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|When the “Discovery Rule” is Irrelevant|
Adam L. Gill, Jeffrey L. Hamera; Duane Morris LLP;
November 18, 2014, previously published on September 29, 2014Can the statute of limitations for a claim expire even before a project owner knows that it has a claim? This is a very real possibility if one is not careful in drafting contracts. Courts generally recognize that sophisticated business entities should be permitted to forfeit rights in contracts,...
|Failure to Comply With Prompt Pay Act Trumps Claimed Failure to Perform|
Stanley A. Martin; Duane Morris LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014When a New Jersey public authority failed to comply with the NJ Prompt Pay Act, it was obligated to pay the contractor even though it argued the contractor’s work was defective. That was the decision of the NJ Appellate Division in the case of Aire Enterprises v. Warren County. After...
|Does Pennsylvania Law Permit Contractors and Owners to Extend the Six-Month Filing Deadline By Agreement?|
Dylan B. Spadaccino; Babst Calland;
October 9, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014 It is not uncommon for a subcontractor, for example, to call his or her attorney regarding filing a lawsuit against the prime contractor, 13 months after the dispute arose, only to learn that buried deep within the 50 page, single spaced, 8-point font contract, lurks a clause that shortened the...
|Directional Driller’s Employee’s Claims Against Lease Owner And Drilling Contractor Defeated On Summary Judgment|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014The Texas owner of a North Dakota oil and gas lease contracted with a drilling company to provide a drilling rig and drilling services (the “drilling contractor”), and also contracted with another company to perform directional drilling services (the “directional driller”)....
|Shafer Electric & Construction v. Mantia: PA Supreme Court Holds That Noncompliance with the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act Does Not Entitle Homeowners to Free Work|
Matthew L. Erlanger, Jennifer M. Horn; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 21, 2014Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”), which went into effect in 2009, generally requires that home improvement contracts be in writing and contain thirteen specific items (including the contractor’s home improvement contractor registration...
|Precedent Setting Case: Standard Exclusion in Course of Construction Insurance Policy Interpreted for First Time|
Lauren Kristjanson, Grant H. Mayovsky, David Miachika, Christopher J. O'Connor; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.v. Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, 2014 BCSC 1568 ¿ Builders Risk (Course of Construction) Policy; LEG2/96 Defects Exclusion Interpreted; Fortuity and Damage Requirements Clarified
|Mechanics Liens: Better Than Money Judgments|
Asha Echeverria; Bernstein Shur;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014In a recent Maine mechanics lien case, Cote Corporation v. Kelley Earthworks, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld Cote Corporation’s mechanics lien judgment. In this case, Cote filed a mechanics lien against property owned by Kelley for the construction of an asphalt plant on...
|Texas Supreme Court Applies Economic Loss Rule to Limit Tort Claims by Contractors Against Owner's Design Professionals|
Scott W. Cowan, Christopher H. Domingo, Daniel D. McMillan, Andrew D. Ness, J. Laurens Wilkes; Jones Day;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014In a June 20 decision, the Texas Supreme Court applied the economic loss rule to preclude a direct claim for negligent misrepresentation by a construction contractor against an owner's architect based on flawed design documents. LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Constr. Co., No. 11-0810, 2014 Tex. LEXIS...
|EPA Proposes to Delete Reference to Superseded 2005 ASTM Standard from “All Appropriate Inquiry” Rule|
Christopher P. McCormack; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
July 4, 2014On 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...
|Will Your Independent Contractors Come Back to Haunt You? Illinois Supreme Court Upholds the Illinois Employee Classification Act|
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 2014On May 27, 2014 the Illinois Supreme Court issued a modified opinion in Bartlow v. Costigan, 2014 IL 115152 (Ill. 2014). The case involved constitutional challenges to the Illinois Employee Classification Act, 820 ILCS 185/1 et seq. The opinion should give pause to any company employing independent...