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Update Regarding House Bill 109 - For Delaware Construction Projects, Legislature Overrides Choice of Law and Venue Provisions In Some Construction Contracts

Posted in Delaware, Jennifer Horn, Scott Earle
By: Scott T. Earle and Jennifer M. Horn The recently passed and amended Delaware House Bill 109 (“HB 109”) has important implications for anyone concerned with construction law in Delaware. According to amended HB 109, any provision in a contract for construction occurring in the State of Delaware is void and unenforceable as a matter… Continue Reading

Mid-Atlantic Construction Update: Looking Up?

Posted in Delaware, Jobs, Maryland, New Construction, Pennsylvania
Is construction picking up throughout the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are just a few summaries of headlines for Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania Maryland: As of March 2011, construction projects in several Maryland counties continue to increase, and construction contracts “were up 55% when compared to the same month in 2010.” For the first quarter, future construction… Continue Reading

These (Construction) Boots Were Made for Walkin' (Across State Borders)

Posted in Delaware, Design and Technology, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
For an increasing number of contractors, survival in the current economy has resulted in the need to find and secure work in other states. The migration of contractors to neighboring states is apparent throughout the country. Besides the work itself, benefits of an expanded geographic footprint include a broader client base, thereby creating mutually beneficial… Continue Reading

Delaware Department of Transportation Files Lawsuit Over Indian River Bridge

Posted in Delaware, New Construction
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDot) recently filed a lawsuit for $19.6 million in damages against Florida based engineering contractor Figg Bridge Engineers (Figg) and its engineering subcontractor MACTEC Engineering (MACTEC). The suit alleges that the two contractors provided inaccurate and incomplete information regarding the geotechnical evaluation of the embankment surrounding the Indian River Inlet… Continue Reading

Delaware Wind Farm Assembly Suffers Setback but Long Term Confidence in the Project Remains High

Posted in Delaware, Energy
The federal government recently denied the state of Delaware’s application for a $22 million grant for a wind turbine manufacturing facility in the Port of Wilmington (The Port). The Port, along with NRG Bluewater Wind (NRG), sought the grant from the second round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s stimulus-funded transportation investment program. The Port and… Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms That Sureties May Limit Bond Claimants

Posted in Bonds, Delaware, Robert Ruggieri, Scott Earle
Scott T. Earle and Daniella Gordon contributed to this post. A recent Delaware Supreme Court decision limited the field of bond claimants on a private project. In the case, Berlin Steel proper claimants under bond.pdf the Supreme Court overruled the trial court’s interpretation of an earlier decision that stood for the proposition that all subcontractors, regardless… Continue Reading

Delaware Department of Transportation Unveils Five Year Plan

Posted in Delaware, Jobs, New Construction
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently unveiled its plans to update the Cape Region over the next five years. Funded Projects On the agenda of funded projects are intersection and sidewalk improvements, such as realignment of the Plantation-Cedar Grove-Postal Lane intersection, as well as plans to develop the Destination Station Center near Rehoboth Beach.… Continue Reading

Delaware: Renewable Energy Bills Update

Posted in Delaware, Energy
Christopher P. Soper, LEED AP, associate with Cohen Seglias, contributed to this post. This summer, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law four renewable energy bills designed to expand Delaware’s wind and solar power industries. The new legislation creates incentives aimed toward attracting companies in these industries to Delaware. The bills also offer incentives that… Continue Reading