The firm’s construction lawyers have handled a number of construction litigation cases, representing both owners as well as contractors. The Boston law firm recently concluded a case involving the right of owners to hold a contractor to its initial estimate of construction costs on an implied warranty theory.
The law firm has represented homeowners in a number of cases involving alleged violations of the Home Improvement Renovation Act. In these cases, the firm has successfully proven the existence of renovations which failed to comply with building code requirements as well as the existence of fraudulent billing practices by the contractor.
The law firm currently represents a mid-size public contracting company in resolving contract issues and disputes that have arisen with its subcontractors. The firm is challenging a seven figure jury award, which was awarded against the company and predecessor counsel, in a case which is currently before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The case raises questions relating to the right to enforce contractual waivers of damage claims agreed to by the subcontractor, as well as the circumstances that damage awards in different claims must be limited as duplicative of each other.
Firm partner Stephen Schultz, prior to joining the firm, was the First Assistant Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this capacity, he worked regularly with engineers and investigators investigating the potential for bringing civil litigation relating to unsupported change orders and cost overruns on major public construction projects.