No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses Enforceable Despite Public Entity’s Error of Judgment, Lack of Effort or Lack of Complete Diligence

Capital Safety, Inc. v. State, 848 A.2d 863, 369 N.J. Super. 295 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 2004)

In this case, an asbestos removal contractor brought suit against the state for delay damages due to delays cause by the state’s inability to relocate workers to permit asbestos removal.  The court, in this matter, enforced the contract’s no-damages-for-delay clause, finding that such clauses are enforceable even if the delay is the result of the public entity’s “error of judgment, lack of effort, or lack of complete diligence.”

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