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Additional Opportunity to Extend Development Orders & Building Permits

Governor Scott recently expanded the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, allowing holders of permits and development orders an even greater opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise...more

Legal Notebook: All road(way)s lead to a contractual dispute

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The recent decision of RV Pty Limited v Connector Park Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] TASSC 22 concerned a dispute between two land development companies in relation to a contract which required the construction of an access road. The...more

Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements: The Give and Take of Development

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under Maryland law, the rights of a land developer to develop property for commercial or residential uses generally do not “vest” until there is some visible, lawful, construction on the property. Of course, development of a...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Despite ‘Known Damage’ Exclusion Insurer Had Duty Under Oregon Law to Indemnify and Defend Contractor...

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Alkemade v. Quanta Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6896 (9th Cir. Apr. 20, 2017) - In 1994, Adrianus and Rachelle Alkemade (the “Alkemades”) bought a house from Meltebeke Built Paradise Homes (“Meltebeke”). The home was...more

Developer bonds and defect inspection regime postponed again

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The NSW Government has again postponed the commencement of the new developer bond and defect inspection regime under Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (Act). The regime was proclaimed to commence on 1 July...more

Vallagio Ruling Favorable for Condominium and Planned Community Developers

On June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its eagerly anticipated ruling in Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et.al. (217 CO 69) (“Vallagio”). In its 5-2...more

New Requirements Under MCIOA: Preventative Maintenance Plans and Construction Defect Claims

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Important changes to Minnesota law were recently made that will affect real estate developers, builders, associations and unit owners. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 515B, the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (“MCIOA”),...more

Courts Misunderstand the Meaning of “That Particular Part”

This is part one of a two-part series looking at how court decisions in recent years have thwarted general contractors’ reasonable expectation of coverage under their general liability policies....more

CAR Insurance: Insuring the Works vs Insuring the Owner's Property

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For the purposes of insuring construction and engineering projects, there is a critical and sometimes overlooked distinction between insuring the works carried out under the contract, and insuring the underlying property of...more

Absolute Pollution Exclusion—Not So Absolute

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Slapping insurers with breach of contract and bad faith, Washington state’s highest court recently found that a general liability policy’s so-called “absolute” pollution exclusion may not be so absolute. In Xia et al. v....more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

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Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Decision Under Florida Law Barring Contractor’s Performance Bond Claim for Failure to Comply With Notice...

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Int’l Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Americaribe-Moriarty JV, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3628 (11th Cir. Feb. 28, 2017) - Americaribe-Moriarty Joint Venture (“Americaribe”) entered into a subcontract with Certified Pool Mechanics I,...more

Insurance Coverage for Property Damage Caused by Defective Workmanship

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One of the principal points of contention between insurers and insureds is whether defective construction work is, or can be, an occurrence, thereby triggering coverage. Originally published in ConsensusDocs (Vol. 3,...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

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Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

IRS Announces Disagreement with Ninth Circuit’s Holding on Completed Contract Method of Accounting

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The IRS recently announced its disagreement with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, with respect to planned communities, the 95% test under the completed contract method of accounting applies on a development-wide basis rather...more

Reforms to the Sale of Land Act 1970 (WA)

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Amendments to the Sale of Land Act 1970 (WA) (SLA) came into effect on 3 April 2017. - The rationale for change - The amendments, introduced by the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) which was passed through...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

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

Construction Defect – Application of the Right to Repair Statute to Material Suppliers

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The Right to Repair Statute in California requires a homeowner show a breach of contract or negligence to succeed. Acqua Vista Homeowners Association v. MWI, Inc. - California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate...more

Maryland Federal Court Approves Residential Sales Contract Provision Creating a One-Year Period of Limitations

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In Daniels v. NVR, Inc., t/a Ryan Homes, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the validity of a contractual provision in a residential home purchase agreement that reduced the normal period of...more

The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

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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

Risks of BIM

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When building information modeling (BIM) technology first gained widespread use, commentators warned of new legal risks posed by the information sharing and collaboration essential to the process. Contractors and designers...more

Homebuilder Guaranty Fund Claims, an Informal Way for Home Purchasers to File Claims Against Homebuilders

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

If someone who purchases a home believes their home was improperly constructed, they may file a claim against the Homebuilder Guarantee Fund to recover any monetary losses they suffer. In order to recover from the...more

Oregon High Court Clarifies How To Read the Four Corners of a Complaint

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On December 8, 2016, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision, West Hills Development Co. v. Chartis Claims, Inc., 360 Or. 650 (2016), clarifying what allegations in a construction defect suit will implicate coverage under...more

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