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Sanctity of an arbitration award: When does a breach of natural justice tip the balance? - A case study of ASG V ASH [2016] SGHC...

The plaintiff applied to set aside three arbitral awards. The first was awarded on the merits which was challenged on the basis that the arbitrator had totally failed to consider or understand the plaintiff’s evidence and...more

Sixth Circuit’s Rejection of Taint Damages Theory in False Claims Act Case Reinforces that Value-Received May Substantially Offset...

In False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the Department of Justice and, where the government has declined to intervene, qui tam plaintiffs, routinely pursue aggressive damages theories. In its recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Wall...more

Design Errors Exception to the Economic Loss Doctrine

A recent Pennsylvania case, Gongloff Contracting, LLC v. L. Robert Kimball & Assocs., Architects and Engineers, Inc., sheds light on circumstances in which design errors can lead to damages in tort as courts recognize...more

Is An Offset Allowed For Amounts Unrelated To The Claim Asserted?

The plaintiffs in Brace Industrial Contracting v. Peterson Enterprises (Del. Ch. Dec. 10, 2015) moved for partial summary judgment on the issue of whether the defendants could “self-help themselves to $3.457 million of the...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

The Federal and Nevada False Claims Acts

Contractors are no strangers to the courts of justice. Litigation between contractors and owners frequently occurs when a project does not get completed on time or the work does not comply with the Contract Documents. The...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Compensatory Damages Against Insurer Based Upon Bad Faith Failure to Settle and Overall...

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently affirmed an award of compensatory damages against an insurer based upon bad faith in Advantage Bldgs. & Exteriors, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 Mo. App. LEXIS 975 (Missouri Court...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an...

On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction...more

Economic Loss Rule of the Third Kind - Nothing New or Alien Concepts?

Can a contractor sue the project’s designer for losses allegedly caused by errors in construction documents? This question was presented in the Eby v. LAN/STV case, which is now before the Texas Supreme Court....more

7th Circuit: No Need for Specificity in Contract Dispute Liability Cap

This week we discuss the 7th Circuit decision SAMS Hotel Group, LLC v. Environs, Inc. which found that, at least between two sophisticated parties, a liability cap in a contract dispute is enforceable even without specifying...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $14.5 Million Defamation Verdict

This week we discuss the Indiana Court of Appeals decision State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Radcliff that upheld one of the largest verdicts – $14.5 million – ever obtained in a defamation case in United States history....more

Maryland's appellate courts preserve the corporate shield against efforts to pierce the corporate veil

Maryland remains one of the toughest jurisdictions for plaintiffs seeking to pierce the corporate veil and impose personal liability on corporate owners for contract debts. Maryland has long recognized an equitable claim to...more

NJ Appellate Division Decision Highlights Gaps in Existing LLC Law in New Jersey and Importance of Having an Operating Agreement

In my prior blogs I’ve addressed the importance of having an operating agreement for any business owner operating as a limited liability company (“LLC”), and have also covered the recent legislative changes in New Jersey with...more

Ochre LLC v. Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design, P.C. et al.

Brief in Opposition to Motion by Defendant Project Dynamics to Dismiss for Failure to State a ClaimNew York

Ochre designed the iconic and much-sought-after "Arctic Pear" line of lighting fixtures. Its lawsuit seeks relief from companies involved in the design and construction of a hotel in Las Vegas that made slavish copies of the...more

Ochre LLC v. Rockwell Architecture, Planning and Design, P.C. et al.

Brief in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a ClaimNew York

Ochre designed the iconic and much-sought-after "Arctic Pear" line of lighting fixtures. This lawsuit seeks relief from companies involved in the design and construction of a hotel in Las Vegas that made slavish copies of the...more

California Court Denies Rescission of Insurance Policy

In its recent decision in Thompson v. Navigators Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60122 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 30, 2012), the United States District Court for the Southern District of California considered whether an insurer was...more

Washington Supreme Court: Independent Duty Rule Doesn’t Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims, But Facts Do

The Washington Supreme Court continues to keep parties to construction contracts guessing about when remedies might be available, other than those set forth in the contract itself. The issue has been less than clear since the...more

NJ Appellate Court Provides Guidance on When Construction Firm Owners Can Be Personally Liable for CFA Violations

Earlier this year, the New Jersey Supreme Court in Allen v. V & A Brothers, Inc., 208 N.J. 114 (2011), ruled on the question of whether officers, owners, managers and/or employees of businesses providing services to consumers...more

Miller-Davis v Ahrens Construction Inc

Supreme Court to Address Whether "Statute of Repose" for Actions Against Contractors Applies to Implied "Tort" Claims for Injuries...Michigan

The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral argument to consider whether MCL 600.5839, the statute of repose, for “any action” against architects, engineers, or contractors to recover damages for “any injury to...more

Common Sense Tip: Don't Lose Your Cool When Sued!

What to do immediately if you are sued....more

The ABCs of Current Lien Law in North Carolina

Explanation of the current lien law in North Carolina for contractors and design professionals....more

What are Liquidated Damages?

This article explores the legal concept of liquidated damages on construction projects....more

What is Indemnity, and why should you care?

This article explores indemnity in the context of North Carolina construction projects....more

CLAIMS PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SUBCONTRACTORS

CLAIMS PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SUBCONTRACTORS...more

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