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Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: It's a Perfect Storm for California's Commercial Real Estate Market [Video]

California commercial real estate is booming once again. During the past six months the average value of newly issued permits for non-residential construction after adjusting for inflation was the highest it had been since...more

Anatomy of an Indemnity Provision

Indemnity clauses are one of the most negotiated (and litigated) provisions in a construction contract. They are also one of the most least understood. But we’re here to break it down for ya’....more

Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised...

Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned...more

Canada Invokes Extraterritorial Measures Law Against US Buy America

The Government of Canada today invoked a rarely used law to prohibit compliance with the U.S. Buy America legislation in relation to a proposed ferry terminal to be built by the State of Alaska in Prince Rupert, B.C. In order...more

Sometimes it Depends on “Whose” Hand is in the Cookie Jar

In a lengthy and somewhat detailed decision, the California Court of Appeal for First District, in Pittsburg Unified School District v. S.J. Amoroso Construction Company, Inc., Case No. A138825 (December 22, 2014), held that...more

Construction Case Law Update - January, 2015

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Slavin Doctrine; Design Contracts - Under the Slavin doctrine, a subcontractor design company was not liable despite negligently designing intersection traffic lights that resulted in a fatal car...more

Rumors of Revival Were Greatly Exaggerated: Fifth Circuit Reverses Opinion on Contractual Liability Exclusion

We previously discussed the opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Crownover v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., No. 11-10166 (5th Cir June 27, 2014)—an opinion that seemed to revive the contractual liability...more

Recent New York Decision Reaffirms Limits to Surety's Liability on a Delay Claim Made Under a Payment Bond

Advanced Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. v. Seaboard Surety Co., Inc., No. 650321/2001, N.Y.L.J. 1202678994141, at (Sup. Ct. New York County Dec. 3, 2014), the Court (Hon. Marcy Friedman) granted the defendant surety’s motion...more

University of California Shortlists Three Teams for UC Merced 2020 Project

The Regents of the University of California (the “Regents”), on behalf of the University of California, Merced (UC Merced), announced today that three teams have been shortlisted to submit detailed proposals for the Request...more

No Damages for Delay Exceptions: Active Interference?

While a contractor generally has a right to a time extension and damages stemming from a delay caused by the owner, the owner (or general contractor if the harmed party is a subcontractor) may be able to assert several...more

Your “Independent Contractor” Clause Just Got a Little Less Relevant

Construction projects are complex, multi-partied, multi-disciplinary endeavors, in which subcontracting all or a portion of the work to be performed is not uncommon. When subcontracting work, parties usually make it...more

Where, Oh Where, Can My Lawsuit be Filed?

When preparing or negotiating the terms of construction contracts, parties often indicate where any dispute that may arise between the parties must be litigated. Courts will generally enforce such “venue” or “forum selection”...more

Subcontractor Working on a Federal Project in Tennessee Protected by Tennessee Prompt Pay Act

The operation and applicability of prompt pay acts in various states is something that contractors ignore to their detriment. A recent Tennessee case drives home the importance of understanding the applicability of any prompt...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

Rhode Island Supreme Court Bars Second Arbitration Based On The Doctrine Of Res Judicata

An architectural firm contracted to provide architectural, engineering and design services for a state veterans home for a “not to exceed fee” of $61,500, which was calculated as a percentage of overall expected construction...more

Health Care Industry Finds Cure to Save Time and Money on New Facilities

To meet the demands of an aging population and health care reform, many new hospitals and other health care facilities are being built. These projects are typically large, costly and complex and, therefore, merit careful...more

Construction Contracts: Nothing Beats a Meeting of the Minds

Waldschmidt v. Singletary Construction LLC (In re Tackett), 516 B.R. 498 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sought turnover of profits from the sale of homes constructed by a contractor. The trustee...more

En Banc Pennsylvania Superior Court Rejects Extending CASPA Liability Beyond Contracting Parties

Scungio Borst & Assocs. v. 410 Shurs Lane Developers, LLC et al., 2014 Pa. Super. LEXIS 4527 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). On reconsideration of an earlier panel decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Court en banc...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

Compliance With Notice Provisions Can Make Or Break Your Bottom Line

Over the past decade, courts in Ohio have confirmed time and time again that they will strictly enforce notice requirements in construction contracts where a contractor or subcontractor seeks additional time or compensation. ...more

What’s in that Contract Again? Reflections on the Recent Recession

During and immediately after the most recent recession, construction litigation seemed to hit an apex. New pre-litigation matters to resolve monetary disputes from recession-era construction projects continue to keep many...more

Prepare Now for Minnesota Responsible Contractor Law

Contractors should prepare for Minnesota's Responsible Contractor Law, which will apply to most bid solicitations for state and local construction contracts in Minnesota issued after December 31, 2015. The law will apply to...more

To Require Arbitration or Not To Require Arbitration

Thoughts on mandatory arbitration in construction dispute resolution at Construction Law Musings. Be sure to draft your arbitration clauses carefully in your construction contracts in order to avoid unnecessary headaches and...more

Like Hats and Belt Buckles, Indemnity Agreements in Texas Must be CONSPICUOUS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Texas law allows an indemnity agreement to insulate a party from the consequences of its own, allegedly negligent conduct, but only if that feature...more

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