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Troutman Pepper attorneys Albert Bates, Zach Torres-Fowler, and Jamey Collidge published a Practice Note explaining key issues in the discovery (disclosure) process of a domestic US construction arbitration, such as conducting disclosure in an ad hoc proceeding or under institutional rules, identifying the disclosure’s scope, and managing electronically stored information (ESI) and other disclosures (for example, site visits, depositions, expert disclosure, and third party disclosure). This Note identifies the various tools available to parties and factors for parties to consider when preparing for and seeking prehearing disclosure in a construction arbitration in the US.Continue Reading Discovery (Disclosure) in US Construction Arbitration

Reposted from Solar Power World with permission.

This article explores practical steps a solar array owner or operator can take now to better position itself to make warranty-related claims five, 10 or even 25 years into the future. These tips are based on my experience over the past year, during which I’ve handled two solar disputes — one that culminated in a two-week trial and another that required a two-week final arbitration hearing. One dispute concerned the modules themselves; the other involved the solar tracking system. Despite the different technologies involved, there was a lot of overlap in the defendants’ litigation strategies, and the same practical lessons can be drawn from both.Continue Reading I Lived It: Litigator Provides His Perspective on Solar Warranty Claims

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania concluded 2023 by issuing two opinions that clarify (1) the costs recoverable under the Lien Law and (2) the requirements for perfecting service of a lien claim. Two key takeaways are:

  • A lien claimant cannot recover replacement and rental costs associated with equipment and materials not incorporated into the final structure; and
  • Proper service does not require the person served to be in charge of the business, so long as a sufficient connection exists between the person served and the defendant to show that service was reasonably calculated.

Continue Reading Pennsylvania Appellate Court Clarifies Recovery and Service Requirements of Mechanics’ Lien Law

Reposted from The Dispute Resolver with permission.

A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, Munro v. Georgia Department of Transportation, highlights how overly specific and inflexible rules of evidence can create peculiar results.

Munro involved a dispute over the design of a Georgia intersection. No. A23A0404, 2023 WL 4194716 (Ga. Ct. App. June 27, 2023). The plaintiff alleged that the defendant improperly designed the intersection, never corrected that improper design, and failed to properly maintain the intersection. These claims were dismissed for a very odd reason: the plaintiff’s expert witness wasn’t old enough.Continue Reading Courthouse Reporter Series: The Bizarre Case That Required a 117-Year-Old Expert

In 2023, the construction industry saw significant developments, such as a downward trend in the commercial real estate market, a continued focus on sustainability, and the ongoing impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. International construction arbitration remained a preferred dispute resolution method for large-scale projects, while the energy industry prioritized safety, reliability, and compliance with clean energy directives, leading an increase in energy construction and public-private partnerships.Continue Reading A Review of 2023’s Construction Highlights and What to Expect Next: A Summary

Earlier this year[1] the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals joined the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. circuits in the much-anticipated en banc decision of Corporacion AIC, SA v. Hidroelectrica Santa Rita S.A., where it held that the grounds for vacatur under Chapter 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) may also apply to nondomestic arbitration awards (e.g., arbitration awards rendered in the U.S. but involving a non-U.S. party).[2] The court’s decision overruled two of its prior cases, holding that Article V of the New York Convention and Chapter 2 of the FAA provided the exclusive grounds for challenging the enforcement of a nondomestic arbitration award.[3] The decision is of significance because it brings the Eleventh Circuit — which encompasses the increasingly popular arbitration seats of Atlanta and Miami — in line with other circuit courts that have considered this issue.[4]Continue Reading Eleventh Circuit Joins Others on Applicability of Domestic FAA Grounds to Vacate Nondomestic Arbitration Awards

Reposted from The Dispute Resolver with permission.

You are conducting the final hearing of a high-dollar construction arbitration. Opposing counsel hands you the next document that counsel plans to use in questioning the witness on the stand. You notice that the document is bates stamped but has no exhibit number. So, you quickly consult opposing counsel’s exhibit list and – gasp – you find that the document is not on the list. What do you do? Do you object?Continue Reading Opinion: Stop Requiring Exhibit Lists!

SDSP, LLC v. Attias, 2023 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1518

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania vacated a multimillion-dollar award to subcontractors arising from a payment dispute, and remanded the matter to the trial court for an attorney’s fees award to the developer who prevailed on appeal. This is a strong reminder to all tiers of the construction chain that Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA) allows substantially prevailing parties — whether owners, contractors, or subcontractors — to recover fees incurred in proceedings involving payment claims.Continue Reading PA Appellate Court Issues Strong Reminder: CASPA’s Fee-Shifting Mechanism Applies to Subcontractors, Contractors, and Owners Who Prevail in Payment Disputes

In All Seasons Landscaping, Inc. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am., a Connecticut court considered for the first time whether the performance of warranty work tolls the statute of limitations on payment bond claims. The court ruled that it does not. It dismissed subcontractor All Seasons Landscaping, Inc.’s (ALS’s) bond claim because ALS admitted that it last performed non-warranty work on the project more than one year before filing suit, meaning the statute of limitations barred its claim.Continue Reading No Free Warranty: Connecticut Court Adopts Correction or Repair Test

Industrial Steel Construction, Inc. v. Lunda Construction Company, 33 F.4th 1038, 1041 (8th Cir. 2022)

This federal case relates to the construction of a bridge over the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. The state of Iowa hired Lunda Construction Company (Lunda) as the general contractor for the project, which contracted Industrial Steel Construction, Inc. (ISC) to fabricate the structural steel for the bridge. A breach of contract dispute arose between Lunda and ISC that resulted in an arbitration pursuant to the contractual dispute resolution provisions. The arbitrator ruled entirely in favor of Lunda, including awarding Lunda its attorneys’ fees and expert costs, and requiring ISC to reimburse Lunda for its half of the cost of the arbitration.Continue Reading Federal Court Confirms Liberal Federal Policy Favoring Arbitration Awards