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Additional Insured Denied Recovery Under Commercial General Liability Policy For Costs Sustained Repairing Defective Construction and Resulting Property Damage

In Auto Owners Insurance Co. v. Gay Construction Co.,[1] a general contractor brought a claim as an additional insured under a sub-subcontractor’s commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy seeking to recover costs it sustained repairing the sub-subcontractor’s defective work and resulting property damage. The court denied the general contractor’s claim, finding that the business risk exclusions included in the policy barred coverage.

In this case, Gay Construction Co. (“GCC”) entered into a subcontract with Gunby Construction (“Gunby”) for certain … Read more

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Atlanta Interchange Rebuild Will Use Public-Private Partnership Structure

I285/GA400 interchangeMore than three years after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal made it his top transportation project, the planned redevelopment of the I-285/GA 400 interchange in Sandy Springs (DeKalb County) in metro Atlanta is closer to a start date. The Georgia State Transportation Board announced in early December that it has hired North Perimeter Contractors to design, build and partially finance the project, which is planned to begin construction in February 2017 with an expected completion date of June 2020. North Perimeter … Read more

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Parties’ Contract Cannot Eliminate Right to Apply to Vacate or Modify Arbitration Award

In Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, Inc. v. R.G. Williams Construction, Inc., a general contractor and subcontractor entered into a written subcontract which provided for arbitration of disputes.  The arbitration provisions provided that any arbitration award shall be final and binding on the parties and that the parties “expressly agree not to challenge the validity of the arbitration or the award.”

The parties submitted a dispute to arbitration and after the arbitrator rendered an award, the subcontractor filed a motion … Read more

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City Officials’ Immunity Argument Does Not Bar Enforcement Actions Brought Under the Open Meetings Act

This blog post was written by Chadd Reynolds and David R. Cook. 

A recent Georgia Court of Appeals case highlighted the extent to which city officials can shield themselves from immunity for their actions at open city council meetings. The court denied the Mayor of Cumming and its City Council’s use of immunity to bar an action brought by the Attorney General under the Open Meetings Act in Gravitt v. Olens, 774 S.E.2d 263 (Ga. App. 2015) . The … Read more

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Private sector partnerships help DoD meet goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy production

Solar EnergyFor the last two decades, federal agencies have set mandates to reduce energy intensity, lower greenhouse gases and increase use of alternative energy sources. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires federal agencies to reduce energy intensity by 3 percent per year, or 30 percent by FY 2015 (compared to an FY 2003 baseline). The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, passed by Congress in 2013, requires 25 percent of energy consumed by federal installations to … Read more

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Unpaid Subcontractors Are Not Required to Give Ante Litem Notice Prior to Filing Actions Seeking Damages from Local Governments for Failure to Obtain Payment Bonds

This post was written by Chadd Reynolds and Mark Hanrahan.

In City of College Park v. Sekisui SPR Americas, LLC., 331 Ga.App. 404 (2015), the Georgia Court of Appeals held that an unpaid subcontractor who was seeking to recover from the City of College Park for failure to obtain a payment bond as required by Georgia’s Local Government Public Works Construction Law, was not required to give the City ante litem notice before bringing its action. This decision disapproves … Read more

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Cobb County Board approves $462 million GMP for new Braves stadium

bravesIn May, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) for construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium at $462.2 million. Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said that this price was “where we expected it to be,” which is far less than the original estimate of $482 million. The 5-0 vote approving the GMP was a procedural step required as part of the contracts between the Braves, American Builders 2017 (the joint venture of four construction firms … Read more

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Georgia’s Right to Repair Act

It’s important for any contractor or construction company to understand how they may be impacted by Georgia’s Right to Repair Act. The first component of this act is that prior to filing a lawsuit, a homeowner must serve all responsible contractors with written notice. This notice must be given at least ninety days before a suit is filed. In order for this notice to be valid, the homeowner must deliver it by overnight delivery or certified mail. The one exception … Read more

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Public-Private Partnerships Now a Reality in Georgia

Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Local Governments to Partner with Private Entities for Public Projects

A bill soon headed to the Governor’s desk for signature will greatly expand the opportunities for state and local governments to partner with private entities on a wide array of new public projects. Senate Bill 59, known as the “Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act,” (the “P3 Act”), was approved by Georgia legislators on April 2, 2015, just before the end of the 2015 legislative … Read more

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Subcontractor’s Lien Upheld Despite Not Identifying Contractor

Must a subcontractor’s claim of lien identify the contractor in order to be valid? In the recent case of Robertson v. Ridge Environmental, LLC, the Court of Appeals of Georgia held that a subcontractor’s claim of lien does not need to include the name of the contractor.

Subcontractor performed work on several properties at the direction of Contractor. When Subcontractor was not paid for the work, it filed claims of lien on the properties. But the claims of lien did … Read more

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