On behalf of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, Attorney Anthony Osborn will be speaking at multiple law schools, including the University of Iowa College of Law, over the next few months. The presentations are designed to educate law students regarding the opportunities available through the ABA, and encourage them to get involved in the ABA’s Construction Forum. Anthony’s practice focuses on business litigation and construction law, and he has taken on an active role within the Construction Forum and within local construction-related groups, including the Homebuilders Association of Iowa.
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April 30, 2014. Attorney Anthony Osborn received a favorable jury verdict in a state court lawsuit in Union County, South Dakota. In the trial, Osborn represented a contractor seeking damages against a property owner due to the owner’s failure to pay for certain construction materials and services. While the owner had filed a counterclaim, alleging defective workmanship and resulting damages, the jury found Osborn’s client was not negligent, awarded no damages on the owner’s counterclaim, and awarded monetary damages in favor of Osborn’s client.
Attorney Anthony Osborn, of the Goosmann Law Firm, was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Construction Newsletter "Under Construction", the newsletter of the ABA forum on the Construction Industry, for his co-authored article which talks about "How to Draft Lawsuits to Trigger Insurance Coverage".
February 3, 2014. On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a decision which requires the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to pay three subcontractors after they completed work on state projects but were never paid by the general contractor.
January 6, 2014. Litigation attorney Anthony Osborn authored an article in a construction law publication distributed by Division 7 of the American Bar Association's Construction Forum. The Construction Forum is comprised of attorneys and other professionals representing all facets of the construction industry, including but not limited to owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, construction managers, insurers and sureties. Division 7 focuses on insurance, surety and liens. Osborn's article, which can be found here, discusses various insurance coverage issues that typically arise in construction lawsuits. For more information regarding Goosmann Law Firm's construction and litigation practices, contact the Goosmann Law Firm at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 712.226.4000.
October 28, 2013. The Dispute Resolver, the publication of Division I of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, is now blogging. Attorney Anthony Osborn is an editor for the publication. Check out the blog here. Division I of the Construction Forum focuses on dispute avoidance and resolution, including mediation, arbitration and trials. Members of the Construction Forum represent all facets of the construction industry, including but not limited to owners, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, construction managers, insurers and sureties.
October 21, 2013. In January 2013, the Iowa legislature enacted new statutes which have a significant impact on general contractors and subcontractors providing goods and services on residential construction projects. Noncompliance with the new laws can significantly limit a contractor’s options if he/she later files a lawsuit related to the project.
October 7, 2013. What is mediation? It’s a fancy word for a meeting where two or more parties sit down and attempt to resolve a dispute before it proceeds to binding arbitration or trial.
September 30, 2013. When it comes to business disputes, construction lawsuits can trigger seemingly countless insurance-related issues. For example, were the alleged damages caused by an “occurrence” as defined in the contractor’s insurance policy? If so, did the damages begin and/or end during different years, thereby triggering multiple insurance policies? In addition, did the damages at issue stem from more than one “occurrence,” thereby potentially leading to an increase in applicable policy limits? These insurance coverage questions arise frequently in construction lawsuits.
September 23, 2013. Many state and federal court lawsuits implicate various types of sensitive business information, such as financial records, information regarding volumes of sales and purchases, customer or vendor lists, confidential trade secrets, and other types of proprietary information which you don’t want to share with anyone, let alone the general public or perhaps a business competitor. Don’t panic. In most instances, your attorney will be able to ask the court for a protective order, which is an order limiting the use or other disclosure of your sensitive or proprietary business information. A free sample protective order can be viewed here.