Carolina Casualty Insurance Company, et al. v. R.L. Brown & Associates, Inc., et al.
No. 1:04-CV-3537-GET, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5261 (N.D. Ga. January 25, 2006)
In Carolina Casualty Insurance Company, et al. v. R.L. Brown & Associates, Inc., et al., No. 1:04-CV-3537-GET, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5261 (N.D. Ga. January 25, 2006), a dispute arose between a surety that had provided a performance bond on a public works project and the project’s program manager. After the owner declared the general contractor in default for defective work, the surety finished the underlying contract under the terms of the performance bond. The owner sought additional damages from the surety. In an agreement settling those claims for additional damages, the owner assigned to the surety all of its own claims against third parties arising out of the defective construction and supervision of the project.
Continue Reading Construction Manager Sued For Failure To Ensure Quality Of Contractor’s Work Could Not Sue Contractor’s Surety For Indemnity Or Contribution

Ed Kimber Heating & Cooling, Inc. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co.
No. 3:03cv2111 (SRU), 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3323 (D. Conn. Jan. 26, 2006)
Trataros Construction, Inc. (“Trataros”), the general contractor on a school addition and renovation project, subcontracted with Ed Kimber Heating & Cooling, Inc. (“Kimber”) for the performance of HVAC and plumbing work. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. (“Travelers”) issued payment and performance bonds as the surety for Trataros.
Continue Reading Contractor’s Continued Acceptance of Subcontractor’s Performance Waives Right To Terminate

Beckwith Machinery Company v. Asset Recovery Group, Inc.
2005 Pa. Super. 429, 2005 Pa. Super. LEXIS 4276 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2005)
In Beckwith Machinery Company v. Asset Recovery Group, Inc., et al., 2005 Pa. Super. 429 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2005), the Court held that invoices for major repairs in the nature of capital improvements to heavy construction equipment were not covered by the terms of a payment bond. The Court reasoned that the repairs referenced in the invoices at issue could not be classified as ordinary maintenance performed for consumption over the course of the project, but rather were services which a contractor would retain the benefit of on the completion of work to be used by him in a like manner on subsequent projects.
Continue Reading Payment Bond Does Not Cover Major Repairs to Heavy Construction Equipment Akin to Capital Improvements

Cates Constr., Inc. v. Talbot Partners et al.,
1999 Cal. LEXIS 4847 (Co. July 29, 1999)
In 1989, defendant Talbot Partners (“Talbot”) hired plaintiff Cates Construction, Inc. (“Cates”) to build a condominium project in Malibu, California. The construction contract required Cates to have the project ready for occupancy in eight months. The contract also required Cates to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials bond, both of which were subsequently issued by Transamerica Insurance Company (“Transamerica”).
Continue Reading The Supreme Court of California holds that an obligee may not recover in tort for a surety's breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing implied in a performance bond.