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If You Can't Say Anything Nice: Criticizing Contractors Can Be Costly

Construction projects can turn acrimonious — and bad feelings often survive dispute resolution. But think twice before voicing thoughts or opinions about a fellow project participant. A false statement about another’s...more

Texas Supreme Court Eliminates Premises Liability for Concurrent Acts of Premises Employees

In Magdalena Adrienna Abutahoun, et al. v. The Dow Chemical Company, 2015 WL 2147979, the Supreme Court of Texas affirmed the overturning of a jury verdict against Dow, finding it owed no duty related to the plaintiffs’...more

Arizona’s New Construction Defect Law is Effective the Summer of 2015

On March 23, 2015, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed into law House Bill 2578. This new legislation relates specifically to Arizona’s construction defect claims and revises the Purchaser Dwelling Actions statute - ARS §...more

It's Not the Crime, It's the Cover-Up: Equitable Estoppel in Construction Defect Claims

More than 20 years ago, the Watergate scandal taught us “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up” that does the damage. The ensuing decades have brought a steady stream of individuals and companies that had to learn the truth...more

More “Texas Justice” For Policyholder On Contractual Liability Exclusion

On October 29, the Fifth Circuit reversed itself for the second time this year in a case involving the interpretation of a contractual liability exclusion in a CGL policy. This recent decision by the Fifth Circuit in...more

Renowned Architect Wins Retraction From The New York Review of Books

On August 25, 2014, The New York Review of Books issued a retraction in response to a defamation suit filed in New York State Court by well-known architect Zaha Hadid. Hadid was selected to design one of the stadiums for the...more

“California’s Right To Repair Act Is Not A Homeowner’s Exclusive Remedy When Construction Defects Cause Actual Property Damage.”

The California Court of Appeals recently issued two decisions holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (“SB 800”) is not the exclusive remedy for a homeowner seeking damages for construction defects that have also...more

Limitation of Liability Clauses

Many industry form documents and custom construction contracts contain provisions shifting or limiting the respective parties’ risks. One of the more potentially significant risk-limiting provisions seen primarily in...more

No Lawsuit for You! When Subcontractors Cannot Sue the General Contractor

Can a subcontractor sue a general contractor over a work site accident? A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court loudly and clearly said, "NO." Why not? The court ruled in Patton v. Worthington Associations, Inc....more

Builders Beware! You Cannot Hide Behind SB 800!

In Burch v Superior Court (Premier Homes et al.) 2014 DJDAR 1991 (decided February 19, 2014) plaintiff Burch, a Pacific Palisades homeowner, sued defendants Premier Homes, the developer, and Custom Home Builders, the general...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Summary of Nevada Law on the Economic Loss Doctrine in the Context of Commercial Construction...

The Nevada Supreme Court has addressed the economic loss doctrine in the context of commercial construction disputes in a number of cases over the past several years. Nevada’s general rule, as detailed below, is that the...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Application of the Economic Loss Rule in Arizona Since Flagstaff Affordable Housing Ltd. v....

In a recent ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court clarified that the economic loss rule does not apply to non-contracting parties. See Sullivan v. Pulte Home Corporation, 667 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 36 (Ariz. 2013). This ruling both...more

Under Construction - September 2013: California’s Economic Loss Doctrine – Limits on Tort Recovery

In California, the economic loss rule addresses the distinction between suits in contract and tort. A contract claim can typically be pursued to recover all damages proximately caused by breach of contract, unless expressly...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Utah’s Economic Loss Rule

In Utah, a plaintiff must generally in be in privity with the “original contractor, architect, engineer or real estate developer” to bring an “action for defective design or construction.” Utah Code Ann. §78 B-4-513(4). This...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Economic Loss in Colorado

The economic loss doctrine generally holds parties to the benefits, burdens and obligations set out in their contracts and bars tort claims such as negligence, misrepresentation and theft for purely economic loss when a...more

Amendments to Russian Urban Development Code: Clarifications on Tort Liability

Significant amendments affecting the liability of self-regulating organizations and building owners became effective on 1 July 2013. ...more

Expert Fees Properly Awarded Under Offer of Judgment

In Martinez v. Brownco Construction Co. Inc., the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue under California’s offer of judgment procedure, Code of Civil Procedure Section 998. The court concluded that a second...more

Florida Enacts Law to Protect Design Professionals

On April 24, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 286, which provides the conditions under which a design professional (i.e., an architect, engineer, interior designer, landscape architect, surveyor,...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $14.5 Million Defamation Verdict

This week we discuss the Indiana Court of Appeals decision State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Radcliff that upheld one of the largest verdicts – $14.5 million – ever obtained in a defamation case in United States history....more

Burr Alert: The Emperor’s New Economic Loss Rule

For years, litigating breach of contract cases in Florida meant having to struggle with the array of cases dealing with the Economic Loss Rule. In its simplest form, the Economic Loss Rule is a judicially created principle...more

The First Circuit Relies on the Plain and Unambiguous Language of the Policy to Deny Coverage

In Certain Interested Underwriters At Lloyd’s, London v. Perry Stolberg, ___F.3d ____, 2012 WL 1699931 (1st Cir. May 16, 2012), the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s holding that the insurer was not...more

Attorney Fees Properly Awarded Where the Applicable Contract Authorizes An Award "In Any Dispute"

In Toro Enterprises Inc. v. Pavement Recycling Systems Inc., 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 519 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Apr. 9, 2012) the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reversed the trial court and granted...more

Oregon Court Holds General Contractor Not Performing Professional Services

In its recent decision in State Farm and Casualty Co. v. Lorrick Pacific, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57922 (D. Ore. Apr. 24, 2012), the United States District Court for the District of Oregon had occasion to consider whether...more

11TH Circuit Upholds $1.7 Million Jury Verdict Against Carpenters Union for Illegal Secondary Boycott Campaign Against Non-Union...

The Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council mounted a campaign against Fidelity Interior in Atlanta, GA. The union sent letters to owners and general contractors warning them of adverse consequences if they used Fidelity, a...more

The Hett Impact: Residential Home Builders Beware

A new decision by the Kansas Supreme Court drastically alters the legal landscape for claims against residential home builders. David v. Hett, No. 98,416, Kan., (Kan. Dec. 30, 2011). Click here to read the full decision. The...more

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