Practice Area
Subcontractors
A Contractor May Be Able to Escape Liability for Construction Defects but Only if the Defects Solely Resulted from the Deficient Plans or Specifications
Legal Alert
From the desk of Mike Staskiews: A contractor may be able to escape liability for a breach of contract due to construction defects, if the contractor proves the defects were caused by the owner’s own defective plans or specifications. This…
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Wednesday October 28, 2020 By: Michael Staskiews
Washington Court of Appeals Addresses when a Construction Contract Can and Cannot be Terminated Without a Remedy Period
Legal Alert
From the desk of Mike J. Staskiews: It is no secret that major public works projects come with major potential for safety risks and hazards. Contractors strive to protect the health and wellbeing of their workers and the general public…
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Wednesday August 26, 2020 By: Michael Staskiews
Oregon & Washington Construction Law Master Class
Webinar
The world of construction presents a large number of issues for contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, and their insurers.  In this presentation, we address the basics of the law, including statutes of limitation and repose, the standards to which construction companies…
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Thursday February 9, 2017 By: Paul Sheely
Oregon Case Update: The Silent Complaint: Does Subcontractor’s Insurer have Duty to Defend Where Complaint Fails to Allege Subcontractor’s Negligence?
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Ryan J. McLellan: Oregon law provides that a subcontractor’s insurer may have a duty to defend a general contractor and owner against damages arising out of the subcontractor’s own negligence. Because it is common for an…
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Thursday June 2, 2016 By: Firm Authorship
OR Case Update: When is a Court Incorrect in Awarding Specific Fees?
Legal Alert
From the desk of Cliff J. Wilson: In what context will an award for attorney fees or enhanced prevailing party fees stemming from an arbitration likely be overturned? Read on to see how the Oregon Court of Appeals recently answered…
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Thursday March 3, 2016 By: Cliff Wilson
Design Defects
Success Story
The homeowners association for Montara Townhomes brought a lawsuit for over $5 million for defective design and construction of its complex. The association was attempting to extract the majority of the $5 million dollars from 3 subcontractors; two framers and…
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Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Oregon Case Update: New Trick for Small Subcontractor Claims
Legal Alert
From the desk of Smith Freed Eberhard:  In Oregon, there is a growing trend from the plaintiffs bar to make construction defect claims for property damages under $10,000 that carry along potential exposure to attorney fees.  Claims Pointer:  If a…
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Wednesday May 14, 2014 By: Firm Authorship
Oregon Case Update: Insured’s Settlement with Plaintiff Found to be Not Binding on Insurer
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: This case discusses how and when a promise by a plaintiff to seek recovery from an insurer, instead of a defendant insured, will prevent that plaintiff from doing so. Claims Pointer: If a plaintiff…
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Thursday March 7, 2013 By: Jeff Eberhard
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