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Residential Builders Prevail in Illinois Supreme Court Decision, Also Benefiting Homebuyers

The Illinois Supreme Court’s May 19 decision in Fattah v. Bim represents a significant victory for residential construction companies and will also benefit homebuyers. In its decision, the Court unanimously defined a common...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Addresses SOL in Construction Defect Suit

In the case of 328 Barry Avenue, LLC v. Nolan Properties Group, LLC, 871 N.W.2d 745 (Minn. 2015), the Supreme Court of Minnesota considered the statute of limitations under Minn. Stat. § 541.051, subd. 1, for actions “arising...more

Defects during the project life cycle: FIDC and UAE law

Defects affect construction projects throughout their life-cycle – from design to construction to use. UAE law and the FIDIC Red Book, the most common form of construction contract adopted in the UAE, have numerous provisions...more

Construction Defect Insurance Disputes Are Daunting Puzzles, But Neutrals Fit the Pieces Together

Think construction defects cases are complicated? Try looking at them from the perspective of the neutrals who guide parties to settlement. Complicated only begins to describe what one experienced neutral calls working on a...more

ABA Section of Litigation Regional CLE Workshop on Handling a Construction Failures Case Scheduled for June 3, 2016

The ABA has scheduled a half-day Regional CLE Workshop on Handling a Construction Failures Case for Friday, June 3, 2016, at Pepper Hamilton LLP’s offices at 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA....more

Insurance Review May 2016

It has been another active year for class action and mass tort litigation in Australia, with seemingly very few industries or sectors immune, even the legal industry upon which this burgeoning area of the law has been built....more

Montana Supreme Court Revisits General Liability Coverage for Construction Defect Claims

In its recent decision in Emplrs Mut. Cas. Co. v. Fisher Builders, Inc., 2016 MT 91 (Mont. Apr. 16, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes an “occurrence” in the context of a defective...more

Standing tall – The “Independent Contractor” defence for builders and construction professionals

The High Court has recently ruled that main contractors and architects may rely on the independent contractor defence to defeat claims in negligence brought by management corporations. The court’s inquiry focused on whether...more

A Double Standard in Construction Defect Coverage Cases?

The recent decision of Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Metro North Condominium Associates highlights why only a minority of jurisdictions still hold to the fiction that construction defects cannot give rise to an...more

California Appeals Court Rejects Insurer’s Reliance on Contractual Escape Clause

According to a closely watched decision, an “other insurance” clause in a comprehensive general liability policy will not, as a matter of public policy, permit the insurer to avoid having to pay a share of the insured’s...more

How to Protect Yourself Against Surprise Parties to Contracts

If a party breaches a contract, under classic contract law, typically only the parties to the agreement have the right to enforce its terms. Yet courts are increasingly granting third parties the right to enforce a contract,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: April 2016 #1

Residential Communities: Calderon Process for HOAs Likely to Be Extended Again - The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary in early April unanimously passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1963 to extend the pre-litigation...more

California Court Rejects Primary Carrier’s Excess Other Insurance Position

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 275 (Cal. App. Apr. 11, 2016), the Court of Appeal of California for the Third Appellate District had occasion...more

Kentucky Court of Appeals Denies CGL Coverage For Damage To Property Other Than Insured’s Work

In Acuity v. Martin/Elias Props., LLC, 2016 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 237 (Ky. Ct. App. Mar. 25, 2016), the Court of Appeals of Kentucky held that commercial general liability insurer Acuity did not owe coverage for a claim that...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Availability Of Class Arbitration Is Question For Courts, Not Arbitrators

Joining the Sixth and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit this week held that “whether an arbitration clause permits class arbitration is a gateway question of arbitrability for the court.” Dell Web...more

Insurance Insight - Texas Supreme Court clarifies extent of coverage for construction defects under CGL policies

In a matter of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit certified four questions to the Texas Supreme Court arising from an insured’s claims that its liability for a refinery owner’s...more

Examining Denver’s new construction defect reform ordinance

Construction defect reform is a hot-button issue in Colorado. This is especially true along the booming Front Range, where rapidly increasing population has driven the prices of renting and buying property a mile high....more

Will Technology End Construction Defect Litigation? – How Robotics and 3D Printing Are Already Changing the Construction Industry

As implausible as it might be, the days for construction defect litigation could be numbered. By 2026, it might be gone for good thanks to exploding technological applications. You might be thinking "well, I've seen many...more

OCIP Liability Insurer Required to Indemnify Florida Contractor for $23M in Property Damage Arising Out of Defective Subcontractor...

Pavarini Construction Co. v. Ace American Insurance Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151247 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 29, 2015) - This action arose out of a construction project to build a 63-story luxury condominium tower located in...more

Litigation Update - March 8, 2016

On 12 February 2016, the Supreme Court held in its decision in Tzaneros Investments Pty Limited v Walker Group Constructions Pty Limited [2016] NSWSC 50 (Tzaneros v WGC) that the first respondent, Walker Group Constructions...more

Under Construction - March 2016

Welcome to the first edition of our Under Construction newsletter for 2016. Indemnity laws and clauses are a big part of construction contracts. They can make or break a project. Defend and indemnify obligations have the...more

A Construction Case with Rats: Now Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

I usually write about cases because I find them “interesting.” And by interesting, I usually mean that in the most clinically (to most) boring way because they either expand, restrict or offer some other exciting (to me)...more

Arizona Court Holds Pollution Inapplicable to Faulty Plumbing Claims

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. James River Ins., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19076 (D. Ariz. Feb. 16, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Arizona had occasion to consider the application of...more

The importance of clear drafting Larkfleet Ltd v Allison Homes Eastern Ltd [2016]

In the recent case of Larkfleet Ltd v Allison Homes Eastern Ltd [2016] EWHC 195 (TCC) (05 February 2016), the court tackled the question once again of whether a building contract had clearly imposed an express limitation...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Holds Condo Association’s Cause of Action Accrued After Unit Owners Took Control of Board, Not Upon...

In the Palisades at Fort Lee Condo. Ass’n v. 100 Old Palisade, Llc, et. al., No. A-4292-13T3, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 193, a New Jersey appellate court held that the six-year statute of limitations did not bar a...more

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