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Rental Agreement Indemnity – A Setback for Rental Companies

Readers of this blog know that the terms and conditions in equipment rental agreements favor the rental company. Those agreements typically have one-sided indemnity clauses, on the basis that the rental company expects the renting contractor to ca… Read More
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Construction Wage Law Protections – Good Intentions Run Amok!

We can all agree that workers should be paid their wages. And the rank and file worker should not suffer if her employer goes under. But when a company fails, should there be any “usual suspects” to make amends to unpaid workers? And how wide a n… Read More
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Unfortunate (and Unexpected) Restriction on Additional Insured Status

The New York Court of Appeals, in a split decision, has focused on one word in deciding that a owner’s construction manager was not entitled to additional insured status on the general contractor’s policy. The contract required the GC to inclu… Read More
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Payment Bond Does Not Cover Claim for Lost Work Opportunity

A subcontractor claiming that the general contractor failed to use and pay for a minimum number of workers made a claim against the GC’s payment bond, for the value of the workers not hired. A federal court has held that the Miller Act bond does no… Read More
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Licensing Board Review Is Not Limited by Contracted Scope of Services

A Vermont licensing board refused to adopt a registered engineer’s argument, that his professional services were circumscribed by a contract scope of work, in assessing whether he had “failed to conform to the essential standards of acceptable… Read More
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Inherent Limitations in Some Anti-Indemnity Laws

A majority of states have enacted anti-indemnity laws in various forms, protecting subcontractors (in most states with such laws) and prime contractors (in a lesser number of states) from overbroad indemnity clauses. But some clauses target sector… Read More
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Building Owner or Contractor - Who is Liable for Accident Caused by Inadequate Building Component?

A commercial building does not have sufficient anchors for window washing equipment, and the employee of a window washing contractor tragically falls to his death. Is that situation the building owner’s problem or the contractor’s problem? A C… Read More
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A Promise to Pay Doesn’t Extend Lien Deadlines

Mechanic’s lien rights arise from the laws of each state; there is no common-law right to unilaterally lien someone else’s property. As such, compliance with statutory requirements and deadlines is paramount. Thus, when an owner promised to pay a… Read More
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Bad Facts Make Bad Law – Condo Version

Condo bylaws that restrict the ability of a condo board to sue the developer came in a for a beating by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. While refusing to prohibit all restrictive bylaws, the Massachusetts high court roundly criticized the… Read More
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The Pay-if-Paid War Continues!

The subcontractor community has waged war against pay-if-paid clauses for many years. But the war is not over, per two recent decisions, one from the Kentucky Supreme Court and one from a Connecticut trial court. The Kentucky Supreme Court held that… Read More
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About Stan Martin

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Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. Over the course of his career, he has served on boards and committees for organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

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