Texas Court Holds Contract Allocation of Risk of Underground Conditions Overridden by Owner’s Affirmative Assurances in Specifications

Mastec North America, Inc. v. El Paso Field Services, L.P.
2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 3436 (Tex. App. May 6, 2010)

The Court of Appeals of Texas recently held that when a contract places the risk of differing site conditions on the contractor, the contractor is not required to bear the risk “that the bid documents misrepresent the nature and amount of the work to be performed.”

The matter involved replacement of a pipeline that extended from Houston to Corpus Christi. Defendant El Paso contracted with Plaintiff MasTec, for the replacement work. Continue reading “Texas Court Holds Contract Allocation of Risk of Underground Conditions Overridden by Owner’s Affirmative Assurances in Specifications”

Indiana Court Holds Subcontractor Subject to Prime Contract Claim Notice Requirement via Flow-Down Provision – Its Claims Were Presented Too Late

Weigand Construction Co., Inc. v. Stephens Fabrication, Inc.
2010 Ind. App. LEXIS 1109 (Ind. Ct. App. June 25, 2010)

Ball State University (BSU) contracted with Weigand Construction Co. (“Weigand) to act as the general contractor for its Music Instruction Building project. Weigand subcontracted the structural steel work to Stephens Fabrication, Inc. (“Stephens”). Stephens was to manufacture the steel, perform certain engineering and prepare shop drawings. Stephens contracted with sub-subcontractors, Argo and Wilson, to perform the engineering and prepare the shop drawings. Continue reading “Indiana Court Holds Subcontractor Subject to Prime Contract Claim Notice Requirement via Flow-Down Provision – Its Claims Were Presented Too Late”

U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit Holds Release in Defect Case Does Not Bar Claims for Indemnity in Delay / Disruption Case

Turnberry Pavillon Partners, L.P. v. M.J. Dean Construction, Inc.
2010 U.S. App. Lexis 9832 (9th Cir. May 13, 2010)

Developer built a luxury condominium tower and hired contractor to serve as both the construction manager and concrete subcontractor. A separate interior drywall and site wall subcontractor was also hired for the Project. A series of lawsuits arose. In the first lawsuit, construction manager was found liable for causing “lost production” and “uncompensated overtime” to site wall subcontractor due to its negligent concrete work as well as negligent construction management. While cross-appeals were pending on the matter Developer paid $2.1 to settle the site wall subcontractor’s claim. In a second case, condominium association sued Developer for construction defects. In turn, Developer filed a third-party complaint against construction manager as well as other subcontractors alleging that their negligence caused defects in the Project. Ultimately, the parties to the second suit reached a settlement whereby Developer and construction manager paid the condominium association $2 million and $600,000 respectively. Continue reading “U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit Holds Release in Defect Case Does Not Bar Claims for Indemnity in Delay / Disruption Case”