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S.B. 183 Enrolled






Sponsor: Terry R. Spencer

                  This act adds a provision to the Judicial Code that allows an entity or person to bring an
                  action in state court to recover damages from a work stoppage caused by another person or
                  entity bringing a suit in court to stop a construction project.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                      78-11-28, Utah Code Annotated 1953
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 78-11-28 is enacted to read:
                      78-11-28. Action for damages for disrupting a state approved project.
                      (1) Any person or entity that improperly disrupts or halts progress on a state approved or
                  partially funded or administered permit, construction, or reconstruction project within this state
                  shall be liable in a state action for damages to the entity overseeing the project or to any other
                  person or entity materially damaged, for all costs and damages associated with the project
                  including all costs and damages which the overseeing entity is liable to continue payment on while
                  the project is disrupted. A project shall be considered "improperly disrupted" if the person or
                  entity, as a party to an action, initiates, continues or maintains, but does not substantially prevail
                  in the final decision in the lawsuit brought to enjoin the project.
                      (2) Costs and damages shall include:
                      (a) wages and salaries of employees actually associated with or working on the project;
                      (b) material costs, including increases in those costs caused by the stoppage or delay in the
                      (c) penalties and interest costs that may accrue due to contracts entered into associated
                  with the project;
                      (d) actual litigation costs, including attorneys' fees and court costs; and

                      (e) any other costs or damages which the overseeing entity or other person or entity
                  materially damaged can prove to the court were caused by the disruption of the project.

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