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Privity Of Contract Is Still The Rule For Breach-Of-Implied-Warranty Claims Against Subcontractors, Even For New Home Construction

Arizona has long recognized the existence of an implied warranty arising out of new home construction. In Columbia Western Corp. v. Vela., the Arizona Court of Appeals expanded implied warranty liability to cover...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19245 - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey - SC19245 Concurrence - Nation-Bailey v. Bailey Holding that a separation agreement that requires the payment of unallocated alimony and child support ‘‘until the …. [w]ife’s...more

Alberta Court Clarifies Builders’ Lien Registration When Contract Abandoned

On February 25, 2015, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its decision in Tervita Corporation v. ConCreate USL (GP) Inc. In that case, the court was required to determine whether a builders’ lien registered by Tervita...more

California Court of Appeals Determines Subcontractor is Unable to Maintain Cross-Claims for Equitable Indemnity and Contribution...

In State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, 232 Cal. App. 4th 1227 (2015), the California Court of Appeals considered whether a subcontractor could maintain cross-claims for equitable indemnity and contribution against the...more

Construction Alert: School District Flunks Public Contract Code Exam on Withholding Retention

On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed, in part, a hefty trial judgment against the Rio School District for improperly withholding retention funds in the case of FTR International, Inc....more

Construction Defects – Right to Jury Trial on Factual Issues Necessary to Determine Whether a Construction Defect Cause of Action...

Stofer v. Shapell Industries, Inc. - Court Of Appeal, First Appellate District (January 15, 2015) - During the lifetime of a home, it may have many owners. This case considered a subsequent purchaser’s ability...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

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

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

General Contractor’s Prospective Waiver of its Lien Rights is Enforceable in California

In an opinion published in September 2014, entitled Moorefield Construction, Inc. v. Intervest Mortgage Investment Company, et al., D065464, the California Court of Appeal held an original contractor can contractually waive...more

A Cautionary Tale for General Contractors

Construction lenders often go to great lengths to ensure their deeds of trust have priority over mechanic’s liens. Typically, as part of the construction loan process, general contractors are asked to sign documents...more

Not in My Kitchen – California Supreme Court Decertifies Golden State Boring Case

On November 11, 2014, the California Supreme Court rejected the recent California Court of Appeals decision Golden State Boring & Pipe Jacking, Inc. v Eastern Municipal Water District, 228 Cal.App.4th 273 (2014) which we...more

Mechanic’s Lien Reigns Supreme in the Battle of a Project Default? Not for a Waiving General

In what can only be described as a devastating result for a general contractor, the Fourth Appellate District held that a general contractor may prospectively waive the priority of a mechanic’s lien to the owner’s...more

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Exceptions to Enforcement of No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses

On August 29, 2014, in Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, No. 12-0772, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex. 2014), the Texas Supreme Court found that no-damages-for-delay clauses that purport to waive...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 13, 2014) - There has been a split of decisions in California as to whether incorporation of...more

CSLL Does Not Bar Successor Entity’s Compensation Claims After Contractor’s Change of Business Entity During Construction

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal imposed a sensible limit on the prohibition of compensation claims by unlicensed contractors under the Contractors’ State License Law (“CSLL”), specifically California Bus....more

Iowa Court of Appeals Rejects Argument to Impose Implied Warranty upon Land Developers

On April 16, 2014, land developers and sellers breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a purchaser of a residential building lot cannot sue the land developer for perceived deficiencies with the...more

State Law No Defense to Miller Act Claims

Since I work with a number of construction contractors, I always get the question of whether the state law chosen to govern the contract has material impact on the contract and/or whether it could be determined which state...more

A Virginia Mechanic's Lien Refresher, Courtesy of Jack Bays

In February 2013 the Supreme Court of Virginia handed down its decision in Jack Bays, a mechanic’s lien lawsuit involving the landowner, several lenders, the general contractor and no fewer than eleven subcontractors....more

Arbitration vs. Bench Trial

Arbitration clauses are very common in contracts in the construction and energy industries. Many industry players reflexively insist on arbitration despite its pitfalls. ...more

The Expansive Breadth and Scope of Arizona’s New Revised Uniform Arbitration Act

Recently, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined that under the 2010 Arizona Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, A.R.S. §12-3001, et seq. (the AZ-RUAA), a contractual agreement to arbitrate extends to: (i) arbitration of claims...more

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