Construction Contract Claims
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The number of construction contract claims and their associated damages have risen significantly in recent years. Owners and contractors must endeavor to curtail this phenomenon to keep construction costs and ultimately expensive lawsuits to a minimum. Those working in the construction industry must have at least some knowledge of contract law and in particular contract claims in order to resolve disputes which may otherwise escalate to some formal disputes resolution proceeding. The purpose of this report is to study virtually all facets of construction contract claims from the perspective of both public and private contracting. Various contract types are discussed with their associated risks and tendencies toward disputes. The different types of claims encountered in the construction business categorized as constructive changes, acceleration, changed condition, schedule change, and delays are discussed in detail and are reinforced using numerous illustrative examples from actual court cases. These court decisions, many of which are from federal construction contracting, form the basis for interpreting and discharging the contract parties responsibilities.
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