33rd Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar Materials - SALE!

Publication Date: November 2012
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Content Summary:

  • UPL, MDP and MJP (Defining What Lawyers Do and Where They Can Do It) - Hypotheticals and Analysis
  • Recent Cases and Legislation and Complex Mechanic’s Lien Issues
  • Bankruptcy Considerations for Construction Projects
  • Riding the Tide
  • The Legal Framework for the Use of Design-Build in Virginia
  • Legal Framework for Public Private Partnership Transportation Projects in Virginia
  • Hot Topics in Government Contracts
  • Construction Arbitration: From the Beginning to the End
  • Mock Trial Examination and Cross-Examination of a Critical Path Expert
  • Recent Developments in Construction and Public Contracts Law in Virginia

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33rd Annual Construction and
Public Contracts Law


UPL, MDP AND MJP (DEFINING WHAT LAWYERS DO AND WHERE
THEY CAN DO IT) - HYPOTHETICALS

Thomas E. Spahn

UPL, MDP AND MJP (DEFINING WHAT LAWYERS DO AND WHERE
THEY CAN DO IT) - HYPOTHETICALS AND ANALYSIS

Thomas E. Spahn

RECENT CASES AND LEGISLATION AND
COMPLEX MECHANIC’S LIEN ISSUES

James L. Windsor

        I. New Cases (2010 - 2012)
    
            A. Summit Community Bank v. Blue Ridge Shadows Hotel &
            Conference Center
    
            B. Custom Stone Co., Inc. v. Solid Concepts
    
            C. NACC, Inc. v. Old Dominion, LLC
    
            D. TWP Enterprises, Inc. v. Dressel
    
            E. RRMM Design Build, LLC v. Marquis at Williamsburg, LLC
    
            F. CA Builders, LLC v. Forde
    
            G. Shallow Creek Elec. Servs., LLC v. Shady Elm Flex Tech, LLC
    
            H. HP Homes, Inc. v. Douglas
    
            I. Dewberry & Davis, Inc. v. C3NS, Inc.
    
            J. Dewberry & Davis, Inc. v. C3NS, Inc.
    
            K. Sun Styles Timber Framing, Inc. v. Kanna
    
            L. Hazel v. Sycolin Ctr., LLC
    
        II. Statutory Changes (2010 - 2012)
    
            A. Op. Va. Att’y Gen. No. 09-005, 2009 Va. AG Lexis 24
    
            B. 2010
    
            C. HB928 (Chapter 523), Effective July 1, 2012
    
            D. HB 1265
    
            E. Recent Proposed Statutory Amendment That Failed
    
        III. In General
    
            A. Statutory Creation
    
            B. Statutory Construction
    
        IV. Who May Claim the Lien
    
            A. Identifying a Mechanics’ Lien Claimant
    
            B. Statement Declaring Intention to Claim the Benefit of a Lien
            Required in Memorandum of Mechanic’s Lien
    
            C. Slander of Title
    
            D. Laborers and Suppliers
    
            E. Architects, Engineers and Surveyors
    
            F. General Contractors and Subcontractors
    
        V. Property Subject to the Lien
    
            A. In General
            
            B. Public Property
    
            C. Multiple Contracts, Lots, Units, or Buildings
    
            D. Utility and Paving Contractors
    
            E. Leased Property
    
            F. Condominiums
    
            G. Time-Share Property
    
        VI. Perfecting the Lien
    
            A. The 90-Day Rule
    
            B. “Completed or Otherwise Terminated”
    
            C. Replacement Materials; Open Accounts
    
            D. Certification of Mailing
    
        VII. Mechanic’s Lien Agents
    
            A. In General
    
            B. Designating the Mechanic’s Lien Agent
    
            C. Posting the Building Permit
    
            D. Sufficiency of the Building Permit
    
            E. Notice Requirements
    
            F. Evidence of Receipt
    
            G. Inaccurate Description of the Property
    
            H. Time Period for Notice
    
            I. Notice After the 30-Day Period
    
            J. Determining Whether a Proper Building Permit Has Been Issued
    
            K. Amendment of Building Permit
    
            L. Exceptions to the Requirement to Notify the Mechanic’s Lien
            Agent
    
        VIII. Owner’s Affidavit or Statement
    
        IX. The 150-Day Rule
    
        X. Statutory Forms for the Memorandum of Lien
    
            A. The Contractor’s Memorandum
    
            B. The Subcontractor’s Memorandum
    
        XI. Defenses
    
            A. Owner’s Priority
    
            B. Limitation on the Amount Claimed by Subcontractors and
            Sub-Subcontractors
    
            C. Licensure of Claimant
    
        XII. Personal Liability of Owner or General Contractor
    
            A. Remedy Created by Va. Code § 43-11
    
            B. Creation of Personal Liability of Owner and General Contractor
    
            C. Priority of the 43-11 Claim
    
            D. Owner’s Right to Setoff for Work Not Completed by General
            Contractor
    
            E. Limitations on Owner or General Contractor’s Liability
    
        XIII. Enforcement of the Lien
    
            A. Complaint
    
            B. Intervening Petition by Other Lienholders
    
            C. Parties
    
            D. When the Suit Must be Brought
    
            E. Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy
    
            F. Scope of Jurisdiction
    
            G. Sale of the Property
    
            H. Challenging the Validity of Lien
    
            I. Court-Ordered Release
    
            J. Diverting Funds
    
        XIV. Priority of Liens
    
            A. In General
    
            B. Priority Over Deeds of Trust
    
