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Unpaid construction work? Stay calm – and make sure every word of your mechanics lien is accurate

Not getting paid infuriates most contractors and material suppliers. Don’t let that anger cause you to make a bad situation worse by overdoing a mechanics lien. By the time a contractor reaches the point of recording a...more

A Distinction without a Difference

On April 8, 2016, we posted a blog regarding the case of Quality Built Homes, Inc. v. Town of Carthage, ___N.C. App. ___, 766 S.E. 2d 897 (2015)(unpublished). In this case, the Court of Appeals had held that the Town of...more

Litigating Against the Government? Recent Decision Regarding Claim Certification Dispute Proves That Forrest Gump's Mama Was Right...

Forrest Gump’s mama was a brilliant woman. As anyone who watched the 1994 Academy Award-winning classic can confirm, Mrs. Gump’s advice to her son provided an indispensable well of wisdom from which Forrest often drew to...more

Missouri Western District Court of Appeals Reminds Us to Pay No Attention to the Headings for the Revised Statutes

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s issuance of summary judgment and, in the process, reminded practitioners that the bold faced headings in the Revised Statutes are not part of...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Distinguishes Bilt-Rite in Dispute Involving Information Provided to Designers by Remedial...

Elliott-Lewis Corp. v. Skanksa USA Bldg., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59406 (E.D.Pa. May 4, 2016) - The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that the narrow exception to the economic loss...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016

Court of Appeal Holds EIR Inadequately Analyzed Energy Impacts - Ukiah Citizens for Safety First v. City of Ukiah et al. (248 Cal.App.4th 256) (partially published) - Why It Matters: The California Court of Appeal...more

Contractor Payment Rights on Public Projects affected by PA Supreme Court Decision

Contractors doing work on publicly-owned projects in Pennsylvania may find it more difficult to recover statutory penalties and attorneys’ fees if the owner withholds funds in bad faith. Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code, which...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds CGL Policies Cover Developer/General Contractor for Damage Caused by Subcontractor’s Faulty...

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently considered whether damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship constitutes property damage caused by an occurrence under a developer/general contractor’s commercial general...more

Separation Panes: Emerging Litigation Over Window Sealant

Relatively few people in the commercial construction industry are kept up at night by polyisobutylene (PIB) — the synthetic rubber sealant commonly used to provide a long term and durable moisture barrier for insulated glass...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan Holds Contractor Cannot Recover Eichleay Damages from Supplier Absent Contractual Right and Proof...

ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. v. L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc., 2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 579 (March 17, 2016) - This action arises out of a contract dispute between plaintiff, ITT Water & Wastewater USA, Inc. (“ITT”), and...more

Breaking News—New Jersey Supremes at Last Deliver New Jersey Developers a Win against the Insurance Industry, Finding Coverage...

Action Item: Developers and contractors, as well as commercial and residential property owners and occupants, must be aware of a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria...more

Broad “Assumption of Liability” Clause in Subcontract Likely Trumps “Waiver of Subrogation” Clause in Prime Contract

In a recent case handled by Bradley, a federal court in Maryland issued a decision attempting to reconcile inconsistent contract provisions. The general contractor said that its fire sprinkler subcontractor was...more

A House of Cards: How Much Copyright Protection Remains for Architectural Works

Although copyright protection in the United States was extended to architectural works in 1990, this protection has become increasingly narrow. A recently issued Eleventh Circuit opinion, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Inc. v. Jewel...more

“Rip and Tear” Damage Remains Covered Under CGL Policy as “Accident”—for Now.

The Colorado Supreme Court has approved a settlement between the parties to an appeal of the 2012 Colorado Pool Systems v. Scottsdale Insurance Company Court of Appeals case, leaving that ruling intact. The ruling parses a...more

Tennessee Federal District Court Holds That Contractor May Pursue Both Breach of Contract Action in Federal Court and Lien...

Summit Contracting Grp., Inc. v. Ashland Heights, LP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60662 (M.D. Tenn. May 6, 2016) - Ashland Heights, LP (“Owner”) contracted with Summit Contracting Group, Inc. (“Contractor”) to construct an...more

The “Rule of Two” Rules the Day in Supreme Court’s Decision Against the VA

The recently decided case of Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States marks a big win for small business-owning veterans. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...more

Cómo los desarrolladores inmobiliarios del sur de Florida están reduciendo el riesgo de litigios

En los días previos a la Gran Recesión de 2008, las propiedades en todo el sur de Florida se compraban solamente para ser revendidas posteriormente con una ganancia. Este “intercambio” de propiedades culminó en un mercado...more

Missouri Supreme Court Allows Unsuccessful Contract Bidders to Sue Public Agencies

A recent Missouri Supreme Court decision changes the landscape of public contracting in the state by allowing unsuccessful contract bidders to sue public agencies for denying them a fair and equal opportunity to compete. The...more

California Court Limits Recovery for General Contractors Relying on Subcontractor Bids

The court’s decision allows subcontractors to place unforgiving terms in their bids and gives them an ultimate out if general contractors do not agree to those terms. General contractors should pay attention to a...more

Workmanship and Earth Movement Exclusions Preclude Coverage for Collapse As a Matter of Law

A U.S. federal district court recently granted Peerless Insurance’s summary judgment motion, concluding that, as a matter of law, under Virginia law, a property policy insuring a building under renovation would not provide...more

Alert to Contractors – California Court of Appeals (2d App. Dist.) Rules Subcontractor Price in Proposal Containing Material...

Flintco Pacific, Inc. v. TEC Management Consultants, Inc., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 594 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. June 21, 2016) - There was an important California decision published on July 19, 2016 (decided June 21, 2016)...more

Two Decisions out of San Diego Remind Us to Follow the Rules

We don’t often see multiple takings-related cases in one week, but last week we saw three. The California Supreme Court’s decision in Property Reserve was obviously the most important, but the Fourth Appellate District Court...more

Panel Did Not Commit Manifest Disregard Of The Law When It Rejected Res Judicata Defense

A construction company appealed an order confirming an international arbitration award, which had denied the company’s demand for unpaid monies against an Antiguan medical school. The award also granted the medical school’s...more

The Validity of Oral Modifications and Waivers Is Not Always Intuitive

In an ideal world, any modification of a contract would be in writing, signed by the parties, notarized and witnessed by an independent third party. In the real world, not only are contracts modified, or terms waived, without...more

The Court of Appeal redefines the “but-for” causation test for negligence: Losses caused to a lender by a surveyor’s negligent...

In a landmark judgment with wide implications for the lending, refinancing and valuation industries, in Tiuta International Ltd (In liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the Court of Appeal, by a two...more

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