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When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

California District Court Errs in Dismissing Insurer’s Equitable Reimbursement Claim without Leave to Amend

In the contentious matter of Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut, et al. v. Centex Homes, et al., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115598 (E.D. Cal. 2014), the Eastern District of California recently reconsidered its July 30,...more

Texas Supreme Court Orders 10/14 (Six Petitions Granted)

Because there are no opinions and no grants in the Supreme Court's order list this morning, this is a good opportunity for me to do the promised post on the petitions granted in the October 3, 2014 order list. ...more

Get Exhausted! The Tenth Circuit Schools an Excess Insurer on How to Preserve Subrogation Claims in a Settlement

Claims against insured businesses sometimes implicate multiple liability policies issued by several different carriers, and it is sometimes prudent for some of those carriers to settle the underlying action, even if others...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014

Applying the Ameris factors, the Middle District of Florida abstained from and dismissed indemnitor’s declaratory judgment action to determine indemnity provision’s (1) scope, (2) duty to defend against third-party...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Economic Loss Rule No Bar to Condo Trustees’ Claim for Damages to Common Areas Caused By...

Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC, 469 Mass. 64, 2014 Mass. LEXIS 524 (July 10, 2014) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the economic loss rule, which bars recovery of tort damages from the negligent supplier of...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

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Exceptions to Enforcement of No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses

On August 29, 2014, in Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, No. 12-0772, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex. 2014), the Texas Supreme Court found that no-damages-for-delay clauses that purport to waive...more

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Sinks Port Authority's Ship - Port Authority's No Damages for Delay Clause Held...

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding “no damages for delay” clauses in construction contracts. In Zachry Construction v. Port of Houston Authority, the Court found that the owner, the Port...more

Illinois Court Holds Insurer Improperly Delayed Declaratory Judgment Action

In FCCI Ins. Co. v. Westfield Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1421 (Ill. App. June 27, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether an insurer was estopped from asserting policy defenses to...more

Zachry v. Port of Houston Authority: Texas Supreme Court rules for contractor despite no-damages-for-delay clause

The Texas Supreme Court has issued a decision that could have a huge impact on the construction industry in Texas involving several high-profile issues the industry has passionately debated for years. In Zachry...more

Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry But Equitable Subrogation of a Bank’s Later Deed of Trust Trumps Earlier Mechanics’...

The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between a bank and contractor both claiming priority to foreclose millions of dollars on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Only Original Purchasers May Recover Damages for Breach of the Builder’s Implied Warranty of...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a builder’s implied warranty of habitability extends only to the initial buyer of a home, and not to subsequent purchasers. In Conway v. The Cutler Group, Inc., the Court reversed an...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Contractor May Recover in Quantum Meruit Where Home Improvement Contract Does Not Satisfy...

Homeowners Raymond and Donna Mantia contracted Shafer Electric & Construction (“Shafer”) to build a two-car garage addition onto their house. Shafer’s proposal was extremely detailed as to the work to be completed. Despite...more

Are You Done Yet? Compensation for Impacts of Public Works in Alberta

During the recent resurfacing of Bow Trail there was a message posted on a pylon sign by an adjacent business owner that read “Bow Trail is not Rome. Please Complete” (see “Road Construction Delays Cause Headaches for...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 8

In our eighth issue of The Construction Advantage, we provide you with three new cases, with two of them coming from the Maine courts. We hope that this newsletter has been helpful and informative to you so far in 2014....more

Being a Contractor Just Got a Whole Lot Scarier

If you’re fortunate enough to live and work in California you have a lot to be thankful for. Temperate weather, beautiful beaches, rugged mountains and an array of attractions whether you’re an urbanite, outdoorsman or thrill...more

Talk is Cheap – Promises to Pay Are a Poor Substitute for Adherence to Contractual Notice Provisions

A recent Wyoming case – JEM Contracting, Inc. v. Morrison – Maierle, Inc. – serves as a reminder to contractors and subcontractors of the importance of following the contractual requirements for notice when differing site...more

Summary of Mississippi’s New Construction Lien Law

Mississippi recently enacted a new construction lien law. This article addresses certain key provisions of the new law - codified at Mississippi Code Annotated § 85-7-401 (Rev. 2014) - that apply to commercial projects. ...more

The Battle Continues in Bid Protest Against Bergen County

Echoing down Main Street in Hackensack is the incessant and repetitive booming of the driving of piles into the ground on what was once the visitor parking lot next to the Courthouse and former jail. The pile driving is part...more

California Law Restricting Non-Licensed Contractors’ Right to Recover for Unpaid Services Does Not Apply to Miller Act Claims

In a recent decision, the federal appellate court encompassing nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions held that a California law restricting the right of non-licensed contractors to recover for unpaid...more

Trial Court's Calculation of Lodestar Is Affirmed

In Syers Properties III, Inc. v. Rankin the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s grant of an award of attorney fees. The appellant contended that the trial court should not...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

CSLL Does Not Bar Successor Entity’s Compensation Claims After Contractor’s Change of Business Entity During Construction

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal imposed a sensible limit on the prohibition of compensation claims by unlicensed contractors under the Contractors’ State License Law (“CSLL”), specifically California Bus....more

Court of Appeal Ameliorates (a Bit) the "Harshness" of Business and Professions Code Section 7031

California courts have variously described Business and Professions Code section 7031 as “draconian,” “harsh[ ]“ and “[u]njust[ ],” but nonetheless enforceable. Section 7031 both prohibits unlicensed or improperly...more

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