            C. Priority Over Security Interest in Accounts Receivable
    
            D. Priority Among Mechanic’s Liens
    
            E. Removal of Materials Affixed to the Structure
    
            F. Federal Liens
    
        XV. Alternatives to Mechanic’s Liens
    
            A. Civil Suit
    
            B. Statutory Alternatives
    
            C. Threat of Filing
    
            D. Contract Provisions
    
        XVI. Miscellaneous Considerations
    
            A. Assignment
    
            B. Waiver
    
            C. Forfeiture
    
            D. Release or Discharge
    
        XVII. Practical Effects of Filing a Lien
    
            A. Effect on the Owner
    
            B. Effect on the Claimant’s Business
    
            C. Effect on the General Contractor
    
            D. Effect on the Construction Lender
    
            E. Effect on the Title Agency

BANKRUPTCY CONSIDERATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Christopher L. Rogan

        I. Bankruptcy Overview
    
            A. Introduction
    
            B. Forms of Bankruptcy Relief
    
            C. Section 362 Automatic Stay
    
            D. Discharge and Dischargeability of Debt
    
        II. Bankruptcy Considerations in Construction Law
    
            A. Reclamation and Administrative Priority Claims
    
            B. Setoff
    
            C. Avoidance of Pre-Petition Transfers
    
            D. Rejection and Assumption of Contracts and Leases
    
            E. Secured Claims in Bankruptcy
    
            F. Single Asset Real Estate (SARE) Entities in Bankruptcy
    
            G. Sale of Property Free and Clear of Liens, Claims, and
            Encumbrances
    
            H. Construction Contract Retainage
    
            I. Mechanic’s and Materialmen’s Liens
    
            J. Bankruptcy-Proofing Provisions

RIDING THE TIDE
Philip A. Shucet

THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE USE OF
DESIGN-BUILD IN VIRGINIA

Michael C. Loulakis

        I. Introduction
    
        II. Current State of the Design-Build Market
    
            A. Objective Research Shows That Design-Build’s Market Share
            is Expanding
    
            B. Industry Benchmarking Studies in the Civil Infrastructure Sector
            Confirm DB’s Benefits
    
            C. Procurement Reform Continues at a Robust Pace
    
        III. Statutory Authority for Use of Design-Build by VDOT
    
        IV. General Statutory Authority for Use of Design-Build by the
        Commonwealth
    
        V. Procedures for Implementing DB on the Commonwealth’s Non-VDOT
        Projects
    
        VI. Statutory Authority for Use of Design-Build by Other Virginia Public
        Bodies
    
        VII. Using the PPTA and PPEA for Design-Build Projects
    
        VIII. Conclusion

LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN VIRGINIA

Simon J. Santiago

        I. Introduction
    
        II. Summary of PPTA Provisions
    
            A. Overview
    
            B. Key Provisions
    
        III. Summary of PPTA Implementation Manual
    
            A. Overview
    
            B. Organizational Structure and Reporting
    
            C. Project Identification Phase
    
            D. Project Screening and Prioritization Phase
    
            E. Project Development Phase
    
            F. Project Procurement Phase

HOT TOPICS IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
Daniel J. Donohue
J. Michael Littlejohn


        I. How Can Your Client Become a Government Contractor?
    
            A. Registration - System for Award Management (“SAM”)
    
            B. Getting a DUNS Number to Register
    
            C. NAICS Codes
    
            D. Representations and Certifications
    
        II. Finding Federal Contract Opportunities
    
            A. Fed Biz Ops
    
            B. Industry Fairs and Promotions
    
            C. Subcontracting
    
        III. Outside Counsel - Issues That I See
    
            A. Small Business Programs
    
            B. Small Business Jobs Act
    
            C. Small Business Subcontracting Program
    
            D. The SBA’s 8(a) Program and SBA’s Mentor Protégé Program
    
        IV. Contract Performance Issues
    
            A. Labor Issues
    
            B. Common Violation Scenarios
    
        V. What Happens if the Fiscal Cliff - Sequestration - Happens?
    
        VI. Employment Verification
    
            A. Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Immigration Status
    
            B. Penalties for Violations of IRCA
    
        VII. In-House Counsel - Issues That I See
    
            A. Lessons Learned for Virginia-Based (or Any) Contractors and
            Their Lawyers
    
        VIII. Procurement Integrity and Hiring Former Government Employees
    
        IX. Organizational Conflicts of Interest
    
        X. Bribery
    
            A. Bribery Examples
    
        XI. Gratuities
    
            A. Gratuities Examples
    
        XII. Kickbacks
        
            A. 2011 Kickback Cases
    
        XIII. Mandatory Disclosure
    
        XIV. How Do Companies Avoid Severe Consequences?
    
CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION: FROM THE
BEGINNING TO THE END

Hon. Robert W. Wooldridge
Daniel E. Toomey
Gregory St. Ours


        The Beginning
    
        The End
    
        Attachment I:
        Cost-Effective Construction Arbitration
    
        Attachment II:
        The Arbitrators Have Decided the Construction Dispute:
        What Do I Do Now?

