Construction Law Insights

Recently, in ProBuild v. DPR, a Charlottesville, Virginia Circuit Court allowed a subcontractor to proceed straight to litigation despite the subcontract’s ADR provisions. The matter involved a dispute that arose after the completion of a construction project where ProBuild, the subcontractor, handled the framing and installation of exterior siding for DPR, the general contractor. ProBuild made a final payment claim of approximately $1.9 million on DPR, but DPR asserted a setoff of about $1.4 million for project delays and defective work that DPR said it had to cure.

On May 14, 2015, the University System of Georgia and Corvias, as part of a financial closing, secured $548.3 million in private financing for a public-private-partnership. Corvias was chosen by the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia to develop, construct, manage, and maintain student housing on nine campuses in Georgia as part of a 65-year partnership. 

General District Court Increases Allowed Claims to $25,000

Effective July 1, 2011, the maximum amount for which a party may bring a claim in the General District Court (GDC) is increased from $15,000 to $25,000. (Va. Code §16.1‐77.) This will provide a faster and more inexpensive way for parties to litigate disputes within that threshold.

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