You Better Honor Your Bid on Bid Day Mr. Subcontractor

Executive summary.  As a general contractor you can rely on your subcontractor’s bid on bid day as a binding agreement.  But not in all states. Read on to learn about protection granted by the Doctrine of Promissory Estoppel.  Call your attorney.  I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t know what […]

Legal Word of the Day: Contemporaneous

Executive summary. In a construction matter, the quality of evidence can be as important as the evidence itself. Using contemporaneous information can be invaluable in your legal matter against an opposing party. What is this word, contemporaneous? In layman’s terms it means recording information as it happens. A note recorded […]

Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American

Executive Summary. A quick background on terms you hear every day in federal construction contracting: Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American. The terms. Each of the items in the title were introduced by the federal government. Here’s a quick background on each of them. Davis-Bacon Act – Senator James […]

Spearin and Modified Total Cost Method Adopted in Missouri

One of contractors’ most reliable defenses, the Spearin Doctrine, has been upheld in a Missouri Court. Certainly, for Missourians, this is a good thing, and to the extent, others may be able to reference this case or use a similar approach in claims, is a win for the construction industry.