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Eleventh Circuit Case Delivers Big Win for Contractors Seeking Insurance Coverage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important opinion that is good for contractors making claims on general liability policies, and not so good for the insurers issuing those...more

AZ Court of Appeals Broadly Interprets Persons Entitled to Compensation From Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund

It’s not just for homeowners anymore – Arizona Court of Appeals decides a resident of property owned by his trust may still receive compensation from the Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund. A recent Arizona...more

Seventh Circuit Says Violations of Wisconsin’s Theft-by-Contractor Statute Are Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code prevents an individual debtor from discharging certain debts, including, upon request of the creditor, debts for “fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity.” 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4). The...more

Under Construction - June 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the summer edition of our Under Construction newsletter. In this issue, we highlight several hot topic items affecting the construction industry such as what happens when the...more

California Court of Appeals Holds Subcontract Unable to Collect Compensation Under Business & Professions Code 7031 Because...

In Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. [2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 426], a subcontractor’s license with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was automatically suspended due to an unsatisfied stipulated...more

Construction Case Law Update - June 2015

Whether a business is considered licensed turns on whether that business has a qualifying agent for the type of work to be performed as of the contract’s effective date, regardless of whether that business’s qualifying agent...more

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Reporter - Summer 2015

- In this Issue: - Has Exposure to Punitive Damages Increased in Arizona? - The Different Warranties Covering A Contractor’s Work - The Frustrating EEOC Conciliation Process - Demanding Access to...more

Did the Court of Appeals Just Raise the Bar for California Contractors to Self-Report Construction-Related Judgments?

An interesting construction case just came out from the California Court of Appeals for the Second District this past month – Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the Second...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court, Finds An Express Contract

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently reversed a lower court in a contractor-subcontractor dispute, requiring analysis of the contract and unjust enrichment doctrines. In the unpublished decision, Lawrence M. Clarke, Inc. v....more

Court of Appeals Ruling Favors Arbitration of Construction Defect Claims

Finally—there is some good news for developers and general contractors regarding condominium construction defect claims. In a decision issued May 7, 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals held that construction defect claims by...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Determines Homeowners’ Action Against Contractor Barred by Statute of Repose

In Hayes v. Coopertown’s Mastersweep, Inc. 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 2224 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2015), plaintiff homeowners contracted with defendant Mastersweep to inspect the home’s fireplace due to consistent “smoke trouble.”...more

Privity Of Contract Is Still The Rule For Breach-Of-Implied-Warranty Claims Against Subcontractors, Even For New Home Construction

Arizona has long recognized the existence of an implied warranty arising out of new home construction. In Columbia Western Corp. v. Vela., the Arizona Court of Appeals expanded implied warranty liability to cover...more

Alberta Court Clarifies Builders’ Lien Registration When Contract Abandoned

On February 25, 2015, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its decision in Tervita Corporation v. ConCreate USL (GP) Inc. In that case, the court was required to determine whether a builders’ lien registered by Tervita...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

California Court of Appeals Determines Subcontractor is Unable to Maintain Cross-Claims for Equitable Indemnity and Contribution...

In State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, 232 Cal. App. 4th 1227 (2015), the California Court of Appeals considered whether a subcontractor could maintain cross-claims for equitable indemnity and contribution against the...more

Construction Defects – Right to Jury Trial on Factual Issues Necessary to Determine Whether a Construction Defect Cause of Action...

Stofer v. Shapell Industries, Inc. - Court Of Appeal, First Appellate District (January 15, 2015) - During the lifetime of a home, it may have many owners. This case considered a subsequent purchaser’s ability...more

Florida’s Slavin Doctrine: Alive, Well and Expanding?

In a recent opinion, the Fourth District Court of Appeal appears to have expanded the Slavin doctrine in the context of design professional liability. In McIntosh v. Progressive Design and Engineering, Inc. (Jan. 7, 2015),...more

Virginia Public Contractors Beware: Fourth Circuit Upholds Cap on Contractor Recovery for Changed Work

Recently, in Carnell Constr. Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Auth., the federal appellate court covering West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas upheld a trial court’s determination that a Virginia statute places...more

“Rip & Run” Asbestos Abatement Not Taken Lightly By the U.S. Government

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, ruled on the Northern District of New York’s sentencing of an air monitoring contractor criminally prosecuted for “rip & run” asbestos abatement projects, i.e.,...more

United States: U.S. Supreme Court Dramatically Expands Whistleblower Law

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme court in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158, held in a 6-3 decision that employees of a private company that is a contractor or subcontractor of public company are entitled to whistleblower...more

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Exceptions to Enforcement of No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses

On August 29, 2014, in Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, No. 12-0772, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex. 2014), the Texas Supreme Court found that no-damages-for-delay clauses that purport to waive...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

CSLL Does Not Bar Successor Entity’s Compensation Claims After Contractor’s Change of Business Entity During Construction

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal imposed a sensible limit on the prohibition of compensation claims by unlicensed contractors under the Contractors’ State License Law (“CSLL”), specifically California Bus....more

Common Sense Prevails as D.C. Circuit Applies Upjohn in Vacating District Court Order to Produce Investigation Reports

Government contractors and other companies subject to internal investigation requirements won some relief from the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 26 with a decision that firmly reiterated that...more

Illinois Court Holds Insured Cannot Deselect Insurer In Connection With Underlying Settlement

In its recent decision in AMCO Ins. Co. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 296 (May 5, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer selected by an insured’s...more

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