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Editorial: Court Gives Nod to 1932 Florida Supreme Court Case, Blocking Developers’ Ability to Avoid Additional Payments

We are often asked when representing a client in defense of a claim whether the client could avoid the liability asserted by the claimant by potentially buying the cause of action out from under the claimant. The most common...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Affirms Award of Compensatory Damages Against Insurer Based Upon Bad Faith Failure to Settle and Overall...

The Missouri Court of Appeals recently affirmed an award of compensatory damages against an insurer based upon bad faith in Advantage Bldgs. & Exteriors, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 Mo. App. LEXIS 975 (Missouri Court...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an...

On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction...more

Notes From The 2114 Securities Law Conference

Courtesy of Professor Emmett Brown, I recently attended the 2114 Securities Law Conference and I must say that I was heartened by what I heard there and then. Here are some of my notes from the conference...more

Corporate Shield Holds Up Against Creditor

There's no expression when speaking of football players to recognize a performance that hits three exceptional marks (like a hat trick in hockey or a triple double in basketball or the triple crown in baseball). Maybe there...more

Avoid the Quick Fix: Addressing Government Contracting Ethical Breaches That Can Destroy A Business

For the last 15 years, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has garnered the most “compliance” attention by companies and the media due to the severe penalties associated with the bribing of foreign government officials....more

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal Of School District’s Claim Against Its Architect

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued a decision in Gillespie Community Unit School District No. 7 v. Wight & Company that upholds the dismissal of the District’s claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against its...more

Developers Beware: Consumer Protection Procedures Act Strikes Again in D.C.

A recent court decision emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in the District of Columbia, as well as in other jurisdictions with similar...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Five-Year Statute Applies to Fraud Claims Against Architects

On Friday afternoon, in an opinion by Justice Robert R. Thomas, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held that fraud-based claims against architects are subject to a five-year statute of limitations. In Gillespie Community Unit...more

Roofing Contractors, Don’t Mess With Texas Insureds!

Hailstorms are inevitable in Texas, and so is the experience of the typical homeowner in their aftermath. Countless flyers are taped to the front door, yard sign ads spring up in the neighborhood, and the phone and doorbell...more

Economic Loss Rule of the Third Kind - Nothing New or Alien Concepts?

Can a contractor sue the project’s designer for losses allegedly caused by errors in construction documents? This question was presented in the Eby v. LAN/STV case, which is now before the Texas Supreme Court....more

Newberry Station: Political Contributions vs. Political Realities

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community. And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and...more

Can Your Fee Dispute Rise to the Level of Unfair Competition? Maybe; but Not This Time.

A fee dispute between Travelers, its contractor/insured and the insured's counsel, is not your run of the mill fee dispute. Travelers alleges the existence of an illicit rate agreement between the contractor and its lawyers...more

Stresscon v. Travelers: A Victory For Policy Holders

Yesterday, the construction and insurance communities received much sought-after guidance from the Colorado Court of Appeals regarding Colorado’s recently adopted bad faith statute in the highly anticipated decision,...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Issues Involving Commercial General Liability Policies

In Capstone Building Corporation v. American Motorists Insurance Company, 308 Conn. 760 (June 11, 2013) (SC 18886), the Connecticut Supreme Court answered three questions of Connecticut insurance law certified from the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2013

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, the United States Supreme Court affirmed an arbitral decision allowing the plaintiff to proceed with classwide arbitration even in the absence of express language to that effect in the...more

Connecticut Court Confronts Duty to Investigate

In Capstone Building Corp. v. American Motorists Ins. Co., 2013 Conn. LEXIS 187 (Conn. June 11, 2013), the Supreme Court of Connecticut declined to recognize a cause of action for an insurer’s alleged bad faith conduct in...more

Trends In Litigation Management For The Insurance Industry

Collaborative technology, process improvement strategies and predictive analytics are some of the areas seen as offering potential for improving insurance litigation management, according to an article in the Spring 2013...more

How To Hire Outside Counsel For Your Company

Hiring outside legal counsel is an important decision for any company. Outside counsel may be needed to guide the business on an ongoing basis; or the business could be looking for an attorney to handle a single transaction...more

Disclosing Lawsuits To Buyers Of Residential Property

Sellers of existing residential property are required by California law to make various disclosures to a prospective buyer. [See generally Disclosures In Real Property Transactions, published by the California Department of...more

7th Circuit: No Need for Specificity in Contract Dispute Liability Cap

This week we discuss the 7th Circuit decision SAMS Hotel Group, LLC v. Environs, Inc. which found that, at least between two sophisticated parties, a liability cap in a contract dispute is enforceable even without specifying...more

Manage and Control Litigation Costs By Acknowledging Realities

Managing litigation effectively, including controlling legal costs, especially litigation costs, is important for business owners, small and large. A recent article in InsideCounsel suggests that an important part of...more

CEQA Litigation: The Cost Of Doing Business In California

There has been a lot of news lately on the costs of CEQA litigation, as well as the potential for the statute to be used as a tool to stop development, good or bad, or exact concessions or pay-offs. What is CEQA? CEQA, or...more

Can an Intervening Insurance Company Sue for Breach of Contract?

If a party in litigation has a default judgment entered against it, can its insurance company still file a motion to intervene and use the same defenses that would have been available to the insured if not procedurally barred...more

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