call-back warranty.  For example, the general warranty contained in the American Institute of Architects, AIA Document A201 – 2007, General Conditions of the Contract of Construction, … Continue Reading

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NY State Finance Law §137: Guidelines for Posting a Payment Bond under the “Little Miller Act”

Posted in Architects & Engineers, Construction Contracts

State Finance Law §137, modeled after the federal Miller Act, the father of all public project-bonding statutes, requires general contractors on most public works projects to purchase payment bonds. Unlike a construction performance bond, which guarantees that construction work will be completed as per the terms of the contract, a construction payment bond is meant to protect an owner … Continue Reading

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Plato v DASNY: Narrowing Exceptions to the Enforceability of No-Damage for Delay Clauses

Posted in Construction Contracts

“No-damages-for-delay” or “exculpatory” clauses in construction contracts between owners and general contractors are designed to protect owners from exposure caused by the delays that often occur on construction projects.  Contractors and subcontractors, in turn, often include such clauses to protect themselves from like exposure.

The Court of Appeals generally affirmed the enforceability of such clauses more than 25 years ago … Continue Reading

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