Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District II
Case Name: Mechanical, Inc., v. Venture Electrical Contractors, Inc.,
Case No.: 2018AP2380
Officials: Neubauer, C.J., Reilly, P.J., and Gundrum, J.
Focus: Statutory Interpretation Economic Loss Doctrine
At issue in this construction dispute is whether the economic loss doctrine bars a negligence claim seeking purely economic lossesdelay damagesby one subcontractor against another with whom there was no contract. Each subcontractor did enter a subcontract with the general contractor that addressed their individual obligations, duties of care, schedules of work, changes, and remedies for delays. Because the complaining subcontractor's negligence claim is rooted in the duties imposed by the interrelated construction contracts, contract law provides the remedies for...