1. Are Written Change Orders Needed to Collect for Extra Work?

    Construction contracts universally contain a requirement that any change order or extra work order be in writing and signed prior to the work being performed. Generally, when project directives are issued that change the scope of work but no formal written change order is issued or amount for the ch…Read More

  2. Public Entity Must Pay for Scope of Work Not Disclosed

    The California Supreme Court in LAUSD v. Great American Insurance Company; Hayward Construction Company (2010) 49 Cal.4th 739, held that where the contractor can establish that a public entity "knew material facts concerning the project that would affect..." the contractor's " bid or performance and…Read More

  3. No Pay for Contractor Starting a Job Unlicensed

    The Court in Alatriste v. Cesar's Exterior Designs, Inc. (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 656 found that a homeowner was allowed to sue to recover all monies paid to a contractor who began performance of work while unlicensed, even though the contractor obtained its license during the performance of the work.…Read More