I posed nine multiple choice questions in my September 2011 column. The following are answers and analyses. As you review the problem analyses, keep in mind that, if you gave serious thought to the questions, you have gone a long way to being right regardless of your answer.
Let’s test what you have learned from my articles. The following questions can be answered by recalling the most important points and applying them to different scenarios. Keep your answers, and check them against those I will provide in the next issue. 1.
Less than 10 percent of construction lawsuits go to trial. There are reports that the number is actually less than 5 percent. Many reasons are obvious: The cost of litigation, its detrimental effect on the litigants’ business, and the personal toll exacted from being in court.
If you are late in paying your utility bill, mortgage or installment on a purchase, you may be charged a late fee. There also may be set fees for the cancellation of orders, insufficient funds in an account or even bank inactivity.
Pillage, plunder, despoil. These words conjure up images of Conan the Barbarian robbing and destroying whole villages. “Spoliate” is a less bloody but similarly archaic word. Spoliation has a unique position in the law and, when proven, can lead to severe consequences.
For most contracts, a contractor’s application for final payment must be accompanied by final waivers of lien and verified statements that all amounts due are accounted for. Where there are outstanding claims, the request for final payment becomes problematic.
No matter how thorough and complete the drawings and specifications, there will be manufacturing and installation details that are left to the contractor. These details are often shown on shop drawings.
There is no way around it. The concept of revocation of acceptance is an odd one. If you pay for goods or services that turn out to be less than what you bargained for, your first thought might be to sue for damages for breach of contract.
Getting paid is a business survival issue for electrical contractors. Your customer’s bankruptcy impacts your ability to get paid. It also can result in a court undoing prior transactions if the court views them as preferences.
It seems basic that when two parties enter into a construction contract, they are both bound to perform as agreed. Neither side has the right to walk away from the commitment unless there are exceptional circumstances, none of them good.
The phrase, "The king can do no wrong," may sound quaint today. It means a citizen cannot sue the sovereign, even if the king is wrong. This is called sovereign immunity. In American legal parlance, the sovereign is the government.
The "greening of America” is taking on a different meaning than in 1970, when Charles Reich first published his book of that title. Jurisdictions throughout the country are grappling with efforts to reduce negative impacts of our built environment. Membership in the U.S.
“It is undisputed that virtually all of the drawings and specifications … contained substantial errors, conflicts and discrepancies, which rendered them unusable for the construction of the project … .” Eaton Electric Inc. v. Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, (N.Y.
Mold litigation has occasionally been described as the next asbestos by some impressed by the potential widespread claims and potential personal injury-related damages. Other commentators have pointed to hurdles faced by plaintiffs in getting medical testimony in front of juries.
Example 1: During a push to get a new department store finished, the owner changes lighting layouts. He also decides to expand a storage area. No new drawings are issued, and the owner’s representative tells you to go ahead on verbal instructions.
My law firm recently defended a title company and its settlement agent in a case involving allegations of predatory lending. It emphasized a few important points. First, written contracts matter. Second, they matter perhaps far more than individuals understand.