Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP updates

New standard in Texas as to when an owner can assert a statutory employer defence?
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Construction
  • USA
  • June 25 2018

The 13th Court of Appeals in Edinburg, Texas recently issued an opinion that could eliminate the statutory employer protection for general contractors in certain circumstances if allowed to stand. The court held that in order to avail itself of the statutory employer defence, a general contractor must do something more than pass the onus of obtaining workers compensation coverage to its subcontractor. General contractors may need to rethink how they provide for workers' compensation coverage in future.

Five key takeaways from defence verdict in 15-year major league baseball stadium case
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Construction
  • USA
  • June 18 2018

Pennsylvania's intermediate appellate court has affirmed a defence verdict for the design and construction manager of a major league baseball stadium. The court issued its ruling following extensive discovery and motions practice, a six-week bench trial in 2010 and two defence verdicts. The case has a number of key takeaways for complex, multi-party cases.

Owner's participation in pre-trial litigation does not amount to a waiver of arbitration
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Construction
  • USA
  • May 28 2018

Proving waiver of a party's contractual right to arbitrate has often been a laborious obligation of the party bearing such burden. In the case between Legoland and Superior Builders, the court of appeals concluded that Legoland's actions in Superior's suit did not substantially invoke the judicial process; therefore, Superior failed to carry its heavy burden to show that Legoland had waived its contractual right to arbitrate. Accordingly, the court compelled the parties' dispute to arbitration pursuant to their arbitration agreement.

Choosing a damages methodology for certain construction claims
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Construction
  • USA
  • May 21 2018

Construction delay claims are regarded as being among the most difficult types of claim in the industry, due in large part to the difficulty in analysing the home office overhead costs associated with a specific project in conjunction with the percentage of the total amount of these costs for the company. It is important for a contractor to select a recognised methodology for calculating allocable home office overhead costs and ensure that all elements tied to such damages methodology are satisfied.

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