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Maryland Federal Court Upholds Contractual Indemnity Clause and Awards Judgment Interest and Attorneys Fees in Masonry Suit

Skanska USA Building, Inc. v. J.D. Long Masonry, Inc., No. 1:16-cv-00933, 2019 BL 336852, (D. Md. Sept. 9, 2019)

Author: Anthony V. Finizio

10/18/2019

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Maryland Federal Court Upholds Contractual Indemnity Clause and Awards Judgment Interest and Attorneys Fees in Masonry Suit

On September 9, 2019, a Maryland federal court awarded Skanska USA Building, Inc. (Skanska) compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, and litigation expenses including attorney and expert fees in its suit against subcontractor J.D. Long Masonry, Inc. (Long) for defective masonry work at a Johns Hopkins University research facility.

According to the decision, in 2004 the National Institutes of Health hired New Jersey-based Skanska as the general contractor on a project to build a biomedical research facility on Johns Hopkins’ Maryland campus. In turn, Skanska subcontracted with Long to construct a masonry facade for the research facility. In April 2013, a portion of the facade collapsed as a result of Long’s deficient work prompting Skanska to retain third-party C.A. Lindman, Inc. (Lindman) to remediate the damage. Skanska subsequently brought a one-count complaint against Long seeking monetary damages for breach of the subcontract.

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