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A federal jury in the Northern District of Illinois recently awarded nearly $23 million to the developer of a luxury hotel in Chicago’s trendy West Loop arising from multiple breaches of contract and fraud by its design-builder. What is particularly striking about the judgment in NHC LLC v. Centaur...

During the 2022 legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 550 (“SB 550”), which Virginia Governor Youngkin signed into law. SB 550 amends a portion of the Virginia Prompt Payment Act and a component of the Virginia wage theft statute, prohibiting “pay-if-paid” clauses in...

On June 10, 2022, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law two related bills, HB 5412 and HB 4600, sent to him the previous month by the Illinois legislature that will hold a primary contractor (one who has a contract with an owner) liable for the unpaid wages and other amounts owed to employees of...

A recent decision from the United States District Court for Delaware held that a surety was not liable for consequential damages to a building owner after a default by its contractor because the surety’s liability could not be greater than its principal’s liability. See Iron Branch Associates, LP v...

A recent decision from the United States District Court for Massachusetts held a contractor and its owner personally liable for failing to pay a subcontractor and held that the contractor was liable for millions in damages to the owner resulting from owner’s termination of the contractor for cause...

Owners of a Massachusetts waste collection, recycling and removal company recently were held personally liable for their failure to pay their employees at prevailing wages. See Donis v. American Waste Services, LLC, 95 Mass.App.Ct. 317 (2019). Under Massachusetts law, wage violations are subject to...

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut is a reminder to contractors and developers that indemnification agreements tied to bonds usually heavily favor and give a large amount of discretion to insurers issuing bonds. See Arch Ins. Co. v. Centerplan...

A recent decision by Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal on Florida’s "anti-indemnity" statute" is one that should catch the attention of lawyers who draft and negotiate construction contracts in Florida. In CB Contractors, LLC v. Allens Steel Products, Inc., 2108 WL 6579215 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018)...

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