Is it possible to save on costly "e-discovery"? Some attorneys are testing ways to head off runaway legal costs of construction lawsuits, including contract clauses ruling out e-mails as discoverable evidence.The idea is inviting because one of the biggest risks in a lawsuit is the size of the invoice that litigants receive from their own attorney.Propelled by the explosive growth of e-mail, litigation costs today run 20% to 30% higher than six years ago, say attorneys and insurance agents. The recession hasn't cut litigation and may actually provide more incentives for lawsuits, they say.Project team members already understand that the
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.