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Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation

The Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin clearly understands the relationship between construction professionals and their respective responsibilities. Our practice group has a considerable number of years of experience in defending construction industry cases. The practice includes representation of owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and design professionals. This group quickly develops an understanding of the project and contract documents in order to identify key issues early, then proceeds to develop those issues into sound defense strategies. Our practice group's litigation experience includes initial negotiations, construction claims, arbitration proceedings and jury trials involving all phases of construction litigation.
 
Our defense approach is aimed at the early identification of key issues and is predicated on developing the earliest possible defense strategies tailored to the individual case and client. The application of this strategy is carried out by a team approach consisting of experienced partners, associates and paralegals capable of handling the basic, as well as the highly sophisticated and complex, construction litigation matters.
 
The Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey consists of a diverse group of professionals with considerable experience handling matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and New York. The group prides itself on its multi-jurisdictional range of experience and substantial number of cases handled.
 
We look forward to your inquiries and remain at your disposal for presentations or seminars which your company may desire.

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Feb 23, 2009
Attorneys obtained summary final judgment in an action by a contractor against our client, a window manufacturer, based on the Economic Loss Rule. Plaintiff, a homebuilder, was not in privity of contract with the manufacture, but rather a...
Jun 26, 2008
Attorney obtained a no cause following a nine day jury trial on behalf of an engineering firm. Plaintiff, an over 55 adult community, brought an action against defendant concerning the design of the wastewater treatment system. Plaintiff claimed...
Jun 10, 2008
Attorney obtained a motion for involuntary dismissal at the conclusion of plaintiff's case for extensive property damage to a hospital's basement level which included offices, equipment and medical records. Plaintiff alleged that defendant site...
Apr 17, 2008
Attorneys obtained dismissal on behalf of an engineering firm who was the design engineer for the renovation of a rest area on an expressway. Plaintiff, a cement truck operator, claimed he was injured when his truck rolled over at the job-site...
Apr 17, 2008
Attorney obtained two summary final judgments in one case, on behalf of a well known architectural firm. The first summary final judgment, based upon the economic loss rule, was obtained against the owner on its claims against the architect for...
Feb 6, 2008
Attorney obtained dismissal of a professional malpractice claim against our defendant engineering firm. Defendant was joined as an additional defendant by the school district in a lawsuit between multiple contractors regarding the installation of...

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Law Alerts April 1, 2015
The architect and the plaintiff entered into a contract whereby the architect agreed to provide architectural services, including structural, mechanical and electrical design, for additions and alterations to an existing four-story building. The..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2014
Residential purchasers of a three-year-old home brought a claim against the builder of the home for breach of the implied warranty of habitability upon discovering water infiltration and latent construction defects. However, they were not in..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014
Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By R. Thomas Roberts, Esq., Michael J. DeCandio, Esq. and Amanda Ingersoll* Key Points: Florida law permits contractual limitation of individual liability for negligence of “design professionals” employed by business entities..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 18, 2013
This matter arose out of claims involving the alleged structural failures of the plaintiff’s public safety facility. Construction began in the fall of 1994 and on November 24, 1995, a Certificate of Substantial Completion was issued. On April..., Case Law Alert, 4th Quarter 2013
Law Alerts October 18, 2013
The Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County reaffirmed that, if parties intend to include within the scope of their indemnity agreement a provision that covers losses due to the indemnities’ own negligence, they must do so in clear and..., Case Law Alert, 4th Quarter 2013
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2013
By Jacob J. Sulzer, Esq.*   Key Points: Home builders may now be liable to subsequent purchasers, beyond the original buyer, for latent defects. No contract required between builder and home buyer to support breach of implied..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
Law Alerts January 11, 2013
The contractor sued the owner school district for delay claims, and the owner joined the architect. The owner settled with the contractor and assigned its rights against the architect to the contractor. The contractor continued action against the..., Case Law Alert, 1st Quarter 2013

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Chair

John H. Osorio
Chair, Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation Practice Group
(856) 414-6007
jhosorio@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Michael J. DeCandio
Senior Counsel
(904) 358-4203
mjdecandio@mdwcg.com

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