No-Damages-for-Delay Clause Precludes Recovery of Delay Damages

Edwin J. Dobson, Inc. v. State, 526 A.2d 1150, 218 N.J. Super. 123 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 1987)

In this case, a contractor brought suit against the state for delay damages arising out of the construction of a public project.  The delays were caused by a variety of reasons primarily stemming from the state’s requirement that the contractor use a specific manufacturer for supplies.  The contract included a “no damage for delay” clause which provided an extension of time for completion, but no additional payment, for damages, in the event of any hindrance or delay in the progress of the work, even if caused by the state.  The court found that the clause was legal and that it precludeed recovery by the plaintiff.

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