American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Co. v. Payton Lane Nursing Home, Inc.
2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8537 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2010)
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“EDNY”) recently considered whether a surety could maintain a breach of contract claim against a construction project owner’s architect based upon the architect’s alleged wrongful certification of payments occurring prior to the execution of a takeover agreement. In rendering its opinion, the EDNY concluded that expert opinions were not required where the claim sounded in contract, rather than in tort. The EDNY also found that summary judgment was defeated because there remained genuine issues of material fact as to the extent of the architect’s scope of construction phase services and whether the architect failed to satisfy its construction phase service obligations.
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