Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Upholds Payment Bond Contractual Limitation Period

James J. Gory Mechanical Contracting Inc. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co.
2010 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. Lexis 20 (Phila. CCP Feb. 8, 2010)

In February 2005, Surety issued payment bond of over $45 million on behalf of the general contractor for construction of student housing project at Temple University. Under terms of the payment bond, any claim, suit or action had to be brought within two years of bond’s issuance. General contractor entered into plumbing subcontract with Plaintiff, who certified that its work was 100% complete in October 2006. However, general contractor only paid Subcontractor for 95% of the work it completed. Continue reading “Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Upholds Payment Bond Contractual Limitation Period”

Connecticut Court Holds Termination Improper Where Subcontractor Substantially Performed; Also Holds Evidence Supported Subcontractor’s Inefficiency Claim

DuBaldo Electric, LLC v. Montagno Construction, Inc.
119 Conn. App. 423; 2010 Conn. App. LEXIS 55 (Conn. App. Feb. 23, 2010)

Subcontractor, DuBaldo Electric contracted with general contractor, Montagno Construction to perform electrical work in connection with the renovation of retail space leased by Burlington Coat Factory.

DuBaldo had estimated that it could complete the work in 3200 man hours over the scheduled ten week period. Issuance of the permit required for DuBaldo to commence its electrical work was delayed three weeks due to deficiencies in Burlington’s architectural design and understaffing at the City electrical inspector’s office. Unable to perform the electrical work without a permit, DuBaldo fell approximately three weeks behind. Nevertheless, Montagno refused to update the schedule. To make up for lost time, DuBaldo agreed to work 7 days a week with overtime. In addition, Montagno hired Globe Electric to work along side DuBaldo, and deducted from DuBaldo’s account the amount it paid to Globe for work performed within DuBaldo’s scope. Continue reading “Connecticut Court Holds Termination Improper Where Subcontractor Substantially Performed; Also Holds Evidence Supported Subcontractor’s Inefficiency Claim”

U.S. District Court in Florida Rules Performance Bond Claims Barred By Obligee’s Failure to Declare Default and Its Performance of Corrective Work Without Affording Surety Opportunity to Cure

North Amer Spec Ins. Co. v. Ames Corp./Dawson Building Contractors, Inc. JV
2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25748 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 10, 2010)

Defendant Ames Corporation/Dawson Building Contractors, Inc. (Ames/Dawson), as general contractor, engaged American Roofing, LLC (American Roofing) to perform roofing work at the Veterans Administration Medical Center located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Plaintiff North American Specialty Insurance Company (NAS), as surety, issued performance bonds on behalf of American Roofing, naming Ames/Dawson, as obligee. Continue reading “U.S. District Court in Florida Rules Performance Bond Claims Barred By Obligee’s Failure to Declare Default and Its Performance of Corrective Work Without Affording Surety Opportunity to Cure”