Developer Win in Missouri

The Missouri Public Service Commission has entered a ruling which supports development in Missouri. Under its ruling, Missouri developers will not be required to pay a tax that investor-owned water and sewer utilities are now required to pay, as a result of a change made to the federal tax code by the 2017 Tax Cut…

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Construction Professionals Beware: Does Your Insurance Policy Cover Construction-Defect Claims?

A recent Missouri Court of Appeals held that commercial general liability insurance does not provide coverage against certain construction-defect claims. In View Home Owners Association v. The Burlington Insurance Company, the court was presented with the question of whether the commercial general liability policy at issue provided coverage for negligent acts allegedly committed during the…

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Attention Subcontractors!

Check out this article by attorney Ross Boden published in The Contractor’s Compass titled, “LEGALLY SPEAKING: OSHA Compliance Tips on Multi-Employer Work Sites and Joint-Employer Relationships.” It summarizes the responsibilities you need to know to help you escape your next OSHA inspection without a dreaded citation. LEGALLY SPEAKING: OSHA Compliance Tips on Multi-Employer Work Sites…

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Baseball Arbitration In Construction Can Be Good In A Pinch

  Laying the Ground Rules In traditional baseball arbitration, one side claims they should be paid one amount, while the other side insists that amount should be different. Both try to prove their case before an arbitrator who will ultimately choose one of the two numbers — nothing higher, lower or in between. Outside of…

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New Protections for Interior Design Professionals

Under new legislation, interior designers are now protected under the Illinois Mechanic’s Lien Act. Contractors and owners in Illinois should now include interior design professionals in their list of sub-contractors from whom they should require a release of mechanic’s lien upon payment. By Sue Schultz

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Mechanic’s liens are without a doubt a subcontractor’s best collection tool when there are payment problems. The sources of its power are (1) the risk that the property will be sold to satisfy the lien, (2) the threat that the owner, in order to prevent foreclosure, may have to pay the subcontractor even if the…

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Important Workshop

Given the negative impact on development that a new tax the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 placed on contributed utility infrastructure, the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission is holding a workshop to address the tax, on July 19th, starting at 10 a.m. at Room 450 in the Governor’s Office Building, 200…

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Developers Beware

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 has placed a tax on the utility infrastructure that you either install and contribute to investor owned utilities that serve your developments (known as contributions in aid of construction or CIAC) or the cash you pay to the investor owned utility to install that infrastructure (known as…

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Construction Loan Forum

    Big thanks to my colleague David Neiers on organizing today’s Sandberg Phoenix In-House Seminar on Construction Loans. I presented on mechanics lien requirement variations under Illinois and Missouri law. #SPvGToolbox By Quinn Murphy    

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Reminder to our Illinois Contractors and Sub-Contractors who hire sub-sub-contractors:

Any Illinois contractor or sub-contractor who has construction services performed for it by an individual, sole proprietorship or partnership that is not an employee of the contractor or sub-contractor must file a report by April 30, 2018 with the Illinois Department of Labor. The report must include the following Information: Contractor’s (or sub-contractor’s) name, address, business identification number;…

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