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During the last four decades, the construction industry has changed from a cooperative family of customers, contractors, workers, and unions, into a bitter struggle in which the low bid rules, and wages and construction quality suffer. Litigation, liens, faulty projects, and worker injuries are all threatening our industry’s future.

In this atmosphere, the industry deserves a closer look at the records of the contractors that have risen to the top.  The Contractors’ Critic will  provide the evidence you cannot find anywhere else; the court cases, liens, OSHA citations, and other data on contractors, and let you decide.

The Critic views court cases and liens as a plague on our construction industry. Contractors, employees and their organizations, and customers should be working together and settling their differences outside of the court house. But the trend in our industry is towards more court suits, not less. As the Engineering News Report has editorialized:

“If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem will look like a nail. When it comes to the construction industry, the main dispute resolution tool remains a lawyer, and every disagreement will look like a lawsuit. Lawsuits go against the basic nature of the industry. Construction is not an individual endeavor, but rather a business of team building. Successful teams and projects are built on the strengths of each member, while lawsuits and unsuccessful projects are founded on the weaknesses of team members. A decade or more may pass before there is any resolution of a dispute by the courts leaving no one a winner. Some industry sources claim the tide of dispute resolution may be turning back towards the courts. This may indicate that the construction industry has become too complacent to combat creeping litigiousness.”

The Critic could not agree more with this ENR editorial. These are the reasons why the Critic devotes its resources to researching and publishing details on litigation and liens in the construction industry. The Critic feels that the sheer numbers and the types of these lawsuits should be of grave concern to every contractor and construction customer.

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