As of September 1, 2021, in a change to Texas caselaw that had been in place for over a century, Texas contractors now have protection in certain circumstances from liability for defective plans and specifications provided to the contractor by someone else. In the 1907 Texas Supreme Court case Lonergan v. San Antonio Loan &
Justin T. Scott
Justin Scott’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, specifically in the energy, construction, and real estate fields. In the energy industry, he has experience representing oil and gas service companies, equipment manufacturers, and exploration and production companies in disputes ranging from royalty payment litigation to trade secret matters. View articles by Justin.
In the construction industry, Justin has represented general contractors, property owners, and developers, and one of the nation’s largest metal building component manufacturers in matters ranging from warranty claims to breach of contract disputes.
Measuring the Long Arm of Texas Courts: When Is an Out-of-State Supplier Subject to Texas Jurisdiction?
Suppliers of construction products and materials frequently find that their products and materials are used in projects located in states where the supplier may not have an office, factory, or production facility. Some suppliers may believe that because they don’t have an office or factory in Texas, they cannot be sued in a Texas court.…
Enforcing Electronic Contracts in Texas When the Other Party Denies Signing
As an ever-increasing amount of contract negotiation and execution is done online, new legal issues have arisen from such transactions. Consider the following scenario:
You are a general/prime contractor. You have a subcontractor’s electronic signature on an arbitration agreement. When a dispute arises with the subcontractor, you raise the arbitration agreement and attempt to submit…
Two Emails Don’t Always Equal One Contract: Contracts in the World of COVID-19
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed many of our personal and professional lives. This includes working from home and increased communication by email. During this time, many business decisions will be made through email, including entering into contracts. Owners, developers, and contractors should be aware of the pitfalls associated with negotiating contracts by email. While released…