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The Punch List provides you with a review of current state and federal cases, as well as legislative and regulatory changes, affecting the construction industry. Some of the topics include contracts, classification of workers, construction bidding, independent contractors, negligence, construction defects, liens, insurance claims, and various other important topics in the industry.  Click on the subscription button below to customize your updates.
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Subcontractor denied payment due to contract language

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:31


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Despite a subcontractor not being paid for work allegedly performed, the Supreme Court of Arkansas dismissed the subcontractor’s complaint due to the fact that the subcontractor agreed to a pay-if-paid clause.

   

A halogen bulb sheds light on potential liability

Friday, 12 February 2016 11:24


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During a remodel of a church involving three different contracting companies, the church caught fire and was substantially damaged. The church brought a lawsuit against all three contractors. During the remodel, a painting company that was in charge of painting and drywall, an electrical contractor, and a roofing company were brought in midway through the project to repair a leak in the roof.

   

TDOT could not hide behind terms of construction contract

Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:25


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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) received funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to rebuild a Welcome Center along Interstate 65. The state of Tennessee engaged a team of architects and civil engineers to design the project. TDOT entered into an agreement with a contractor to construct the Welcome Center and adjacent roadways and parking lots. 

   

Subcontractor did not fulfill contract and is found not liable

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:01


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A general contractor hired a subcontractor to build all of the cabinetry for a movie theater. The parties agreed the subcontractor would complete the entire project by the scheduled opening of the movie theater and that time was of the essence. The cabinetry were not done by the scheduled opening date, so the original scheduled opening date was pushed back four months. The cabinetry were still not done by the delayed opening date. The theater opened without the cabinetry work completed. 

   

No insurance coverage for defective installation

Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:53


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Homeowners hired a general contractor to build a house. After discovering a number of defects in their home, the homeowners filed a lawsuit against the builder in state court in Florida. The builder’s insurance company refused to defend the action. As a result, the homeowner and the builder entered into a consent judgment for approximately $90,000 in favor of the homeowner.

   

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