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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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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?

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

Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract

Contract negotiations necessarily involve much toing and froing between the parties, but at what point does the contract become final? When can you stop taking further exchanges into account and what is the effect of "subject...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Oil and Gas Arbitration – Did the Parties Get What They Bargained For?

First, a promise: I won’t report on another arbitration case until there is more to say than “business as usual”. Second, an opinion: Arbitration is still the right forum in many situations. Third, remember: An award and a...more

Standby letters of credit, complying demands and the fraud exception – Court of Appeal restores certainty and commercial common...

In two appeals on the validity of demands under standby letters of credit (SBLCs) and the application of the fraud exception, the Court of Appeal has ruled in each case that...more

Letters of Credit: Autonomy Principle is Re-confirmed

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the "autonomy principle" of letters of credit under English law, holding that PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd ("PetroSaudi") and its director and General Counsel, Mr Buckland, had...more

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

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