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Building seawall erodes homeowners' rights to challenge conditions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently held that you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Two adjacent homeowners, with oceanfront properties in Encinitas, California, live on a coastal bluff that “cascades steeply down to...more

Queens Shopping Mall Nixed by Court’s “Public Trust” Doctrine Ruling

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Matter of Avella v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 04383 (June 6, 2017), the New York Court of Appeals reviewed a decision by the City of New York approving a proposal by Queens Development Group, LLC (“QDG”) which...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

Limitations on Contract Damages: The ‘Betterment' Argument

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A fundamental purpose of contract damages is to place a non-breaching party in the same position that it would have been in had its contract not been breached. Accordingly, remediation “enhancements” that give the...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

Missouri Court Holds Public Owner is Liable for Issuing Defective Contract Documents

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Although the federal courts have followed the Spearin doctrine since 1918, it took Missouri just shy of a century to come on board. Under U.S. v. Spearin, it was held that when a government entity includes detailed...more

The Early Bird Catches the Worm – Or Does it?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The New South Wales Supreme Court has recently considered the effect of deeming provisions in respect of early payment claims made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (SOP Act) in...more

Jersey City’s PLA Ordinance Found Preempted by NLRA and ERISA and Void Ab Initio

by Genova Burns LLC on

On June 15 U.S. District Court Judge Wigenton determined that Jersey City’s ordinance, in effect since 2007 and providing for tax abatements for real estate developers that sign Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is preempted by...more

Florida Statutes of Limitations and Repose Governing Construction Claims Revised to Clarify Accrual Dates Effective July 1

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 377 providing for revisions to the Florida statutes of limitation and repose governing construction claims. The new law revises Fla. Stat. Sec. 95.11 (Limitations Other Than for the...more

The Fine Print - Summer 2017 - Litigation

The Summer 2017 issue of The Fine Print focuses on litigation and features articles on vehicle insurance claims, managing construction risks, what to know when buying a loan and more. Please see full Publication below for...more

2016: A Busy Year for the Supreme Court of Virginia, Including 2 Significant Decisions for the Construction Industry

by Williams Mullen on

If you are a design professional providing services in Virginia, or a general contractor on a public works project for the Commonwealth of Virginia, you need to know of two Virginia Supreme Court decisions in 2016. You ask...more

Construction Defect – Right to Repair Act

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Ann. E. Gillotti v. Eugene W. Stewart, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (April 26, 2017) - In Gillotti v. Stewart, the California Court of Appeals held that the Right to Repair Act, Civil Code § 895 (the...more

Federal Court Rules Spearin Doctrine Contractor Immunity for Defects in Owner's Design Includes Contractor's Failure to Warn Owner...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The legal doctrine of implied fitness of design warranty, recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, provides that a contractor bound to build according to plans and specifications prepared by an owner will not be responsible for...more

Federal Court in Nebraska Denies Surety’s Request for Preliminary Injunction Requiring Principal to Post Collateral Security,...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Allied World Specialty Ins. Co. v. Abat Lerew Constr., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61794 (D. Neb. Apr. 24, 2017) - Abat Lerew Construction (“ALC”) entered into multiple construction projects which required it to obtain surety...more

Supreme Court Decides Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 23, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, holding that, in determining whether a regulatory taking has occurred under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, courts should...more

Amendment Adds Clarity to Florida's Construction Statutes of Limitations and Repose

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On June 14, 2017, Florida’s Governor signed into law House Bill 377, which seeks to provide clarity to when Florida’s construction statutes of limitations and repose begin to run. The existing version of the statute, §...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

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

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Safety Agency Applies Federal Law To Bar Employer Safety Violation Citation - Agency’s Application of 5th Circuit Appeals Court...

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal agency that reviews OSHA safety violation cases, also known as the OSH Review Commission, recently adopted the decision of one of its Administrative Law Judges who applied 5th Circuit precedent to reject a safety...more

Arizona Lien, Payment Bond, and Stop Notice Summary Guidelines

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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

A License to Sue: Appellate Court Upholds Condition of Statute that a Contracting Party Must Hold a Valid Contractor’s License to...

California Business & Professions Code section 7031(a) requires a party to have contractor’s license in order to maintain an action for compensation for services performed for which a contractor’s license is needed. In...more

Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases

by Jones Day on

Since late last year, there have been several major decisions from Australia's highest courts on important issues for stakeholders in the construction, mining and infrastructure industries. Below, we provide a summary. Some...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Interpreting clause 10.1 of the NEC to escape a time bar clause

by Dentons on

Relying on the role of “mutual trust”, “co-operation” and “good faith” to permit fair and equitable judgments is dangerous. It leads to uncertainty and opens the floodgates to pointless litigation....more

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