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Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds that Restrictive Covenants Created as Part of a Common Scheme May Be Extended Beyond Thirty...

by Mintz Levin on

On December 5, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued an important decision in Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, No. 16-P-336 (Mass. App. Ct. Dec. 5, 2017), clarifying the extent to which land owners in a common-scheme...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

Federal Court Holds That, Under Louisiana Law, a Contractor Need Not Show a Total Work Stoppage to Recover Extended Home Office...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Team Contrs., L.L.C. v. Waypoint NOLA, L.L.C., No. 16-1131, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162172 (E.D. La. Oct. 2, 2017) - Waypoint NOLA (“Waypoint”) was the owner of a hotel construction project in New Orleans (the “Project”). ...more

In a Win for Design Professionals, California Court of Appeals Holds That Relation-Back Doctrine Does Not Apply to Certificate of...

The year was 1995. The old guard was still in power in Sacramento. “Button-Down” Pete Wilson was Governor. Willie Brown, the self-nicknamed “Ayatollah of the Assembly,” was Speaker of the Assembly. And Bill “Huggy” Lockyer...more

Off the Reservation (of Rights): South Carolina Speaks on CGL Insurer Notification Requirements

Lawsuits over defective construction are common in South Carolina. So, when a construction company covered by a CGL insurance policy is sued over an alleged construction defect, the insurance company may agree to defend the...more

Arizona Prompt Pay Act Held Inapplicable to Federal Construction Project

by Clark Hill PLC on

New Arizona case serves as a note of caution to the subcontractors doing work on federal projects, even if not directly contracting with a federal agency. On November 16, 2017, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, in...more

Finally, a happy Additional Insured!

by Butler Snow LLP on

We have noted, again and again, examples of disappointed Additional Insureds. Today we report that at least one Additional Insured has left the Courthouse smiling. It was, however, to paraphrase Wellington, a near-run...more

Out-of-State Contractors and Design Professionals Beware: The Georgia Removal Statute Does Not Apply to You

Out-of-state contractors and design professionals working on projects in Georgia should consider including venue selection clauses in their contracts. Under O.C.G.A. § 14-2-510(b)(4), venue for tort actions lies “in the...more

DC Circuit Upholds Validity of Crossing Agreement Between Michigan State Officials and the Government of Canada

On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in Detroit International Bridge Company v. Government of Canada, et al., affirmed the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that...more

Montana Supreme Court Holds That A Waiver Of Consequential Damages And A Partial Limitation Of Liability In A Design Contract Are...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Zirkelbach Constr., Inc. v. DOWL, LLC, 2017 Mont. Lexis 591 (Mont., Sept. 26, 2017) - In interpreting a state statute which makes contractual limitations on a party’s liability unenforceable in certain instances, the...more

The Bankruptcy And Construction Junction: Making Your Texas Mechanic’s Lien Function Better In Bankruptcy

by Cole Schotz on

In order to secure a real property owner’s payment obligation, contractors, mechanics, materialmen, and other workmen are often granted a lien referred to by a variety of names including, materialmen’s liens, workmen’s liens,...more

State Appeals Courts Rule on ‘That Particular Part’ Exclusions

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Two recent cases from separate California state courts correctly interpret the phrase “that particular part” and apply it in its intended narrow sense. This is good news for contractors and is in contrast to some recent...more

Alleging and Proving Standing to Challenge Rezoning

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In the recently-decided Cherry Community Organization v. City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Court of Appeals determines that standing to bring a declaratory judgment action challenging a rezoning requires both allegations...more

Recoverability of adjudication costs: "Can't hear Lulu no more"

by DLA Piper on

In this series we have already looked at Lulu v Mulalley and Wes Futures v Allen Wilson, following which we predicted that, while parties to adjudication would attempt to use the Late Payment Act to recover their costs of...more

Court May Seek Clarification From Agency Regarding Issue In Pending Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a trial court in a mandamus action had the inherent power to remand to the Board of Supervisors for clarification regarding an ambiguous general plan consistency finding. The...more

Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Shutting Another Door on Suing Insurance Companies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently closed an avenue for bad faith claims. In this case, the insured, CMD, sued its own liability insurance company, State Auto, for not settling the claims asserted against it...more

Federal Court in New Jersey Holds That Failure to Timely File an Affidavit of Merit Dooms Owner’s Claim for Breach of Contract...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Frontier Dev. LLC v. Craig Test Boring Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 149950 (D.N.J. Sept. 15, 2017) - On September 15, 2017, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed plaintiff’s, Frontier...more

California Court Confirms Broad Coverage Under "Ongoing Operations" Endorsements

by Payne & Fears on

A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,”...more

A Frustrating Exercise: Federal District Court In Iowa Declines To Grant Summary Judgment On Frustration Of Purpose Doctrine In A...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Rembrandt Enters., Inc. v. Dahmes Stainless, Inc., No. C15-4248-LTS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144636 (N.D. Iowa Sept. 7, 2017) - On September 7, 2017, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa denied a...more

Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional...more

Court Finds General Contractor Liable For Subcontractor’s Employees

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor...more

Contractors, Know Your Contracts!

by Cole Schotz on

Last week, New Jersey’s Appellate Division re-affirmed the principle that a court must strictly apply the terms of a construction contract when determining a dispute between contracting parties. Where the contract terms...more

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

In Dismissing Homebuyer’s Defective Construction Suit Against Contractor for Lack of Privity, Supreme Court of Utah Cautions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tomlinson v. Douglas Knight Constr., Inc., 2017 Utah Lexis 132 (August 29, 2017) - This case arises out of the construction of a residential property. Lot 84 Deer Crossing (“Lot 84”) purchased the property and contracted...more

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