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Is This a Forum Selection Clause, or Not?

USA - November 6 2019 Forum selection clauses have become commonplace in construction contracts. Most general contractors take steps to ensure that they can bring their...

Manufacturer Can Pursue Local Lawsuit for Out-of-State Project

USA - August 16 2019 Venue clauses requiring lawsuits to be brought in a particular locale are common, and routinely enforced. From a federal court in Western...

The Problem with Weak Payment Bond Defenses

USA - July 26 2019 A payment bond surety whose principal may be insolvent is caught in a difficult spot. But a Connecticut court decision dealt a major blow to a surety...

Payment Bond Surety Cannot Compel Subcontractor to Arbitrate

USA - July 24 2019 A Maryland federal court judge has reminded a payment bond surety that it cannot compel arbitration with the subcontractor making a claim under the...

Letter of Intent Precluded Dismissal of Mechanic’s Lien

USA - July 17 2019 A contractor recorded a lien notice, using a letter of intent as the “written contract” supporting the lien. The owner moved for summary dismissal of...