Georgia Construction, Bond & Lien Law Blog


Georgia’s Right to Repair Act: Homeowner’s Pre-litigation Requirements for Construction Defect Claims

Posted in Contractor Liability,Contracts by Blue Blog on the February 9th, 2015

by Stephanie Dodson Dougherty The Georgia Legislature enabled the Right to Repair Act (O.C.G.A. § 8-2-35, et seq.) in 2004 to reduce construction-related litigation by providing resolution alternatives for legitimate construction disputes. Although the stated purpose of the Act is to protect the rights of homeowners, it actually heightens their burden by requiring precise pre-litigation
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Simple Tips for a Successful Construction Project

Posted in Contractor Liability,General Contractor Info,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the July 21st, 2014

by Mark A. Cobb I just read a very insightful and accurate description of what it means to be a contractor: We design and construct buildings but the reality is we are risk managers.  Virtually anyone could design or construct a project if it had no risk.  The reality is that owners hire and pay
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3 BIG TIPS for Using A Georgia Notice of Commencement to Your Advantage

by:  Mark A. Cobb Although it is not a scientific representation, we get the sense from our contractor clients that the construction industry is picking up throughout Georgia.  One measure that we use is the number of Notices of Commencement that we have been asked to prepare, and this number has steadily increased which, hopefully,
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Subguard and Surety Bonding in Georgia

Posted in Contractor Liability,Current Legal Issues,General Contractor Info by Blue Blog on the May 31st, 2013

  by Cobb Law Group Every construction project, whether large or small, comes with risks.  Contractors, subcontractors and materialmen worry whether payment will be made; conversely, project owners, developers and general contractors worry that subs and suppliers will properly perform.  Fortunately, there are several statutory and common law rights which help alleviate some of these
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A Warning to Architects & Builders About Design Changes

Posted in Contractor Liability,Current Legal Issues,Uncategorized by Blue Blog on the March 18th, 2013

by Mark A. Cobb Our construction law colleagues at Kaplin Stewart maintain a very good Pennsylvania construction law blog, and a recent posting by them gives a very important warning to architects, engineers and builders who consider cutting corners to save money.  Apparently, an owner/designer of luxury house in Hollywood Hills, California has been charged
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CONTRACTORS BEWARE OF RETROACTIVE LIABILITY FOR DESIGN FLAWS

Posted in Contractor Liability,Current Legal Issues,Public Works Projects by Administrator on the June 7th, 2012

by:    Mark A. Cobb Cobb Law Group A recent development from the United States Supreme Court may have profound repercussions affecting almost everyone in the design, build and construction industries. This case stems from the 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minnesota which killed 13 people.  The bridge, which had been designed by the
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