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December 4, 2020

UMass lawsuit seeks nearly $3 million over alleged construction flaws

Source: https://www.gazettenet.com/, December 3, 2020 By: Scott Merzbach The University of Massachusetts and the UMass Building Authority are suing eight contractors for almost $3 million for their alleged role in the collapse of ductwork in kitchen exhaust systems at a refurbished dining facility on the Amherst campus. The lawsuit, filed in Hampshire Superior Court in […]

November 9, 2020

Civil Unrest

Source: Sirius Group “In-Box”, November 2020 A civil general contractor was hired to clear, grade and perform infrastructure construction (including utilities and streets) for a plot of land which was going to be developed into residential housing. The contractor hired a land surveyor to stake out the development prior to construction. The subcontracted land surveyor made […]

November 9, 2020

Civil Contractor

Source: https://www.siriusgroup.com/ A heavy highway and bridge contractor was hired to build an elevated highway. The contractor hired an engineer to design the temporary support structures (false work) used to support the permanent structure until the highway was completed. A design flaw in the false work caused a partial collapse of the highway resulting in […]

October 22, 2020

Defending Against Construction Delay Claims

Source: https://www.law.com/, October 22, 2020 By: Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt Delays are inevitable in construction. They can also cause the project owner to lose a lot of money resulting from contractor claims, loss of use of the project, the cost of construction funding and other damages which are incurred when a project extends beyond the scheduled […]

August 10, 2020

SIENA GETS LONG-AWAITED FIXES AFTER SUIT SETTLEMENT

Source: https://www.montclairlocal.news/, August 8, 2020 By: Jaimie Julia Winters The Siena was touted as one of Montclair’s most luxurious condominium buildings when it opened in 2008. Developed on the former Hahne’s Department Store property, the building’s owners quickly sold all but eight of its 101 units as buyers sought what the builders termed an “enclave […]

August 10, 2020

‘Horrible sequence of mistakes’: How bullet train contractors botched a bridge project

Source: https://www.latimes.com/, August, 10, 2020 By: Ralph Vartabedian A series of errors by contractors and consultants on the California bullet train venture caused support cables to fail on a massive bridge crucial to the project, triggering an order to stop work that further delayed a project already years behind schedule, the Los Angeles Times has learned. […]

February 5, 2020

Construction Defects Claimed at 537-Unit Doral Condo

Source: https://www.globest.com/, February 4, 2020 By: Lidia Dinkova The homeowner association for a Midtown Doral condominium claims construction defects, including leaky plumbing with erratic water pressure, rooftop pools of rainwater on the roof and exposed rebar in cracked concrete. A member of the development partnership maintains all issues will be worked out and stands by […]

February 3, 2020

Insurer must defend contractor in arbitration

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, January 30, 2020 By: Judy Greenwald An insurer is obligated to defend a contractor in arbitration over a construction project under a provision in its commercial general liability policy, says a federal appeals court, in affirming a lower court ruling. Construction of a luxury apartment complex was plagued with problems from the start, […]

December 19, 2019

CNA unit wins professional liability A&E ruling

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, December 17, 2019 By: Judy Greenwald Massachusetts’ top court affirmed summary judgment Monday in favor of a CNA Financial Corp. unit in a professional liability case in which its policyholder had refused to agree to a settlement. The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts also held in Douglas M. Rawan and […]

November 21, 2019

Fla. Courts Continue to Expand Liability of Design Professionals on Construction Projects

Source: November 21, 2019 By: Charles E. Fombrun and Freddy X. Munoz Design professionals such as architects and engineers are exposed to significant risk and potential liability for errors and omissions in their designs and other work on construction projects. In addition to potential up-front design errors, many professionals participate in project administration, which includes […]

November 20, 2019

Florida bridge collapse | Catalogue of engineering errors revealed in final report

Source: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/, November 14, 2019 By: Sa,m Sholli A catalogue of engineering errors during design and construction led to the fatal collapse of the Florida International University bridge, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has ruled in its final report. The report concludes that design calculation errors made by Figg Bridge Engineers were ultimately […]

October 31, 2019

How San Francisco's Salesforce Transit Center, dubbed the 'Grand Central of the West', went from the 'safest building in the world' to a $2.2billion construction debacle six weeks after it opened when workers found cracked steel beams

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk, October 29, 2019 By: Megan Sheets When the Salesforce Transit Center and Park opened last fall, the $2.2billion architectural marvel promised to revolutionize commuting in the Bay Area as the cornerstone of an expanded and improved network of trains, buses and streetcars. Six weeks after a triumphant ribbon-cutting at the so-called ‘Grand Central of […]

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