J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson

CourtNew Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation168 N.J.Super. 502,403 A.2d 919
Decision Date25 May 1979
PartiesJ. BARANELLO & SONS, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. CITY OF PATERSON, Defendant and Third-Party Plaintiff-Respondent, v. DAVIDSON & HOWARD PLUMBING & HEATING INC., The Conditioning Company, Inc., andIndependent Electrical Construction Co. Inc., Third-Party Defendants-Respondents.

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168 N.J.Super. 502
403 A.2d 919
J. BARANELLO & SONS, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
CITY OF PATERSON, Defendant and Third-Party Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
DAVIDSON & HOWARD PLUMBING & HEATING INC., The Conditioning
Company, Inc., andIndependent Electrical
Construction Co. Inc., Third-Party
Defendants-Respondents.
Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Submitted May 7, 1979.
Decided May 25, 1979.

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Sisselman & Nitti, Livingston, for plaintiff-appellant (Nathan H. Sisselman, Livingston, on the brief).

Henry Ramer, Paterson, for respondent City of Paterson.

No briefs were filed on behalf of third-party defendants-respondents.

Before Judges ALLCORN, SEIDMAN and BOTTER.

PER CURIAM.

The City of Paterson entered into a number of prime contracts for the construction [403 A.2d 920] of a project described as "The Administration Building of The Public Safety Complex." Thereafter, three of the contractors, Davidson & Howard Plumbing & Heating Inc., The Conditioning Company, Inc. and Independent Electrical Construction Co. Inc., joined herein as third-party defendants, filed written demands for arbitration against the city pursuant to the arbitration clause contained in the contract documents. Each claimed it was delayed through no fault of its own in the performance of its contract, and sought as relief an extension of time for performance and an adjustment or revision of its contract price because of increased costs for materials and labor and other expenses incurred.

Thereupon, the city filed a demand for arbitration against plaintiff herein, the contractor for general construction. The claim asserted was "(d)efense and if necessary indemnification on claims brought by other primes; money damages in undetermined amount due to delay in construction of building." The authority for arbitrating the dispute was stated to be "the contract between it and Baranello, and especially under Art. 6.2.3 of the General Conditions * * *." The city alleged that it and the other prime contractors incurred delays because of Baranello's failure to fulfill its obligations under the contract.

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Plaintiff filed a complaint in Chancery Division for an adjudication that the relief sought by defendant city was not an arbitrable issue under the contract and to enjoin the city from proceeding with its arbitration demand. An order was entered directing defendant to show cause why the arbitration should not be restrained. Pending the hearing on the order the city brought the third-party defendants into the lawsuit by third-party complaint. After hearing the argument on the return day of the order to show cause, the trial judge determined that the contract did not preclude the city's demand for arbitration. Judgment was entered dismissing the complaint and the third-party complaint. Plaintiff appealed.

The rationale of the trial judge's oral opinion was predicated upon his concept that Article 6.2.3 of the General Conditions of the contract was...

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    • United States
    • Superior Court of New Jersey
    • July 23, 1996
    ...favor of arbitration." Marchak, supra, 134 N.J. at 282, 633 A.2d 531; see also J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 506-07, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. denied, 81 N.J. 340, 407 A.2d 1214 (1979); Moreira Constr. Co., Inc. v. Wayne Tp., 98 N.J.Super......
  • Labib v. Younan, Civ. A. No. 90-3682(MHC).
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    • U.S. District Court — District of New Jersey
    • January 23, 1991
    ...T. Construction Co., 171 N.J.Super. 397, 402, 409 A.2d 806, 808 (App.Div.1979); J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 507, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. den., 81 N.J. 340, 407 A.2d 1214 (1979); Hudik-Ross, Inc. v. 1530 Palisade Ave. Corp., 131 N.J.Super. ......
  • Sarbak v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Civil No. 03-CV-4043(JLL).
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    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. District of New Jersey
    • December 21, 2004
    ...an agreement to arbitrate should be read liberally in favor of arbitration. J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 403 A.2d 919, 921 (1979) (citing Moreira Constr. Co. v. Township of Wayne, 98 N.J.Super. 570, 238 A.2d 185, 188 (1968), cert. denied, 51 N.J. 46......
  • Kalman Floor Co., Inc. v. Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc.
    • United States
    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • March 2, 1984
    ...Associates v. Tri-County Asphalt Corp., 86 N.J. 179, 186, 430 A.2d 214 (1981); J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 506-507, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. den., 81 N.J. 340 (1979), 407 A.2d 1214; Hudik-Ross, Inc. v. Page 27 1530 Palisade Ave. Corp., 131 ......
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  • Singer v. Commodities Corp. (U.S.A.)
    • United States
    • Superior Court of New Jersey
    • July 23, 1996
    ...favor of arbitration." Marchak, supra, 134 N.J. at 282, 633 A.2d 531; see also J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 506-07, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. denied, 81 N.J. 340, 407 A.2d 1214 (1979); Moreira Constr. Co., Inc. v. Wayne Tp., 98 N.J.Super......
  • Labib v. Younan, Civ. A. No. 90-3682(MHC).
    • United States
    • U.S. District Court — District of New Jersey
    • January 23, 1991
    ...T. Construction Co., 171 N.J.Super. 397, 402, 409 A.2d 806, 808 (App.Div.1979); J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 507, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. den., 81 N.J. 340, 407 A.2d 1214 (1979); Hudik-Ross, Inc. v. 1530 Palisade Ave. Corp., 131 N.J.Super. ......
  • Sarbak v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Civil No. 03-CV-4043(JLL).
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    • United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. United States District Courts. 3th Circuit. District of New Jersey
    • December 21, 2004
    ...an agreement to arbitrate should be read liberally in favor of arbitration. J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 403 A.2d 919, 921 (1979) (citing Moreira Constr. Co. v. Township of Wayne, 98 N.J.Super. 570, 238 A.2d 185, 188 (1968), cert. denied, 51 N.J. 46......
  • Kalman Floor Co., Inc. v. Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc.
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    • New Jersey Superior Court – Appellate Division
    • March 2, 1984
    ...Associates v. Tri-County Asphalt Corp., 86 N.J. 179, 186, 430 A.2d 214 (1981); J. Baranello & Sons, Inc. v. City of Paterson, 168 N.J.Super. 502, 506-507, 403 A.2d 919 (App.Div.), certif. den., 81 N.J. 340 (1979), 407 A.2d 1214; Hudik-Ross, Inc. v. Page 27 1530 Palisade Ave. Corp., 131 ......
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