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Davis Brown Construction Law Blog

The Davis Brown Construction Law Blog provides Iowa contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals and others in the construction industry with news on legal changes impacting their work.

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Sellers Beware: Failure to Disclose Known Defects When Selling Real Estate Could Cost You - August 20, 2019

Snakes on a plane are one thing, snakes in your home is another. A recent trial highlighted a real estate nightmare: the buyers found a snake infestation after they moved in. The sellers claimed there had not been any snake problems in over 14 years, but the court ruled that the sellers had breached their disclosure duties when completing the Sellers Disclosure Form, costing the sellers tens of thousands of dollars. Read More »


Construction Industry 2019 Legislative Update: New Laws Effective July 1 - July 2, 2019

Below is a summary of the new laws relating to the construction industry that came out of the 2019 Iowa Legislative Session, most of which went into effect on July 1, along with commentary on a few construction-related bills that did not pass this session. Read More »


Iowa Supreme Court Decision Means Less Mechanic's Lien Rights for Iowa Contractors - May 2, 2019

On April 12, 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Winger Contracting Co. v. Cargill, Inc., the consequences of which means less mechanic's lien rights for Iowa contractors on certain projects. Read More »


Iowa Court of Appeals Declares Contractor Acted as Unlicensed Public Adjuster in its Dealings with Homeowner's Property Insurer - March 5, 2019

In light of the recent Iowa Court of Appeals case, 33 Carpenters Construction v. Cincinnati Insurance (February 6, 2019), contractors who interact with their clients' property insurers, including storm response contractors and other remodeling companies, need to take a close look at their practices and seek legal advice as necessary regarding changes that need to be made to their job practices, contracts, website, and other marketing materials to comply with Iowa law. Read More »


Nonconforming Use Bill Introduced - February 13, 2019

HSB 100/SSB 1141 was recently introduced to protect the property rights of real estate owners, including manufactured housing communities. Read More »


Construction Industry Legislative Update - February 6, 2019

The 2019 Legislative Session has gotten off to a quick start in terms of construction industry-related bills that have been introduced. The Davis Brown Law Firm and the various statewide construction and design industry associations are all hard at work for you. Below are a few highlights regarding such legislation. We will continue to update you on these matters. Read More »


2019 Iowa Legislative Session Began Today - January 14, 2019

The 88th Iowa General Assembly convened today, Monday, January 14, 2019 and is scheduled to adjourn on May 3. We are hoping for another successful year of pro-business legislation. Read More »


Jodie McDougal Presents Oral Arguments on Mechanic's Lien Case Before Iowa Court of Appeals - December 14, 2018

On December 14, 2018, the Iowa Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on a long-standing residential mechanic's lien case stemming back to a 2013 lien. Read More »


OSHA's New Silica Dust Rule One Year Later - October 30, 2018

In October 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing its Crystalline Silica Dust Rules ("Silica Rules") within the construction industry. The Silica Rules are important for both general contractors and subcontractors, as general contractors can be fined in certain circumstances when their subcontractors do not comply with the Silica Rules. Read More »


Celebrating Iowa Construction Week - October 1, 2018

The Davis Brown Law Firm is excited to celebrate the construction industry this week. Read More »


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