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Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Defect Claims in Virginia

When an owner wants to make a construction defect claim in Virginia, there are three factors that need to be considered: liability, damages and source of recovery. Whether an owner is contracting to have minor repair work done on their home, or is...

November 12, 2020 in Construction Law; Litigation;

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law - Defects In Concrete

You've hired a contractor to pour concrete either as a project, or as a part of a larger overall project. In some cases the poured concrete begins to develop cracks. Do these cracks constitute a defect for which the contractor should be liable? The...

July 10, 2018 in Construction Law; Litigation;

Written by Barry Dorans

Can I Sue A Contractor For Fraud?

In construction disputes, it is not uncommon that one of the parties wants to sue for fraud. A fraud claim has significant advantages over a contract claim in that there is a longer statute of limitations to bring the claim and the damages that can...

March 06, 2018 in Construction Law; Litigation;

Written by Barry Dorans

Preserving Evidence In Construction Cases

Whenever an owner notices a problem with a building, one issue that may arise is how to properly preserve evidence for use at trial. Fortunately, the Virginia Supreme Court has recently issued an opinion which makes life a little bit easier for...

January 22, 2018 in Construction Law

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law - Virginia

When an owner hires a contractor to perform construction and the work goes poorly, damages is one of the issues that can be contested. This article by Wolcott Rivers Gates attorney, Barry Dorans, discusses the nuances of what recourse a client has...

December 19, 2017 in Construction Law; Litigation;

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law: Owners - Architects - Contractor

A building fails, is it the fault of the contractor who built it or someone else? In some cases, an owner hires a company to build a building with no real plans to go from, such as a free standing garage constructed for a home, but in many...

November 28, 2017 in Construction Law