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To best serve our clients, we make it a priority to stay on top of emerging developments and trends in the industry. Read more in The Hard Hat Blog.

Is Your Arbitration Clause Enforceable?

By on August 12, 2016 |

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently addressed the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a sales contract between a home buyer and a developer general contractor. Gregory W. Smith vs. D.R. Horton, S.C. Supreme Court Opinion No. 27645. The arbitration clause stated that the parties agreed to arbitrate any claim arising out of the construction… Read more

The Ins and Outs of Construction Licensure

By on July 21, 2016 |

Contractor licensing requirements vary widely from state to state and are very state specific.  In some states you have to obtain a contractor’s license before you start work.  In other states, such as South Carolina, you have to obtain a license prior to offering to do work, otherwise it is a violation of the licensing… Read more

Supreme Court decisions could have major impacts for construction industry

By on July 6, 2016 |

Two recent decisions from the United States Supreme Court could have major implications for the construction industry.  In United States v. Texas, a divided 4-4 vote resulted in the Court’s issuance of a one-sentence opinion, in which the Court affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked an executive order which would have allowed millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE Manual – Invitation for Professional Services (Form SE-210) Gets a Facelift

By on June 28, 2016 |

The OSE gave its form SE-210 – Invitation for Professional Services – a facelift in the 2015 update of the OSE Manual. Take a look at the old form, compared to the new version. While the appearance of SE-210 is improved, there aren’t a whole lot of substantive changes. Mainly, they’ve added information to call… Read more

The 2015 South Carolina OSE: Small Change in Design-Bid-Build Contract Administration

By on June 20, 2016 |

It’s pretty much business as usual under the newly updated Chapter 7 in the Office of State Engineer’s (“OSE”) Manual for the Planning and Execution of State Permanent Improvements Part II, which sets out the contract administration procedures for traditional design-bid-build projects. With a few exceptions, basic contract administration remains the same as under the previous… Read more

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