Joseph Kovars

Joseph Kovars

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Pending Legislation in Maryland Could Eliminate Bid Protest Appeals

On February 24, a bill was introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates which, if passed, will require a bid protester of a state contract to pay to the state up to 5% of the value of the contract on which it protested, if...more

3/10/2014 - Appeals Bid Protests Bids

Forum Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts: Part Two

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made our work as drafters of construction contracts a little easier. In the case of In re Atlantic Marine Construction Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had refused to...more

1/24/2014 - Atlantic Marine Construction Company Construction Contracts Forum Forum Selection Clause SCOTUS Transfers Venue

Careful Drafting Can Prevent Dispute Clauses from Being Ignored

Two recent cases highlight the pitfalls facing construction parties -- owners, contractors and subcontractors -- when they use fairly common contract clauses that address how they want disputes decided. In one case, the...more

4/22/2013 - Arbitration Choice-of-Law Construction Contracts Contract Drafting Forum Selection Clause

How Sequestration May Impact Government Construction Contracts

Pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration is the process by which automatic across-the-board spending cuts are being imposed on government programs. Because Congress was unable to reach an agreement by its...more

3/5/2013 - Anti-Deficiency Act Contractors Federal Funding Sequestration Spending Cuts

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