39th Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts 2018 Seminar Materials

Publication Date: November 2018
Available Formats: Searchable PDF via immediate download, CD-ROM, or USB Flash Drive
Pages: 896

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This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from the November 2018 seminar, cosponsored with the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section of the Virginia State Bar.

 

For nearly four decades, this two-day gathering has been the destination of choice for both lawyers and industry representatives with a stake in construction law or public contracts matters. The seminar's offerings once again ranged from annual ethics and legal updates to specific programs on the most pressing industry and governmental issues, including:

  • Design-build issues
  • Mechanic’s liens 
  • Delay and loss of productivity evidence
  • Pass-through claims
  • Environmental considerations
  • Judicial perspectives of a construction case
  • Navigating the confusing world of licensing

Table of Contents

TOM SPAHN ON CONFIDENTIALITY: PART V (CLIENTS’ PAST AND ONGOING
MISCONDUCT
HYPOTHETICALS

Thomas E. Spahn

TOM SPAHN ON CONFIDENTIALITY: PART V (CLIENTS’ PAST AND ONGOING
MISCONDUCT
HYPOTHETICALS AND ANALYSIS

Thomas E. Spahn

A PRIMER ON DESIGN PROFESSIONALS’ LIABILITY IN VIRGINIA
Kelley C. Holland
Patrick M. Kelly


I. Roles Played by the Parties Involved

II. Theories of Liability
        A. Contractual Liability
        B. Tort Liability

III. Defenses for Design Professionals
        A. Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose
        B. Privity and Economic Loss
        C. Contributory Negligence
        D. Betterment
        E. Limitation on Liability

IV. Use of Design-Build
        A. Perceived Benefits and Actual Effectiveness
        B. Design-Build in Use

ADVANCED MECHANIC’S LIEN TRIAL ISSUES
Steven M. Blatt
James L. Windsor

1. In General

2. Who May Claim the Lien

3. Property Subject to the Lien

4. Perfecting the Lien

5. Mechanics’ Lien Agents

6. Affidavit Verifying Payment for Labor and Materials

7. The 150-Day Rule

8. Statutory Forms for the Memorandum of Lien

9. Defenses

10. Personal Liability of Owner or General Contractor

11. Enforcement of the Lien

12. Priority of Liens

13. Alternatives to Mechanics’ Liens

14. Miscellaneous Considerations

15. Practical Effects of Filing a Lien

MECHANIC’S LIEN PITFALLS
Steven M. Blatt

REHABILITATION OF THE CAVALIER HOTEL
Dave Mykins
Greg Rutledge


DELAY AND LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY EVIDENCE: HOW TO EFFICIENTLY
AND PERSUASIVELY PRESENT THIS EVIDENCE TO VIRGINIA JURIES
(AND JUDGES)

James Carney
Daniel E. Toomey
Peter S. Vosbikian


WHAT EVERY PRACTITIONER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PASS-THROUGH
CLAIMS

Andrew Cook
Lauren McLaughlin


I. An Introduction to “Pass-Through”Claims

II. The Starting Point for Understanding Pass-Through Claims: The Severin
Doctrine

III. Modern Day Application of Severin
        A. Government Bears the Burden of Proof of Establishing Severin
        B. No Formal Subcontract Required to Accept Pass-Through Claim
        C. Recent Decisions Limiting Severin’s Application and Allowing
        Subcontractor Claims to Proceed
        D. Severin Doctrine Recently Enforced to Bar Subcontractor
        Claims

IV. Bypassing the Severin Doctrine with Liquidating Agreements

V. Prime Contractor Sponsorship Obligations

VI. The Miller Act and Pass-Through Claims
        A. Any Waiver Must be Timely, Clear and Explicit to Preclude a
        Miller Lawsuit
        B. Pay When and if Paid Clause Usually Does Not Preclude Miller
        Act Litigation

VII. Pass-Through Claims in Virginia

VIII. Proposed Legislation to Permit Pass Through Claims to All Public
Entities in Virginia - Beyond VDOT

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Heather Stevenson

I. Pre-Construction Planning
        A. Environmental Consultants
        B. Emergency Procedures
        C. Contractor/Sub-Contractor Education

II. Demolition Issues
        A. Asbestos
        B. Lead Paint

III. Land Disturbance
        A. Erosion and Sediment Control
        B. Managing Stormwater
        C. De-Watering
        D. Dust Control

IV. Wetlands and Waterbodies
        A. What is a Wetland?
        B. Local, State, and Federal Permits/Approvals in Virginia
    
V. Wastes
        A. Solid Wastes
        B. Contaminated Soils and/or Groundwater
        C. Waste Minimization
        D. Litter Control

VI. Petroleum Storage Tanks
        A. Removal of Underground/Above Ground Storage Tanks
        B. Spills
        C. State Tank Fund

VII. Cultural Resources, Cemeteries, and Human Remains
        A. Surveys Before Construction
        B. Moving Graves
        C. Unexpected Finds

VIII. Project Monitoring, Compliance, and Agency Enforcement

WINERIES AND CONSTRUCTION ISSUES
Clark H. Worthy

I. Overview of Wineries in Virginia

II. What Exactly is a “Virginia Farm Winery?”

III. Who Regulates Virginia Farm Wineries?

IV. Special Design and Layout Issues

V. Soil Erosion Issues

VI. Hot Issues for Wineries and Construction

VII. Funding

JUDICIAL PERSPECTIVE OF A CONSTRUCTION CASE
Hon. Stanley Klein
Hon. Douglas E. Miller


I. Discovery
        A. Discovery, Settlement & Other Non-Trial Procedures
        B. Requesting and Producing Proportional Discovery
        C. Discovery Rules as Amended 2015
        D. Cases on Boilerplate Objections and Requests

II. Form Settlement Conference Order - with comments

III. Local Civil Rule 83.6

IV. Mediations vs. Trials

THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS (BOARD STYLE)
Christopher G. Hill

Eric L. Olson

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CONSTRUCTION AND PUBLIC CONTRACTS
LAW IN VIRGINIA

Scott W. Kowalski
Thomas M. Wolf

I. Contracts

II. Civil Procedure

III. Indemnity and Insurance

IV. Government Contracting

V. Mechanic’s Liens and Bond Claims

VI. Fraud/False Claims Act/Criminal

VII. Miscellaneous

VIII. Natural Gas Pipeline Cases

IX. Legislation

Authors

Thomas E. Spahn

Kelley C. Holland

Patrick M. Kelly

Steven M. Blatt

James L. Windsor

Dave Mykins

Greg Rutledge

James Carney

Daniel E. Toomey

Peter S. Vosbikian

Andrew Cook

Lauren McLaughlin

Heather Stevenson

Clark H. Worthy

Hon. Stanley Klein

Hon. Douglas E. Miller

Eric L. Olson

Scott W. Kowalski

Thomas M. Wolf

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