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Cross claims, counterclaims and set-offs from another construction contract - Permissible in an adjudication?

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It is commonplace in our local building and construction market for the same parties to enter into multiple contracts for different projects. However, what happens if a main contractor has valid backcharges under Project A...more

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings: Contractor Denied Recovery for Differing Site Conditions Where Condition was Well-Known in the...

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”), the court with jurisdiction over the General Services Administration and other non-defense executive agencies, denied a contractor’s claim for increased labor and equipment...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

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Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

2016: A Busy Year for the Supreme Court of Virginia, Including 2 Significant Decisions for the Construction Industry

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If you are a design professional providing services in Virginia, or a general contractor on a public works project for the Commonwealth of Virginia, you need to know of two Virginia Supreme Court decisions in 2016. You ask...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

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Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

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Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Interpreting clause 10.1 of the NEC to escape a time bar clause

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Relying on the role of “mutual trust”, “co-operation” and “good faith” to permit fair and equitable judgments is dangerous. It leads to uncertainty and opens the floodgates to pointless litigation....more

Supreme Court of Wisconsin Holds That Private Subcontractor Is Immune to Property Damage Claims by Adjoining Landowners Because it...

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Melchert v. Pro Elec. Contrs., 2017 Wis. Lexis 169 (April 7, 2017) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (“DOT”) contracted with Payne & Dolan (“P&D”) as General Contractor on a road improvement project. P&D in turn...more

Massachusetts Appellate Court Holds That No-Damages-for-Delay Clause Does Not Bar Claim for Schedule Compression and Affirms Award...

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Central Ceilings, Inc. v. Suffolk Constr. Co., Inc., 2017 Mass App. Lexis 36 (March 29, 2017). The Massachusetts State College Building Authority contracted with Suffolk Construction Company (“Suffolk”) to serve as the...more

Second Circuit Finds Arbitrator Did Not Commit A Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Dispute Over Construction Work At The Whitestone...

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In a dispute between a construction company hired by New York State to replace a portion of the Whitestone Bridge and a steel company regarding the timeliness of certain deliveries related to the project, the Second Circuit...more

Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

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Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

Federal Court in Alabama Rules that 1999 Amendment to the Miller Act Does Not Preclude Arbitration of Underlying Claims

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United States v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., No. 16-0472-WS-C, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16791 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 7, 2017) - This action arose out of a payment dispute between Bay South Limited, Inc. (“Bay South”) and Stephens...more

Lien bonds and statutory trusts: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43

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In December 2010, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (Dominion) was hired to act as general contractor to construct a football stadium at the University of Manitoba. Dominion entered into a subcontract with Structal...more

Superior Court Rejects Disappointed Bidder’s Claim

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Whether required by state law or by local ordinance or practice, municipalities often use the competitive bidding process to purchase property, equipment and most types of services. In the recent case of Design...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that Bond Issued on a Sovereign Tribal Construction Project is Not a Miller Act Bond Even Though...

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United States ex rel. J.A. Manning Constr. Co. v. Bronze Oak, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6054 (N.D. Okla. Jan. 17, 2017) - In May 2014 the Cherokee Nation issued a bid notice for bridge and roadway construction in Mayes...more

Federal Court in Idaho Rules That a Government Contractor May Recover Consultant Fees, So Long as Those Fees Were Incurred in...

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) contracted with Sygnos, Inc. (“Sygnos”) for improvements to the electrical system at a VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sygnos subcontracted a portion of the work to...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

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A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

DC Circuit joins other circuits in enforcing Escobar's strict materiality requirement: key takeaways

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The DC Circuit has affirmed summary judgment against the relator in United States ex rel. McBride v. Halliburton Company, et al, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging defendants-appellees (collectively, KBR) inflated...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

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Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Significant Government Contract Litigation: A Year in Review

Last year provided a number of important claims and cases that further developed various aspects of litigation regarding the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). The major issues raised in some of the more notable claims include...more

The Government Knowledge Defense to the False Claims Act after Universal Health Services

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As recited in seemingly every brief and opinion involving the statute, the False Claims Act traces its history to the Civil War and efforts to deter and punish fraud on the Lincoln administration. The lure of treble damages,...more

Under Construction - December 2016

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Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Torts – Premises Liability

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Al Khosh v. Staples Construction Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (October 26, 2016) - Under Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, an employee of an independent contractor...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

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In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

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