Liability, Lien, Prime Contract

Top Five Construction Contract Modifications to Comply with Texas Law

Texas law has certain peculiarities which must be followed when a project is located in Texas.  To avoid surprises and unanticipated liability on construction projects, the parties should modify contracts consistent with Texas law—or at least be aware of the limitations that are in place due to certain Texas statutes.  While there are many changes …

Flow-down, Prime Contract, Subcontractor

Subcontractor Negotiating Tips for AIA Documents: Part 1

What should a Subcontractor do when a General Contractor presents, to the Subcontractor, the 401A-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor (“A401”)?  While some provisions in the A401 are favorable to the Subcontractor, others are not.  This multi-part series explores some of the ways a Subcontractor can better: (i) understand its rights and …

Consequential Damages, Liability

The Consequences of Betting the Ranch

Different types of damages may be recoverable from a breach of a design, construction, EPC or other construction-related contracts. The baseline damages are “direct” damages, which are necessarily caused by a breach and compensate for the losses, for example the costs to repair faulty work. “Consequential” damages are those that result naturally, but not necessarily, …

Defects, Prime Contract, Warranty

Call-Back Periods in Call-Back Warranties – the Confusion Surrounding Their Effect on Other Warranties in Construction Contracts

Commercial construction contracts between owners and contractors, such as the form AIA Document A201 contract, often include various express warranties whereby the contractor warrants its work on the project to the owner. Among those express warranties are the more common warranties that: (i) the materials and equipment provided by the contractor will be new and …

Liability, Lien, Statutory Payment Bond

The Often Overlooked Protection Provided by a Statutory Payment Bond Under Chapter 53 of the Texas Property Code

Owners of construction projects are often surprised to learn that they are required to withhold 10% retainage on private construction projects in Texas. Failure to withhold 10% can result in liability up to that amount.[1]  Similarly, owners often continue to pay the general contractor after receiving a lien notice with fund trapping language which can …

Defects, Legislation, Lien

UPDATE – More Construction Bills to Watch in the 86th Texas Legislative Session

The Texas Legislature is back in session, and lawmakers generally have until March 8, 2019 to file bills for consideration this session. In our original post on January 31, 2019, we identified several bills of interest to the construction industry that had been filed as of that date. Since that post, the following bills of …

Defects, Legislation, Lien

Construction Bills to Watch in the 86th Texas Legislative Session

The Texas Legislature is officially back in session. While lawmakers generally have until March 8, 2019 to file bills, many bills of interest to the construction industry have already been filed. Below is a list of some key construction related bills we will be following this session along with a description of the bill and …

Lien, Subcontractor

Back to the Basics: Lien Notice Deadlines for First and Second-Tier Subcontractors

Texas Property Code Section 53.056(a)-(c) details the notice requirement deadlines that subcontractors must comply with to perfect a statutory lien on a private, commercial project in Texas. Simply put, the statute sets forth separate notice deadlines dependent on whether the claimant is a second-tier (and lower) subcontractor[1] or a first-tier subcontractor: Second-tier (and lower) subcontractors …

Alternative Fee Arrangement (AFA), Arbitration

Alternative Fee Structure Goes Live for American Arbitration Association

Although arbitral institutions like the London Court of International Arbitration and International Chamber of Commerce have historically based arbitration costs on models other than a pure hourly-basis, the American Arbitration Association/International Centre of Dispute Resolution recently became the first national institution to make a true alternative fee arrangement available for parties arbitrating under the AAA-ICDR. …

Delay Claims, Disruption Claims, Prime Contract, Subcontract

Hurricane Season and Disaster Preparedness: Part 2 – Insuring the Risk of a Hurricane on a Construction Project

As described by my colleague Sean McChristian in Part 1 of this two-part blog series, planning for hurricane season in Texas is a critical part of mitigating risk in the construction industry. In addition to reviewing force majeure provisions, owners and contractors need to have an understanding of the insurance available to cover property damage …