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Can Contract Ambiguity Cause Liability for Unfair Trade Practices?

Most of the time, a contract breach—even if intentional—does not violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. A contract breach, however, can turn into a 75-1.1 violation if the breach is accompanied by “substantial aggravating...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction For Veil-Piercing

This is an interesting decision for its discussion on what must be pled to obtain Chancery jurisdiction in a claim seeking to pierce the corporate veil. It is not enough to just allege the entity was used to defraud. Rather,...more

Managing Project Risk With Enforceable Indemnity Agreements

Most contracts in the construction industry supply chain require the “downstream” project participant to indemnify those “upstream” against a spectrum of losses or claims relating to the project. Upstream participants, such...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

What are the three most important risk-shifting provisions contractors and subcontractors should be concerned about?

“No damages for delay” clauses: “No damages for delay” clauses allocate the risks of project delays and disruptions between the owner and contractor. Oftentimes, these clauses preclude a contractor from recovering...more

11th Circuit Finds a Covered “Occurrence” Under CGL Policy For Damages Resulting From Contractor’s Faulty Work and Rejects...

In Pennsylvania National Mutual Insurance Company v. St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 790 F.3d 1173 (11th Cir. 2015), a judgment was obtained by the Parish (a Catholic Church) against Kiker Corporation (“Kiker”), which was...more

Breathing Room: The Alberta Court of Appeal Addresses the New Limitation Period for Third-Party Claims

The limitation period for a defendant seeking contribution from a third party has changed. In last month's Alberta Court of Appeal decision of Whitecourt Power Limited Partnership v Elliott Turbomachinery Canada Inc., 2015...more

Principal May Not Be Held Liable Under “Joint Action” Theory for Breach of Contract By Company, But May Have Individual Liability...

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Joseph General Contracting, Inc. v. Couto, (SC 19209) that preserved the limited liability of a principal for breach of contract claims against the company, but...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

Contractor’s Repeated Material Breach Excuses Subcontractor From Further Performance

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York in U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Koko Contracting, Inc. affirmed judgment in favor of a subcontractor, holding that the general contractor’s failure to make three successive...more

Contractor Barred from Using the “Total Cost” or “Modified Total Cost” Approach to Establish Delay Claim

In a recent ruling, Hill York Service Corporation v. Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that a contractor may not establish damages for delay under either the...more

US District Court in New York Holds Owner’s Interference Bars Claim that Contractor Breached By Abandoning Project

NYU Hosps. Ctr. v. HRH Constr. LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31967 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2015) - NYU Hospitals Center (“NYU”) hired HRH Construction LLC (“HRH”) to renovate NYU’s radiology center. HRH entered into...more

Bonding off a Private Mechanic’s Lien In Kentucky

In my previous post, I discussed the basics of filing a private mechanic’s lien in Kentucky. Today, the subject will turn to the release of a private mechanic’s lien by execution of a bond. Execution of a bond for release of...more

Letters of the Law: 'I' is for Indemnity

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Standard form construction contracts contain indemnities. For example, the FIDIC standard forms of contract contain indemnities in relation to loss arising from death,...more

Letters of the Law: 'E' is for Express Terms

Contract terms are not always in black and white. Express terms are those which are specifically agreed between the parties. In a written contract 'express' terms are those written on the pages of the contract. However,...more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Protecting Your Company From Misrepresentation Claims Through Contractual Exculpatory Clauses [Video]

Watch an in-depth Bilzin Sumberg Homebuilder Series webinar that discusses protecting your company from misrepresentation claims through contractual exculpatory clauses. This seminar discusses the case of Duggan, LLC v....more

New York Appellate Division Holds That Subcontractor’s Failure to Give Cure Notice Before Stopping Work Did Not Bar Recovery...

U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Koko Contracting, Inc., No. 518611, 2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 600 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 22, 2015) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed judgment in favor of a...more

Letters of the Law: 'B' is for Breach

No project is truly complete before one party accuses the other of “breach of contract”. Often the initial accusation is an attempt to scare the other party into action, to compel it to perform to the word of the...more

U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania Dismisses Owner’s Claim Against Performance Bond Surety – Repeated Instances of Poor...

Milton Reg’l Sewer Auth. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155419 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 3, 2014) - The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled that multiple...more

Time Limit on Filing Certain Construction Lawsuits Extended

A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision extends the time period in which a certain type of legal claim can be made against a general contractor on a construction project. The decision, 15th Place Condominium Association v....more

New York Court Revisits Architect’s Duty Under Contract and Tort Principles

Issues of privity and whether claims sound in breach of contract or negligence are common in construction defect cases involving architects and New York is no exception. Indeed, New York courts have long wrestled with...more

Construction Case Law Update - September #2 2014

FLORIDA FEDERAL CASES - - Contribution, Equitable Subrogation, and Breach of Contract – Insurer adequately alleged elements of contribution, equitable subrogation, and breach of contract claims in construction defect...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

U.S. District Court in Kentucky Holds that Contractor Which Proposed Design Solution During Construction Might Be Liable for...

American Towers LLC v. BPI, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106724 (E.D. Ky. Aug. 4, 2014) - American Towers LLC (“American Towers”), which operates wireless and broadcast communications towers, undertook a project to...more

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