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Property Damage, Occurrences, Delays, Offsets and Fees. California Decision is a Smorgasbord of Construction Insurance Issues

I read once that 97 percent of cases never go to trial. However, there are still the ones that do. And, then, there are the ones that do both. The following case, Global Modular, Inc. v. Kadena Pacific, Inc., California Court...more

Michigan Court Of Appeals Holds That Contractor Who Failed To Timely Seek A Time Extension Is Barred From Contesting Liquidated...

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Abhe & Svboda, Inc. v. State of Michigan Department of Transportation, 2017 Mich. App. Lexis 1387 (August 29, 2017) - Contractor Abhe & Svboda, Inc. (“A&B”) entered into a contract with the Michigan Department of...more

Bid Protests in Colorado: Important New Changes

Colorado recently overhauled its Procurement Code. The legislature changed rules governing bid protests of state-funded procurements. We offer a user-friendly overview of the “new” Colorado bid protest process in this blog...more

For Government Contractors: Unsigned Claim Certification Is an Incurable Defect

In September, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) addressed the certification requirements under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). A motion to dismiss by the U.S. Government prompted the ASBCA to consider...more

Federal Court Holds That Under Louisiana Law, Actual Notice Of Cause Of Delay Satisfies Contractual Notice Requirement Despite...

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Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125012 (E.D. La. August 8, 2017) - The Housing Authority of New Orleans (“the Authority”) contracted with Parkcrest Builders, LLC (“Parkcrest”)...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That A Motion To Dismiss Based On An Arbitration Clause Is Not A Challenge To The Court’s Jurisdiction

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A municipality sued the company that constructed its water treatment facility, in connection with contaminants found in the water supply. The parties had entered into a series of agreements which contained choice of law and...more

The Consequences of Failing to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Prior To Filing Suit - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3...

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court covering Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss a contractor’s breach of contract...more

Government Contractor Awarded Attorney Fees for Defending Against “Unreasonable” FCA Claim

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently concluded that a contractor should obtain an award of attorney fees for having to defend against an “unreasonable” False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit. In United States ex....more

D.C. Federal Court Declines to Enjoin Arbitration Because the Arbitrator Could Issue Any Equitable Relief Required, the Integrity...

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TK Servs., Inc. v. RWD Consulting, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 97239 (D.D.C., June 23, 2017) - This litigation arose from a dispute between TK Services, Inc. (“TKS”), as sub-subcontractor, and RWD Consulting, LLC (“RWD”),...more

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Brightwater Decision Regarding Application of Olympic Steamship to Sureties

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On July 6, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court confirmed that the equitable rule announced in Olympic Steamship—providing for attorney fees where the insurer compels the insured to take legal action—applies to performance bond...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

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The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

Cross claims, counterclaims and set-offs from another construction contract - Permissible in an adjudication?

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It is commonplace in our local building and construction market for the same parties to enter into multiple contracts for different projects. However, what happens if a main contractor has valid backcharges under Project A...more

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings: Contractor Denied Recovery for Differing Site Conditions Where Condition was Well-Known in the...

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”), the court with jurisdiction over the General Services Administration and other non-defense executive agencies, denied a contractor’s claim for increased labor and equipment...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

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Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

2016: A Busy Year for the Supreme Court of Virginia, Including 2 Significant Decisions for the Construction Industry

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If you are a design professional providing services in Virginia, or a general contractor on a public works project for the Commonwealth of Virginia, you need to know of two Virginia Supreme Court decisions in 2016. You ask...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

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Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

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Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Interpreting clause 10.1 of the NEC to escape a time bar clause

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Relying on the role of “mutual trust”, “co-operation” and “good faith” to permit fair and equitable judgments is dangerous. It leads to uncertainty and opens the floodgates to pointless litigation....more

Supreme Court of Wisconsin Holds That Private Subcontractor Is Immune to Property Damage Claims by Adjoining Landowners Because it...

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Melchert v. Pro Elec. Contrs., 2017 Wis. Lexis 169 (April 7, 2017) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (“DOT”) contracted with Payne & Dolan (“P&D”) as General Contractor on a road improvement project. P&D in turn...more

Massachusetts Appellate Court Holds That No-Damages-for-Delay Clause Does Not Bar Claim for Schedule Compression and Affirms Award...

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Central Ceilings, Inc. v. Suffolk Constr. Co., Inc., 2017 Mass App. Lexis 36 (March 29, 2017). The Massachusetts State College Building Authority contracted with Suffolk Construction Company (“Suffolk”) to serve as the...more

Second Circuit Finds Arbitrator Did Not Commit A Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Dispute Over Construction Work At The Whitestone...

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In a dispute between a construction company hired by New York State to replace a portion of the Whitestone Bridge and a steel company regarding the timeliness of certain deliveries related to the project, the Second Circuit...more

Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

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Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

Federal Court in Alabama Rules that 1999 Amendment to the Miller Act Does Not Preclude Arbitration of Underlying Claims

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United States v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., No. 16-0472-WS-C, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16791 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 7, 2017) - This action arose out of a payment dispute between Bay South Limited, Inc. (“Bay South”) and Stephens...more

Lien bonds and statutory trusts: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43

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In December 2010, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (Dominion) was hired to act as general contractor to construct a football stadium at the University of Manitoba. Dominion entered into a subcontract with Structal...more

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