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Construction Litigation

Construction litigation involves resolving legal disputes related to construction projects. From contract disagreements to defects, delays, or payment issues, construction litigation addresses a range of complex matters. Our construction attorneys at Artemis Law Group navigate these disputes to protect your interests and achieve the most favorable outcomes possible.

What Is Construction Litigation?

Construction litigation refers to the legal processes involved in resolving disputes arising from construction projects. It addresses issues like contract breaches, construction defects, delays, payment disputes, and property damage. Typically, construction litigation arises when parties involved in a construction project fail to resolve conflicts through negotiation.

During construction litigation, our skilled attorneys analyze contracts, assess project documentation, and use expert witnesses to advocate for our clients. Whether representing contractors, subcontractors, developers, or property owners, our construction litigation attorneys protect your interests through negotiation, mediation, or, if necessary, litigation in court.

Common Reasons for Construction Litigation:

  • Breaches of contract terms, including non-payment, delays, or failure to perform
  • Faulty workmanship, design errors, or substandard materials
  • Allegations of project delays impacting timelines and causing financial losses
  • Non-payment or disputes over payment amounts, progress payments, or change orders
  • Damage to existing structures, neighboring properties, or environmental impacts
  • Failure to meet contractual or implied warranties regarding the quality or fitness of work
  • Legal claims filed by contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers for unpaid work or materials
  • Violations of building codes, zoning regulations, or environmental laws
  • Coverage disputes or disagreements over liability for construction-related accidents
  • Claims against architects or engineers for errors or omissions in design or supervision

How Artemis Law Group Can Help

At Artemis Law Group, our construction attorneys conduct a thorough evaluation of your case, analyzing contracts, project documentation, and relevant laws to identify key issues and formulate a legal strategy. We explore alternative dispute resolution methods, such as negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, to seek swift resolutions whenever possible. However, if litigation becomes necessary, our litigators zealously advocate for your interests in court to secure favorable outcomes.

Construction Litigation FAQs

What are the common causes of construction disputes?

Common causes of construction disputes include contract breaches, construction defects, delays, payment disputes, and property damage claims.

Can construction disputes be resolved without going to court?

Yes, many construction disputes can be resolved without going to court. Alternative dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation, or arbitration offer opportunities for parties to reach settlements outside of court, often saving time and costs associated with litigation.

How soon must homeowners pay contractors?

In California, prompt payment laws (California Civil Code § 3260.1) mandate that property owners must make prompt payment within 30 days of receiving a payment demand from the contractor. Similarly, contractors are required to promptly pay subcontractors within 15 days of receiving payment from the owner. Failure to adhere to these payment timelines may result in penalties of 2% per month or legal action.

What should I do if I encounter a construction dispute?

If you get into a construction dispute, seek legal guidance promptly. Consulting our experienced construction attorneys can help you assess your situation, explore your legal options, and develop a strategic plan to protect your interests.

How long does construction litigation typically take?

The duration of construction litigation varies depending on the complexity of the case, the willingness of parties to negotiate, and court procedures. Some cases may be resolved within months, while others can extend for years, especially if they involve extensive discovery.

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration in construction disputes?

Mediation involves a neutral third party facilitating discussions between parties to help them reach a voluntary agreement. Arbitration is a more formal process where an arbitrator or panel renders a binding decision after hearing evidence and arguments from both sides.

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Schedule your consultation with our construction attorneys to discuss your construction litigation needs. Our team is responsive, compassionate, and always accessible to our clients. Whether you’re facing contract disputes, construction defects, payment issues, or other issues, we provide personalized legal guidance and strategic representation. Contact us now to schedule your consultation and explore your legal options.

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