Dispute Boards: A Different Approach to Dispute Resolution

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Albert Bates Jr.
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R. Zachary Torres-Fowler

With the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation in August 2019, there has been a newfound focus on how parties can improve and expand the use of alternative forms of dispute resolution outside conventional litigation and arbitration proceedings.  Pepper Hamilton attorneys Albert Bates and R. Zachary Torres-Fowler contributed the Dispute Boards: A Different Approach to Dispute Resolution chapter to the 2020 Special Issue of The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business. The chapter introduces the concept of “dispute boards,” a common dispute resolution method in the construction industry, to a wider audience. Continue reading “Dispute Boards: A Different Approach to Dispute Resolution”

COVID-19 and the Construction Industry: Important Considerations (For Information Purposes Only Not Intended as Legal Advice)

Jamey B. Collidge

COVID-19 has created a severe disruption to the construction industry. Certain jurisdictions, including Boston, San Francisco and Pennsylvania, have placed restrictions on construction projects deemed “nonessential” and require waivers for certain projects to continue. Owners, contractors, suppliers and others may currently have more questions than answers. This article addresses some important concerns, and provides links to additional resources that more specifically address these concerns. Continue reading “COVID-19 and the Construction Industry: Important Considerations (For Information Purposes Only Not Intended as Legal Advice)”

Continuous Cessation of Labor on Construction Projects Can Trigger Statutory Remedy Deadlines

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Luke Nicholas Eaton

State and local governments throughout the country continue to issue orders in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Many states have ordered the shutdown of all businesses, with various exceptions such as businesses that are “essential” and/or “life-sustaining.” Each jurisdiction has provided a list and/or guidance on what kinds of businesses must close and what can remain open. Pepper Hamilton continues to monitor these orders and update its “COVID-19 – State Business Impact Tracker” map, an interactive tool that shows shutdown orders by state. The Business Impact Tracker can be accessed at https://covid19.pepperlaw.com/. Continue reading “Continuous Cessation of Labor on Construction Projects Can Trigger Statutory Remedy Deadlines”