Statute of Limitations

Trinity Church v. Atkin
925 A.2d 720, 2007 N.J.Super.LEXIS195 (N,J, Super, App. Div., June 27, 2007)
Contractual clauses providing for the date of accrual on construction projects are valid in New Jersey. The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, affirmed summary judgment in favor of defendants who allegedly performed defective renovation and construction work on a historical building because the plaintiff failed to file a timely action within the period of the statute of limitations.
Continue Reading New Jersey Court Holds Contract Clause Providing for Accrual of Statute of Limitations on Substantial Completion Cannot Be Circumvented By Application of Discovery Rule

Dynalectric Co. v. Whittenberg Constr. Co.
2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27025 (W.D. Ky. Apr. 10, 2007)
Defendant project-owner Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, Inc. contracted with Whittenberg Construction Company to serve as general contractor in the construction of a fine arts facility and with defendant Ray Black & Son, Inc. to serve as construction manager. Whittenberg contracted the electrical contracting work to Plaintiff Dynalectric. Dynalectric brought suit against Four Rivers and Black, alleging that they had caused its work to take longer and cost more than anticipated and as a result Dynalectric had not been fully compensated for its work on the project.
Continue Reading Contractor’s Negligent Supervision Claims Against Construction Manager Require Privity, But Negligent Representation Claims Do Not

Gustine Uniontown Assocs., LTD v. Anthony Crane Rental, Inc.
2006 PA Super 12 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2006)
In conjunction with its construction of a shopping mall over a non-functioning coal mine, project owner Gustine entered into a standard American Institute of Architect form of agreement, AIA B141, with the project architect ASG. Article 9.3 of the contract stated:
“Causes of action between the parties to this Agreement pertaining to acts or failures to act shall be deemed to have accrued and the applicable statutes of limitations shall commence to run not later than either the date of Substantial Completion for acts or failures to act occurring prior to Substantial Completion, or the date of issuance of the final Certificate for Payment for acts or failures to act occurring after Substantial Completion.”
Continue Reading Statute Of Limitations Not Tolled by Discovery Rule under AIA Article 9.3

City of Ferndale v. Florence Cement Co
2006 Mich. App. LEXIS 129, No. 254572 (January 17, 2006)
In City of Ferndale v. Florence Cement Co. and Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., 2006 Mich. App. LEXIS 129, No. 254572 (January 17, 2006), the Court held that the engineer’s decision under the disputes resolution provision of the contract did not constitute a final and binding arbitration award.
Continue Reading Engineer’s Decision Did Not Constitute an Arbitration Award

Harbor Court Assoc. v. Leo A. Daly Co.,
179 F.3d 147 (4th Cir. 1999)
The plaintiffs, Harbor Court Associates and Murdock Development Company (“HCA/Murdock”) were the developers of Harbor Court Complex, located in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, Maryland. On April 28, 1983, HCA/Murdock hired Leo Daly (“Daly”), an architect with a principal place of business is in Nebraska, to design and construct the project. The parties used an A.I.A. document, which stated that, for disputes arising out of the contract: “any applicable statute of limitations shall commence to run and any alleged cause of action shall be deemed to have accrued in any and all events not later than the relevant Date of Substantial Completion of the Work, and [as to any failures occurring after substantial completion] not later than the date of issuance of the Final Certificate of Payment.”
Continue Reading United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit enforces provision of A.I.A. Form Agreement that defeats the discovery rule concerning when a claim accrues for purposes of statute of limitations; holding that the provision does not violate either Maryland or Nebraska law.