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Interesting recent case on Liquidated Damages

Clients & Friends,
 
Here is an interesting recent case on liquidated provided by John Perten of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA.

In a decision recently handed down by the MA appeals court, the Court reiterated the analysis on how to determine whether a liquidated damage clause will be upheld as enforceable or stricken down as an unenforceable penalty. Though this case does not break any new ground, it is a good reminder that if liquidated damage clauses are to be enforceable, you must look to the time of contracting to determine whether the potential damages are difficult to ascertain and whether the sum included within the Contract as calculated represents a "reasonable forecast of damages expected to occur in the event of a breach." 

The case involves the breach of a development agreement. Please click on the attachment below for the courts decision on the Nantasket Beach front Condominiums, LLC v. Hull Redevelopment Authority case. It is well worth the read.
 
Thanks,
 
Bill Perry



Dr. Gary Brierley's CNN interview Re: El Chapo Escape Tunnel

Dr. Gary Brierley is a well know geotechnical and tunneling expert who I had the pleasure of working with years ago.  On July 18, 2015 Gary was interviewed by CNN regarding the El Chapo Escape Tunnel.  Fascinating.  Can you spot the media snafu?  Let me know.   
 
Click here to watch Dr. Brierley's CNN Interview

Gary is available on a consulting basis to assist in differing site conditions and heavy civil claims resolution.  Here is a little bit about how he can help. . . 
 
Forensic Engineering, Claims, and Dispute Resolution  
 
Dr. Brierley can assist with forensic engineering services that require expertise in geotechnical engineering, heavy construction, tunneling and trenchless construction. He believes that a good forensic expert is a detective, one who patiently searches for evidence and reconstructs events in order to reach unbiased conclusions that will stand the scrutiny of peers and cross examination by attorneys. Dr. Brierley follows a disciplined approach; determining the absence of a conflict of interest, accepting the assignment, carefully assembling and reviewing pertinent information, proactive analysis, and development of conclusions and opinions.
 
Mediator/Arbitrator 
Dr. Brierley has served as a mediator and arbitrator and has testified as an expert witness on numerous occasions. He has also served on Dispute Review Boards. From this experience, Dr. Brierley fully understands and embraces the role of a forensic engineering expert as an unbiased provider of opinions and facts to the persons entrusted to make final judgments. He also understands and embraces the importance of explaining complex scientific and engineering concepts in simple, direct language that can be understood by lay persons and finders of fact not familiar with underground construction.
 
Dr. Brierley has provided the following services on behalf of project owners, engineers, contractors, and attorneys.
  • Document and Data Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Geologic/Hydrogeologic Evaluations
  • Evaluation of Remedial Solutions
  • Peer Review
  • Construction Dispute Resolution
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Technical Advisor
  • Services as Mediator and Arbitrator
Dr. Brierley is always happy to provide a second opinion about a design or a contract document, to conduct a pre-bid evaluations for contractors, to serve on a board of consultants, or participate in a claim discussion. Click here for Dr. Brierley's resume and publications.  For more information on Doctor Mole Incorporated please visit out website at www.drmoleinc.com

Potential Pitfalls of Penny Bidding

Clients &Friends,
 
On occasion I come across some interesting articles that are worth forwarding.  Attached is one such article from a recent case in which the General Contractor failed to prevail on his differing site conditions claim due to its use of penny bidding.  I thought you would find this interesting.
 
Thanks,
 
Bill Perry
 
 
 
 

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