Waiver

Equitable Estoppel by Conduct and Silence Precluded Liquidated Damages

Retail owner and contractor had completed nine projects in two states. Most projects were completed beyond the original completion date, but no liquidated damages had been assessed. The current dispute concerned construction of five stores in Maine.… Read More
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One-Year Limitations Period Enforceable for Insurance Policy Claims

In what may seem to many as a harsh decision, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a one-year limitations period in an insurance policy. The insurance carrier and insured homeowners were in contact soon after the loss. The carrier did some inve… Read More
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One Way to Waive an Attorney-Client Communication

The judge’s decision on an injunction hearing provides a cautionary tale for attorneys preparing a privilege log. The underlying case arose when Lockton accused Alliant of enticing soon-to-be-former Lockton managers and others into breaching their… Read More
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Failure to Promptly Reserve Rights on Coverage = Loss of Ability to Disclaim

From the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal comes a reminder that undertaking defense of a claim without any reservation of rights can bar an insurer from disclaiming coverage nine months later – even if the claim was not within the policy language from t… Read More
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Insurer Did Not Waive Arbitration by Waiting for Claim Against Tortfeasor to Conclude

An injured automobile owner pursued claims against the driver who caused the accident, while her own carrier, whose policy could be implicated by the underinsurance of the driver at fault, waited on the sidelines. After reaching an end result with th… Read More
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Failure to follow claims procedure was an irrevocable waiver of the claim

Consider this sentence: “courts cannot decide cases of contract interpretation on the basis of what is just or equitable.” Contractors are reminded, via an Ohio Court of Appeals decision, that claim deadlines and waiver language will be applied w… Read More
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About Stan Martin

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Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. Over the course of his career, he has served on boards and committees for organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

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