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Posts tagged delay damages.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Supreme Court decided Martin Brothers Contractors, Inc. v. Virginia Military Institute, taking the opportunity to revisit its decision in Blake Construction.

The Virginia Military Institute (“VMI”) contracted with Martin Brothers to renovate VMI’s main dining facility. During the project, VMI requested changes resulting in a 270-day delay. VMI agreed that it alone was responsible for the delay. Martin Brothers sought $430,242.56 in delay damages plus the costs of recovery.

In the recent case of Martin Brothers Construction, Inc. v. Virginia Military Institute [pdf], the Virginia Supreme Court was confronted with whether Martin Brothers was able to claim delay costs, re-examining its 2003 opinion, Blake Construction Company, Inc./Poole & Kent v. Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority [pdf]. This post will review the Blake Construction opinion, and set the stage for the next blog post on Martin Brothers.