Ohio Appellate Court Finds That Coal Mining Entities Are Liable to Pipeline Operator for Preventative Measures to Protect Against Subsidence Damages

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC v. Ohio Valley Coal Co., 2019 BL 99544 (Ohio Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2019)

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Ralph C. Surman Jr.

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (“Columbia”) operated a high-pressure gas pipeline.  A portion of pipeline crossed land for which Ohio Valley Coal Company (“OVC”) and Consolidated Land Company (“Consolidated”) held interest rights in the underlying coal.  Columbia undertook measures to protect its pipeline from subsidence damage that OVC’s subterranean coal mining was certain to cause.  An Ohio appellate court held that OVC and Consolidated were liable to Columbia for those preventative measures.

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Supreme Court of New York Rejects Property Owner’s Request for Further Itemization of Mechanic’s Lien, Holding Production of Invoices Detailing the Quantity, Price and Date of Delivery of Materials Is Not Required

Matter of Red Hook 160 LLC v. Borough Constr. Grp. LLC, No. 524909/18, 2019 BL 122210 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Mar. 19, 2019)

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John J. Gazzola

This cases arises out of a project owner’s request for further itemization of amounts claimed in a construction manager’s mechanic’s lien.  Red Hook 160 LLC (“Red Hook”), the owner of the property sought to be liened, demanded a revised itemized statement of the mechanics’ lien filed by Borough Construction Group, LLC (“BCG”), the construction manager hired in connection with the construction and renovation of a six story building located at 160 Imlay Street in Kings County, New York.

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Florida Federal Court Dismisses Fluor Enterprises’ $67M Claim Against Duke Energy for Wrongful Draw Down of Credit Letter

Tampa D Fluor Enterprises, Inc. v. Duke Energy Florida, LLC, No. 8:19-cv-00224, 2019 BL 135007, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 16, 2019)

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Anthony Finizio

On April 16, 2019, a Florida federal court dismissed without prejudice Fluor Enterprises’ claim that Duke Energy wrongfully drew down a $67 million letter of credit issued in connection with Fluor’s construction of a gas-fired electrical generation facility in Citrus County, Florida.  In addition to the core breach of contract claim which suffered from several procedural issues, the court dismissed extra-contractual claims for conversion, civil theft, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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