California Increases the Contractor’s License Bond Requirement

The California Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 467, increasing the license bond requirement from $12,500 to $15,000 for California contractors, effective January 1, 2016.  Contractor’s license bonds generally exist to benefit a contractor’s customers if they are financially damaged as … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Will Suffer Natural Gas Leak for Months

ENR reports that relief wells drilled to relieve pressure and allow the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak to be repaired will not be complete until at least late February, 2016. The new well pipes are supposed to meet the leaking … Continue reading

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Dec 2015 Under Construction Newsletter Available

The December 2015 Under Construction Newsletter from Snell & Wilmer’s Construction Law Group is now available. Articles include: FAA regulations affecting drone use on construction projects; Drafting pay when paid clauses in California; Construction defect reform in Denver, and use … Continue reading

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LA’s 6th St Viaduct Replacement Project Continues Work

ENR reports construction moving forward on the largest bridge project in Los Angeles history: the $449 million project to replace the 83 year old 6th Street Viaduct, which was deemed unsafe as a result of Alkali Silica Reaction that is weakening … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Stops Newhall Ranch Project on Climate Change Concerns

In a split decision, the California Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s approval of the Newhall Ranch Mega-Project’s 5,828 page environmental impact report, stating the lower court failed to adequately support its conclusion that the development would not significantly … Continue reading

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California HS Rail Likely to Be Late and Over Budget

The Los Angeles Times reports experts predict tunneling projects for the California Bullet Train to be over-budget and delayed by complications of boring through fractured rock formations, known and unknown earthquake faults and other problems posed by the boundary between … Continue reading

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SNELL CONSTRUCTION PARTNER MARK JOHNSON TO GIVE SURETY BOND FUNDAMENTALS WEBINAR NOVEMBER 16th

Mark D. Johnson, Construction Law Partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Los Angeles office, will be presenting a webinar on Construction Payment and Performance Bond Fundamentals, November 16, 2015, from 10 am -11:30 am, PT. The webinar will focus on the … Continue reading

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California High Speed Rail Extends Bid Time for Package 4

The Fresno Bee reports the California High Speed Rail Commission has pushed back the bidding for Construction Package 4 into November, compressing the time to use $2.2 billion in federally approved funds before September 30, 2017. Construction Package 4 includes … Continue reading

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Snell & Wilmer Partner Leon F. Mead II Named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Snell & Wilmer’s Construction Group is proud to congratulate Leon F. Mead II, a partner in the Las Vegas office, for being selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.  See the Firm’s Press Release regarding his achievement here. … Continue reading

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11 Snell & Wilmer Construction Lawyers Named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Snell & Wilmer’s Construction Group is pleased to announce that 11 of its members have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  See the Firm’s Press Release about all listed … Continue reading

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