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President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the...more

Environmental Considerations For School Construction

School construction projects present special challenges and must be carefully managed to ensure that environmental issues are safely and well-handled and the health and safety of the school population is protected. New...more

Important Increase in Home Builder Sentiment

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released on July 16th increased to 53. That is up four points from the June figure of 49 and represents the first time since January that the...more

Trial Court's Calculation of Lodestar Is Affirmed

In Syers Properties III, Inc. v. Rankin the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s grant of an award of attorney fees. The appellant contended that the trial court should not...more

Significant Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Workplace Laws

Ontario’s government introduced workplace legislation on July 16, 2014 that would affect five labour and employment statutes in the province. Significant changes that are proposed in the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

Groundbreaking Cross-border Airport Terminal Linking Tijuana to San Diego Breaks Ground

Sheppard Mullin client, Otay Tijuana Venture, announced this week that a cross-border pedestrian bridge linking San Diego with Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International airport will be set to open next year. The project, which...more

Proposed "Buy American" Regulations Complicate Doing Business with the State of Maryland

On July 11, 2014, the Maryland Board of Public Works issued a Notice of Proposed Action that proposed new regulations concerning the preference for American-manufactured goods on most public contracts. The regulations, as...more

North Dakota Supreme Court Establishes Defense to “No Damage for Delay” Clause

In June 2014, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in C&C Plumbing & Heating, LLP v. Williams County et al, No. 20130297. The Court articulated a new defense to the application of a “no damage for delay” clause....more

PTC “Start of Construction” Clarifying Guidance Expected in a Week or Two

General Electric (GE) stated on its quarterly earnings call today that it expected that the clarification to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) production tax credit (PTC) “start of construction” guidance would be released...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 13, 2014) - There has been a split of decisions in California as to whether incorporation of...more

5th Circuit Holds No Duty to Indemnify Based on Contractual Liability Exclusion

In its recent decision in Crownover v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12158 (5th Cir. June 27, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had occasion to consider whether the Contractual...more

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

President Unveils Build America Investment Initiative Today

President Barak Obama today announced the Build America Investment Initiative (the “Initiative”). According to the Fact Sheet released by the White House in advance of the announcement, the purpose of the Initiative is to...more

City of Miami Adopts Public-Private Partnership Ordinance

The City of Miami has recently adopted a public-private partnership (“P3?) ordinance. The new City ordinance, combined with the recently passed Florida state P3 legislation, and Miami-Dade County P3 resolution, continue to...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 7

Reed Construction Data – Economy Improving Slowly but Surely - Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the...more

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Pay-if-Paid Provisions - “Condition precedent” sufficient to transfer non-payment risk in subcontracts

The Ohio Supreme Court today held that when a subcontract makes payment by a project owner to the general contractor a condition precedent to the general contractor’s obligation to pay the subcontractor — the subcontract...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

Building Confidence: Consult an Attorney Before Starting the Construction Process

With high-end residential construction again on the rise in Southwest Florida, owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and others should be proactive and mindful of the various statutory requirements and...more

CSLL Does Not Bar Successor Entity’s Compensation Claims After Contractor’s Change of Business Entity During Construction

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal imposed a sensible limit on the prohibition of compensation claims by unlicensed contractors under the Contractors’ State License Law (“CSLL”), specifically California Bus....more

Smooth Operator

The successful financing, negotiation and construction of a utility-scale solar power plant are significant achievements for all parties. However, owners and providers face an entirely new set of challenges once the plant is...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Holds Construction Manager At-Risk Responsible for Design Errors / Holds that Spearin Doctrine Does...

The Worcester Superior Court recently issued a potentially landmark decision clarifying the risk that construction managers assume when entering into CM-At Risk contracts. ...more

Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract ambiguity

Ambiguous contract terms are ordinarily a liability for government contractors, opening the possibility of misunderstandings, expensive disputes, and, potentially, unpaid additional work. However, contract ambiguity recently...more

Unpaid Prevailing Wage Assessments and Actions: Ways a General Contractor (and Its Surety) Can Protect Itself or Limit Its...

General contractors and their sureties on public works construction projects in California have faced an onslaught of claims, assessments, and lawsuits based on the failure of subcontractors, regardless of tier, to pay their...more

Homebuilding Trends Outlined in New Report

Homebuilding strengthened in 2013, but remains below historical averages, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. According to this...more

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