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Premises Pollution Liability Policy: Missouri Appellate Court Addresses Insurance Coverage Issue

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) addressed in a December 19th opinion a coverage issue involving a Premises Pollution Liability Policy (“ PPL policy”). See Hazelwood Logistics Center, LLC v. Illinois Union...more

Welcome Ontario's new Construction Act

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On December 5, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the Bill), was passed by a unanimous vote of the Ontario legislature. The Bill incorporates almost all of the recommendations set out in an in-depth...more

Mississippi Federal District Court Permits General Contractor’s Negligence Claim to Proceed Against Project Consultant Given...

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S. Indus. Contractors, LLC v. Neel-Schaffer, Inc., No. 1:17CV255-LG-JCG, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196804 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 30, 2017) - This case arises out of the West Pier Facilities project at the Port of Gulfport,...more

Highly Anticipated En Banc Fifth Circuit Opinion Reframes Maritime Contract Analysis

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In a highly anticipated ruling, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The case called upon the court to determine...more

New York High Court Confirms No "Blanket Rule" on Reinsurance Limits

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The Situation: This past month, the New York Court of Appeals considered whether New York law imposes a "rule of construction" or "strong presumption" that a reinsurance contract's limit of liability provision caps the...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Urges Federal Regulators to Simplify Regulatory Capital Rules

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On September 27, 2017, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a proposed rule that simplifies the compliance requirements of the existing regulatory capital rules and is intended to reduce the...more

Construction In Brief: 2017 Volume 4

The Buy American Act: Are You Compliant? - The federal government has a long-standing pref­erence for incorporating domestic materials and products into public construction projects. While a number of statutes and...more

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Appeal it All! Guarding Against Multiple, Independent Grounds

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You’ve identified a killer issue for appeal, no doubt a winner. Congratulations! You still lose. How can that be? In Novum Structures, LLC v. Choate Construction Company, Inc., 698 Fed. Appx. 608 (11th Cir. 2017), the...more

Use Of The Word “In” Indicates Geography; Use Of The Word “Of” Indicates Sovereignty: Federal District Court In Maryland Holds...

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Pritchett Controls, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192182, 2017 WL 5591872 (D. Md. Nov. 21, 2017) - James W. Ancel, Inc. (“JWA”) was the prime contractor on a project for the Maryland...more

Extremely Clear Pay-If-Paid Clause is Enforced

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Every contract involves the risk of insolvency, and every construction subcontract involves the risk of the owner/developer failing to make the payments that the contractor intends to use to pay its subcontractors....more

Construction E-Note - December 2017

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In 1997, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) started updating the A201 every ten years. The AIA has now introduced a 2017 version of the A201 and other contract documents, including the A100 series. In this alert,...more

Georgia Court Of Appeals Holds That Sovereign Immunity Shields County From Contractor’s Claims Based Upon Unwritten Change Orders

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Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc., 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 568 (Ga. Ct. App., November 15, 2017) - Fulton County contracted with SOCO Construction Company (“SOCO”) to build a cultural center near the Fulton...more

Caveat contractors: Under new California law, general contractors will be on the hook for unpaid subcontractor wages

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Enacted by California state legislators in September and effective for contracts entered on or after January 1, 2018, A.B. 1701 makes direct contractors (defined as those with a direct contractual relationship with a project...more

Altman Contractors V. Crum & Forster: Florida Supreme Court Answers The 11th Circuit’s Certified Question In The Affirmative

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In Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 832 F.3d 1318 (11th Cir. 2016), the Eleventh Circuit certified the following question to the Florida Supreme Court: "Is the notice and repair process set forth...more

West Viriginia Supreme Court Applies Doctrine Of Severability To Enforce Lease’s Arbitration Provision, Despite Other Provisions...

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SWN Prod. Co., LLC v. Long, 2017 W. Va. LEXIS 892 (W. Va. Oct. 18, 2017) - Respondents Richard and Mary Long (“Respondents” or “Lessors”) brought a state court action against Petitioner SWN Production Company, LLC...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Winter 2017

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A Tale of Two ADR Provisions - It was the best of provisions; it was the worst of provisions, crafted by the wise and well-meaning alike. For years, construction documentation has been primarily sourced from the American...more

California Court Broadly Interprets Insurance Policy’s “Liability Arising Out of” Language

In McMillin Mgmt. Servs. v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co., Cal.Ct.App. (4th Dist.), Docket No. D069814 (filed 11/14/17), the California Court of Appeal held that the term “liability arising out of,” as used in an ongoing...more

'Time at large' argument unsuccessful where contract contains broad extension of time clause

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In the case of Severfield (UK) Ltd v Duro Felguera UK Ltd (No. 2) [2017] EWHC 3066 (TCC), the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in England and Wales declined to find ‘time at large' under a construction contract where...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - December 2017

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Suitability of Arbitration Rules for Construction Disputes - Arbitration continues to be the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes. With many large infrastructure projects being financed,...more

Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

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In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

Federal District Court in Virginia Holds That Prime Contractor’s Payment Bond Surety Cannot Rely on No-Damages-For-Delay Clause in...

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United States v. John C. Grimberg Co., Case No. 1:16-cv-991, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173362 (E.D. Virginia, October 19, 2017) - John C. Grimberg (“Prime Contractor”) was awarded a contract (the “Prime Contract”) to design...more

Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...more

A Case Against One-Size-Fits-All Construction Contracts: Problems with AIA Form Contracts and Some Solutions

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Project development involves careful planning and clear contractual requirements on the front end to help ensure that the project is completed on time and within the budget. Key components of any successful construction...more

Government Actions are Not Protected Speech Under California Anti-SLAPP Law - Appellate Opinion Stems from Disputed Construction...

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When a government entity issues a construction permit, that is government action not protected by California’s anti-SLAPP law — which extends only to constitutionally protected exercises such as “free speech” — the California...more

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