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In Johnson Gallagher Magliery, LLC v. The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, 2014 WL 1041831 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granting a motion for partial...more

Landlords Welcome Landmark Decision In Re Game Station

LONDON - The Court of Appeal in the case of Re Game Station has held that rent payable by a tenant that enters administration is a priority expense of the administration while the leasehold premises are being used for the...more

Fear Alone Won’t Get You An Injunction

With apologies for being absent for a week, ponder this question when you embark on a fight with the officers and directors of the energy company you own a part of: How does your subjective fear of harm factor into your right...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Once More Asked to Interpret AIA Standard Construction Contract

This week's discussion focuses on the interpretation of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) standard construction contract by the Indiana Court of Appeals in the recent case Allen County Public Library v. Shambaugh &...more

CAUSE FOR DISTRESS? The remedy of distress is being abolished from 6 April 2014

WHAT IS DISTRESS? Levying Distress means "sending in the bailiffs" to seize a tenant's goods in order to recover arrears of rent. It allows a Landlord to take possession of the tenant's goods on the let premises and...more

When Inverse Condemnation and Eminent Domain Overlap: Owners Beware of Attorney Contingency Fee Arrangements

Property owners are routinely hiring attorneys well in advance of a public agency's filing of an eminent domain action. Many times, the representation begins before it is even certain whether the agency will actually move...more

Insureds Must Exhaust Coverage From Solvent Insurers

On September 24, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that policyholders must look to its solvent insurers before seeking benefits from the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (“Guaranty...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Arizona Court to Architect: You Have One Less Payment Tool than Your Contractor Counterparts

Architects occasionally get into payment disputes with project owners in much the same way as general contractors do. When that relationship sours, and litigation becomes necessary to secure payment, architects and...more

What Is Preliminary Relief in CA?

Plaintiffs are often confronted with the dilemma of prolonged litigation vis-a-vis losing their business to trademark infringement, competition, etc. Preliminary relief in some instances, along with other litigation tactics,...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Summary of Nevada Law on the Economic Loss Doctrine in the Context of Commercial Construction...

The Nevada Supreme Court has addressed the economic loss doctrine in the context of commercial construction disputes in a number of cases over the past several years. Nevada’s general rule, as detailed below, is that the...more

Under Construction - September 2013: California’s Economic Loss Doctrine – Limits on Tort Recovery

In California, the economic loss rule addresses the distinction between suits in contract and tort. A contract claim can typically be pursued to recover all damages proximately caused by breach of contract, unless expressly...more

Rogers Towers: Are Delay Damages Lienable?

The old adage “time is money” is truer perhaps in the construction industry than anywhere else. Delays can cause significant economic damages for everyone involved on a construction project....more

Nevada Supreme Court Extends Design Professional Economic Loss Rule Defense to Negligent Misrepresentation Claims on Commercial...

In 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court (“NSC”) applied the economic loss rule to bar claims of professional negligence by design professionals in commercial construction projects, ruling that “[i]n the context of engineers and...more

The Complexities of Mechanic’s Liens in West Virginia

West Virginia has seven "mechanic's and materialman’s lien" statutes to protect the interests of those performing or supplying construction-related work in the state. Although these statutes are interpreted by the courts to...more

So, You’re Having a Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Type of Day?

(or, Can I Get My Hands on That Red Pickup?) Three months ago, the general contractor (GC) showed up driving a brand new, fire-engine-red, extended cab, turbo-charged 425-horsepower diesel dually that set him back...more

Actual Knowledge of Inaccuracy in Indiana Real Estate Disclosure Form is Actionable for Fraud

This week we focus on the recent Indiana Supreme Court decision Johnson v. Wysocki that seems to have once and for all allowed for legal action against a seller of real property for knowingly filling out a sales disclosure...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Determines Damage Caused by Unintended Faulty Work Constitutes Property Damage Resulting from an...

Jurisdictions are split over whether defective construction can give rise to an occurrence under commercial general liability insurance policies. Some jurisdictions have held that faulty workmanship cannot constitute the...more

Rhode Island Follows Suit with Passage of the Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act

There has been an emerging trend over the past few years to give commercial real estate brokers rights to liens on seller and purchaser’s commercial real estate for services performed. Rhode Island is the most recent state...more

The Risk of Intent in Your Letter of Intent

Although the press frequently reports cavalierly on the execution of a “letter of intent” (“LOI”), as if it is a meaningless document, a LOI can be enforced if the parties intend to be bound, which turns primarily upon a...more

Scion Breckenridge Managing Member, LLC v. ASB Allegiance Real Estate Fund, No. 437, 2012 (Del. May 9, 2013)

In this en banc opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s reformation of three real estate joint venture agreements, based on unilateral mistake by one joint venture party and knowing silence by the...more

In re School Specialty, Inc., Case No. 13-10125 (KJC) (Bankr. D. Del. Apr. 22, 2013)

In an age of historically low interest rates, lenders rely on fee income and other devices to enhance their returns. One of these mechanisms -- and one that can have dramatic consequences for a borrower -- is the inclusion of...more

Real World - Spring 2013: When can tenants escape liability for terminal dilapidations?

Most leases require the tenant to leave the property in a good state of repair at the end of the term. The amount of damages the landlord can recover if the works are not done is limited by section 18 of the Landlord and...more

Attorneys' Fees Provisions: Not a Blank Check to Overreach

In the American legal system, attorneys’ fees and costs are not recoverable as damages unless expressly authorized by statute. Legal fees are simply a cost of doing business unless the parties to a contract agree otherwise....more

Real World - Spring 2013: Damages include fall in market

Two recent cases have highlighted circumstances in which damages for breach of contract may include loss caused by a fall in market values....more

Court Adheres to Specific Definition of “Designated Premises”; Holds Policy Cancellation Does Not Preclude Rescission

In Seneca Ins. Co. v. Cimran Co., — N.Y.S.2d –, 2013 WL 1405231 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2013), the New York appeals court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment, declaring that it had no duty to defend and indemnify...more

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