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Eight Ways Your Wine Business Can Avoid, Survive Unfair-Competition Actions

California counties in winemaking regions are increasingly using the state’s Unfair Competition Act (Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and 17500) to bring government enforcement actions against local wine industry...more

Canadian Contractual Interpretation Just Got More Difficult

Supreme Court of Canada Revives Correctness Test for Interpreting Standard Form Contracts - There is a new exception to the new Canadian approach for reviewing the interpretation of contracts: a trial court’s...more

Contractor’s Failure to “Strictly Comply” With Notice Provision Precludes Contract Damages Award

In the New York case of Schindler Elevator Corporation v. Tully Construction Co., Inc., 139 A.D.3d 930 (2d Dep’t 2016), the plaintiff sought recovery of additional expenses and costs it allegedly incurred as a result of...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Insurers Need Not Show Prejudice to Enforce No-Voluntary-Payments Provision of Insurance Policy

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado District Court in what is believed to be a seminal victory for insurers. In Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v....more

Contractor’s Lawsuit Against Architect for Tortious Interference Allowed to Proceed

A U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts has allowed a lawsuit to proceed brought by a contractor against an architect, alleging the architect falsely certified grounds for termination to the project...more

"My Bad, I Thought It Was in Good Faith" is Not Good Enough - Contractor Ordered to Pay Prompt Payment Penalties

Retention clauses are almost always included in California construction contracts and permit an Owner to withhold a portion of what is owed to the General Contractor as security to ensure the proper completion of the work....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

Construction Group News: Contractor Terminated by Owner Can Sue for Interference

A contractor terminated by a project owner brought suit against the architect alleging that the architect falsely certified grounds for termination. Barr Inc. v. Studio One, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156007. C.A. No....more

Arise and Exclude: Artful Pleading Fails to Circumvent Contractual Liability Exclusion

It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to couch their pleadings in terms that attempt to avoid exclusions in defendants’ liability coverage. The plaintiffs in Bond Safeguard Ins. Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh,...more

The 60 Second Construction Journal

You be the judge in this Texas-centric case FACTS: An engineering joint venture contracted with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (“DART”) to provide design plans and specifications for a light rail line in Dallas, Texas....more

Bar Against Forum Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts Extended to Design Professionals

It’s a tactic as old as war itself. You can often gain a strategic advantage by selecting the location of battle. The same is true in litigation....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

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Appeal In Coverage Dispute; Superior Court Decision Recognizing a Duty to Defend Where Tort...

In a per curiam decision without a published opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh’s (“National”) appeal from a Superior Court decision holding that National had a...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

Notes From The 2114 Securities Law Conference

Courtesy of Professor Emmett Brown, I recently attended the 2114 Securities Law Conference and I must say that I was heartened by what I heard there and then. Here are some of my notes from the conference...more

Corporate Shield Holds Up Against Creditor

There's no expression when speaking of football players to recognize a performance that hits three exceptional marks (like a hat trick in hockey or a triple double in basketball or the triple crown in baseball). Maybe there...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Five-Year Statute Applies to Fraud Claims Against Architects

On Friday afternoon, in an opinion by Justice Robert R. Thomas, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held that fraud-based claims against architects are subject to a five-year statute of limitations. In Gillespie Community Unit...more

Roofing Contractors, Don’t Mess With Texas Insureds!

Hailstorms are inevitable in Texas, and so is the experience of the typical homeowner in their aftermath. Countless flyers are taped to the front door, yard sign ads spring up in the neighborhood, and the phone and doorbell...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

Can Your Fee Dispute Rise to the Level of Unfair Competition? Maybe; but Not This Time.

A fee dispute between Travelers, its contractor/insured and the insured's counsel, is not your run of the mill fee dispute. Travelers alleges the existence of an illicit rate agreement between the contractor and its lawyers...more

Stresscon v. Travelers: A Victory For Policy Holders

Yesterday, the construction and insurance communities received much sought-after guidance from the Colorado Court of Appeals regarding Colorado’s recently adopted bad faith statute in the highly anticipated decision,...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Issues Involving Commercial General Liability Policies

In Capstone Building Corporation v. American Motorists Insurance Company, 308 Conn. 760 (June 11, 2013) (SC 18886), the Connecticut Supreme Court answered three questions of Connecticut insurance law certified from the...more

Connecticut Court Confronts Duty to Investigate

In Capstone Building Corp. v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 2013 Conn. LEXIS 187 (Conn. June 11, 2013), the Supreme Court of Connecticut declined to recognize a cause of action for an insurer’s alleged bad faith conduct in...more

Trends In Litigation Management For The Insurance Industry

Collaborative technology, process improvement strategies and predictive analytics are some of the areas seen as offering potential for improving insurance litigation management, according to an article in the Spring 2013...more

How To Hire Outside Counsel For Your Company

Hiring outside legal counsel is an important decision for any company. Outside counsel may be needed to guide the business on an ongoing basis; or the business could be looking for an attorney to handle a single transaction...more

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