Renewable Energy Claim is Deceptive

Green Building Law Update

This past week and there have been many other times this law firm was consulted about a marketing claim by a building owner with rooftop solar panels that advertises they “use” renewable energy, but the owner sells Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for the renewable energy it generates, so the Federal Trade Commission says it shouldn’t make the claim. If the marketer stated, “We purchase wind energy for half of our manufacturing facilities,” the claim would not be deceptive.

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Research: Workers Compensation Claim Denials Inch Upward

ENR Construction

Are challenges to claims helping, or do they end up adding to costs of coverage

How To Track Increased Construction Costs For Proving Claims

Best Practices Construction Law

I previously blogged about the importance of using daily reports to prove construction claims. Meeting minutes and internal memoranda concerning the claim should be maintained in order to document attempts to resolve matters with the DOT and its representatives.

Contractor claims government owes it $3M for contaminated soil cleanup

Construction Dive

PennaGroup claims 30 employees felt ill after exposure to benzene and other contaminants and that the Army Corps of Engineers did not pay it for the cleanup

FTC Settles Charges Over Deceptive Zero VOC Claims

Green Building Law Update

Some promotions also made explicit safety claims. The FTC alleged, the company had no evidence to support those claims. YOLO Colorhouse, LLC , and Imperial Paints, LLC , have agreed to consent orders that would bar them from making unqualified VOC free and emission free claims.

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Forensic BIM: Using modeling to resolve disputes and claims

Construction Dive

With disputes in the industry averaging $21 million, the ability to use BIM to retrospectively verify that the scope of work completed matches what the contract required could save millions in some lawsuits

Moody's: Florida I-4 P3 filed $100M claim for extra costs, wants 245 extra schedule days

Construction Dive

The state's Department of Transportation is still reviewing the cost and schedule claims put forth by I-4 Mobility Partners, which includes Skanska and John Laing plc entities

Claim Managers


Still, there is one thing that keeps on hanging around, The role, of the ‘claim manager’. So scientific and exact with no room for the relaxed padding the ex-claim managers are so used to?

Workers' Compensation Claims: A Common Employer's Nightmare

Construction Business Owner

Workers’ compensation claims and how to keep them under control have always been a concern for employers. Incidents ending in claims occur in virtually all industries and can be costly and time consuming. Today, every workers’ compensation claim raises the potential for a variety of workplace laws to come into play There is no federal workers’ compensation law that addresses workplace injuries. It is a state issue, and each state enacts and enforces its own legal framework.

Toxic soil claims stall San Francisco Shipyard development

Construction Dive

The Navy will not release the property to the city and developers until the soil has been retested

Defamation Case over Global Warming Claim set for Trial

Green Building Law Update

The trial court ruled that Dr. Mann’s claims were “likely to succeed on the merits,” the standard established in the Anti-SLAPP Act to defeat a motion to dismiss, and denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss and their subsequent motions to reconsider. Michael E.

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Lawsuit Claims Post-Tensioning Triggered Bridge Failure

ENR Construction

New theories may emerge that contest the causes of the tragedy

Toxic soil claims stall $8B San Francisco development

Construction Dive

The Navy will not release the property to the city and developers until the soil has been retested

What I Learned from My Kids About Delay Claims

Best Practices Construction Law

It almost goes without saying that if you have to pursue or defend a delay claim, you are going to need some evidence (whether by expert or otherwise) to establish or to challenge entitlement to the damages sought. As for my child’s delay claim, this dad is not buying it!

Second Circuit Rejects Architect's Copyright Claim

Collaborative Construction

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an architect''s claim that a builder and others who used modified versions of his designs / drawings infringed on his copyright. The court rejected the infringement claim reasoning that while the defendants copies certain elements of the architect''s design those elements were not protected under copyright law.

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Tropical Storm Lee – Prepare for Insurance Claims

Construction Law Monitor

Contractors and property owners should be very knowledgable of the claims process after a natural disaster. Your insurer will assign a claims specialist to assess the damage and this person is who you will work with to obtain reimbursement. Be sure to read the policy to make sure you follow all the specific guidelines, otherwise your insurer may use this against you as an excuse not to timely pay up on the claim. The final step is to hire an attorney to escalate your claim.

Bargaining Room v. False Claims: 5 Tips for Negotiation of Construction Claims

Best Practices Construction Law

Earlier this week, a settlement was reached in dispute where the contractor and designer were alleged to have filed false claims with the U.S. Although this question may seem contrary to the common sense approach to never overstate the claim amount, it’s actually not.

How to Win the Claim Game

Construction Business Owner

In today’s litigious environment, claims against construction companies are inevitable, and off-the-shelf solutions used to manage liability risks are too often inadequate.

