Construction Litigation. Legal news and articles for May 26 - 31, 2017

Michigan's protections against unlicensed contractors lackingCenterPoint wins rate hikes even as profits rise past state capDavis: No legal basis for granting rehearing in gas royalties caseThe Singapore International Commercial Court - Two years onSmall New Jersey Town Drops Opposition to Mosque ConstructionMissouri to Limit Union Rules in Public ConstructionRule 36 Affirmance Can Create Issue Preclusion for Claim ConstructionCelebrity developer pleads no contest to Bel-Air mega-mansion ...Officials Make Mosque Construction ImpossibleAs North Dakota Continues to Try Standing Rock Protesters, Dismissed Cases Pile UpTexas lawmakers fail to close loopholes in public information lawWorkers lost their lives: The dark side of Idaho's residential construction boomWhat It Takes to Prove Common Law Rights in UDRP ComplaintsMoulding the law into practiceA Single Construction Defect Lawsuit as Multiple Occurrences: Five Reasons It Just Doesn't Add Up

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Bar association names award winners
grbj.comMay 3, 2017

The local bar association and a law school in the region have presented four awards to members of the legal profession. The Grand Rapids Bar Association and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School honored three attorneys and a nonprofit for their ...more »

PSD wins final court case for bond
The ColoradoanMay 4, 2017

Though the district has not addressed the cost of the construction delay throughout the legal process, PSD had been billed $151,960.30 from Denver law firm Kutak Rock, which has represented the district throughout the legal battle, as of March 23.more »

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Michigan's protections against unlicensed contractors lacking
WOODTV.comMay 31, 2017

“I always refer to a contractor's lien as the atomic bomb of all enforcement actions,” said Grand Rapids attorney Bruce Courtade, an expert on construction law. “You can mess with somebody's title to the house, prevent them from getting a new mortgage ...more »

CenterPoint wins rate hikes even as profits rise past state cap
Houston ChronicleMay 31, 2017

CenterPoint received additional rate increases in 2011 and 2012 that totaled nearly $12 million and boosted the average bill by $1.55 under a Texas law that allows gas utilities to seek incremental increases in between rate case. Rate cases, which ...more »

Davis: No legal basis for granting rehearing in gas royalties case
West Virginia RecordMay 31, 2017

“I have combed through the majority opinion several times and have failed to find any legal or factual error in the original majority opinion that this new majority opinion relied upon to justify granting the rehearing,” she wrote. “All that the new ...more »

The Singapore International Commercial Court - Two years on
Lexology (registration)May 30, 2017

Interestingly, in accordance with the Rules of the Court, it was noted that even though the contracts were governed by Singapore law and the parties had submitted to the jurisdiction of the Court, those were not factors that created a substantial ...more »

Small New Jersey Town Drops Opposition to Mosque Construction
Voice of AmericaMay 30, 2017

A small town in the northeastern state of New Jersey has dropped its five-year opposition to the construction of a mosque, settling two separate lawsuits brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and a local Muslim group under a 2000 law protecting ...more »

Missouri to Limit Union Rules in Public Construction
U.S. News & World ReportMay 30, 2017

"Project Labor Agreements drive up the cost of construction and kill jobs," Greitens said in a statement. "Our top priority is more jobs for the people. We're eliminating this sweetheart deal for special interests, protecting taxpayers, and creating ...more »

Rule 36 Affirmance Can Create Issue Preclusion for Claim Construction
The National Law ReviewMay 30, 2017

In a second litigation (the subject of this appeal), IntegraSpec asserted dependent claim 2 against a second defendant, Airlite, arguing for a new claim construction of the same terms “adjacent” and “dimension.” In this case, the district court granted ...more »

Celebrity developer pleads no contest to Bel-Air mega-mansion ...
Los Angeles TimesMay 30, 2017

The fate of the massive home in the Bel-Air hills remains unclear as celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid awaits sentencing.more »

Officials Make Mosque Construction Impossible
Legal Reader (blog)May 30, 2017

Cases like this are everywhere. This is a systematic plot. This is blackmail.” Xu believes that the only way to discontinue discrimination is to keep fighting for religious rights. However, there were many present who supported the decision. “I'm very ...more »

As North Dakota Continues to Try Standing Rock Protesters, Dismissed Cases Pile Up
InsideSourcesMay 29, 2017

Last summer, protesters tried to stop the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline by building sprawling protest camps on the North Dakota prairie to halt construction as they fought the company in court. ... “In an attempt to extract guilty pleas, the ...more »

Texas lawmakers fail to close loopholes in public information law
Fort Worth Star TelegramMay 28, 2017

The Supreme Court, in two decisions in 2015, limited the scope of the act in ruling on cases involving a Boeing aerospace company in San Antonio and the Greater Houston Partnership, a super chamber of commerce that holds millions of dollars in ...more »

Workers lost their lives: The dark side of Idaho's residential construction boom
The Spokesman-ReviewMay 26, 2017

At age 42, Ho'Rine had been a construction worker for decades. An alcoholic, he had been drinking again. But with an infant son, he was trying to get his life back on track in Boise when he answered a Craigslist job listing last September. Ho'Rine was ...more »

What It Takes to Prove Common Law Rights in UDRP Complaints
CircleIDMay 26, 2017

Some examples from recently decided cases of the former include "gabs" (the only recent dictionary word case); phrases include "Gotham construction," "Minute Clinic," "Stage Coach," and "Desert Trip" and for random letters (acronyms to complainants ...more »

Moulding the law into practice
Lexology (registration)May 26, 2017

The Court reaffirmed the technicalities of patent claim construction based on the Singapore Patents Act (Act) and precedent case law. Accordingly, the following points may be used as a guide: a) The claims are the principal determinant, while the ...more »

A Single Construction Defect Lawsuit as Multiple Occurrences: Five Reasons It Just Doesn't Add Up
Lexology (registration)May 26, 2017

Fortunately for policyholders, under California law and the terms of general liability policies, a construction defect case involves just one occurrence. 1. The Number of Occurrences Is Determined by Cause, Not Effect. To determine the number of ...more »

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