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Do Treble Damages Mean Treble Rescission?

North Carolina law awards treble damages for violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 “if damages are assessed.” A recent Fourth Circuit decision asks this question: If a plaintiff seeks rescission, and if the defendant’s...more

Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a...more

Guarantors’ “Lost Profits” Completely Offset Lender’s Deficiency Claim

Believe it or not, lenders can breach loan agreements too…and when they do, there can be significant consequences. In Great Western Bank v. LJC Dev., LLC, 726 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 21 (Ariz. Ct. App. Nov. 10, 2015), the Court of...more

Is An Offset Allowed For Amounts Unrelated To The Claim Asserted?

The plaintiffs in Brace Industrial Contracting v. Peterson Enterprises (Del. Ch. Dec. 10, 2015) moved for partial summary judgment on the issue of whether the defendants could “self-help themselves to $3.457 million of the...more

South Carolina Court Finds Insurer Improperly Denied Coverage Under State Operations Exclusion

In E. Bridge Lofts Prop. Owners Ass’n v. Crum & Foster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156947, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina addressed an insurer’s denial of coverage for an...more

Trend In The Courts: It’s Getting Harder To Obtain Preliminary Injunctions In Restrictive Covenant Cases

In recent weeks, courts almost routinely have been denying preliminary injunctive relief in cases alleging violation of non-compete and similar employment agreements. Three examples: Burleigh v. Center Point Contractors,...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce “No Damages for Delay” Clause

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently refused to enforce a “no damages for delay” clause and upheld an award of delay damages against a school district where the district actively interfered with a general contractor’s...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

California Court of Appeal affirms vitality of California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 800) against construction defect claims

The California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, issued a published opinion last week holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (Act, commonly known in the homebuilding industry as SB 800, applies to all claims by...more

Performing Work with a Suspended CSLB License Costs Big: Subcontractor Faces $18,000,000 Disgorgement

In what could lead to a draconian result, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held that a contractor who performs work without a valid license can be required to disgorge all payments received, even if the...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Erosion in Texas—Because Endorsements Are Transformative

In Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Arch Specialty Ins Co., No. 14-20239 (5th Cir. April 21, 2015), a case that applied Texas law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the word “expenses,” as used in a...more

“If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to Construction Contract Bidding

In Otis Elevator Co. v. W.G.Yates & Sons Construction Co., 589 Fed. Appx. 953; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20214 (11th Cir. 2014), a subcontractor installed a series of escalators for an airport expansion project and sued the...more

Contractor’s Repeated Material Breach Excuses Subcontractor From Further Performance

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York in U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Koko Contracting, Inc. affirmed judgment in favor of a subcontractor, holding that the general contractor’s failure to make three successive...more

Contractor Barred from Using the “Total Cost” or “Modified Total Cost” Approach to Establish Delay Claim

In a recent ruling, Hill York Service Corporation v. Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that a contractor may not establish damages for delay under either the...more

AAA Revises Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (Rules), effective July 1, 2015. Although some changes are relatively modest, others expand the...more

Arbitrator and Mediator. Member of AAA National Panel of Construction Arbitrators

AAA issued revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules which took effect July 1, 2015. There are significant changes in the new rules which are intended to make the arbitration process more efficient and cost-effective. ...more

Top Ten Construction Clauses: Pay-if-Paid and Pay-when-Paid Clauses

Pay-if-paid clauses provide that a general contractor is not required to pay subcontractors unless and until it receives payment from the owner. The ConsensusDocs Standard Agreement 655 provides the following example: Receipt...more

Construction Licensing – Substantial Compliance – Settlements and Suspension of License

Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 18, 2015) - Business and Professions Code Section 7031 precludes a contractor from maintaining any action...more

Disgorgement Penalty for Unlicensed Contractors in California

California has some of the toughest penalties in the country for unlicensed contractors. An unlicensed contractor is not just a contractor without a license, but could also be a contractor who is not correctly licensed or a...more

Arizona State Legislature Expands Prompt Payment to Design Professionals on Public Works Projects

Arizona law has long protected the rights of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to prompt payment. However, all such protections have not extended to design professionals. For example, in 2013, the Arizona Court of...more

Letters of the Law: 'L' is for Lien

Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants cite “not getting paid” as one of the biggest challenges to operating in the construction industry in Qatar. Understandably, companies are starting to look for...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Interprets Stricter Requirements for Payment Bond Claimants

Arizona has long protected the rights of subcontractors and material suppliers to seek recovery from the payment bond surety on public bonded projects. Arizona’s Little Miller Act, A.R.S. § 34-223, provides that claimants...more

California Court of Appeals Holds Subcontract Unable to Collect Compensation Under Business & Professions Code 7031 Because...

In Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. [2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 426], a subcontractor’s license with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was automatically suspended due to an unsatisfied stipulated...more

The Different Warranties Covering A Contractor’s Work

A general’s or subcontractor’s job is far from over when it receives final payment on a construction project. Rather, final payment begins a new phase of the project, the warranty phase, which may last years. This is true...more

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