Justices Urged To Review Construction Contract Forum Deals

By Dietrich Knauth (January 25, 2013, 9:01 PM EST) -- Atlantic Marine Construction Co. on Friday sought Supreme Court review of a Fifth Circuit decision on the enforceability of a choice-of-forum clause in a subcontract for federal construction work, hoping to resolve a split between circuit courts and reverse a decision that it said encourages "forum shopping."

The Fifth Circuit held in November that a dispute between Atlantic Marine and its subcontractor, J-Crew Management Inc. was properly brought in a Texas federal court despite an agreement that any dispute related to their construction project would be resolved in Atlantic Marine's home state of Virginia. Because the construction took place at Fort...

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