Texas Court of Appeals Holds that Contractor Released Claim for Additional Costs by Accepting Final Payment from Owner

McKinney & Moore, Inc. v. City of Longview, Texas
2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 9299 (Tex. App., Dec. 8, 2009)

The Court of Appeals of Texas for the Fourteenth District held that a general contractor’s acceptance of final payment barred its claims for compensation for extras. The Court relied on the express release language in the parties’ contract to support its ruling.

The City of Longview, Texas (the “Owner”) retained McKinney & Moore, Inc. (“MMI”) to serve as a general contractor for the construction of the Lake O’ the Pines Raw Water Intake Structure (the “Project”). The parties’ contract contained various provisions related to subsurface conditions and the Owner supplied reports regarding such conditions. Among other things, the contract also provided that the Owner was responsible for design accuracy and sufficiency of the contract documents. The contract further addressed circumstances under which MMI would be entitled to reimbursement for damages and the effect of MMI’s acceptance of final payment. Continue reading “Texas Court of Appeals Holds that Contractor Released Claim for Additional Costs by Accepting Final Payment from Owner”