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No Privity, No Problem: Louisiana Court Of Appeals Holds That Project Manager Owes A Duty Of Professional Care To General...

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Lathan Co. v. State, No. 2016-CA-0913, 2017 La. App. LEXIS 2277 (La. App. 1st Cir. Dec. 6, 2017). On December 6, 2017, the Louisiana Court of Appeals, First Circuit, reversed and remanded the trial court’s decision to...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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Six Reasons Alternative Dispute Resolution May Be Right for Your Next Construction Project

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For over a century, the United States construction industry has promoted the use of non-judicial dispute resolution methods. These alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods enable construction entities to handle disputes...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

Understanding the Details: Suing Architects and Engineers Can Get Technical

Before suing an architect or engineer for professional negligence, a plaintiff must obtain a “certificate of merit” (“Certificate”) under Code of Civil Procedure section 411.35. Boiled down to the basics, the Certificate...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That “Economic Waste” Doctrine, As Adopted In Wisconsin, Prevented Owner From Recovering Costs To Repair...

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WTE-S&S AG Enters., LLC v. GHD, Inc., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 2343 (Bankr. N. D. Ill. August 18, 2017) - This breach of contract dispute arises out of a contract to design and build a cow-manure digester on a farm in Wisconsin. ...more

Tic Toc Tic Toc: The Clock Is Running on Construction and Design Claims by the State of Connecticut Beginning October 1, 2017

Our readers may recall that Public Act No. 15-28 was signed by the Governor back in 2015, subjecting the State of Connecticut and its political subdivisions to a statute of limitations for asserting actions and claims arising...more

Undefinitized Contracts - Turner Construction Co. v. Smithsonian Institution - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3 2017

The Civilian Board of Contracts Appeals (“CBCA”), the federal administrative court tasked to resolve disputes between government contractors and federal civilian executive agencies, recently issued a decision in Turner...more

Pacing in Construction Scheduling Disputes

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On a high level, construction delay litigation involves sorting out the impacts to the critical project path and determining which party is responsible for those impacts. One of the more difficult elements of this process is...more

Michigan Appellate Court Rules That, Absent Proof of Prejudice, Defendant’s Filing of a Cross-Complaint Does Not Constitute a...

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Universal Acad. v. Berkshire Dev., 2017 Mich. App. LEXIS 975 (Ct. App. June 20, 2017) - The dispute arose out of an agreement between Universal Academy (“Universal”) and Berkshire Development (“Berkshire”), under which...more

Supreme Court of Wyoming Strictly Interprets a Conditional Payment Provision to Trigger Payment Only After GC and All of its Subs...

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P&N Invs. v. Frontier Mall Assocs., 2017 Wyo. LEXIS 62 (Wyo. 2017) - This payment dispute arose over conditional language in a lease agreement between a mall and a restaurant operator. P&N Investments (“P&N”) leased space...more

The Spearin Doctrine Revisited: Penzel Construction v. Jackson R-2 School District

In a recent Missouri appellate decision, the court recognized and reaffirmed the Spearin Doctrine which provides that an owner impliedly warrants the adequacy of plans and specifications it provides to a contractor. In Penzel...more

Missouri Court Holds Public Owner is Liable for Issuing Defective Contract Documents

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Although the federal courts have followed the Spearin doctrine since 1918, it took Missouri just shy of a century to come on board. Under U.S. v. Spearin, it was held that when a government entity includes detailed...more

Thinking Beyond the Dispute Resolution Provision in Construction Disputes

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When parties cannot resolve a claim during a major construction project, the contract’s dispute resolution provisions do not always need to read as step-by-step instructions. To the contrary, the situation may warrant a...more

Florida Statutes of Limitations and Repose Governing Construction Claims Revised to Clarify Accrual Dates Effective July 1

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 377 providing for revisions to the Florida statutes of limitation and repose governing construction claims. The new law revises Fla. Stat. Sec. 95.11 (Limitations Other Than for the...more

Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!

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I read in my Twitter feed this morning about a recent case where the Missouri Court of Appeals formally adopted the Spearin Doctrine. I immediately wondered if I could explain the Spearin Doctrine in less than 140...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Contractor’s Complaint, Declining to Create ‘Ultra Vires’ or ‘Bias’ Exceptions to the...

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Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 7252 (4th Cir., April 25, 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently addressed whether the...more

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