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A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals - Construction Practice Newsletter

Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Case No. A134542 (December 13, 2012) – in which the California Court of Appeals...more

Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Are you a developer or landlord of commercial or residential multi-let premises? Are those premises supplied with heat by either a communal heating system or a district heating system?...more

2014 A Busy Year for Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law: More New Changes Take Effect

When it comes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law (Lien Statute), the Pennsylvania legislature was quite active in 2014. In July, Governor Corbett signed into law certain changes to the Lien Statute affecting residential...more

New Retainage Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a new retainage law applicable to most private construction projects that took effect on Nov. 6, 2014. The Retainage Law limits retainage to 5 percent of each payment and regulates the...more

Construction Case Law Update - March 2015 #2

Sinkholes; “Structural Damage” – When undefined in a homeowner’s insurance policy, “structural damage” caused by a sinkhole is best defined as “damage that impairs the structural integrity of the building.” Homeowners argued...more

To Fund or Not to Fund – that is the Question

On Friday the 13th (3/13/2015), the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decided that a title insurer did not have to provide coverage to its insured – the perfected, first lien lender – for priming mechanics’ liens that –...more

Florida Court Addresses Classification Limitation Endorsement

In its recent decision in Dumbacher v. Landmark Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29106 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 10, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider the application...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: No Coverage under Title Insurance for Mechanics’ Liens Arising after Construction Lender Stops...

On March 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit entered an opinion interpreting “the most litigated provision in the standard-form title-insurance policy purchased by real-estate lenders to...more

Texas Court Upholds Engineer’s Tort Duty to Third Parties

The Texas appellate decision recently confirmed that state’s general rules regarding the outer limits of common law tort liability arising from alleged construction defects. USA Walnut Creek, DST v. Terracon Consultants,...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program Email Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), February 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Construction Lender's Subsidiary Is Not a Subsequent Purchaser - Negligence Claim May Not Be Asserted...

Lenders and contractors may want to take additional precautions before they take title to a newly constructed home through foreclosure (or deed in lieu of foreclosure) following a recent decision by the Colorado Supreme...more

Is Laminate Flooring The New Drywall For Insurers?

Recent media reports alleging that certain laminate flooring manufactured in China and distributed in the U.S. contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde may have a familiar and frightening ring to them, particularly for insurers...more

Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith...

Granite State Ins. Co. v. Integrity Structures, LLC, No. C14-5085BHS, 2015 WL 136006 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 9, 2015). The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurer did not act in bad faith...more

Is Your Liquidated Damages Provision Sufficient to Make You Whole?

The obvious purpose of a liquidated damages provision is to make your client whole in the event that your business partner breaches the agreement. Nevertheless, K.G.M. Custom Homes. v. Prosky highlights that simply having a...more

The Pennsylvania Superior Court Continues to Muddle the Answer to the Question of When Faulty Workmanship is an “Occurrence” Under...

Pennsylvania courts continue to struggle with complex concepts underpinning when faulty workmanship can be an “occurrence” triggering coverage under Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) policies. In Kvaerner Metals Division...more

Virginia Court Nixes Claim Chinese Drywall Damage to HVAC Systems is Covered as Equipment Breakdown

In Travco Ins. Co. v. Ward, 284 Va. 547, 736 S.E.2d 321 (2012), the Virginia Supreme Court held that loss occasioned by the sulfuric gas released by defective Chinese drywall was excluded under the primary coverage grant of a...more

Avoiding Liability Under the Home Solicitation Sales Act

By now most contractors are familiar with Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act and have added language to their consumer contracts incorporating the standard 3 day notice of a consumer’s right to cancel. ...more

Transfer of Property Title to a Holding Company Did Not Divest Landowner of Owner-Occupant Status Under A.R.S. § 33-1002(B)

Recently, in Marco Crane & Rigging Co. v. Masaryk, 703 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 29 (Dec. 30, 2014), the Arizona Court of Appeals established that a subcontractor on a residential project has no lien rights against an owner-occupant,...more

Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Application of Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose in Connection with Construction...

In Riverview Condo, Ass’n v. Cypress Ventures, Inc., 266 Ore. App. 574 (Or. Ct. App. 2014), the Oregon Court of Appeals clarified application of the statute of repose and statute of limitations in the context of a suit...more

The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy

On December 19, 2014, the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lane Myers Construction, LLC v. National City Bank, et al. 2014 UT 58 (UT 2014). In this case, a total of nine Utah jurists considered the question of whether...more

California Expands the Duty of Professional Consultants

Professional consultants and sub-consultants provide essential services to a Project during its planning, design, construction, and acceptance. In some jurisdictions, they enjoy protections from liability for “economic...more

N.C. Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeals and Upholds 20-Year Construction Warranty

Freedom of contract principles prevailed in the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a manufacturer waived application of North Carolina’s 6-year statute of repose by extending an express 20-year warranty of its product. The...more

New York State Court Dismisses Construction Manager’s Third Party Claims Against Subcontracting Geotechnical Engineer

In Board of Mgrs. of the A Bldg. Condo. v. 13th & 14th St. Realty, LLC, 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5632; 2014 NY Slip Op 33353(U) (New York Cty. Sup. Ct. Dec. 18, 2014), Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC, s/h/a Hudson...more

The Demise of the Economic Loss Rule in Construction Defect Litigation

The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently held in Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC, that the “economic loss rule is not applicable to the damage caused to the common areas of a condominium building as a result of the builder’s...more

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