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Massachusetts Superior Court Holds Construction Manager At-Risk Responsible for Design Errors / Holds that Spearin Doctrine Does...

The Worcester Superior Court recently issued a potentially landmark decision clarifying the risk that construction managers assume when entering into CM-At Risk contracts. ...more

Mississippi Legislature Expands State’s Lien Law to Protect Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materialmen

In the wake of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ long-awaited ruling in Noatex Corp. v. King Construction of Houston, LLC, Case No. 12-60385 (5th Cir. Oct. 10, 2013), which struck down Mississippi's now-repealed Stop-Notice...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Reading Between the Liens

Maine has one of the most powerful mechanics lien laws in the country protecting contractors’ rights to get paid for their work, sometimes to the detriment of owners and mortgage holders. A mechanics lien creates a security...more

Lender Cleared From Being Classified As a "Developer" Under the Interstate Land Sales Act

Poyner Spruill has been keeping an eye out for lawsuits where the plaintiffs attempted to lump lenders in with developers for liability purposes and we are glad to report the North Carolina Court of Appeals has refuted such...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...more

Mortgage Lenders Can’t Jump Ahead of Mechanic’s Liens

In Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth, 223 Ariz. 442, 314 P.3d 569 (Ct. App. Nov. 26 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the plain language of Arizona’s mechanic lien statute, A.R.S. § 33-992(A), does not allow a lender to jump...more

In Site - Winter 2013/2014

Welcome to the Winter 2013/2014 edition of In Site. This edition covers the following topics: - Collateral warranties, third party rights and the decisions in Parkwood Leisure Ltd v Laing O’Rourke Wales and Royal...more

The Construct: Your Guide to Law in the Construction Industry - November 2013

In This Issue: - Contractor Alert: Help Available for Small Businesses in the HUB Zone Program: Recognizing that our country -- our "team," if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and...more

One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Still Offers Viable Recovery Opportunities for Insurers

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder to property insurers that key deadlines are approaching that can directly affect recovery efforts. Viable subrogation opportunities still exist, but carriers...more

Property Valuation Topics: Fall 2013

In a rather prosaic case involving the measurement of damage to an automobile after an accident, the defendant who caused the accident sought to dismiss the plaintiff’s action because “her car [had] been fully repaired and...more

Mississippi's "Stop Notice" Statute Ruled Facially Unconstitutional Deprivation of Property

On October 10, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, citing lack of procedural safeguards, affirmed a district court's determination that Mississippi's "Stop Notice" statute is unconstitutional because it deprives...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: The Supreme Arbitrazh Court Provides Case Studies on Defending Property Rights

In defending their property rights in the Russian Federation (the “RF”), plaintiffs sometimes fail to either establish the appropriate legal means to pursue a claim in court or correctly identify the defendant. In an attempt...more

Under Construction - September 2013

Welcome to the fall 2013 issue of Under Construction. In this issue, we focus on the economic loss doctrine and how the different courts in our firm’s footprint treat it similarly and differently. We hope you enjoy our review...more

Australia: It's never too late - getting sued more than 20 years later

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Dymocks v Capral [2013] NSWSC 343 held an architect and supplier liable for events that happened in 1989. This case is an important reminder that contracts...more

SOL Can Mean More than the Statute of Limitations

Lawyers can be as fond of their acronyms as they are of their Latin. Percepio? The statute of limitations, or “SOL” as we attorneys sometimes refer to them, is one example. The statute of limitations, or SOL, for latent...more

New Case Holds Sophisticated Parties May Contractually Waive the Delayed Discovery Rule Applicable to Actions for Latent...

In Brisbane Lodging, L.P. v. Webcor Builders, Inc., 216 Cal.App.4th 1249 (2013), a California appeals court upheld a contract clause waiving the delayed discovery rule applicable to actions for latent construction defects....more

Lien on Me? A Synopsis of South Carolina Lien Law

What is a Mechanic’s Lien? In South Carolina, construction liens, called mechanic’s liens, are automatically created by statute to protect anyone “to whom a debt is due for labor performed or furnished or for materials...more

A Virginia Mechanic's Lien Refresher, Courtesy of Jack Bays

In February 2013 the Supreme Court of Virginia handed down its decision in Jack Bays, a mechanic’s lien lawsuit involving the landowner, several lenders, the general contractor and no fewer than eleven subcontractors....more

The Construct - Your Guide to Law in the Construction Industry - June 2013

In This Issue: - Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: NC's New Online Clearinghouse - The Complexities of Mechanic's Liens in West Virginia - I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? - So, You're Having...more

Say it Ain’t So Joe! – Developer Learns There is More Than One Meaning for SOL

I was in trial last month. I couldn’t have asked for a better judge. Smart, fair . . . and witty. During the pretrial conference, opposing counsel and I were arguing over whether there was a difference between...more

Case Allows Parties To Substantially Reduce Ten Year Statutory Exposure

In a case of first impression, the First Appellate District recently affirmed a judgment holding that standard AIA contract language, providing that all causes of action relating to the contract work accrue from the date of...more

The “Occurrence” Debate Continues: Pennsylvania and North Dakota Edition

As noted in our previous installment of CDCQ, the “occurrence” issue is one of the most hotly litigated topics in construction defect coverage cases. This last quarter was no exception. Two recent cases addressing this issue...more

An Update On North Carolina's New Lien Agent System

On April 1, 2013, the changes to North Carolina’s construction lien laws enacted in July 2012 became effective. For a general overview of the pertinent changes, please review the articles written by Brian Corbett and Tom...more

Court Addresses California's Changed Eminent Domain Prejudgment Possession Rules

Following the 2005 Kelo decision, California enacted a number of modest eminent domain reforms. For eminent domain attorneys, the most significant changes arguably came in the procedures for obtaining prejudgment possession....more

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