site condition claims Archive

Massachusetts Court Finds Public Owner Gave Implied Warranty Regarding Designer’s Plans and Specifications on a CM-at-Risk Project

In a September 2, 2015 decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Court bolstered the Spearin Doctrine when it found that a public owner had impliedly warranted the plans and specifications for a project constructed under the construction manager-at-risk delivery system. See Coghlin Elec. Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane Bldg. Co., 2015 WL 5123135 (Sept. 2, 2015). This case […]

“Type 1” vs. “Type 2” Differing Site Condition Claims: Distinction without Difference

We often hear people from all different backgrounds in the construction industry make the distinction between “Type 1” and “Type 2” differing site condition claims. We see the distinction made in conversations with clients, in drafting and negotiating construction contracts, and at trade association events and construction law related seminars. Indeed, in a recent count, […]