December 2012


December 27, 2012 3:23 PM | Posted by Admin

There are times when an owner may want to sell their real property during a construction project. As an owner, what are the key issues you should consider? As the general contractor, what is likely to be requested by the owner and by the buyer’s lender? This blog post addresses some of the larger issues that will need to be resolved in the transaction and should provide a general roadmap of how to structure the process.

December 18, 2012 9:30 AM | Posted by Admin

Voters in a Kansas City, Missouri special district recently approved funding for a $100 million streetcar system in the downtown area. The two-mile streetcar system will run from the River Market to Union Station. Supporters such as Mayor Sly James hope this investment will generate further development along the streetcar corridor and ultimately result in new streetcar lines throughout the metro area.

December 14, 2012 4:49 PM | Posted by Admin
This guest entry about Missouri's Environmental Covenant Act comes from Andrew Brought of Spencer Fane's Environmental Law Practice Group. Given the issues property owners face with land use and site activities, the use of an environmental covenant can give said owners a significant advantage when used effectively.
December 10, 2012 4:03 PM | Posted by Admin

A recent decision from the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District examined a couple of interesting items in the world of Missouri mechanic’s liens. Of interest to Midwest Construction Law Blog readers are two items: (1) what does a contractor need to prove in a breach of contract claim; and (2) how can a misstatement in a mechanic’s lien invalidate the entire lien?  In R.K. Matthew Investment, Inc. v. Beulhah Mae Housing, LLC, the Court of Appeals offered us some guidance on these two important topics.

December 7, 2012 4:07 PM | Posted by Admin
I have been thinking about dedicating a portion of Midwest Construction Law Blog to the Construction Hall of Shame. Look for this in the future but I think we may have its first entry with this story out of France.
December 4, 2012 8:58 AM | Posted by Admin

On any construction project, bonds should be considered as part of the owner's or general contractor's strategy for risk management or risk allocation. Bonds are separate from the types of insurance generally found on the construction projects (builder's risk insurance, commercial general liability, workers' compensation/employer's liability, and umbrella coverage), but nonetheless they can be equally as important to the success and failure of any project.