Judge Weighs Science Behind Monsanto Roundup Cancer Claim

Green Industry Professionals

Federal judge reviews more than 300 cancer claims against Monsanto's widely used weed killer

Claims Mitigation During Construction Phase

Construction Dive

By Jim Zack Construction claims are becoming increasingly prevalent and expensive. It is key that owners and contractors work together to keep the project on schedule and communicate any deviations from plan. The key to successful projects is communicate, communicate, communicate! Whether you are dealing with a partnering situation or a normal construction project, it is imperative to openly communicate early and often.

Brooklyn contractor pays more than $300K to settle worker wage theft claims

Construction Dive

The Urban Group, which pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny against 21 employees, made full restitution, but has been debarred from public work in the state for five years

Construction Claims Mitigation During Dispute Phase

Construction Dive

Despite all the best efforts, claims and disputes are likely to arise on your projects. This article provides keys to help you avoid claims during the dispute phase which starts during and overlaps with the construction phase. You'll learn about how negotiation teams, decision ladders and dispute resolution boards can help keep you out of court. Read more

How to Control Potential Construction Surety Claims

ENR Construction

What a surety bond producer and big contractor do to keep a lid on claims trouble

Brrrrrr, It’s Cold! How to Best Prepare a Delay Claim for Unusually Severe Weather

Best Practices Construction Law

2009) , the contractor involved in building a 53-mile road around the island of Babeldaob submitted to the Corps a claim for delays and additional costs incurred because of high humidity, rainy weather and moist soils encountered on the project.

Can Workers With Sun-Related Skin Issues File Workers Compensation Claims?

ENR Construction

Shade tents and frequent water breaks are part of the strategies Kris Comon uses for dealing with 100°-plus temperatures and a punishing sun at a two-story building being constructed in Phoenix

Are Claim Sponsorship Agreements an Efficient Way to Resolve Claims?

Construction Dive

By Bruce Jervis Claim sponsorship and settlement agreements are a vital tool for administering and resolving claims. They facilitate the consolidation of multiple, interrelated claims of a prime contractor and its subcontractors against the project owner.

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Expanding Tennessee HQ

Business Facilities Blog

Read Sedgwick Claims Management Services Expanding Tennessee HQ on Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions. The technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions management company will create 150 new jobs in Memphis, TN.

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop

Construction Equipment

The number of state unemployment claims dropped to a seasonally adjusted 297,000 for the week ended Nov. 29, 2014, dropping by 17,000 from the previous week, according to Reuters. The unemployment rate remains at 5.8 percent

6 Tips to Protect Your Company from Bond Claims

Construction Business Owner

Occasionally, these disputes escalate, and the contractor is presented with a bond claim. Depending on the size of the claim and the strength of the company, these claims can put contractors on the ropes and even knock them out of business.

FTC is Pursuing Green Marketing Claims

Green Building Law Update

made misleading and unsubstantiated biodegradability claims for its plastic products. Under the FTC’s final order, APM is prohibited from making biodegradability claims unless they are true and supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. In an earlier blog post I wrote that the FTC announced in October, 2013 it would begin to ramp up enforcement of environmental claims.

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Should Sanctions Be Applied to Unsuccessful Claims?

Construction Dive

Many state court rules call for a losing party to pay the winning party’s attorney fees and other costs if the loser asserted its claim in bad faith or without substantial justification. A recent decision of Maryland’s highest court avoided the improper imposition of this severe sanction on a construction contractor. Read more

Navigate a Bond Claim Successfully

Construction Business Owner

In order to grasp the appropriate ways to pursue or defend a bond claim in a meaningful way, contractors should have some background on what payment bonds are and how they work.

Contractor claims fraud on Maine mixed-use development

Construction Dive

The $235,000 suit is just the latest issue that has kept the Portland project stalled for more than a year

Construction at $8B San Francisco shipyard development stalled amid claims of toxic soil

Construction Dive

The Navy will not release the property to the city and developers until the soil has been retested

Skanska sues $300M Miami museum, claiming millions in unpaid bills

Construction Dive

The contractor took over the project in 2014 after the museum terminated its contract with Suffolk Construction

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Government Contractors: Threatening to File a Claim is Not the Same as Filing a Claim

Best Practices Construction Law

For one government contractor, its claim was recently rejected by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals because the Board found that the Contractor did not properly state its claim. 22, 2015), the Board dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction because no underlying claim or contracting officer decision existed. The Board rejected the appeal, noting the following: Here, it is clear that neither the contractor nor the Government has made a claim. Words matter.

Preventing Harassment Claims

Construction Business Owner

Professional football is known as a tough sport with an equally tough behind-the-scenes locker room culture. Jonathan Martin’s departure from the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28, 2013, perhaps signaled a change.