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The Dotted Line: To sue or not to sue

Unpaid bills, defects and schedule and change order disputes — these are all circumstances that can raise the temperature on a project and push those who feel wronged to take their issue to court.

Most construction contracts specify some method of dispute resolution, but the matter doesn’t have to end up in front of a judge for it to be considered adversarial by one or both parties.

“I think that it is always in a [party’s] best interest to reach an amicable resolution prior to engaging in litigation,” said attorney Joseph Devereux III with Sandberg Phoenix & von Gotard P.C.

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