A Review of Spooky Construction Projects

Stephanie O’Rourke did a presentation on “They Creak, They Crack, They Crumble: A Review of Spooky Construction Projects” at Texas A&M University. To get the full presentation, please contact Stephanie directly at SORourke@CokinosLaw.com or 210-293-8714. You can view Stephanie's bio by clicking here.  

Court Enforces OCIP Workers Comp Bar in Third Party Over Action

Cokinos | Young recently obtained summary judgment for the owner and the general contractor on all claims brought by a severely injured employee of a subcontractor at a large, industrial construction project. Cokinos | Young successfully argued that both the owner and the general contractor were entitled to the workers...

Slow Poke Permits

If you’re tired of waiting on city inspectors to issue permits, you should probably be aware of a little known and rarely used statute. Section 214 of the Local Government Code requires that permits be addressed within a certain amount of time. Failing to do so prevents the municipality from...

Texas Mechanic’s Liens and Bonds

By David L. Tolin, Cokinos Young This practice note explains Texas laws governing mechanic’s liens and bonds. Texas is home to relatively complex statutory frameworks for liens and bonds used to secure payment for services rendered, and you must be familiar with the statutes to provide effective counsel. The practice...

Important Changes to 2017 AIA Contract Forms

Recently, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) published its decennial update to the AIA forms most commonly used by contractors, owners, and design professionals. In total, AIA updated fourteen of its construction contract forms, including the industry-standard Owner-Contractor forms, such as the A101 - A105 base contracts and A201 General...

Policyholders Beware: Convergence of New Texas Insurance Laws and Hurricane Harvey

In a bizarre twist, the insurance legislation originally billed as the “Hailstorm Bill” will likely have the greatest effect not on hailstorms, but on the most significant flooding event in Texas history. As Hurricane Harvey continues to deluge the Texas Coast, Texas Insurance Code Section 542A is set to take...

The Spill Magic Saga Continues – Austin v. Kroger Is Back

Houston | San Antonio | Austin | Dallas/Fort Worth   On June 2nd, the Fifth Circuit designated its opinion in Austin v. Kroger, L.P., 2017 WL 1379453 (5th Cir. Apr. 14, 2017) for publication. In that opinion, the Fifth Circuit yet again remanded Randy Austin’s lawsuit against his former employer, Kroger Texas, L.P., to the United...