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New Stats From The AAA

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has not released statistics for years (other than to the CFPB). But recently, arbitration geeks got a summer solstice gift of (limited) new information. The piece is only three...more

Contract formation – prescribed mode of acceptance can be waived by conduct

In Reveille Independent LLC v Anotech International (UK) Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 443 the Court of Appeal ruled that a binding contract can be made by the parties' conduct even when a written 'Deal Memo' stated that it was not...more

Homeowners Who Purchase Directly from Homebuilders May Seek Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees on Claims for Breach of the Implied...

Three things have long been settled law in Arizona regarding residential construction: (1) a homebuilder owes a homeowner an implied warranty of workmanship and habitability with regard to the construction of the home; (2)...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - June 2016

Dispute-Management - Best Practices in Construction Projects - Introduction - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project?...more

Brexit, Here We Come (or Go)

The UK people have voted to leave the European Union. Although there is no constitutional duty to leave the Union as a result, politically this is likely going to happen. Change will not be immediate and happen over time....more

Clarifying the law on repeat claims and post-termination claims under the Security of Payment Act - A case study of Asplenium Land...

The Singapore High Court’s recent decision in Asplenium Land Pte Ltd v CKR Contract Services Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 85 has perhaps finally put to bed the issue as to what constitutes a repeat claim that is prohibited under the...more

Texas District Court Rejects Rail Contractor’s Delay and Prompt Payment Claims and Awards Owner More Than $3 Million

Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc. v. The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39086 (N.D. Tex., March 25, 2016) - The contractor contracted with owner to install 65 miles of railroad track, for a price of...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2016

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization - Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today...more

Things Are Not Always What They Appear in UK Commercial Contracts

Anti-oral variation clauses do not prohibit oral variation. The Court of Appeal in Globe Motors Inc v TRW Lucas Variety Electric Steering Ltd (“Globe Motors”) recently provided much overdue clarification on the...more

Evaluating a Dispute During a Major Construction Project

Assume your major construction project has experienced an unexpected event that threatens to cause delays or increase costs. You have made a preliminary investigation and have tried to manage the impact by quickly engaging...more

Between A Rock and A Hard Place: How the Severin Doctrine May Relate to Your Statute of Limitations Period

I previously blogged about the rules relating to pass-through claims, where a prime contractor’s recovery from an owner for damages suffered by its subcontractor is limited in certain circumstances. In the post, I talked...more

No Variation Clauses: Worth the Paper They're Written On?

In Globe Motors v TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering, the English Court of Appeal has considered the effect of 'no variation' clauses that stipulate the formalities required for any subsequent amendment to the parties'...more

Always Sign on the Dotted Line…Or Act Like You Did

Bryan Cave recently represented the successful claimant in a case which highlights to parties that, even where they have set out formal requirements for signature before becoming bound by a contract, the way they act can be...more

Subcontractor Not Entitled to Payment After Refusal to Perform Disputed Extra Work

In the hustle and bustle of completing a construction project it can be easy to overlook the importance of the contract.  However, when a dispute arises the contract generally dictates the outcome of that dispute.  A recent...more

The Global Santosh: The Supreme Court provides guidance on a charterer’s responsibility for its agents

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV (Respondent) v Cargill International SA (Appellant) (“The Global Santosh”) [2016] UKSC 20 (overturning the Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Civ 403) - The Supreme Court last week handed down an...more

Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S. Patent No. 6,441,168, which reads...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...more

Recognition and enforcement of a Mainland judgment in Hong Kong: First reported decision

Significance of the Decision - The Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (“Mainland Judgments Ordinance”) allows recognition and enforcement of Mainland money judgments in Hong Kong by way of...more

An appeal on the merits unmasked - High Court dismisses application to set aside arbitral award - A case study of Mount Eastern...

The Singapore High Court’s recent decision in Mount Eastern Holdings Resources Co., Limited v H&C S Holdings Pte Ltd and another matter [2016] SGHC 01 demonstrates that the court takes great care not to overstep its...more

Court Of Chancery Explains What Is Required To Plead Bad Faith

This is an interesting decision for at least two reasons. First, in it the new Vice Chancellor demonstrates that he is both well-versed in Delaware business entity law and fully capable of carrying out the Court of Chancery’s...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Enforceable School District’s Oral Promise to Pay Subcontractor for Returning to Job after...

Zacherl, Inc. v. Flaherty Mechanical Contractors, LLC, 131 A.3d 1030, 2016 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 6, 2016) - The West Allegheny School Board (the “School Board”) voted to approve the School District’s (the...more

Exceptions to the temporary finality of interim payment certificates and the architect’s role in enforcement proceedings - A case...

The issue before the Court of Appeal was whether an employer could establish any exceptions in clause 31(13) of the Singapore Institute of Architects Articles and Conditions of Building Contract (“SIA Conditions”) to...more

Give your dough to the baker even if he will eat half of your bread!

As dispute lawyers we often deal with contracts that result in unintended consequences because they have not been drafted by lawyers expert in the chosen governing law of the contract. While many legal systems share...more

Foundation for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan v. Alcon Entertainment (N.D. Georgia, March 23, 2016)

Rarely does one think of copyright issues surrounding how research is conducted for feature films that are based on real life events, but 54 Sudanese refugees are forging that new connection between research and copyright in...more

Managing In-Project Disputes in Major Construction Projects

What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project? At first, it may seem easy to “wait and see” if the issue develops into something impactful,...more

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