Massachusetts Court Holds Surety Not Responsible For Punitive Damages Assessed Against Its Principal

C&I Steel, LLC v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co.
70 Mass. App. Ct. 653, 2007 Mass. App. LEXIS (App. Ct. Nov. 6, 2007)

The town of Westford awarded Peabody Construction Company, Inc. (“Peabody”) a contract for construction of a middle school. The project required a payment bond which Peabody obtained from Travelers Casualty and Surety Company (“Travelers”) for the full value of the contract. Peabody, as principal, and Travelers, as surety, jointly and severally bound themselves “to [Westford] to pay for labor, materials and equipment furnished for use in the performance of the [c]onstruction [c]ontract.” The bond set forth that the construction contract incorporated the agreement between Westford and Peabody, including all the contract documents and changes thereto. Continue reading “Massachusetts Court Holds Surety Not Responsible For Punitive Damages Assessed Against Its Principal”

US Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Holds “Subcontractor” Status Under Miller Act Turns on Substantiality and Importance of Relationship With Prime Contractor

United States ex rel E & H Steel Corp. v. C. Pyramid Enterprises, Inc
Civil Action No. 06-4209, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 27347 (3d Cir. Nov. 27, 2007)

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reviewed a decision of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in which the primary question was whether a particular project participant, responsible for supplying structural steel, was a “subcontractor” for purposes of the Miller Act, 40 U.S.C. § 3131, et seq. Reviewing the Supreme Court interpretations and the intent of the Miller Act, the Third Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision and held that the project participant at issue was a “subcontractor” under the Miller Act, because it had a substantial and important relationship with the prime contractor. Accordingly, a fabricator which had contracted to furnish steel to it could sue on the bond. Continue reading “US Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Holds “Subcontractor” Status Under Miller Act Turns on Substantiality and Importance of Relationship With Prime Contractor”

Colorado Appeals Court Holds that AIA Contract Waiver of Subrogation Extends to “Non-Work” as Well as “Work”

Copper Mountain, Inc. v. Industrial Systems, Inc.
2007 Colo. App. LEXIS 2298 (Colo. App. Ct. Nov. 29, 2007)

Copper Mountain, Inc. hired Amako Resort Construction, Inc. as the general contractor to renovate and expand a mountain resort lodge. Amako subcontracted with Industrial to build the steel framework for the project. The parties signed a standard American Institute of Architects (AIA A201) contracts, which required Copper to obtain property insurance to cover damages for the work. To comply with this requirement, Copper relied on its all-purpose insurance policy that provided coverage for all of Copper Mountain, including the work and adjacent properties, instead of purchasing separate insurance policy, which would cover only the expansion and renovation work.

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