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Canadian Contractual Interpretation Just Got More Difficult

Supreme Court of Canada Revives Correctness Test for Interpreting Standard Form Contracts - There is a new exception to the new Canadian approach for reviewing the interpretation of contracts: a trial court’s...more

Sanctity of an arbitration award: When does a breach of natural justice tip the balance? - A case study of ASG V ASH [2016] SGHC...

The plaintiff applied to set aside three arbitral awards. The first was awarded on the merits which was challenged on the basis that the arbitrator had totally failed to consider or understand the plaintiff’s evidence and...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Insurers Need Not Show Prejudice to Enforce No-Voluntary-Payments Provision of Insurance Policy

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado District Court in what is believed to be a seminal victory for insurers. In Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v....more

Maryland Appellate Court Holds Economic Loss Doctrine Bars Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Government’s Design Professional on...

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Rummel Klepper & Kahl, LLP, 226 Md. App. 420, 130 A.3d 1024, 2016 Md. App. LEXIS 3 ( Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jan. 28, 2016) The City of Baltimore retained a design professional, Rummel...more

Proceed Wisely, Ninja Contractor, Because Suing Your DOT May Have Limitations

No self-respecting Ninja goes into battle without a plan, right? You need to know your environment, your opponent and the rules of the battle. For you Ninja contractors, it’s a good thing to fully understand your potential...more

Design Errors Exception to the Economic Loss Doctrine

A recent Pennsylvania case, Gongloff Contracting, LLC v. L. Robert Kimball & Assocs., Architects and Engineers, Inc., sheds light on circumstances in which design errors can lead to damages in tort as courts recognize...more

Affirmed: New York’s Application of the In Pari Delicto Doctrine Bars Faithless Servant Claim and Bankruptcy Insider Exception

A recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “District Court”), affirming a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the...more

Federal Court in Indiana Permits City to Sue Design Subconsultant Despite Lack Of Privity

City of Whiting, Indiana v. Whitney, Bailey, Cox, & Magnani, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150229 (N.D. Ind. Nov. 5, 2015) - The City of Whiting, Indiana (the “City”) contracted with American Structurepoint, Inc....more

Contractor’s Lawsuit Against Architect for Tortious Interference Allowed to Proceed

A U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts has allowed a lawsuit to proceed brought by a contractor against an architect, alleging the architect falsely certified grounds for termination to the project...more

Arise and Exclude: Artful Pleading Fails to Circumvent Contractual Liability Exclusion

It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to couch their pleadings in terms that attempt to avoid exclusions in defendants’ liability coverage. The plaintiffs in Bond Safeguard Ins. Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh,...more

U.S. District Court for Northern District of California Holds Engineer May Be Liable to Contractor for Breach of Professional Duty...

Apex Directional Drilling, LLC v. SHN Consulting Eng’rs & Geologists, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105537 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 11, 2015) - The United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that an...more

Piercing The Corporate Veil Takes More Than Just Fraud By The Individual

Many of us have endured the nightmare of a disastrous home renovation or at least enjoyed Tom Hanks in The Money Pit (How long? Two weeks, of course). Well imagine spending half a million dollars, not for a new and improved...more

Bar Against Forum Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts Extended to Design Professionals

It’s a tactic as old as war itself. You can often gain a strategic advantage by selecting the location of battle. The same is true in litigation....more

Negligent Misrepresentation Standard Shifts in Contractor’s Favor with Pennsylvania Appellate Ruling

Contractors and subcontractors who are aggrieved by erroneous information on construction documents may have an easier time proving an architect or other design professional made a negligent misrepresentation that harmed them...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

Federal Circuit Court Affirms that Federal Claims Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Claims By Subcontractor

Montano Elec. Contractor v. United States, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 5928 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 13, 2015) - The Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) hired a general contractor, who subcontracted certain electrical work to Montano...more

Second-Lowest Bidder for Public Contracts May Sue Lowest Bidder Who Paid Less Than Prevailing Wages

Public agencies have little, if any, discretion when awarding public contracts because they are required to award the contract to the lowest bidder, subject to certain minimum qualifications. These limitations are designed...more

B.C. Court Allows Environmental Approvals Delay Claim to Proceed

In Carhoun & Sons Enterprises Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General), the British Columbia Court of Appeal allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the federal government by a private developer for losses caused by delays in the...more

When a Construction Lender Steps into the Shoes of the Developer, the Door is Open for Claims by the General Contractor

Thank you to my partner Garret Murai for giving me the opportunity to post again on his excellent California Construction Law Blog. I am the author/editor of the Money and Dirt Blog, where I focus on issues relating to...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Appeal In Coverage Dispute; Superior Court Decision Recognizing a Duty to Defend Where Tort...

In a per curiam decision without a published opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh’s (“National”) appeal from a Superior Court decision holding that National had a...more

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

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

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