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Amy Garber focuses her practice on construction and government contracts, and has significant experience in commercial litigation. She handles construction, arbitration, and litigation matters in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit. In her construction practice, Amy has represented and counseled contractors in cases involving federal and state Miller Act and complex payment disputes, and effected removal, settlement, and/or dismissal of various claims. View articles by Amy

Two recent decisions – one from the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the other from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims – provide opposing holdings on whether the government can raise a “Severin doctrine” defense to subcontractor “pass-through” claims based on broad language in subcontractor progress payment releases. In light of these

OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to KnowAlthough most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has an entire section of regulations just for contractors. The OSHA regulations help

Contractors Beware: Subcontractor Exception to “Your Work” Exclusion May Not Save the Day

Commercial general liability (CGL) coverage for a general contractor is not guaranteed, even if property damage is all a subcontractor’s fault. Consider the following example: A general contractor builds a stadium for which a subcontractor builds the frame. After the project is complete, a wall collapses. An independent investigation reveals the subcontractor’s defective framing work