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Stoel Rives’ Construction & Design Group Selected for Practical Law Publication on Construction Lien Claims

Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters Company and division of West Publishing Corporation that produces online resources for attorneys across myriad legal topics, recently invited members of the Construction & Design Group of Stoel Rives’ Portland and Seattle offices to provide construction lien resources for Oregon and Washington.  According to Kate Kruk, Practical Law’s Content Acquisition … Continue Reading

Lenders Beware: Ensure Those HOA Dues Get Paid! Nevada HOA Superpriority Statute Survives Constitutional Challenge

The Supreme Court of Nevada stirred a great deal of controversy in its 2014 opinion SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A.,[1] holding that a 1991 statute granting superpriority status to certain homeowner’s association (HOA) liens[2] created a true priority lien such that its foreclosure extinguishes all other liens, including a first deed … Continue Reading

Is Late Notice A Big Deal? Ninth Circuit Asks For An Opinion From CA Supreme Court On Insurance Question

So, what’s the big deal if you’re a little “late” in giving your insurer notice of the claim or lawsuit against your company?  That’s the question, albeit in essence, that the Ninth Circuit has posed to the California Supreme Court recently in an Order Certifying Questions, Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Co. Specifically, the … Continue Reading

“All Risk” Coverage Is Not Equal to “All Loss” Coverage Under Customary Provisions in California Builder’s Risk Policies

A common insurance question asked by our owner/developer clients when they discover that their completed project has defects is whether their own insurance will cover the cost to fix the defect or any damage from the defect.  While trying hard not to sound like the proverbial lawyer, we often have to say “it depends.”  What … Continue Reading

Oregon Construction Law Seminar

On September 22 and 23, 2016, my colleague Eric C. Grasberger will co-chair The Seminar Group’s Oregon Construction Law seminar in Portland, Oregon.  This seminar will include a panel of knowledgeable lawyers with broad experience addressing Oregon construction law.  I will be presenting and will speak about design-build contracts and the project delivery method.  Two … Continue Reading

Construction Successes in the Seattle Area

It seems that lawyers spend a lot of time dealing with problems and crises, but it is healthy to celebrate successes as well. Here are a few things around Seattle that we can celebrate. Sound Transit continues its expansion of the light rail system. The station next to Husky Stadium opened in March, connecting folks … Continue Reading

Construction Default Rights and Remedies Seminar

On June 3, 2015, I will chair The Seminar Group’s Construction Default Rights and Remedies seminar in Portland, Oregon.  This seminar will include a panel of knowledgeable lawyers with broad experience addressing default and termination issues.  Two of my colleagues will also be presenting:  Kenneth P. Childs will speak about bankruptcy issues; and C. Andrew … Continue Reading

A Cautionary Tale for Public Agencies: Your Feasibility Analysis Must Be Based on Data, Not Assumptions

In a recent opinion, the Court of Appeals determined that the Central Point School District (“District”) violated the law when it attempted to outsource student transportation services. In 2009, Oregon’s legislature sought to curtail the outsourcing of government jobs under circumstances that either cost the taxpayers more money or saved the taxpayers money by sacrificing … Continue Reading

Finishing Strong vs. Finishing Wrong: Tips & Traps for Project Completion

Complex construction projects carry complex problems as they approach completion. In my recent article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I address 10 potential pitfalls that owners, contractors and design professionals may encounter, and I offer tips to help you prepare for them. Read the full article here. “Finishing Strong vs. Finishing Wrong: Tips & … Continue Reading

“Best Law Firms” Survey Results: Stoel Rives Recognized Nationally for Construction Law Practice

The 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey was published November 1, and we were pleased to learn that you—our clients and professional colleagues—helped us achieve another prestigious national first-tier ranking in Construction Law for Stoel Rives. We’d like to thank all of you who took the time to respond to the … Continue Reading

Lots of Tunnels in Progress

Drivers from Ballard to West Seattle are familiar with the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel project. As they drive to and from downtown, they notice that the southern end of the Viaduct has been removed to make way for work on the south portal. But the Viaduct replacement project is not the only big tunnel … Continue Reading
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