Monthly Archives: July 2015

Philadelphia Updates Stormwater Regulations Effective July 1, 2015

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Green Construction on Jul 21, 2015.

Effective July 1, 2015, Philadelphia Water updated its Stormwater Regulations for development to meet requirements of the Clean Water Act. The changes claim to improve the health of Philadelphia’s rivers, minimize local flooding, and encourage the use of green infrastructure throughout the city.

BREAKING NEWS: Ironworkers Union Boss Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Current Events in Construction on Jul 20, 2015.

Joseph Dougherty, 73, former head of Philadelphia’s largest ironworkers union, was sentenced Monday to 19 years and two months in federal prisonafter being convicted of overseeing a campaign of sabotage and intimidation of nonunion contractors including the 2012 torching of a Quaker Meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill. In addition, Dougherty will have to pay over $500,000 in restitution.

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PA Supreme Court says CASPA does not apply to public projects

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Payment Claims on Jul 20, 2015.

It took a federal court to ask for guidance, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally formally declared as law a concept most construction lawyers already assumed to be the case: the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act does not apply to public works projects.

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Construction Trivia

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Jul 17, 2015.

Among the most famous buildings in the world, the White House is the residence and working space for the President of the United States. Despite its unique name, it was not always white and not always known as the White House. Do you know how the White House came to be known by that name?

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Is the end near for Kvaerner in Pennsylvania?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Insurance on Jul 15, 2015.

In one of the most impactful decisions of the last decade for both the insurance and construction industries, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Kvaerner U.S., Inc. v. Commercial Union Insurance Co., that defective work was not an occurrence under a commercial general liability insurance policy when the underlying claims “triggering” coverage sound in contract. Courts in other jurisdictions, however, have been methodically swinging in the other direction. It may ultimately spell the end of the narrow reading the Kvaerner decision imposes on CGL policies in Pennsylvania.

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