Justia Construction Law Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in Supreme Court of Alabama
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Dannelly Enterprises, LLC ("Dannelly"), appealed a circuit court order granting a motion to compel arbitration filed by Palm Beach Grading, Inc. ("PBG"). In the fall of 2006, PBG entered into negotiations with Corvias Military Living, LLC, f/k/a Picerne Military Housing LLC; Picerne Construction/FRK, LLC; Rucker-Picerne Partners, LLC; and Rucker Communities, LLC (collectively, "the contractors"), to perform work on a project known as the Ft. Rucker RCI Family Housing, Munson Heights, Phase 1A, at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Apparently, in preparing to bid on the project, PBG contacted various subcontractors, including Dannelly, to get bids for various aspects of the project that PBG would be responsible for if it entered into an agreement with the contractors to complete the project. Although the work order issued by PBG stated that "[a] Sub-contract will be created by PBG for billing purposes," neither party submitted into evidence such a contract between PBG and Dannelly. PBG argued that Donnelly accepted benefits under existing contracts because Dannelly was hired by PBG to perform work on the project and was paid for the work it completed. The Supreme Court found, however, that PBG did not present any argument as to why it believed Dannelly was not simply operating under and benefiting from the agreement between PBG and Dannelly, which was memorialized by PBG's work order. The Court concluded that PBG failed to demonstrate that the arbitration provision in the master subcontract agreement applied to the third-party claims it asserted against Dannelly. Furthermore, there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether Dannelly and PBG entered into PBG's standard subcontract agreement. The case was reversed and remanded to the circuit court for further proceedings. View "Dannelly Enterprises, LLC v. Palm Beach Grading, Inc." on Justia Law