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Federal Court in Hawaii Holds that an Unlicensed Subcontractor May Pursue Contract Claims Against Contractor Notwithstanding...

U.S. Pipelining LLC v. Johnson Controls, Inc., No. 16-00132 HG-RLP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150767 (D. Haw. Oct. 31, 2016) - This action arose out of the renovation of a condominium complex on Maui (Project). Johnson...more

California Enacts New Claims Resolution Process for Public Works Projects

If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction you should be aware of a new law, AB 626, which took effect on the first of this year and establishes a new mandatory claims resolution process for...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report that examines what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape will look like in 2017. Inside, you will learn about: - Managing warranty, recall, and...more

2016 Arbitration Roundup in Australia

In 2016, the Australian courts were at the forefront of maintaining Australia's stronghold as a pro-arbitration jurisdiction. This was notably demonstrated in three Federal Court decisions, which also served as a salutary...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Revisits Contractual Good Faith Principles

The organizing principle of good faith and the duty of honest contractual performance laid down by the Supreme Court of Canada in Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 [Bhasin] do not give courts the ability to review the fairness of...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Court of Chancery Determines $2 Billion Dispute Is One for an Independent Auditor to Decide

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2016), the Court of Chancery granted a buyer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the plain...more

Have You Reviewed Your Lease Maintenance Processes Lately?

You might conclude that the but-for-the-grace-of-God-that-could-be-me nightmare presented in In re: RPH Capital Partners is instructive only for lawyers. If so, you would be mistaken. The lesson: If you want to win the...more

Annulment of International Arbitral Award: the French Conseil d’Etat Makes First Foray into the Fiefdom of the Civil Cassation...

On 9 November 2016 and for the first time, the French State Council (Conseil d’Etat) set aside an international arbitral award. The award related to a public contract performed in France. The award was partially set aside on...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

Recent NH Supreme Court Opinion Changes the Scope of Liability for the Construction Industry

NH Supreme Court rejects City’s bid to expand nullum tempus - Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued a significant opinion holding that cities and towns are not exempt from the State’s statute of...more

Court of Appeal rules that omission in oral contract cannot be cured by implication of a term where contract is incomplete

Edward Martin Robert Wells v Mehul Devani [2016] EWCA Civ 1106, 15 November 2016 - An oral contract under which an estate agent was to find a purchaser for a property developer's property was incomplete where the parties...more

Contract formed before more detailed terms agreed

Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd v AMEC (BSC) Ltd [2016] EWHC 2509 (TCC), 25 October 2016 - This case highlights the risks where a simple contract is found to have been formed before more detailed terms are agreed. The court...more

Procuring a breach of contract - loss of chance damages

Anthony McGill v The Sports and Entertainment Media Group & ors [2016] EWCA Civ 1063, 4 November 2016 - The Court of Appeal has held that a football agent could recover damages on a loss of chance basis from a rival...more

Procurement Card Attorney Fee Award

Scott Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Allentown, 142 A.3d 779 (Pa. 2016) — Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a jury finding of bad faith does not mandate a trial court to award penalties and attorney fees under the...more

Appeals Court Sides with Wind Farm on PPA Risk Allocation

This week the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that could help clarify the allocation of risk in power purchase agreements (PPAs). In Benton County Wind Farm LLC v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc., the court...more

Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate Winter 2017

Arnall Golden Gregory’s Retail Industry Team would like to thank those that joined us for our Annual Breakfast Briefing “Hot Topics for Commercial Property Owners and Managers” on November 29, 2016. We hope that you found the...more

Litigating a Lease Audit

Considering that lease audits are a fact of life in the world of commercial real estate, it only makes sense to prepare for one well before it occurs. When negotiation a lease, both the landlord and tenant should be mindful...more

Arbitration in Louisiana – Another Budding Romance?

Are Louisiana courts as enamored with arbitration as their Texas counterparts? Looks like it. East of the Sabine, submitting your dispute to arbitration means you are pretty much saying adieu, farewell and bye-bye to...more

Illegality revisited: When can a claim be brought despite a contract's unlawful purpose?

What if you discover your contract requires you to do something illegal? Or that your counterparty had some illegal purpose in mind when you did the deal? Sadly this appears to be an increasingly common predicament. ...more

An Ounce of Prevention - Strategic Outside General Counsel Solutions

All businesses (big and small) face legal issues every day ranging from the urgent (a lawsuit was just filed against the company), to the routine (a customer marked-up our form contract), to the mundane (where do we put our...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Application of Manifest Disregard of the Law

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former trader fraudulently purchased $1 billion in Apple shares that ultimately forced the closure of the trader's firm, Rochdale Securities. Rochdale...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Litigation Challenges With Collecting Attorneys’ Fees

It is common knowledge among construction litigators that in order for a contractor to recover attorneys’ fees from a subcontractor, the subcontract must specifically state that attorneys’ fees are recoverable. However, in...more

Conscientious Objectors to Arbitration Policy Can Bring Their Cases in Court

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, the Third Circuit held that two employees could sue their employer in court despite a dispute resolution policy requiring binding arbitration, because those same employees had objected to the...more

When do you require a specialist builder’s licence for structural steelwork? - A case study of Nam Hong Construction & Engineering...

In Nam Hong Construction & Engineering Pte Ltd v Kori Construction (S) Pte Ltd [2016] SGCA 42, the Court of Appeal (CA) firstly, affirmed the High Court decision that a disjunctive interpretation of the term “structural...more

New York Rejects Antitrust Defense To Breach Of Distribution Contract

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even...more

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