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HTMLEPA Proposes to Delete Reference to Superseded 2005 ASTM Standard from “All Appropriate Inquiry” Rule
Christopher P. McCormack; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 4, 2014
On June 17, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency published a proposal to delete reference to the 2005 version of the ASTM Phase I environmental site assessment standard from the federal “all appropriate inquiry” rule. This proposal would resolve a widely-criticized...


HTMLCan a Contractor Hold a Subcontractor to its Bid
Eugene J. Heady; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 6, 2014
The Contractor was preparing to bid on a school project. On the day of the bid, a Subcontractor submitted its bid to the Contractor to perform the paving work on the project. The Subcontractor’s bid was submitted by telephone on the day that the Contractor had to submit its bid to the school...


HTMLCourt of Appeal Considers Net Contribution Clauses
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 10, 2014
The recent Court of Appeal decision of West and Another v. Ian Finlay & Associates [2014] EWCA Civ 316 overturned the first instance decision and found that a net contribution clause contained in an architect's appointment with domestic clients (the Wests) relating to a domestic property was...


HTMLThe Second District Issues Useful Case Relative to Commercial General Liability for Construction Defects, Clarifying CA law on Concept of “Property Damage” and “Impaired Property”
John H. Podesta; Murchison & Cumming, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
In this recent case, Regional Steel v Liberty Surplus, the subcontractor/steel fabricator, supplied steel seismic tie hooks that were the wrong angle (90 versus 135 degrees). The subcontractor sued the owner and GC for non-payment of the contract, which was followed by a cross complaint back...


Adobe PDFMaryland Federal Court Rules That An Arbitration Provision In A Construction Contract Giving Only One Party The Right To Select Arbitration Is Unenforceable
Michael C. Zisa; Peckar & Abramson, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 27, 2014
In a recent United States District Court for the District of Maryland decision, U.S. ex rel. Birckhead Electric, Inc. v. James W. Ancel, Inc., 2014 WL 2574529 (D. Md. June 5, 2014), the Court found that an arbitration provision in a construction contract that binds only one party is unenforceable....


HTMLThe New Maine General Hospital - The Gold Standard in Maine
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
Construction lawyers like me are used to encountering construction projects gone bad, and sometimes, headed directly toward litigation. In this column, I wanted to focus on a large-scale recent project in Maine that was an enormous success: the new Maine General hospital. I will highlight two of...


HTMLSupreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an Owner’s Architect in a Case That Highlights the Economic Loss Rule
Lee C. Davis, Nkoyo-Ene Effiong, Juan C. Garcia; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 23, 2014
On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction Company, Inc., No. 11-0810,1 the Supreme Court of Texas reversed the...


HTMLAre Your Construction Contracts' Forum-Selection and Choice-of-Law Clauses Enforceable?
Kent W. Lindsay, Daniel D. McMillan, Andrew D. Ness, Kevin O'Brien, Stephen V. O'Neal; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2014, previously published on June 2014
While typically relegated to the last pages of a construction contract, forum-selection and choice-of-law clauses control every aspect of the parties' respective obligations and liabilities undertaken on a project. Issues like payment, suspension of work and termination, good faith and fair...


HTMLOregon Supreme Court Tackles Statute of Repose for Construction
Timothy John Repass; Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2014, previously published on May 29, 2014
Contractors and their counsel should take note of these two decisions, as they will affect the duration of contractors’ exposure to construction defect claims under Oregon’s statute of repose. In the absence of written acceptance, the ten year limitations period of Oregon Revised...


HTMLFederal Circuit Provides Guidance on Differing Site Conditions Claims and Broadens the Scope of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
Kirk J. McCormick; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 20, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals represents a major triumph for contractors pursuing certain types of claims against the Federal Government. In Metcalf Construction Co. v. United States, 742 F.3d 984 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the Federal Circuit reinforced the principles underlying...


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