Category: Statutes of Limitation

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WSBA Construction Section Annual Seminar – June 9, 2017

On June 9, 2017, my colleague, Karl Oles, and I (both from the Seattle office of Stoel Rives) will present at the annual meeting and seminar for WSBA’s Construction Section, which this year is entitled Washington Statutes Affecting Construction.  This seminar, located at the WSBA Conference Center in Seattle, will feature in-depth discussions regarding important … Continue Reading

Think all Oregon construction defect claims are governed by the same 10-year statute of repose? Think again.

In Shell v. Schollander Companies, Inc., the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed a line of appellate decisions distinguishing between defect claims arising out of construction performed for an owner and defect claims arising out of an owner’s purchase of an existing structure.  In Schollander, the homeowner sought recovery for defects in the construction of a spec … Continue Reading

Put In Writing When the Clock Starts Ticking

In my recent article “Put in Writing When the Clock Starts Ticking,” I discuss how varying intrepretations statue of limitations can affect your business. Setting your own time limits on claims in your construction contracts can help you manage risk. Read the full article here. “Put in Writing When the Clock Starts Ticking” was originally … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court’s Decision: Plaintiff’s Tort Claims Accrued on Substantial Completion and were Time-Barred

In my recent article, “Provision Providing for Early Accrual of Statute of Limitations Held Inapplicable,” I discuss the Oregon Supreme Court’s reversal of a trial court’s decision that, by the terms of the parties’ contract, plaintiff’s tort claims accrued on the date of substantial completion and were time-barred. Read the full article, here. “Provision Providing … Continue Reading

Bah Humbug: California Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Arising From Overbroad SB800 Decision

You may have recently heard that on December 11, 2013, the California Supreme Court denied the builder’s Petition for Review of the published decision in Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 163 Cal. Rptr. 3d 600, Cal. App. 4th 98 (2013). For builders and contractors, this is very frustrating news and undermines the … Continue Reading

Sophisticated Parties? You May Shorten Both the Start and Length of the Statute of Limitations in CA Commercial Construction Contracts

Can parties waive both the commencement and length of the statutory limitation periods for construction defect actions?  Yes, answered the Fourth Appellate District, by allowing the parties to contractually preclude the application of the “delayed discovery” rule that normally triggers the commencement of the limitation time period and affirming case law permitting the shortening of … Continue Reading

Statutory Limitation Periods Can Be Reduced Contractually Under Nevada Law

The Nevada Supreme Court has answered a question that developers and contractors have been asking for years:  can the statutory limitation period for a construction defect action be shortened?  The court answered in the affirmative but held that there must be no statute to the contrary and that the reduced limitation period must be reasonable … Continue Reading

The Increasing Importance of Performance Bonds

There are now 25 states in the U.S. that hold that construction defects are not an “occurrence” and are therefore not covered under commercial general liability policies insuring contractors.  Couple this troubling statistic with the ever increasing number of policy exclusions and limitations, and we begin to realize that in many situations the contractor’s insurance … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court Declines to Reconsider Abraham Decision

In March of this year, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its opinion in Abraham v. T. Henry Construction, Inc.  Unhappy with one aspect of the opinion, the Abrahams promptly filed a petition for reconsideration.  Last week, the Oregon Supreme Court denied the Abrahams’ petition.  While it was making its way through the appellate courts, Abraham provoked … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Abraham Appeal

Last month the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral argument in Abraham v. T. Henry Construction, Inc., a residential construction defect case.  Shortly after the Oregon Court of Appeals published its opinion in September 2009, Ahead of Schedule authors Eric Grasberger (“Negligence Claims Take Another Twist in Oregon” and Kip Childs (“Oregon Court of Appeals Provides Clarification … Continue Reading

Washington Court Holds Statute of Limitations Doesn’t Apply to Arbitration

  Contributor:  Stephen P. Kelly In Broom v. Morgan Stanley DW, Inc., the Washington State Supreme Court held that state statute of limitations did not apply to a contractual arbitration. The arbitrators of an investment-related dispute had dismissed certain claims because plaintiffs failed to bring them before the applicable statutes of limitations lapsed. Analyzing the Washington statute of … Continue Reading

Negligence Claims Take Another Twist in Oregon

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the Oregon Court of Appeals strikes again with another iteration of the “economic loss doctrine” which defines when parties can sue each other in negligence for construction defects. In Abraham v. Henry (September 2, 2009) the Court held that parties to a … Continue Reading

New Oregon statute shortens period for asserting building defect claims on “large” commercial projects.

On July 14, 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed HB 2434 passed in June by the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Although a chapter number has not yet been assigned to the new act, the law will go into effect for building defect claims that arise on or after January 1, 2010. As addressed in prior Legal … Continue Reading

Oregon Statute Regarding Defective Design and Construction Claims Pending Governor Action

Oregon HB 2434, passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2009 and by the Senate on June 22, 2009, is currently awaiting the Governor’s approval or veto. The bill would reduce from 10 years to six years the maximum time period during which an owner of a "large commercial building" could assert claims … Continue Reading

New WA Supreme Court Opinion has several Construction law implications

On June 18, 2009 the Washington Supreme Court issued its decision in Cambridge Townhomes, et al. v. Pacific Star Roofing, Inc., et al., 81003-6. The decision touches on several issues of interest to the construction industry in Washington. In particular, the Court clarified the law about when a corporation may be held liable as a … Continue Reading

Statute of limitations: State entity trumps in Safeco Field case

On March 5 2009 the Supreme Court of Washington issued a 6-3 decision in WA State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District v. Huber, Hunt & Nichols-Kiewit Construction, No. 81029-0, in which the court held that the 6-year the statute of limitations for breach of contract did not apply to a construction defect claim … Continue Reading
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