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It Ain’t Over Till it’s Over. Why Project Completion in California Isn’t as Straightforward as You Think

Why “Completion” is Important in California - In California, project “completion,” is important not only for getting paid, but for also understanding the deadlines associated with California’s statutory construction...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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Year and a New Arizona Anti-Deficiency Statute

In 2014, the Arizona Legislature enacted significant changes to the anti-deficiency statutes, which protect certain residential borrowers from a deficiency judgment following foreclosure. These statutory changes, which apply...more

Transfer of Property Title to a Holding Company Did Not Divest Landowner of Owner-Occupant Status Under A.R.S. § 33-1002(B)

Recently, in Marco Crane & Rigging Co. v. Masaryk, 703 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 29 (Dec. 30, 2014), the Arizona Court of Appeals established that a subcontractor on a residential project has no lien rights against an owner-occupant,...more

New York State Court Dismisses Construction Manager’s Third Party Claims Against Subcontracting Geotechnical Engineer

In Board of Mgrs. of the A Bldg. Condo. v. 13th & 14th St. Realty, LLC, 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5632; 2014 NY Slip Op 33353(U) (New York Cty. Sup. Ct. Dec. 18, 2014), Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC, s/h/a Hudson...more

The Demise of the Economic Loss Rule in Construction Defect Litigation

The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently held in Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC, that the “economic loss rule is not applicable to the damage caused to the common areas of a condominium building as a result of the builder’s...more

Copyright in House Plans

A couple, the Ecklunds, approached Oakcraft Homes, a custom home-builder. Based on their discussions, Oakcraft prepared a house plan and gave a copy of the plan to the Ecklunds. The couple later took that plan to a rival home...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

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Expands, Then Narrows, Anti-Deficiency Protection

Like many states, Arizona protects homeowners from the “double whammy” of losing their homes to foreclosure and then facing liability for the balance owed on their mortgage loans....more

Recent Changes to the Mechanics’ Law

Mechanics’ Lien - • An In Rem lien (against real property). • For the payment of all debts due by an owner to a contractor (or by a contractor to his subcontractors) for Labor or Materials furnished....more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Right to Construction Defect Remedies Involving Residential Units with Previously Occupied Spaces

In Oxbow Constr., LLC v. Eight Judicial Dist. Ct., 2014 Nev. LEXIS 109, 130 Nev. Adv. Rep. 86 (Nev. Oct. 16, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court considered issues regarding class-action certification and the availability of...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 10

Wyoming Supreme Court Concludes Contractor to Pay For Damages In Excess of Original Project Cost - An opinion released in a mid-August from the Wyoming Supreme Court concluded that repair damages were appropriate in a...more

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Holds Economic Loss Rule No Bar to Condo Trustees’ Claim for Damages to Common Areas Caused By...

Wyman v. Ayer Properties, LLC, 469 Mass. 64, 2014 Mass. LEXIS 524 (July 10, 2014) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the economic loss rule, which bars recovery of tort damages from the negligent supplier of...more

New Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law Take Effect

On July 9, 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill (S.B. 145) into law that amends the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (the “Lien Law”). The new law took effect on September 8, 2014 and affects...more

Summary of California’s Prompt Payment Laws

The California legislature has enacted a comprehensive series of prompt payment statutes that are designed to ensure the prompt payment of progress payments and retention payments to downstream contractors by imposing harsh...more

Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry But Equitable Subrogation of a Bank’s Later Deed of Trust Trumps Earlier Mechanics’...

The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between a bank and contractor both claiming priority to foreclose millions of dollars on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Only Original Purchasers May Recover Damages for Breach of the Builder’s Implied Warranty of...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a builder’s implied warranty of habitability extends only to the initial buyer of a home, and not to subsequent purchasers. In Conway v. The Cutler Group, Inc., the Court reversed an...more

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