With all types of development projects in Southern California rapidly going up everyday, working in the construction industry can bring big rewards, as well as high risk. In this special report, the Transcript uncovers current construction insurance issues, coverage options and updates on construction law.
Some years ago, Rick Engineering Co. formed two distinct but interwoven divisions -- the Litigation and Legal Support Services Division and the Construction Support Division -- to help clients mitigate problems encountered during and after the construction process, deal with repair and maintenance issues arising immediately or decades after construction completion and operation, and to find cost-effective methods of resolving construction issues through negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
"One of the best things about practicing construction law is getting to be a part of the building process," said Greg Pyke of Best Best & Krieger LLP. "Watching a project rise and knowing you played a part in its development brings an incredible amount of satisfaction."
The term "mechanic's lien" raises many questions. But the big question is: What's in it for you? Because of limited space, the answer will be a general discussion of salient points and not an attempt to cover the whole subject. If you have a specific problem, a call to your attorney would be in order.
Determining how to combat increasing construction costs on an upcoming project can be a hurdle for developers and builders. Couple that with handling a potential lawsuit and being correctly insured on a project and their jobs can be hectic.
Residential construction defect lawsuits used to be filed with regularity in San Diego County.
Employment-related claims are the fastest growing area of litigation in California. Defending claims such as sexual harassment, disability and pregnancy discrimination, wrongful termination in violation of public policy and breach of implied contract have become more commonplace for companies, regardless of their size.
Referred to metaphorically as the category five hurricane about to strike the construction industry, the California Air Resources Board diesel off-road equipment regulatory measures have received criticism from construction industry coalitions, who say 50 percent of the state's contractors could be out of business should these measures take effect.
As construction costs continue to increase, some developers are attempting to ensure their project will be completed on time -- with total costs not exceeding preconstruction estimates -- by hiring only contractors who use certain project management or building processes.
In the past when homeowner associations filed a construction defect lawsuit against a contractor or homebuilder, the suit was typically settled out of court with the plaintiffs receiving settlements from the contractors.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) Board voted 6-0 to adopt the permanent heat stress regulation earlier this week. The regulation, which protects all California employees working outdoors, could have a substantial impact on the construction industry.
As some members of the building industry predict a rise in the construction of attached housing as a means of meeting the demand for affordable or work force housing, discussions have increased regarding the need for construction defect litigation (CDL) reform.