July 2019

Tariffs, Taxes, and Trade Wars: Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

Current economic conditions and recent changes to trade policy governing the importation of goods crucial to construction activities—aluminum, steel, fuel, etc.—have had a significant impact on the cost of these and other goods in recent years. As a re…

March 2019

The Problem of Bad Actors in Construction

In any given week, you could run a few searches and find recent news articles about fraudulent or criminal contractor conduct in the world of construction. For example, in April of 2019, a branch manager for an insulation contractor pleaded guilty to bid-r…

January 2019

The Dotted Line: Putting Together the Pieces of a Modular Project Contract

Read Ronald D. Ciotti's insights on prefabrication and modular construction in the latest part of "The Dotted Line" series here.

September 2018

Massachusetts High Court Bars Chapter 93A Claim as Untimely

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) closed out August with a decision concerning contractor exposure to Chapter 93A claims for unfair and deceptive trade practices.  A divided court concluded that a Chapter 93A claim was subject to the 6-…

August 2018

Minding Your Manners: Personality Issues and Bidder Responsibility

In May’s issue, we discussed a bidder responsibility decision of the Bid Unit of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (the “Bid Unit”).  In that case, the awarding authority rejected the low bidder as allegedly “difficult to work with.

Tariffs, Taxes and Trade Wars: Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

Current economic conditions and recent changes to trade policy governing the importation of goods crucial to construction activities –such as aluminum, steel and fuel – will likely have a significant impact on the cost of these and other goods in the c…