Stephen Pudner

Stephen Pudner

Baker Donelson

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Force Majeure Clauses: Protecting Against the Unforeseeable

Force majeure clauses are a very important, but often overlooked, provision in all contracts, and are particularly important in construction and supply contracts. Whether a force majeure clause is included in a contract, and...more

4/7/2014 - Construction Contracts Force Majeure Clause

For-Profit Colleges and the Student Loan Industry Should Take Note of CFPB's Recent Enforcement Action

In a recently filed lawsuit, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has demonstrated its willingness to assert its authority over both the student loan industry and for-profit colleges. The defendant in that lawsuit,...more

3/21/2014 - CFPB Colleges Enforcement Actions Student Loans Universities

No Need of Injury to Others' Property to be an "Occurrence" under a CGL Insurance Policy

In an opinion last week that could have far reaching ramifications in the construction industry in the insurance coverage context, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that an "occurrence" under a standard Commercial General...more

7/19/2013 - Commercial Insurance Policies Construction Workers Contractors Occurrence Property Damage

Changes in Alabama’s Retainage Laws

The Alabama Code was recently amended in a number of important ways affecting the retainage that may be withheld on private construction projects in Alabama. These changes took effect on September 1, 2011, and only contracts...more

3/11/2013 - Contractors Retainage Subcontractors

A Federal Court's Lifeline to the Servicing Industry: No Physical Pain, no Negligent Servicing Claim

Keith Andress, Natalie Bolling and Stephen Pudner of Baker Donelson's Birmingham office were recently successful in having a mortgagor's claims seeking punitive damages against a major mortgage servicing company dismissed...more

2/15/2013 - Breach of Contract Defamation Economic Damages Freddie Mac Loan Servicer Mortgages Negligence Punitive Damages Summary Judgment Wrongful Foreclosures

The Differences between “Pay if Paid” and “Pay When Paid” Clauses in Construction Contracts

As attorneys that draft construction contracts and litigate construction disputes on a regular basis, we have seen how construction contract terms are used in contracts and what the practical effects of these terms may be on...more

1/16/2013 - Construction Contracts Pay if Paid Pay When Paid Subcontractors

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