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Construction Alert: "When Is It Cool Not to Pay? Fridge Dispute at Texas Supreme Court Addresses Prior Material Breach Doctrine"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that could impact the next construction project where multiple parties complain about who breached (and who breached first) and whether the parties must continue performing...more

When Is the Contractor’s Termination for Default Proper? When It Does Bad Things

by Burr & Forman on

Sometimes you “do” bad things. Sometimes you “look like” you do bad things. Just look at the difference between Bad-boy Jack and my youngest daughter, Haven, who just “looks like” she’s up to no good. In the world of...more

Supreme Court confirms that both commercial common sense and the natural meaning of the words matter in contractual interpretation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] UKSC 24, the Supreme Court again examined the principles of contractual interpretation. In Arnold v Britton the Supreme Court had cautioned against commercial common sense...more

Reasonable endeavours and whether contract requirement was ‘futile’

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In Astor Management AG & anr v Atalaya Mining PLC & ors [2017] EWHC 425 (Comm) the High Court found that even arguably pointless contractual provisions must be met in the context of a condition precedent to payment of...more

Is your letter of intent a patchwork of provisions?

by Dentons on

Lawyers will generally recommend that you agree and sign a formal contract before starting work on site. That said, despite good intentions, commercial necessity often requires parties to start the works before finalising the...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

New French Civil Code: Protecting the Weaker Contracting Party

by Reed Smith on

This is our fourth client alert on the new French contract law provisions applicable to French law governed contracts concluded after 1 October 2016. In our previous client alerts, we outlined this legal revolution in...more

Word Games Aside … an agreement to settle is an agreement to settle

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Court of Appeals refused to let a litigant weasel out of a negotiated and binding agreement to settle disputed claims. Tim Grace v. Jeanna Grace d/b/a Grace Trucking, Case No. W2016-00650-COA-Re-CV (11/29/16)....more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

Rebalancing the Law on Asymmetric Jurisdiction Clauses

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The English High Court has held that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses are exclusive jurisdiction clauses for the purposes of the Recast Brussels Regulation (the Recast Regulation). Where claims are issued by disputing...more

Adjudication case review: challenging an adjudicator's jurisdiction

by Dentons on

Adjudication case review: recent adjudication enforcement decisions - While disputes referred to adjudication have become increasingly complex, the fundamental principles remain largely unchanged – an adjudicator's...more

$1.2 Million Dispute Between West Mountain Environmental and the Shanghai Hehui Environmental Technology

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An environmental remediation technologies company is in the midst of litigation in Chinese courts over a $1.2 million contract to provide its technology to a Chinese company. According to the Chinese...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

Contract Barred Recovery of Lost Productivity Damages Suffered by Contractor

Construction projects are no stranger to delays and the inevitable resulting disputes. To allocate such risks, parties frequently include no damage for delay causes in their contracts. These provisions commonly provide that...more

Was it a Mineral Deed or an Oil and Gas Lease?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

How to distinguish an oil and gas lease from a mineral deed? In Richardson v. Mills, it was a deed when the instrument uses words like “forever” and imposes no duty to explore for and develop minerals....more

Allowability of Legal Costs

The next in our Infographics series walks through the allowability of costs for certain in-house legal services. It provides a quick guide to when a contractor’s legal costs may, and may not, be charged to the government....more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017

Part 1 of 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Court Dismisses State Law Negligence Claim Against...more

Establishing a contract: subsequent negotiations and inconsistent intentions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

When determining whether parties had validly entered into a contract, the Court of Appeal held that it was wrong to disregard subsequent communications which were inconsistent with the existence of a contract: (1) Global...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

by Burr & Forman on

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

Judicial review of adjudication determinations and reference dates

by Dentons on

The Courts have long recognised the potential for litigated challenges to adjudications to frustrate the key objective of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (Act), namely: the promotion...more

Federal Court in Idaho Rules That a Government Contractor May Recover Consultant Fees, So Long as Those Fees Were Incurred in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) contracted with Sygnos, Inc. (“Sygnos”) for improvements to the electrical system at a VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sygnos subcontracted a portion of the work to...more

The Funny Guy Case is No Laughing Matter: Virginia Supreme Court Applies Res Judicata in Rejecting Contract Claim

by Littler on

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently issued an opinion applying the principles of res judicata to affirm the dismissal of a contract claim.  In The Funny Guy, LLC v. Lecego, LLC, No. 160242 (Feb. 16, 2017), the plaintiff...more

Pre-contractual Negotiations – a New Codified French Regime

by Reed Smith on

New French contract law provisions are now in force and apply to any contracts concluded after 1 October 2016. In previous related client alerts, we outlined this legal revolution in France and described the new...more

Don’t Be Inconspicuous: Disclaiming the Implied Warranty of Merchantability

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Some of the most important terms in any contract for the sale of goods are the warranties that apply to the goods. In addition to any express warranties made by the seller, the law implies certain warranties in some...more

Is your contract management letting you down?

by DLA Piper on

When disputes arise on projects, the parties will turn to the terms of the contract in order to ascertain their contractual rights and obligations to assist them in resolving the dispute. Too often parties have relied on the...more

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