The Greater New York Construction User
Council Discusses the Continuing Relevancy of Skyscrapers
On October 23, 2013 the
Greater New York Construction User Council (GNYCUC) held a panel
entitled, Going Higher: The Quest to Dominate the NYC Skyline. John
E. Osborn, Esq., General Counsel to the GNYCUC, introduced the
program, which explored the ability of developers to maintain
relevance in New York City - one of the most competitive real estate
markets. The program examined both new construction and the
renovation of older buildings.
The City of New York Abandons the
No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses in Construction Contracts -- 30 Years
After the Kalisch Jarcho Decision
As of December 24, 2013, the
City of New York (the “City”) and its various agencies are using a
new standard construction contract. Of the several revisions, the
most impactful, at least from a contractor’s perspective, is the
elimination of the no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clause. This clause,
which had been faithfully used by City agencies and staunchly
defended by New York courts for decades, has been an effective tool
for owners (public and private) and contractors to shift the risk of
additional costs associated with project delays and other time
related impacts onto the respective contractors and subcontractors.
John E. Osborn, PC is Pleased to Announce
Expansion and Promotions
John E. Osborn P.C.
is pleased to announce that
Michael T. Hager has joined the firm as a
Partner, Daniel H. Crow has been elevated to Partner, and Jessica N.
Parra and David de Barros have joined the firm as associates.
Top Hospitality Industry Executives
Discuss the Bright Future of the New York City Hotel Market at The
Commercial Observer New York City First Hotel Annual Forum
On October 22, 2013 the
Hotel Engineers Association of New York (“HEANY”) and Greater New
York Construction User Council (“GNYCUC”) co-sponsored, along with
several other industry groups, the first annual The Commercial
Observer New York City Hotel Forum at the McGraw Hill Conference
Center. As General Counsel to both of these organizations, John E.
Osborn, Esq. helped organize the forum, which was comprised of two
panels and three keynote speeches. The panelists examined current
trends and shared their ideas about the future of the hospitality
industry in New York City.
The Hotel Engineers Association of New
York Inc. (“HEANY”) Holds Emergency Preparedness Program at the New
On Wednesday, October 9th
2013, the Hotel Engineers Association of New York Inc. (“HEANY”)
presented, “Enforcement and Compliance with the New NYC Fire Safety
Plan Requirements” at the New Yorker Hotel. The program followed up
the group’s March 2012 update on the New York City Fire Code.
The panelist offered insights on the best ways for hotels to
implement and adhere to the new requirements.
Legal Issues Affecting Property
Management in Complex Times
Mark Pennington, Of Counsel
to John E. Osborn P.C., gave a presentation on hot environmental
topics for BOMA/NY on April 11, 2013 as part of a larger panel
discussion, “Legal Issues Affecting Property Management in Complex
Times.” Mr. Pennington talked about ways to minimize environmental
losses in future severe weather events. He also discussed U.S.
EPA’s soon-to-be-released new guidance on vapor intrusion, as well
impending changes in standards for how vapor intrusion risks are to
be considered in Phase One environmental assessments. Here is
summary of his presentation, updated to include recent developments: