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How South Florida Real Estate Developers Are Reducing Litigation Risk

Leading up to the Great Recession of 2008, properties throughout South Florida were being bought only to be subsequently resold at a profit.  This “flipping” of properties culminated in an unsustainably-inflated real estate...more

Colorado Supreme Court to Rule on Yet Another Key Construction Defects Issue

On July 5, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court announced it will consider the construction defects case of Forest City Stapleton, Inc., et al. v. Rogers. In this case the Colorado Court of Appeals, for the first time, imposed...more

Twenty-Five Years in the Construction Industry—We’ve Come a Long Way Baby, or Have We?

In November 1989, I was a second year law student interviewing with firms in Connecticut and New York for a summer associate position. During the Thanksgiving Holiday, I scheduled an interview with a small firm in New Haven....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

Proceed Wisely, Ninja Contractor, Because Suing Your DOT May Have Limitations

No self-respecting Ninja goes into battle without a plan, right? You need to know your environment, your opponent and the rules of the battle. For you Ninja contractors, it’s a good thing to fully understand your potential...more

First Circuit Denies Review in Building Products Case

On October 2, 2015, we posted about the District of Massachusetts' denial of class certification in a case in which we represent a building products company that sold allegedly defective decking. We're pleased to announce...more

Review Of Arbitration Awards: Lessons for the Construction Industry from the Tom Brady Case

NFL Mgmt. Council v. NFL Players Ass’n, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117662 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2015) - “Arbitration has been proven to be an effective way to resolve disputes fairly, privately, promptly and economically.” So...more

Contractors Beware – Maryland’s Economic Loss Doctrine is Alive and Well

Maryland recently reaffirmed application of the “economic loss doctrine” to damages sought in construction disputes in Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Rummel Klepper & Kahl, LLP, No. 496, Sept. Term 2014, 2016 WL...more

Federal Court in Indiana Permits City to Sue Design Subconsultant Despite Lack Of Privity

City of Whiting, Indiana v. Whitney, Bailey, Cox, & Magnani, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150229 (N.D. Ind. Nov. 5, 2015) - The City of Whiting, Indiana (the “City”) contracted with American Structurepoint, Inc....more

Statute of Limitations

The Doctrine of Nullum Tempus, and Its Impact on Statutes of Limitation and Statutes of Repose - The common law doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi — generally translated to mean “time does not run against the king”...more

Contractor Stumbles Over Contract's Claim Procedures

Contractors have once again been reminded of the harsh consequences of failing to follow the claim procedures specified in their contracts. In Contractors Edge, Inc. v. City of Mankato, the Minnesota Court of Appeals...more

Tips on Pursuing and Defending Complaints against Contractors

The often staggering cost of litigation has prompted an equally staggering amount of regulatory complaints against contractors in recent years. Why? Because filing a complaint against a contractor may not cost a complainant...more

Construction Law Group News: Home Improvement Contractor Liable Under Consumer Protection Act for Building Code Violations Despite...

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently overturned a trial court decision and held that a home improvement contractor was liable to the homeowners under M.G.L. c. 93A for building code violations even though the jury found...more

Cosmetic Defects Found to Be Basis for Termination of Contractor for Default

In the construction world, many of us lawyers talk about what is known as a material breach in order to support a termination of the contract. In other words, the event that supports the claim for default or termination or...more

Washington State Court Affirms $155M Jury Award Against Contractor and Surety Stemming from Claim of Default Due to Delayed...

King County v. Vinci Construction Grands Projects/Parsons RCI/Frontier-Kemper, JV, 2015 Wash. App. LEXIS 2735 (Nov. 9, 2015) - The Court of Appeals of Washington recently decided King County v. Vinci Construction...more

Judges Imposing Personal Liability on Scofflaws

As the recession recedes, courts are busy sifting through the remnants of construction projects that were impacted by the hard times we all faced. Shady deals and disreputable conduct often come to light in times like this,...more

Alberta Decision May Make Builders’ Lien Filing Deadline Less Certain, More Litigated

In Boulevard Real Estate Equities Ltd. v. 1851514 Alberta Ltd. (Boulevard Real Estate Equities), a master of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that if an owner makes a representation to a contractor that causes the...more

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Strictly Construes Procedural Requirements Under Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law

Oakdale Equip. Corp. v. Meadows Landing Assocs., LP, 2015 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2067 (Pa. Super. Ct. July 8, 2015) - Meadows Landing Associates, LP (“MLA”) contracted with Richard Lawson Excavating, Inc. (“Lawson”) for...more

The 60-Second Construction Journal

When the Worcester State Hospital psychiatric facility was being built in Worcester, Mass., the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAM), the project’s owner, entered into a contract with an...more

Limitations of liability—Scenario One: Waivers of Consequential Damages

This is the second post in the four-part series “Limitations of liability—The Elephant in the Room.” Waivers of consequential damages have become the industry standard, and these clauses are found in most industry...more

Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is...more

If You Can't Say Anything Nice: Criticizing Contractors Can Be Costly

Construction projects can turn acrimonious — and bad feelings often survive dispute resolution. But think twice before voicing thoughts or opinions about a fellow project participant. A false statement about another’s...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Known Loss Language Inapplicable

n Kaady v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10754 (9th Cir. June 25, 2015) the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, applying Oregon law, had opportunity to consider the meaning of the...more

Fourth District Reverses Lower Court Ruling in Construction Defect Litigation

On January 22, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued for publication its decision in McMillin Companies LLC v. American Safety Indemnity Company, 4th Dist. Div. 1, D063586. The case is significant in...more

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