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Should Sureties Be Required To Arbitrate Disputes From Bonded Contracts Containing Arbitration Clauses?   

Earl Messer
Earl K. Messer  

(513) 357-9652


One of the complaints about arbitration versus litigation is that, too often, the complaining party cannot proceed against all interested parties in the same proceeding.  This causes delay, additional expense and the risk of different tribunals coming to inconsistent decisions.  For example, is a surety is bound to arbitrate if the bonded contract contains a mandatory arbitration provision?  If so, is every aspect of the dispute with the surety subject to arbitration?  


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 Ohio Public Contracting Reform Comes Alive:  

First projects are taking advantage of the new project delivery methods     

Steven Weeks  

Steven W. Weeks  

(513) 357-9307  


As practically every other federal and state jurisdiction adopted modern construction contracting structures, Ohio was stuck in the distant past, requiring most public agencies to award multiple parallel prime contracts (with optional use of an agency construction manager to coordinate them) - until the Summer of 2011, when long-awaited legislation finally allowed the range of project delivery methods common in other states, including:

  • General Contracting - the use of a single, lump sum prime contractor
  • CM at Risk - where the construction manager provides a guaranteed maximum price, engages subcontractors and bills the owner on a cost-plus "open book" basis, and
  • Design Build - where the design-builder, rather than the owner, engages the architect/engineer, or the design-builder may be a joint venture between a constructor and a design firm

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May 2012 Issue
Should Sureties Be Required To Arbitrate Disputes From Bonded Contracts Containing Arbitration Clauses?
Ohio Public Contracting Reform Comes Alive

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