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Construction Disputes

Subcontractor Sidesteps Application of No Damages for Delay Clause - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q2 2017

A typical “limitation of liability” clause in many construction contracts is a “no damages for delay” (NDFD) clause, which provides that if, through no fault of the contractor or subcontractor, the project is delayed, the...more

Limitations on Contract Damages: The ‘Betterment' Argument

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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

Thinking Beyond the Dispute Resolution Provision in Construction Disputes

by King & Spalding on

When parties cannot resolve a claim during a major construction project, the contract’s dispute resolution provisions do not always need to read as step-by-step instructions. To the contrary, the situation may warrant a...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2017

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Mineral and Royalty Interest MLPs: An Alternative Exit For PE-Backed Mineral and Royalty Interest Cos. - Oil and gas exploration companies no longer have to go door-to-door, or ranch-to-ranch, to negotiate oil and gas...more

Compensation events under NEC3: Prospective vs Retrospective Assessment

by White & Case LLP on

The NEC3 suite of contracts contemplates compensation events being assessed at around the time they occur or are instructed, based on the forecasted impact of the event.But if the actual cost or delay arising from an event is...more

When does a disagreement become a dispute?

by Hogan Lovells on

Large construction projects provide significant scope for disputes of various types to arise between contractors and employers. An essential aspect to resolving the parties' disagreements, both in the course of executing the...more

DIFC Courts propose specialist Technology and Construction Division

by White & Case LLP on

DIFC Courts seek public consultation for proposed specialist Technology and Construction Division. The DIFC Courts are an important forum for dispute resolution in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. However,...more

Ensuring an expert is independent and other issues

by Dentons on

There have been several judgments in the first few months of 2017 that are worth considering in relation to the impartiality and independence of an expert, as well as the duties of experts....more

District Court Find No Federal Question Jurisdiction In Action Challenging Arbitration Award Based On Arbitrator Bias

by Carlton Fields on

A federal court has rejected the attempt of the losing party in an arbitration to engage in discovery regarding the potential bias of the arbitrator, finding that it had no jurisdiction over the matter because it did not...more

Federal Court in Alabama Rules that 1999 Amendment to the Miller Act Does Not Preclude Arbitration of Underlying Claims

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., No. 16-0472-WS-C, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16791 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 7, 2017) - This action arose out of a payment dispute between Bay South Limited, Inc. (“Bay South”) and Stephens...more

Reallocation Actions and Settlement Agreements: What Did We Settle?

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The purpose of a settlement and release agreement is to fully and finally dispose of a disputed matter. However, more and more often, a dispute cannot be fully resolved where non­parties to the dispute have contributed...more

Expert evidence: is it needed, when will the court allow it and the importance of staying engaged throughout the proceedings

by Dentons on

Welcome to our latest review of expert evidence decisions with a UK construction flavour. The overriding objective of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) is to ensure the court deals with cases justly and at proportionate...more

Stadium Construction Dispute Turns Into FBI Investigation

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It is not often the FBI is brought in to investigate a construction dispute regarding design, delay, and cost overruns. However, this is exactly what has happened on the taxpayer-funded baseball stadium project in Hartford,...more

Kentucky Appellate Court Holds That a Contractor May Pursue Claim of Negligent Misrepresentation Against Architect Despite Lack of...

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D.W. Wilburn, Inc. v. K. Norman Berry Assocs., No. 2015-CA-001254-MR, 2016 Ky. App. Lexis 206 (Ky. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2016) - This case arose out of a construction project in which the Oldham County Board of Education...more

Building a Favorable Project Record During Construction Disputes

by King & Spalding on

The value and importance of the written record in a dispute arising from a major construction project cannot be overstated. Even when project personnel are available to provide first-hand accounts—which often is challenging...more

Virginia Supreme Court Holds That Subcontractors Did Not Waive Statute of Limitations, With The Result That The General Contractor...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Hensel Phelps Constr. Co. v. Thompson Masonry Contractor, Inc., et. al., No. 151780, 2016 Va. LEXIS 166 (Va. Nov. 3, 2016) - The dispute arose from the construction of a student health and fitness center at Virginia...more

Resolving UK construction disputes – our round-up of practice and procedure

by Dentons on

Our latest Resolving Construction Disputes newsletter reviews a broad range of litigation, alternative and international dispute resolution developments and is aimed at in-house lawyers in the construction industry....more

New Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes

by Dentons on

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (PAP) was introduced to encourage disputing parties to exchange information and meet to discuss, and hopefully narrow, the issues before starting court...more

Overpayments in Construction Projects: Getting Repaid (Or Not)

by White & Case LLP on

Construction and engineering contracts usually contemplate interim payments being made "on account", meaning that any overpayments or underpayments can be redressed in later payment claims, or in the final account. However,...more

To Arbitrate Or Not To Arbitrate – Or Do We Even Get To That Question?

Chances are that if you work in the construction industry, you have had at least one construction dispute. The longer you work in the construction industry, the greater chance you have of encountering a dispute that does not...more

Construction Group News: What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation

by Murtha Cullina on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that statements made by a party during mediation cannot be used later in a lawsuit to support a claim of fraud or similar claims. ZVI Construction Co. v. Levy, et al., 90 Mass....more

Harsh Consequences for Contractor’s False Payment Certifications in Massachusetts

On most construction projects, a project owner will require the contractor to certify that it has fully paid each of its subcontractors as a condition to the owner making payment to the contractor. The purpose of these...more

New Jersey Federal District Court Holds That Arbitration Clause In AIA A201-1997 Does Not Apply To Post Construction Disputes

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Blackman & Co., Inc., v. GE Bus. Fin. Servs., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87904 (D.N.J. July 7, 2016) - Grove Street Realty Urban Renewal, LLC (“Grove Street”) contracted with Blackman & Co., Inc. (“Blackman”) to manage...more

Sanctity of an arbitration award: When does a breach of natural justice tip the balance? - A case study of ASG V ASH [2016] SGHC...

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The plaintiff applied to set aside three arbitral awards. The first was awarded on the merits which was challenged on the basis that the arbitrator had totally failed to consider or understand the plaintiff’s evidence and...more

How To Track Increased Construction Costs For Proving Claims

by Burr & Forman on

I previously blogged about the importance of using daily reports to prove construction claims. In addition to daily reports, the following records should be prepared and maintained in the normal course of business to...more

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