RT ECP: General Contractors

August 9, 2023

Office Building

Source: Distinguished Programs A general contractor (GC) constructed a new office building. The windows were not sealed properly during  installation resulting in water intrusion along the windowsills and mold. The building’s owner filed a lawsuit against  the GC for mold that arose due to the faulty workmanship. Cleanup costs due to mold exceeded $250,000

August 3, 2023


Source: Distinguished Programs A plumbing contractor installed a water circulation system in a new high-rise hotel. Several months after the hotel opened, guests became ill from legionella pneumophila. An investigation determined that the cause was water  stagnating within the pipes due to improper installation of the system by the contractor. Hotel guests filed a lawsuit  […]

August 3, 2023


Source: Distinguished Programs A roofing contractor replaced a roof at a commercial building. A waterproofing seal was sprayed on the roof prior to the completion of the work. Several weeks following the application of the waterproofing seal, many of the building’s  tenants complained of respiratory problems and other irritations. The problems the tenants were experiencing […]

July 27, 2023

General Contractor (GC)/Underground Storage Tank (UST)

Source: Distinguished Programs A GC was constructing a new office building. One level of subsurface parking was included in the construction plans.  During excavation activities, the GC struck a former UST with a backhoe resulting in the release of the remaining  contents of the tank. It was determined that the UST was associated with a […]

November 2, 2021

Two Unrelated Incidents Last Week Put Biscayne Bay at Risk

Source: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/, October 26, 2021 By: Michael Majchrowicz All eyes were on Biscayne Bay following an instance in which sediment appeared to spew into the water from a state-run construction site near the MacArthur Causeway on Friday, further jeopardizing the ever-vulnerable marine ecosystem that helps ensure a clean water supply for South Florida. That came […]

July 13, 2021

Construction company sued over water run-off

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/, July 9, 2021 By: william Dean A lawsuit claims negligence during construction of Oak Hill Estates caused significant water damage to their property. The suit, filed by Ed Dunn Road residents Kenneth and Jessica Davis, seeks monetary relief for damages, interests, punitive damages, legal costs and other relief deemed appropriate. Read more.

October 27, 2020

Can You Get Stuck With Stucco? Coverage Under An EIFS Exclusion For Property Damage Caused By Construction Defects

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/, October 22, 2020 By: Kathy Maus and J. Blake Hunter, Butler Weihmuller Latz Craig LLP Many commercial general liability policies contain an exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) exclusion, which bars coverage under specific circumstances when EIFS is used in construction. EIFS is also known as synthetic stucco and generally refers to a […]

June 17, 2020

Crews begin to tear down UMKC’s troubled student housing — 12 years after it opened

Source: https://www.kansascity.com/, June 16, 2020 By: Mara Rose Williams Work crews are taking the first steps to tear down the shuttered Oak Place Apartments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a 12-year-old building riddled with leaky pipes, sagging floors and mold. The university determined in February that the student residence at 5050 Oak St. was […]

June 9, 2020

Residents near Amazon’s $1.5B Kentucky air hub project sue Whiting-Turner Kokosing JV

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, June 2, 2020 By: Kim Slowey Homeowners living near the $1.5 billion Amazon Air hub project at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in Hebron, Kentucky, have filed a lawsuit against general contractor Whiting-Turner Kokosing JV for alleged damages that blasting and other earthwork activity caused to their homes. The plaintiffs are seeking […]

March 26, 2020

Who Pays When Remediation Goes Wrong? A Federal Court’s Evaluation of Contractor Liability

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) has been a prodigious generator of litigation for decades. First, the government sought to compel potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to clean up contaminated sites. Then, those PRPs who were found liable or who settled with the government sought contribution from other PRPs. Now, even after these […]

February 3, 2020

‘Rotting from the inside:’ Fast-growing Philly developer accused of defective building

Source: https://whyy.org, January 31, 2020 By: Meir Rinde Megan Murray felt happy when she bought her condo in Kensington. She loved the walkable, up-and-coming neighborhood and was proud she could afford a $320,000 new construction home with high-end finishes. She wasn’t too worried, at first, that the neighbor in the condo next door said there […]

December 16, 2019

Five Amherst high school teachers suing contractor for "exposure to toxic chemicals" in school

Source: https://www.wkbw.com/, December 16, 2019 By: Ali Touhey Five Amherst Central High School teachers are suing a local contractor after they claim they got sick after being exposed to toxic substances at school. The group, which is prohibited by state law from taking legal action against the school district, has filed suit against Turner Construction Co. in […]

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