August 2012

August 23, 2012 4:37 PM | Posted by Admin


Recently, I attended an ABA seminar entitled “Minority Contracting Programs: A Growing Criminal Risk to Corporations.” The program touched a variety of MBE/WBE/DBE issues, but what really caught my attention was the concept of the “ostrich jury instruction.” This instruction may be given to jurors in criminal cases involving contractor fraud in obtaining government contracts with set-aside programs.


August 20, 2012 12:52 PM | Posted by Admin
In an effort to better understand sustainable products in the construction industry, I recently toured the Derbigum Americas, Inc. manufacturing plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Craig Isaacson, VP of Business Development, for Derbigum was kind enough to conduct the tour and answer my numerous questions on sustainability issues.
August 16, 2012 3:23 PM | Posted by Admin

Those AIA General Conditions Are Really Important!

One of the nice things about using the American Institute of Architect’s (“AIA”) construction documents is that courts have given us ample guidance on how to construe the various clauses within each family of documents.  On August 3, 2012, the Kansas Court of Appeals in Neighbors Construction Co, Inc. v. Woodland Park at Soldier Creek, LLC offered us a little more insight into how the AIA General Conditions work in regards to settling payment disputes between the owner and the general contractor.

August 8, 2012 4:16 PM | Posted by Admin


Welcome to the newly updated and improved Midwest Construction Law Blog. 

August 2, 2012 11:12 AM | Posted by Admin

Public Private Partnerships (“P3 Contracts”) create unique challenges for not only Missouri public entities but also for the contractors bidding on jobs that may fall in the grey area between a “public work” and a “private project.” In this posting, we focus on some of the key clauses that should be included in every P3 contract involving “public works.”