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Construction Law


Since the last survey of this topic published in the fall of 2000, construction law in Virginia has continued to evolve in an array of areas involving issues such as claims on surety bonds, claims against public entities, construction-related products like Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems ("EIFS"), and mechanic's liens. These changes have implicated and better defined legal principles including the "no damage for delay" clause on public contracts, requirements for privity in breach of warranty claims, and implied indemnification. The significant issues in construction law have arisen both in a number of significant judicial decisions, mostly from the Supreme Court of Virginia, and in amendments to statutes by the Virginia General Assembly. This article will cover most of the significant judicial decisions and statutory changes since the middle of 2000.