Common Law Analysis – Pay-if-paid, Pay-when-paid & Liquidating Agreements in Construction Contracts

In a recent decision, Sloan & Company v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company ("Sloan"), the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has an in depth discussion regarding some technical yet very important clauses found within many construction contracts between general contractor, subcontractors, owner and the surety. Although the court interprets Pennsylvania law, these concepts […]

Can Contract Time Can Increased By Oral Agreement?

Construction contracts very frequently contain provisions that require all changes orders to be approved in writing. In Louisiana, however, oral modifications to written contracts are allowed despite such provisions. Rhodes Steel Buildings, Inc. v. Walker Const. Co., 813 So.2d 1171. At the trial level in Lantech Construction Co. v. Speed, the court's ruling reflected this […]