Blog Post
01/19/2021
By Gregory M. Boucher

A recent Massachusetts trial court decision ruled that any objections to a payment application are waived unless a reviewing owner or contractor strictly follows the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Statute, Prompt Payment Act, G.L. c. 149, § 29E, which applies to most projects with a prime contract worth more than $3 million. See Tocci v. IRIV Partners, LLC, et al., Suffolk Superior Court, 1984CV000405 (November 19, 2020). 

Blog Post
07/21/2020
By Gregory M. Boucher

On June 29, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a subcontractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy may provide a contractor listed as an additional insured on the CGL policy with insurance coverage for correcting the subcontractor’s faulty work. See Skanska USA Bldg. Inc. v. M.A.P. Mech. Contractors, Inc., No. 159510, 2020 WL 3527909 (Mich. June 29, 2020). The court held that unintentionally faulty subcontractor work that damages an insured’s work may constitute an “accident” for an additional insured under the subcontractor’s CGL policy.

Blog Post
05/20/2020
By Gregory M. Boucher

On May 12, 2020, the United States Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Missouri law, rejected a contractor’s contention that its commercial general liability (CGL) policy provided coverage for claims arising out of the contractor’s allegedly defective construction work.

Blog Post
03/13/2020
By Kevin M. Levy

Unlicensed contractors in Georgia recently were dealt a blow by the state's Court of Appeals when three judges held that a contractor's failure to possess a valid state contractor's license precluded the contractor from bringing a lawsuit for unpaid fees. In Fleetwood v. Lucas, __ S.E.2d __, 2020 WL 1149734 (Ga. Ct. App. March 10, 2020), a panel of judges ruled against a contractor, who completed extensive repair and renovation work on two properties, because the contractor was not properly licensed by the state government.  

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