Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On the Dispute Resolver: Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

The Dispute Resolver has a recent post of interest to owners:

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in Chapman Custom Homes, Inc. v. Dallas Plumbing Company. The Court reiterated that a subcontractor has an implied duty to perform with both care and skill and that breach of this duty may result in liability to property owners. The Court's ruling in this case makes it clear that a subcontractor may be directly liable to a property owner even when the property owner and subcontractor do not have a contractual relationship. [...]

On the Dispute Resolver: No-Damages-For-Delay Provision Does Not Shield Owner from Liability for Deliberate Interference With a Contractor’s Work

The Dispute Resolver has a recent post of interest to owners:

In a much-anticipated decision, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a general contractor seeking to recover funds withheld by an owner for delays that the jury found were caused by the owner’s deliberate and wrongful interference. The Court addressed the effect of a no-damages-for-delay provision in the construction contract, as well as whether language in the waivers the contractor submitted for progress payments also waived the contractor’s claims for delay damages. Finally, the Court analyzed at length whether the applicable statutes waived the governmental immunity of the owner, a local port authority. [...]