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Delay and Disruption Claims: Big Impacts on Your Bottom Line

“Time is money” in construction. Owners, design professionals and contractors use time to calculate the impact of lost performance. Yet delay and disruption can be commonplace in construction projects. The reasons for the...more

Construction Case Law Update - March 2015 #2

Sinkholes; “Structural Damage” – When undefined in a homeowner’s insurance policy, “structural damage” caused by a sinkhole is best defined as “damage that impairs the structural integrity of the building.” Homeowners argued...more

Utah Clarifies Lien Amounts and Bonding Requirements

The Utah Supreme Court recently clarified that the only permissible amounts to claim under Utah’s mechanic lien statutes are those “equivalent to the value of the services rendered, labor performed, or materials or equipment...more

Under Construction - March 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of our Under Construction newsletter. There have been some interesting legal changes that have taken place recently with the potential to significantly impact the construction...more

The New Jersey Supreme Court has reopened the doors to Affordable Housing Litigation

The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously held that the administrative process run by COAH in which municipalities show compliance with affordable housing obligations is no longer working and municipalities are no longer...more

Virginia General Assembly Addresses Fourth Circuit Decision to Uphold Statutory Cap on Recovery by Public Works Contractors for...

In Carnell Construction Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 745 F.3d 703 (2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court’s ruling that, without government approval,...more

Design Professional Liens: A Blueprint

If you work in the construction industry in California you’re likely familiar with mechanics liens. But there’s one other type of lien available on construction projects in California: The design professional...more

A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance

Project owners and financiers are increasingly turning to delay in startup insurance to protect themselves from the financial consequences of delays in completion of large new construction projects, particularly for projects...more

The Latest on Major Defense Verdicts in Arizona

What’s the latest news on Arizona’s civil defense verdicts? Here are some interesting defense verdicts from 2014: - Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon, L.L.C. et al. v. Old Lobos T&T, L.L.C. et al. Steak Out Restaurant...more

Chapter 40 Reform Provides Relief for Nevada Homebuilding Industry

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law AB 125 (2015) ushering in critical reforms for Nevada’s construction defect laws. The law, which the Nevada Legislature passed this past Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, provides crucial...more

Is Your Liquidated Damages Provision Sufficient to Make You Whole?

The obvious purpose of a liquidated damages provision is to make your client whole in the event that your business partner breaches the agreement. Nevertheless, K.G.M. Custom Homes. v. Prosky highlights that simply having a...more

Beware of Citizen Suits for Storm Water Violations

In recent months several private organizations have sent letters to California businesses informing them that they are in violation of their storm water permits and threatening to sue them under the citizen suit provision of...more

Letters of the Law: 'D' is for Decennia

Sometimes the greatest risk lies in what a contract does not say. Construction contracts usually state a length of time during which the contractor is liable to return to the handed-over project to complete outstanding...more

School District Gets Expensive Lesson on Prompt Payment Law. But Did the Court Get it Right?

My kids don’t like riding in my car. I urge them to look outside the window (I don’t have DVD), suggest that they roll down their windows to get some fresh air (rather than have me turn on the A/C) and persist on...more

Mixing Concrete, Like Baking a Cake, is Fraught with Problems When the Recipe is Not Followed

“Mixing concrete, like baking a cake, is fraught with problems when the recipe is not followed.” – Justice Kenneth Yegan, State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, California Court of Appeal for the Second District, Case No....more

Homeowners Beware!! You May Not Recover For Subsequently Discovered Construction Claims After Signing Construction Claim Releases

Homeowner, David Belasco (“Belasco”) [1] bought a newly constructed Manhattan Beach residence in 2004 from the builder defendant Gary Loren Wells (“Wells”). In 2006, Belasco filed a complaint against Wells with the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Determines that Commercial General Liability Insurers Have Right to Obtain Declaratory Ruling as to...

Many construction professionals in Connecticut, and in particular those who do business with the State, are well aware of the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Lombardo Bros. Mason Contractors, Inc., 307 Conn....more

Fourth District Reverses Lower Court Ruling in Construction Defect Litigation

On January 22, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued for publication its decision in McMillin Companies LLC v. American Safety Indemnity Company, 4th Dist. Div. 1, D063586. The case is significant in...more

Letters of the Law: 'B' is for Breach

No project is truly complete before one party accuses the other of “breach of contract”. Often the initial accusation is an attempt to scare the other party into action, to compel it to perform to the word of the...more

Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition...more

Construction Alert: School District Flunks Public Contract Code Exam on Withholding Retention

On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed, in part, a hefty trial judgment against the Rio School District for improperly withholding retention funds in the case of FTR International, Inc....more

January 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

JANITORIAL FRANCHISE COMPANY SETTLES ITS APPEAL OF $4.8 MILLION JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF MISCLASSIFIED CUSTODIANS. Coverall North America Inc. settled the independent contractor misclassification case filed against it by a class...more

Careful What You Wish For: Court Affirms Award of Attorney’s Fees Based Upon Arbitration Rules

Most lawyers are fully aware of the “American Rule” – a generally universal rule of law (in the United States anyway) which provides that, absent specific authority granted by statute or a contractual agreement, a litigant is...more

Appellate Court Reverses Jury Award To Golf Course Contractor

The Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a jury verdict that awarded a contractor nearly $300,000 after determining that the amount had already been paid by another entity. The dispute in Tern Bay Community...more

Construction Law Alert: Concrete Supplier Botches Concrete Mix, Gets Thrashed By Court of Appeal for Trying to Blame Third Party

On January 8, 2015, the Second Appellate district affirmed judgment of the lower court in State Ready Mix Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, and barred a concrete supplier from blaming a third party consultant for the concrete...more

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