MOCK TRIAL EXAMINATION AND CROSS-EXAMINATION
OF A CRITICAL PATH EXPERT

Hon. Robert Ballou
Kathleen O. Barnes
J. Mark Dungan
Vivian Katsantonis


        I. Introduction
    
            A. Background Information for Mock Trial Examination
    
            B. Clauses from Virginia’s General Conditions of the Contract
    
        II. Preliminary Motion
    
            A. Contractor’s Right to Finish Early
    
        III. Direct Examination
    
            A. Expert’s Qualifications
    
            B. Direct Examination
    
            C. Objection - Critical Path Method Analysis: Inadmissible Junk
            Science or Reliable Scientific Evidence
    
            D. Objection - Facts Not in Evidence/Hearsay Testimony
    
            E. Objection - Testimony on Ultimate Fact in Issue
    
        IV. Cross Examination
    
            A. CPM Methodology Testimony
    
            B. After the Fact Analysis is Not Consistent with Contract or
            Trade Practice
    
            C. Contractor’s Right to Finish Early (Fact Inquiry)
    
            D. Concurrent Delay

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION AND
PUBLIC CONTRACTS LAW IN VIRGINIA

Thomas M. Wolf
John “Jack” M. Robb, III


        I. Construction Law Contracts
    
            A. Constructive Acceleration Claim Survives Summary Judgment
            When Disputed Facts Exist
    
            B. Constructive Acceleration Does Not Require Notice From
            Subcontractor That It Was Accelerating
    
            C. Damages Awarded for Failure to Meet Contract Specifications
    
            D. Contract Extras Not Recoverable When Evidence Insufficient to
            Show Waiver of Change Order Requirement
    
            E. Contract Extras Recoverable When Evidence Showed That Parties
            Waived Change Order Requirement
    
            F. Whether Change Order Provisions and Dispute Resolution
            Procedures Were Modified is Issue for Jury
    
            G. No Cause of Action for Fraud when the Sole Duty Owed Arose
            Out of a Construction Contract
    
            H. Incorporation of AAA Rules Into Contract Makes Question of
            Arbitrability Property Determined by Arbitrator
    
            I. Court Decides Arbitrability When Parties Fail to Specifically
            Incorporate the AAA Construction Industry Rules Into Their
            Contract
    
            J. Calculating Damages Using a Daily Job Site Overhead Rate by
            Averaging Actual Costs Over a Two Year Period is Insufficient to
            Calculate Actual Costs
    
        II. Indemnity and Insurance
    
            A. Because Subcontractor Was Required to Name Contractor as
            Additional Insured, Subcontractor’s Insurer Was Liable to Contractor’s
            Insurer for Paid Claim
    
        III. Surety and Payment Act Claims
    
            A. Default Judgment Under Miller Act Requires Proof of All Elements
            Of Cause of Action
    
            B. Where No Bond Was Obtained, the Would-be Bond Claimant is
            Not a Third-Party Beneficiary of the Prime Contract Requiring
            a Bond
            C. Dump for Debris Cleared from Roads is Deemed Bond Claimant’s
            Supplying Labor or Materials for the Road Construction Project
    
            D. Surety Entitled to Recover Retainage Mistakenly Not Deposited
            Into Escrow Account Even Though Contractor Had No Right
            to it
    
        IV. Bankruptcy
    
            A. UCC Security Interest is Lost When Building Materials Are
            Incorporated Into the Building
    
        V. Miscellaneous
    
            A. Failure to Comply Strictly With Virginia Public Procurement Act
            Notice Requirements Results in Dismissal
    
            B. Wife of Decedent Workman Not Entitled to Worker’s Compensation
            On Ground She Was Not Hit Dependent Has No Tort Action
            
            C. Complaint Alleging Government Defamed Contractor Must Show
            a Reputation Injury Accompanied by a State Action Distinctly
            Altering or Extinguishing Legal Status
    
            D. Retainage Deposited Into Escrow Account is Immune from
            Attachment by Other Creditors
    
            E. No Equitable Tolling of Statute of Limitations When Homeowners
            Knew About the Problems and Failed to Bring Timely Claims
    
        VI. Legislative Summary

Authors

Thomas E. Spahn

James L. Windsor

Christopher L. Rogan

Philip A. Shucet

Michael C. Loulakis

Simon J. Santiago

Daniel J. Donohue

J. Michael Littlejohn

Hon. Robert W. Wooldridge

Daniel E. Toomey

Gregory St. Ours

Hon. Robert Ballou

Kathleen O. Barnes

J. Mark Dungan

Vivian Katsantonis

Thomas M. Wolf

John “Jack” M. Robb, III

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