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The Fine Print - Summer 2017 - Litigation

The Summer 2017 issue of The Fine Print focuses on litigation and features articles on vehicle insurance claims, managing construction risks, what to know when buying a loan and more. Please see full Publication below for...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that Bond Issued on a Sovereign Tribal Construction Project is Not a Miller Act Bond Even Though...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States ex rel. J.A. Manning Constr. Co. v. Bronze Oak, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6054 (N.D. Okla. Jan. 17, 2017) - In May 2014 the Cherokee Nation issued a bid notice for bridge and roadway construction in Mayes...more

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

by Dentons on

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

Strict Compliance with Performance Bonds

by White & Case LLP on

Performance bonds and bank guarantees are commonly used as forms of security under construction and engineering contracts. Calling on a performance bond or bank guarantee requires, in most countries, "strict" compliance with...more

Third Circuit Rejects Contractor’s Challenge To Arbitral Jurisdiction Based On Failure To Comply With Agreement’s Procedural...

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a contractor challenging an arbitrator’s authority in ordering payment of delinquent contributions to employee benefit funds. Plaintiff (“Nolt”) signed a Project Labor...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Equitable Subrogation Part Deux: Mechanic’s Lien vs. Later Bank Deed of Trust

by Snell & Wilmer on

This post follows, almost two years to the day, Rick Erickson’s post of August 29, 2014. As noted by Rick Erickson in his August 29, 2014 post, the Arizona Supreme Court in the Weitz case (2014) had determined that equitable...more

The Court of Appeal redefines the “but-for” causation test for negligence: Losses caused to a lender by a surveyor’s negligent...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a landmark judgment with wide implications for the lending, refinancing and valuation industries, in Tiuta International Ltd (In liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the Court of Appeal, by a two...more

Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint...more

Obligation to Perform Work and Incur Costs Under Construction Contract is a Section 752 Liability

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a recently issued Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201608001), the IRS determined that a taxpayer-partnership’s obligation to perform work and incur costs under a long-term construction contract constituted a partnership...more

Financial information and set-off requirements under the FIDIC Red Book

by King & Spalding on

The Privy Council’s recent judgment in NH International (Caribbean) Limited v National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago) provides a rare example of a common law court interpreting specific...more

Do Treble Damages Mean Treble Rescission?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

North Carolina law awards treble damages for violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 “if damages are assessed.” A recent Fourth Circuit decision asks this question: If a plaintiff seeks rescission, and if the defendant’s...more

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Federal District Court in Missouri Holds Contractor’s Failure to Declare Subcontractor in Default Bars Recovery on Performance...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc. v. Safeco Insurance Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57836 (W.D. Mo. May 4, 2015) - In this opinion, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (i) vacated its earlier...more

2015 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Real Estate Lending

The following information accompany a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on May 12, 2015. A summary of legislative amendments enacted during the most recent...more

Difficulty in Obtaining the Approval of an Individual Surety

In a recent decision issued by the United States Court of Federal Claims, Anthem Builders, Inc. v. United States, April 6, 2015, WL 1546437, the Court considered a protest involving the proposed use of an individual surety...more

Illinois Court Holds that Engineering Plat Did Not Improve Land, Rendering Mechanics Lien Invalid

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The Illinois Appellate Court invalidated an engineering firm’s mechanics lien for platting of undeveloped land performed as due diligence before a sale, because the services provided by the firm did not increase or improve...more

Nevada Supreme Court Addresses Private Sale Through Receivership

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Palmilla Development, Co., Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court recently confirmed that a receiver’s sale is a form of foreclosure sale that triggers a secured party’s right to a deficiency judgment. This...more

When a Construction Lender Steps into the Shoes of the Developer, the Door is Open for Claims by the General Contractor

Thank you to my partner Garret Murai for giving me the opportunity to post again on his excellent California Construction Law Blog. I am the author/editor of the Money and Dirt Blog, where I focus on issues relating to...more

Money, Dirt & Steel: 2014-2015 NC Real Property Litigation Update

by Williams Mullen on

A snapshot of noteworthy cases from the past year related to lending practices, property rights and construction in North Carolina. Money - Lending: Comprehensive waiver language in loan workout...more

The Status of Lien Waivers in Utah Remains Cloudy

by Snell & Wilmer on

On December 19, 2014, the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lane Myers Construction, LLC v. National City Bank, et al. 2014 UT 58 (UT 2014). In this case, a total of nine Utah jurists considered the question of whether...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Limitations Period Does Not Apply to Local Government Enforcement of Subdivision Performance Bonds

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A post-Great Recession treat, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed today a ruling that the Town of Black Mountain is entitled to enforce subdivision performance bonds originally in the name of Buncombe County, after...more

General Contractors Beware of Subordination Clauses

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In California, a general contractor can usually rest assured that in the event of nonpayment, it can rely upon the remedy of a mechanics lien, which remedy is, in fact, even a constitutional right....more

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