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High Court Clarifies Duties To Subsequent Purchasers – Brookfield Multiplex v Owners Corporation

The duty of care owed by a builder to subsequent purchasers of a building has long been a source of contention. In a decision handed down on 8 October 2014, the High Court in Brookfield Multiplex Limited v Owners Corporation...more

Construction Case Law Update - October 2014 #2

Disputes over a mediation agreement’s validity must be resolved prior to a court ruling on discovery requests regarding matters potentially settled by the agreement. A dispute arose after Jilco, Inc. (“Jilco”) subleased a...more

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Certificates of Insurance: What’s in Your Portfolio?

On September 24, 2014, a New Jersey appellate court decided Selective Ins. Co. v. Hospicomm, Inc., 2014 WL 4722776 (N.J. Super., September 24, 2014). The dispute in that case arose out of a nursing home construction project...more

Texas Supreme Court Orders 10/14 (Six Petitions Granted)

Because there are no opinions and no grants in the Supreme Court's order list this morning, this is a good opportunity for me to do the promised post on the petitions granted in the October 3, 2014 order list. ...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Determines Implied Warranty of Habitability Does Not Extend to Subsequent Purchasers

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is now the latest state court to weigh in on the issue of whether a subsequent purchaser of a previously inhabited residence can recover contract damages from a builder or general contractor for...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

Connecticut Court Again Holds That Certificates of Insurance Do Not Confer Rights

A Connecticut Superior Court has further clarified the construction industry whether a certificate of insurance naming a party as an additional insured confers any rights on that party. In Hobbs, Inc. v. Charter Oak Fire...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Construes “Active Interference” Exception to “No-Damage-for-Delay” Clause

C&H Electric, Inc. v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843, 2014 Conn. LEXIS 263 (Aug. 5, 2014) - This dispute arose out of a project to renovate and build an addition at a high school in the Town of Bethel, Connecticut. The...more

The Jury is Still Out On The Effectiveness Of The “Calderon Process”

The State of California implemented the “Calderon Process” almost two decades ago. The hope was this pre-litigation “mediation” process would lower the cost, and increase the likelihood of early settlement, of construction...more

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Sinks Port Authority's Ship - Port Authority's No Damages for Delay Clause Held...

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding “no damages for delay” clauses in construction contracts. In Zachry Construction v. Port of Houston Authority, the Court found that the owner, the Port...more

Public Offering Statement Disclosure Limits Developer's Liability

A New Jersey judge earlier this year dismissed a construction defect complaint by a condominium association against the developer and contractor, finding that the lawsuit was filed outside the state’s six-year statute of...more

In California, Looks Really Do Matter: Visual Appearance and Internal Consistency of Policy Language Supports Application of...

In Yu v. Landmark American Ins. Co., 2014 WL 4162365 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2014)*, the California Court of Appeals relied on the visual appearance and internal consistency of an endorsement entitled “EXCLUSION – YOUR PRIOR...more

Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

Christopher Hill, LEED AP discusses the ramifications of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' remand of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation "Parallam" case at Construction Law Musings....more

Is the Spearin Doctrine Still a Contractor’s Shield if the Contractor Followed the Plans and Specifications?

United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132, 39 S.Ct. 59 (1918) is almost 100 years old, and it is still one of the most oft-cited cases in a construction lawyer’s playbook. In numerous contested cases, Spearin has given...more

"Construction Alert" Texas Supreme Court Confirms Owners May Bring Negligence Claim Directly Against Subcontractors

Several cases have held that a homeowner cannot sue a subcontractor for defective work because the homeowner’s contract is with the general contractor and not the subcontractor. Those cases left it to the general contractor...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 8

In our eighth issue of The Construction Advantage, we provide you with three new cases, with two of them coming from the Maine courts. We hope that this newsletter has been helpful and informative to you so far in 2014....more

Fifth Circuit Holding Breathes Life Back Into the Contractual Liability Exclusion

Liability insurance policies typically exclude coverage for obligations arising out of the insured’s “assumption of liability in a contract or agreement.” Earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court took a narrow view of this...more

“California’s Right To Repair Act Is Not A Homeowner’s Exclusive Remedy When Construction Defects Cause Actual Property Damage.”

The California Court of Appeals recently issued two decisions holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (“SB 800”) is not the exclusive remedy for a homeowner seeking damages for construction defects that have also...more

Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand

If you’ve followed Burr’s e-note over the past year or two, then you know that the United States Supreme Court has issued recent opinions on the power of arbitration tribunals to make legal decisions. Even if a review of the...more

Governor Signs Bill Regulating Retainage on Private Construction Projects - The New Retainage Law Bolsters the Mass. Construction...

On Aug. 8, 2014, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law "An Act Relative to Fair Retainage Payments in Private Construction." Massachusetts now joins numerous other jurisdictions in the regulation of retainage on private...more

The Battle Continues in Bid Protest Against Bergen County

Echoing down Main Street in Hackensack is the incessant and repetitive booming of the driving of piles into the ground on what was once the visitor parking lot next to the Courthouse and former jail. The pile driving is part...more

Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of...

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities...more

New York Court Rules that Excavator’s Suit Against GC May Proceed Despite Releases It Provided with Progress Billings

This action arose out of a payment dispute following construction of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. General contractor Hunt Construction Group, Inc. (“Hunt”) retained Laquila Group, Inc. (“Laquila) as a...more

Winning Formula for Construction Litigation – Lessons Learned from a Recent Trial Win [Video]

Most construction contracts for major projects have arbitration provisions or jury trial waivers. As a result, construction litigators do not often get to present high-value complex cases to juries. Pepper’s Construction Law...more

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