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South Carolina Surety Law Update

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Sureties may be bound by mandatory arbitration provision in a principal’s contract per a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Surety claim representatives must frequently decide...more

Florida Construction Contracts: Significant Changes In The 2017 AIA Documents – The Standard Insurance Exhibit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Perhaps the most significant change to the A201-2017 is the inclusion of a comprehensive insurance exhibit. Prior to the inclusion of the insurance exhibit in the 2017 update, parties to an AIA construction contract would...more

Security of Payment Legislation

by Dentons on

The High Court of Australia in Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2018] HCA 4 has held that an adjudication determination under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999...more

Will New York Law Go the Way of Weedo: Tenth Circuit Predicts New York Court of Appeals Will Hold that Property Damage Caused by a...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 13, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, which concluded that, under New York law, the property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship did not qualify as a...more

Grandfathering and Continuing Nonconformities in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Last time, we introduced you to the concept of nonconformity laws in North Carolina. This time, we’ll spend some energy discussing the most common (and legally charged) aspect of nonconformity laws: how local laws restrict...more

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Projects: Guiding Investors through the Legal and Regulatory Framework

by Jones Day on

The Taiwanese Government has set aggressive renewable energy targets, with a particular focus on the development of its offshore wind power capabilities. This exciting new market presents great opportunities for foreign...more

Petrobras Court’s Denial of Plaintiffs’ Request for Confidential Treatment of Opt-Out Provisions Could Undermine the Settlement...

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied class counsel’s request to file under seal three supplemental agreements to a $2.95 billion settlement in the Petrobras Securities Litigation,...more

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Rebrands as Asian International Arbitration Centre

by Jones Day on

The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration ("KLRCA") has officially changed its name to the Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC"). The name change was formally announced on February 7, 2018, during a signing...more

Federal Court In Mississippi Holds That Although Projects Were Constructed With Federal Funds, They Were Not “A Public Work Of The...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States ex rel. Metro Mech., Inc. v. Triangle Constr. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1487 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 4, 2018) - Triangle Construction Company, Inc. (“Triangle”) contracted with Mississippi Portfolio Partners III,...more

Do Architects and Engineers Owe a Legal Duty to Non-Contracting Parties?

by Clark Hill PLC on

Do architects and engineers owe a common law duty (i.e. non-contractual duty) to Contractors or Owners for alleged negligence, errors, or omissions when performing services? That answer may depend on what services are at...more

A Warning for Government Contractors: Sovereign Immunity

A recent Georgia appellate court decision serves as a stark reminder to contractors on government projects that sovereign immunity, though frequently disclaimed in the contract, may limit a contractor’s ability to recover. In...more

Protecting Contractors Subject to Chief Engineer Decision Clauses

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Most contractors have encountered a prime contract provision with a governmental agency or public authority owner where the contract states that all claims for extra costs, delay damages or the like must be presented to the...more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

by Field Law on

Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

Exercising the Right to Terminate – Why Your Default Notice Matters

by White & Case LLP on

The right to terminate a construction contract for reasons such as poor performance is a crucial contractual right. However, if exercising the right to terminate is not carried out in accordance with the contractual notice...more

Claim Of Fraudulent Inducement Of A Construction Contract Does Not Invalidate Arbitration Clause In That Same Contract

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Koudela v. Johnson & Johnson Custom Builders, LLC, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 5800 (December 29, 2017) - In this case, Nicolas and Monica Koudela (the “Koudelas”) entered into a construction contract with “Johnson & Johnson...more

Landfill Gas Collection System: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Competing Claims for Possession

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the priority of claims between the City of Peoria, Illinois, and Banco Panamericano, a secured creditor, regarding gas-to-energy conversion infrastructure left behind from a...more

Fifth Appellate District Upholds City of Visalia’s General Plan Update Against Challenge to Square Footage Restrictions in...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Appellate District certified for publication its earlier opinion in Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, upholding the City of Visalia’s (“City”) 2014 General Plan Update. Plaintiff and...more

Look Beneath The Surface: No Coverage For DC Row House Collapse Under Builder’s Risk Policy

by Carlton Fields on

The interpretation of a property insurance policy may seem like a dull endeavor, but courts sometimes face fundamental questions about what words mean, or how we conceptualize cause and effect. In Taja Investments LLC v....more

Singapore’s Court of Appeal Clarifies Key Issues of Jurisdiction, Parties’ Obligations Under Payment Disputes Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The court’s recent decision in Audi Construction Pte Ltd v Kian Hiap Construction Pte Ltd addresses perennial issues surrounding the validity of contractual payment claims for the purposes of the Building and Construction...more

Can You Benefit from a Section 1031 Exchange of Property?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When you are selling vacant land or non-owner occupied property held for commercial or investment purposes, you need to consider structuring the sale as an Internal Revenue Code ("Code") Section 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange,...more

Applying Florida’s “Eight Corners Rule,” Eleventh Circuit Finds that Insurer Has a Duty to Defend Claim That Insured’s Faulty...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Addison Ins. Co. v. 4000 Island Blvd. Condo. Ass’n, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 26870 (11th Cir. Dec. 28, 2017) - The owner of a high-rise condominium building in Florida hired a contractor to replace the building’s concrete...more

“Additional Insured” counseled to read the policy

by Butler Snow LLP on

An Illinois General Contractor learned a hard lesson the other day; the case is Vivify Constr., LLC v. Nautilus Ins. Co., 2017 IL App (1st) 170192. The General Contractor, Vivify Construction, subcontracted part of the job...more

Washington Legislature to Consider Reforms to Statute Governing Residential Construction Disputes

by Lane Powell PC on

Efforts are now underway in both houses of the Washington legislature to improve the legal landscape for condominium construction defect litigation by adding a mediation option similar to what has been common in commercial...more

Summary of Amendments to Construction Lien Act

by Dickinson Wright on

In December 2017, the Ontario Legislature passed the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the "Act"). The Act introduces significant changes to Ontario’s construction lien regime and is intended to reduce delays in...more

FIDIC 2017: first impressions - a GCC perspective

by DLA Piper on

In December 2017, over 17 years after the publication of its 1999 first editions, FIDIC published the second editions of its "Rainbow Suite" of contracts (the Red, Yellow and Silver books). The FIDIC forms of contract are...more

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