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Employer May Terminate Pre-Hire Agreement with Union, Sixth Circuit Rules

On April 21, 2016, resolving a situation not previously decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court held that a construction company that was a party to a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement lawfully...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Single Tenant Finish Mechanics Liens Encumber Entire Mall

On April 12, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District handed down an opinion Crafton Contracting Company, et al. v. Swenson Construction, Inc., that is of interest to owner/landlords, their lenders,...more

Federal Court in Georgia Holds Specific Contractual Intent to Benefit Required for Tenant to Be Third-Party Beneficiary of...

J.C. Penney Props. v. Hiram LL, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8027 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 25, 2016) - In January 2008, Hiram LL, LLC (“Hiram”) leased property to J.C. Penney Properties, Inc. (“J.C. Penney”) for the construction and...more

Contractual Liquidated Damages Update 3.0

Several editions ago, we published an article relating to the Boone Coleman v. Village of Piketon case, which struck down a $278,000 liquidated damages award for construction delays because the amount was disproportionately...more

One Word Makes All The Difference – The Distinction Between “Pay If Paid” and “Pay When Paid” Clauses

Payment clauses in California construction contracts are often complex and multi-layered. This is especially true in contracts between general contractors and their subcontractors. The general does not want to pay the subs...more

Agreements to Arbitrate Are Simple, Right?

The construction industry has been a leader in the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. In the past 30 years, it is fair to say that arbitration has outpaced litigation as the dominant method of dispute resolution. The...more

Federal False Claims Act (FCA) Actual Damages for Non-Compliant Goods or Services That Cannot Be Remedied

The Federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3279 ("FCA"), penalizes contractors for, among other false claims, presenting a claim for payment to the Federal Government for goods or services that were not performed. A...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: V. Surety and Bond Issues: The relationship between trust and lien claims under Provincial...

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, per Rothstein, J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (“Dominion”) was the general contractor of a football...more

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING BRIEFING: Payment provisions in construction contracts: relief for employers? - Harding v Paice [2015]

In the case of Harding trading as MJ Harding Contractors v Paice and another [2015] EWCA Civ 1231(18 November 2015) the Court of Appeal (CoA) agreed that despite failing to issue a valid pay less notice and being ordered by...more

California Court of Appeals Says, “We Like Eich(leay)!”

Time is money. And nowhere can than be best observed than on a construction project. Project delays can mean lost profits for owners, liquidated damages for general contractors, and increased material, labor, field...more

Eight Years Later, Suspended Contract Bites Contractor

How long can work under a contract be suspended before the contractor’s obligations will be deemed terminated? A lot longer than you might expect....more

The Supreme Court has reformulated the rule against penalties

Cavendish Square Holdings BV v. Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd v. Beavis - In November 2015, in a widely anticipated judgment, the Supreme Court reviewed the operation of the rule on penalties for the first time in a...more

Do Treble Damages Mean Treble Rescission?

North Carolina law awards treble damages for violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 “if damages are assessed.” A recent Fourth Circuit decision asks this question: If a plaintiff seeks rescission, and if the defendant’s...more

Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a...more

Guarantors’ “Lost Profits” Completely Offset Lender’s Deficiency Claim

Believe it or not, lenders can breach loan agreements too…and when they do, there can be significant consequences. In Great Western Bank v. LJC Dev., LLC, 726 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 21 (Ariz. Ct. App. Nov. 10, 2015), the Court of...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

South Carolina Court Finds Insurer Improperly Denied Coverage Under State Operations Exclusion

In E. Bridge Lofts Prop. Owners Ass’n v. Crum & Foster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156947, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina addressed an insurer’s denial of coverage for an...more

Trend In The Courts: It’s Getting Harder To Obtain Preliminary Injunctions In Restrictive Covenant Cases

In recent weeks, courts almost routinely have been denying preliminary injunctive relief in cases alleging violation of non-compete and similar employment agreements. Three examples: Burleigh v. Center Point Contractors,...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce “No Damages for Delay” Clause

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently refused to enforce a “no damages for delay” clause and upheld an award of delay damages against a school district where the district actively interfered with a general contractor’s...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

California Court of Appeal affirms vitality of California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 800) against construction defect claims

The California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, issued a published opinion last week holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (Act, commonly known in the homebuilding industry as SB 800, applies to all claims by...more

Performing Work with a Suspended CSLB License Costs Big: Subcontractor Faces $18,000,000 Disgorgement

In what could lead to a draconian result, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held that a contractor who performs work without a valid license can be required to disgorge all payments received, even if the...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Erosion in Texas—Because Endorsements Are Transformative

In Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Arch Specialty Ins Co., No. 14-20239 (5th Cir. April 21, 2015), a case that applied Texas law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the word “expenses,” as used in a...more

“If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to Construction Contract Bidding

In Otis Elevator Co. v. W.G.Yates & Sons Construction Co., 589 Fed. Appx. 953; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20214 (11th Cir. 2014), a subcontractor installed a series of escalators for an airport expansion project and sued the...more

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