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Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

The Jury is Still Out On The Effectiveness Of The “Calderon Process”

The State of California implemented the “Calderon Process” almost two decades ago. The hope was this pre-litigation “mediation” process would lower the cost, and increase the likelihood of early settlement, of construction...more

Federal grants support microgrids

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded over $8 million in funding for 7 microgrid projects. Will microgrids play an increasing role in the U.S. electricity industry?...more

Growing Trend: Private Investment in Infrastructure and Transportation

As P3 Bulletin, the New York Times and Richard Cavallaro, the new CEO of international construction company Skanska’s US operations, have recently stated, the increase in private investment and Public Private Partnerships...more

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Exceptions to Enforcement of No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses

On August 29, 2014, in Zachry Construction Corp. v. Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, No. 12-0772, 2014 WL 4472616 (Tex. 2014), the Texas Supreme Court found that no-damages-for-delay clauses that purport to waive...more

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Sinks Port Authority's Ship - Port Authority's No Damages for Delay Clause Held...

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding “no damages for delay” clauses in construction contracts. In Zachry Construction v. Port of Houston Authority, the Court found that the owner, the Port...more

The Hardhat of the Future, Today . . . or, Rather, Next Month

Wearable tech seems to be all the rage, from Google Glass to Apple’s just announced Apple Watch. Even Hollywood seems to be jumping on the wearable tech bandwagon with Tom Cruise starring as a reluctant (and, at least...more

The public is tired of governmental mismanagement

Let the elections begin - Ontario is deep in municipal election campaigns across the province. One issue without question within Ontario governments is the need to address an increasingly aged and inadequate public...more

OFCCP Announces Another Proposed Rule: No More Pay Secrecy!

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that it will publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on "pay transparency" in tomorrow's Federal Register and provided a link to the pre-publication version on...more

Illinois Court Holds Insurer Improperly Delayed Declaratory Judgment Action

In FCCI Ins. Co. v. Westfield Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1421 (Ill. App. June 27, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether an insurer was estopped from asserting policy defenses to...more

OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Prohibiting Adverse Action Against Employees and Applicants Discussing Pay

On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13665 (“EO 13665”) banning...more

Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Redeux)

This past week I gave a presentation on a panel entitled “Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” before my local bar association. Thanks to those who attended, my co-presenters and the bar association for sponsoring....more

Calling a Letter a “Reservation of Rights” Does Not Necessarily Make It So

Many insurers are in the habit of sending perfunctory “reservation of rights” letters to their insureds throughout the lifetime of a claim. The reason they do so is not a very well-guarded secret in the insurance industry. An...more

Construction Contract Payment Terms: Timing is Everything

In 2011 you will probably recall receiving a plethora of information about the amendments to the Construction Act (the “Act”) particularly the resulting “new” payment regime. There was a flurry of activity leading up to the...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Proposes To Regulate Retaliation Through Citation

In an unusual move, OSHA announced recently that it is seeking comments on proposed rules that would allow it to issue citations to employers who retaliate against employees who report injuries. The announcement comes in the...more

FHWA Publishes Core Toll Concession P3 Model Contract Guide

The FHWA published its final Core Toll Concessions P3 Model Contract Guide (“Guide”) on September 10, 2014 as part of its mandate under MAP-21 to develop “standard public-private partnership transaction model contracts for...more

New Recordkeeping Rule from OSHA is a Game Changer

On September 11, 2014, the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. Whereas in the past, OSHA only required employers to...more

New flexibility for repayment of Maryland DHCD Ffinancing

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced a new program to help developers resolve an issue that comes up in many if not most affordable housing deals in Maryland – how will available...more

Summary of HUD’s LEAN 232 Program E-Mail Blast: Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), September 2014

End of Fiscal Year! ORCF has asked us to emphasize that it is very close to meeting their 2014 fiscal goals. The ORCF Closing team invites all complete closing packages to be submitted to the assigned HUD Attorney and...more

Florida Department of Transportation Reaches Commercial and Financial Close on I-4 Ultimate Project

The Florida Department of Transportation reached commercial and financial close on the I-4 Ultimate Project in the urban Orlando area. The $2.3 billion deal is the third transportation P3 project in Florida developed through...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - September 2014

In This Issue: - Water, Water, Everywhere - D.C. Office of Planning Takes a Stand Against Pop- Ups with New Zoning Text Amendment - Excerpt from Water, Water, Everywhere: Despite the lingering...more

U.S. is Potentially the Largest Market for P3’s in the World

The Moody’s Investors Service in its “Global P3 Landscape” report release this week concludes that “given the sheer size of its infrastructure and growing urban population, the U.S. has the potential of becoming the largest...more

Illinois Appellate Court Rules that School Districts are subject to Municipal Zoning

In a strongly worded 42 page decision, the Second District Appellate Court ruled in Gurba v. Community HS Dist. 155, that school districts are subject to the zoning regulations of home rule municipalities. The decision...more

U.S. District Court in Kentucky Holds that Contractor Which Proposed Design Solution During Construction Might Be Liable for...

American Towers LLC v. BPI, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106724 (E.D. Ky. Aug. 4, 2014) - American Towers LLC (“American Towers”), which operates wireless and broadcast communications towers, undertook a project to...more

EPA Proposes to Eliminate Affirmative Defenses for Excess Emissions During Startups, Shutdowns, or Malfunctions — Get Ready for...

This past April, the D.C. Circuit struck down the part of EPA’s cement kiln rule that would have provided an affirmative defense to civil penalties for excess emissions resulting from unavoidable malfunctions. As we noted at...more

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