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The Fourth Circuit has just issued their decision upholding the district court’s ruling in Universal Concrete Products Corporation v. Turner Construction Company, the topic of a December 2009 blog post on the Granby Tower litigation.

The parties agreed that the pay-when-paid clause in the Turner-Universal contract was unambiguous. However, just as it did at the trial court level, Universal argued that the subcontract incorporated the contract between Turner and the owner, creating an ambiguity about whether Turner would pay Universal before being paid by the owner. Universal relied on language that stated the costs the owner would reimburse Turner included “[p]ayments made by the Construction Manager to Subcontractors in accordance with the requirements of the subcontracts.” Just like Judge Martin, the Fourth Circuit concluded that clause related only to the reimbursement amount and not the timing of the payments.

In 2004, 515 Granby, LLC proposed a $180.5 million condo development. With 34 stories and 327 units, Granby Towers would be the tallest building in Norfolk and would revitalize the northern part of the city. The following year, the federal government threatened to condemn the property, causing just enough of a delay for the ebbing economic tide to overtake the Granby Tower project and thwart 515 Granby’s ability to secure financing.