By Bruce Jervis
There are many legitimate reasons for contractors to submit claims for increased compensation. Construction contracts, which essentially allocate risks and responsibilities between project owners and constructors, spell out the circumstances under which the contractor may be entitled to additional time or money. This is why aspersions such as “claim monger” are offensive to contractors.
Sometimes, however, contractors overreach. These lapses in judgment are harmful to the image of the industry and give the entire claim process a bad reputation. An example is found in a recent federal court case in Wisconsin. ... Read more.
Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:
- Contract Distinguished Disposal from Removal
- Performance Bond Liability Not Increased by Liquidated Damages
- Sub Settles with Prime and then Recovers from Owner
By Steve Rizer
How often should schedules be updated for construction projects in which there is no contractual language addressing the issue? In such circumstances, should schedules be updated weekly, monthly, every two months, or on some other timetable? J. Kimon Yiasemides and Zeynep Guven of Warner Construction Consultants Inc. tackled this puzzler during “Consideration of Claims Issues in the Creation and Update of Schedules,” a 90-minute webinar that WPL Publishing held last week. To read their advice on this topic, click here.