I’ve Received Contractor Lawsuit. What Happens Next?

The project is either over or it is winding down, money and tensions are getting tight. Contractors know this scenario very well. The problem arises when a lawsuit is delivered because of the dispute. Many contractors do not know what to do once they receive a lawsuit. This post will outline the possibilities of what happens after the lawsuit is received.

The Best Time to Mediate A Dispute is Yesterday

Here on ConstuctionLawMonitor.com I like to blog about non-traditional ways to settle disputes between contractors and other feuding parties. Mediation is my favorite because I am a mediator. Its also my favorite because, generally, its the best and most efficient way to resolve disputes. There are circumstances whereby mediation will not work but that usually […]

Construction Contracts: Mediation Is A Great Alternative To Litigation

Mediation and Construction Law are two of my favorite topics to discuss. These are my favorite aspects of the practice of law. Every construction law dispute I encounter starts with the premise of getting contractors paid. No matter the dispute, the underlying factor is withholding of money along the hierarchical chain of characters. Owners need […]

Mediation! New Service Available at Wolfe Law

Seth J. Smiley, partner at Wolfe Law Group, LLC and author of ConstructionLawMonitor.com is now a formally trained mediator. New Orleans just hosted the AAAU's (American Arbitration Association University), Essential Skills for the New Mediator workshop in downtown, hosted by Neil Carmichael. Why would parties want to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? […]

Louisiana Arbitration Law

Over the past few months here at Wolfe Law Group, I've been involved in a number of disputes where where arbitration clauses were invoked and the matters traveled the path of arbitration rather than ordinary judicial proceeding. Mediation and Arbitration have been touted as the faster, cheaper and more efficient way to handle legal disputes. […]

The Project in Las Vegas A Large-Scale Example of Typical Construction Dispute

A mega-project in Las Vegas is having real problems; mega-problems.   But when you look past the large numbers, all that is left is a simple construction dispute that is played out everyday across the nation between contractors, subcontractors and owners.   The dispute - reported recently by the Wall Street Journal - serves as […]

Why Compromise is Sometimes Better Than A Construction Dispute

Over the past two weeks, my construction law blogging buddies over in Virginia published two blog posts that largely draw the same conclusion:   a compromise is sometimes better than a fight.    As an attorney, I know that disputes are oftentimes unavoidable, but attorneys and litigants should think long and hard about compromises whenever […]