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Energy Benchmarking for Commercial Real Estate
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

When asked to envision the source of carbon emissions, many would conjure images of smokestacks, exhaust pipes and chimneys, belching out puffs of dark smoke. Most carbon emissions, however, boast a far more urbane and polished origin: commercial buildings. Full Text


Beil v. Telesis and the Retained Control Exception
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

Property owners often engage independent contractors to perform construction and renovation projects on their properties. If an employee of the independent contractor is injured on the property, the owner may be liable to the employee for his or her injuries, regardless of whether the worksite is a home, a multimillion-dollar lab renovation or a residential construction project. Full Text


Federal Contractor Compliance With SBA Regulations
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

Following the market crash of 2008, decreasing opportunities and increased competition led many contractors, large and small, to turn to federal government contracting for the first time. These contractors sought a steady new stream of revenue and believed that performance of federal government contracts could provide just that. Full Text


Union Trustees Now Have Lien Rights in Pennsylvania
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

Under the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law (MLL), only a “contractor” or “subcontractor” is permitted to file a mechanic’s lien against an owner of property for payment of debts due by the owner to the contractor or by the contractor to any of its subcontractors for labor or materials furnished during a construction project. Full Text


Professional Negligence vs. Negligent Misrepresentation
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

Professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation against design professionals are significantly different. With the exception of having to prove conduct that deviated from the professional’s standard of care, these tort theories require different proof and do not overlap. Full Text


Bankruptcy Basics and Considerations for Construction Projects
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

While the reality and speed of economic improvement in the construction industry is debatable, few would argue with the fact that the specter of bankruptcy is more apparent now than ever. Full Text