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Construction Case Law Update - July 2015 #2

CGL Policies; Declaratory Judgments; Appeal of a Partial Final Judgment – A commercial general liability insurer and its insured sought declaratory relief over the question of insurance coverage and the duty to defend...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

Letters of the Law: 'O' is for Omission

Most contractors would not argue with the scope of their work being increased (provided they are to be paid for the increase) but they might not be so pleased if the scope is reduced and the employer seeks to pay them less....more

Is the Mechanic’s Lien or Bond Waiver Clause in Your Contract Enforceable in Virginia?

A new Virginia law invalidates any mechanic’s lien or payment bond waiver signed before work has commenced. The Governor recently signed new legislation into law, effective July 1, 2015, that invalidates waivers of...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

Contractor’s Repeated Material Breach Excuses Subcontractor From Further Performance

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York in U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Koko Contracting, Inc. affirmed judgment in favor of a subcontractor, holding that the general contractor’s failure to make three successive...more

The Keys to Success in Integrated Project Delivery: People, Process and Promises

Design and construction services are often provided egocentrically and inefficiently — it’s one of the construction industry’s worst-kept secrets. Traditional contracts rigidly delineate responsibilities and elaborate on the...more

Contractor Barred from Using the “Total Cost” or “Modified Total Cost” Approach to Establish Delay Claim

In a recent ruling, Hill York Service Corporation v. Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that a contractor may not establish damages for delay under either the...more

Texas Legislature Reins in Public Adjuster Conduct

Obvious to anyone in the insurance industry, Texas courts are experiencing an explosion of first-party property insurance lawsuits arising from wind and hail related insurance claims. Dozens of lawsuits are filed every day in...more

Perspectives on Insurance Recovery

Welcome to the latest edition of Pillsbury’s Perspectives on Insurance Recovery. As this 2015 edition of Perspectives demonstrates, our team is working on the most challenging issues—from cyber-insurance and complex claims...more

Obtaining Title Insurance on Construction Loans: Avoiding Pitfalls Regarding Title Insurance Underwriting for Construction Loans

Avoiding Pitfalls in Construction Mortgages: Top 5 Tips for Title Insurance Underwriting - Construction mortgages pose significant risks for title insurers and require specific underwriting analysis. Avoid the...more

Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

In all jurisdictions, financing for greenfields projects is available from traditional sources - commercial banks, export credit agencies (ECAs, such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Korea's...more

Real World: An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group - July 2015: Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants Under...

Under a building scheme, where restrictive covenants are imposed on the original plot owners within a development for the mutual benefit of the plots, subsequent owners may enforce those covenants against each other. In...more

Court Calls Lease-Leaseback Project What it is: A Design-Bid-Build Project

First there was “Prince.” Then there was “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.” Then there was “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Because he Changed His Name to a Symbol, But Then Realized That No One Could...more

DOJ–Louis Berger, Two Executives Resolve FCPA Charges

The DOJ resolved another FCPA action with the company entering into a deferred prosecution agreement, paying a criminal fine and agreeing to the imposition of a monitor after self reporting and cooperating. Two of the firm’s...more

P3s: Managing Risks and Rewards

Overview - Successful P3s—Public-Private Partnerships—can be blessings for state and local governments searching for new ways to finance many types of critical “infrastructure”—roads, schools, prisons, and more—and...more

AAA Revises Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (Rules), effective July 1, 2015. Although some changes are relatively modest, others expand the...more

Significant Changes to AAA's Construction Arbitration Rules Effective July 1, 2015

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently issued several significant revisions to its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules, which became effective July 1, 2015. The revised rules apply to construction arbitration...more

Arbitrator and Mediator. Member of AAA National Panel of Construction Arbitrators

AAA issued revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules which took effect July 1, 2015. There are significant changes in the new rules which are intended to make the arbitration process more efficient and cost-effective. ...more

Do Owners Have a Legal Obligation to Disclose All They Know About Their Project Sites?

Unanticipated subsurface conditions can greatly increase the time and cost of construction. When faced with such conditions, contractors understandably look to place responsibility for the additional costs on the owner....more

Top Ten Construction Clauses: Pay-if-Paid and Pay-when-Paid Clauses

Pay-if-paid clauses provide that a general contractor is not required to pay subcontractors unless and until it receives payment from the owner. The ConsensusDocs Standard Agreement 655 provides the following example: Receipt...more

New Integrity Framework - Changes to Canada's Integrity Rules for Procurement

On July 3, 2015, the Government of Canada introduced a new “Integrity Regime” for procurement and real property transactions to overhaul the former Integrity Framework.i The Integrity Regime consists of the Public Works and...more

Letters of the Law: 'N' is for Novation

Party A contracts with Party B. Party C is substituted for Party B. The contract is now between Party A and Party C. In other words Party C has stepped into the position of Party B. Party C has assumed Party B's rights...more

New Jersey Developer Wins on “Occurrence” and “Property Damage”; Appellate Division finds Subcontractors’ Faulty Construction...

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, has issued a very important decision for real estate developers and general contractors whose insurance companies have reserved rights or denied coverage for damage caused...more

Maximizing Project Success—A New Guide for Owners

Those of us who work in the design and construction industry have a good idea of what drives a successful project. In short, we see a successful project as one that finishes on time and within the budget. Common sense...more

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