Construction Litigation

Construction, involving any improvement or alteration to real property (real estate), including demolition work to clear a site, is subject to all of the principles and doctrines of law, under the broad, general classification of Construction Law. The basic principles of law and equity affecting real property have evolved from a broad body of basic laws, regulations, standards, practices, custom, usage, codes and technology.

Construction law may embody improvements of all sizes and complexity from basic, residential work, to enormous, complex projects of hydroelectric impoundment and generation, city planning, and mass transportation. While construction law cuts across a broad spectrum of laws, it is still closely interrelated with many of the traditionally recognized principals and doctrines of the law, including: real property, contracts, torts, business organizations, labor, tax, and (possible) conflicts of laws.

Contract terms and definitions in construction contracts are very important, because they eliminate ambiguity and misunderstanding; they also govern the specific understanding and agreement of the parties to the contract, and provide the framework for interpretation and resolution of construct contract claims under the laws of each state.