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Kevin Laurilliard Obtains New Case Law Decision for Private Construction Law Projects

Kevin Laurilliard, an attorney who practices construction law at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Willaims, P.C., obtained an important precedential decision that applies to New York State private construction projects.

The New York State Appellate Division for the Third Department ruled that a contractor may have the legal right to opt for expedited arbitration in lieu of litigation, notwithstanding an express provision in the written construction contract that mandated litigation. Expedited arbitration can allow a contractor, subcontractor and supplier to settle disputes in a more efficient and timely matter.

Based upon this precedential decision, contractors, suppliers and subcontractors, who provide labor and/or material to private construction projects in New York State where the aggregate costs exceeds $150,000 can now decide to pursue expedited arbitration.