Lost Productivity: Claims for the Cumulative Impact of Multiple Change Orders

Fall, 2001Articles Public Contract Law Journal

In the government contracts context, the U.S. Court of Claims and the various boards of contract appeals have recognized a general right to recover for the cumulative effect of a multitude of owner-directed changes that, when taken collectively, can be greater than the sum of the effects of the individual change orders. Although a change order may directly add, subtract, or
change the type of work being performed in one particular area of a construction project, it also may affect other areas of the work that are not addressed by the change order.

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