An appellate court recently examined the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in New Jersey construction contracts in the case of Konopka vs. Brown’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing.
Konopka hired Brown’s as a contractor to install a Carrier gas furnace in his home. Brown was to supply labor and materials in exchange for the homeowner paying $19,800. The contract provided that change orders had to be in writing. One-third of the contract price was payable on signing, one-third when work started, and one-third upon completion. The homeowner paid the first installment. The job started on August 26, 2015. The homeowner had not yet paid the second installment, but the contractor wanted to work with him. However, on September 9, 2023, Brown’s sent an email which terminated the contract. The Court explained that: