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A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

by Dentons on

In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

Arizona Lien, Payment Bond, and Stop Notice Summary Guidelines

by Jaburg Wilk on

Preliminary Lien Notices - “Prelims” should always be given (usually necessary for perfecting lien, bond and stop notice claims) Send within twenty (20) days of first day materials/labor furnished (“20-day...more

Access to Site Denied

by Dentons on

Can a contractor rely on a mandament van spolie to regain access to the site? Simply put, yes, but under careful advice. The mandament van spolie is a common-law remedy manifested by the deprivation of a right to...more

Indemnitor Owes Indemnity Even Where Indemnitee is Actively Negligent, California Court Holds

Indemnity provisions are one of the most fought over provisions in design and construction contracts. But while parties generally understand the intent behind indemnity provisions — that one party (the “indemnitor”) agrees to...more

Illinois Appellate Court Attempts to Draw the Line Between Contract and Quasi-Contract; Holds That Quantum Meruit Is Only...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Archon Construction Co. v. U.S. Shelter, LLC, 2017 Ill. App. LEXIS 197 (March 31, 2017) - U.S. Shelter, LLC, a developer, undertook to develop a new residential subdivision in Elgin, Illinois. As part of that project,...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Owners Rights to Seek Contribution From Third Parties for ADA Violations

In a victory for owners of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a property owner’s right to seek contribution from third parties who fail...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Termination for convenience: What is the contractor entitled to?

by White & Case LLP on

Construction contracts often include termination for convenience clauses. Three recent cases highlight the potential financial implications of terminating for convenience....more

These Class Action Lawyers Made Their Fees The Old-Fashioned Way. They Earned Them!

by Brooks Pierce on

It's not very often that I see a fee application in a settled class action in the Business Court that doesn't strike me as requesting approval of an overpayment for a less than successful result. Those are most often in the...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19734 - Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa - Plaintiff - construction company - discovered one of its supervisors who was paid ~$200k/year was working for a competitor at the same...more

District Court Find No Federal Question Jurisdiction In Action Challenging Arbitration Award Based On Arbitrator Bias

by Carlton Fields on

A federal court has rejected the attempt of the losing party in an arbitration to engage in discovery regarding the potential bias of the arbitrator, finding that it had no jurisdiction over the matter because it did not...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

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The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Recoverability of adjudication costs: TCC shouts down Lulu

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In our previous article in this series, "Recoverability of adjudication costs: Is Lulu something to 'shout' about?", we predicted that parties may incorrectly see the TCC decision in Lulu v Mullaley as authority to claim...more

Economic Damages and the Right to Repair Act: You Can’t Have it Both Ways

In 2002, the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 800 also known as the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code Sections 895 et seq.) in an effort to stem a then rising tide in residential construction defect litigation....more

California Court Holds Continuous Progressive Injury Exclusion Applicable to Construction Defect Claim

In its recent decision in Saarman Construction, Ltd. v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13633 (N.D. Cal. Jan 31, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had occasion...more

Picerne Construction Corp. v. Castellino Villas (Feb. 18, 2016, C071197)

The Third District Court of Appeal recently held that completion under the mechanics lien statute requires actual completion of the work of improvement, meaning completion of the entire structure or scheme of improvement as a...more

Insurance Coverage – “Other Insurance” Provisions Between Excess Carriers

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Advent, Inc. v National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 6, 2016) - Historically, “other insurance” clauses in liability policies were designed to prevent...more

The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

by White & Case LLP on

Two recent cases from Australia and Hong Kong highlight the serious dangers of a wrongful suspension of works under a construction contract. Wrongful suspension may ultimately lead to the termination of a contract, and...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Court of Chancery Determines $2 Billion Dispute Is One for an Independent Auditor to Decide

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2016), the Court of Chancery granted a buyer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the plain...more

NSW Court of Appeal – Security of Payment Act did not permit review of an adjudicator’s determination other than for...

by Dentons on

Landmark NSW Court of Appeal Decision - The Supreme Court at first instance had determined that an adjudication determination could be remitted to the adjudicator for re-determination for non-jurisdictional error....more

Procurement Code Attorney Fee Award

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Scott Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Allentown, 142 A.3d 779 (Pa. 2016) — Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a jury finding of bad faith does not mandate a trial court to award penalties and attorney fees under the...more

Australian case update: Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd

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SNAPSHOT - In Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the English Court of Appeal delivered an important judgment in favour of lenders in a valuer’s negligence case, which has...more

How to enforce adjudication decisions and deal with insolvency

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Adjudications on the increase - Anecdotal evidence suggests that adjudications are still on the increase. This increase is supported by the statistics in the Adjudication Society's 15th report, which shows a 5 per cent...more

Montana Supreme Court Holds Co-Insurer Breached Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in J & C Moodie Properties, LLC v. Deck, 2016 MT 301 (Mont. Nov. 22, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes a breach of an insurer’s duty to defend in a...more

Overpayments in Construction Projects: Getting Repaid (Or Not)

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Construction and engineering contracts usually contemplate interim payments being made "on account", meaning that any overpayments or underpayments can be redressed in later payment claims, or in the final account. However,...more

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