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BrigliaMcLaughlin Obtains Arbitration Award in Favor of Contractor Client

Lead counsel Shoshana E. Rothman successfully obtained an arbitration award in favor of a mechanical contractor client for its unpaid contract balance and change orders following an evidentiary hearing before the American Arbitration Association.  T…
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BrigliaMcLaughlin Procures Dismissal of Bad Faith Claim Against a Surety

In recent litigation by a payment bond claimant, BrigliaMcLaughlin successfully procured the dismissal of a payment bond claimant’s bad faith claims against a surety.  In the case W…
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Virginia Enforces a Subcontract's One-Way Arbitration Clause

In our practice we see many subcontracts that include a one-way arbitration clause – a provision which permits one party, usually the general contractor, to decide whether a dispute will be arbitrated or litigated in court.  The subcontractor must…
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Shannon J. Briglia and Lauren P. McLaughlin selected as Best Construction Lawyers by the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America

The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Shannon J. Briglia and Lauren P. McLaughlin as the Best Construction Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America® was first published in 1983 and for more than three decades has earned the re…
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Subcontractor’s Insurer Does Not Need to Indemnify its Insured for Subsequent Actions

Essex Insurance Co. v. Y&J Construction, Inc., No. 1:15-CV-1597, 2016 WL 8254921, at *1 (E.D. Va. Dec. 30, 2016) The disputes in this case arose from an insurance coverage dispute from property damage caused by a fire that occurred during a const…
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Court Enforces Settlement Agreement on Construction Project Dispute

Construction Development Services, Inc. v. Modern Environments, Inc., No. 160240, 2016 WL 7319548, at *1 (Va. Dec. 15, 2016) In this case, subcontractor Modern Environments, Inc. (“Modern”) was hired to design and install furnishings by general…
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Contractors May Need to Comply with Virginia Consumer Protection Act

Interbuild, Inc. v. Sayres, 94 Va. Cir. 261 2016 Va. Cir. LEXIS 168, *13 (Va. Cir. Ct. Sept. 8, 2016). Interbuild, Inc., t/a Fuog/Interbuild (“Fuog”) and the Sayres executed a contract in which Fuog was to build a barnlike recreational facility o…
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Payment Bond Surety Cannot Use Payment Milestone to Avoid Liability on Miller Act Claim

United States ex rel. VT Milcom, Inc. v. PAT USA, Inc., Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00007, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109572, at *20 (W.D. Va. July 14, 2017). The disputes in this case stem from a United States Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) award to…
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Court Resolves Conflicting Provisions in Term Sheets – Specific Trumps General

W.C. English, Inc. v. Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP, No. 6:17-CV-00018, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74021, at *10-11 (W.D. Va. May 16, 2017). The disputes in this case arose from a construction project involving improvements to Interstate 81 in Rockbridg…
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Robert J. Dietz and Lauren P. McLaughlin Presented at ABA Forum on Construction Law Mid-Winter Meeting

Robert J. Dietz and Lauren P. McLaughlin recently presented at the ABA Forum on Construction Law Mid-Winter Meeting. The Meeting, which focused on issues relating to subcontractors and suppliers, was attended by over 400 attorneys from across the nat…
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