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Flushing Out the Safe Harbor: “General Land Area Minimum” Offers Newton No 40B Shelter

Municipalities long unable to achieve ten percent affordable housing are now turning more frequently to a different Safe Harbor to block development of low and moderate income housing – compliance with the “General Land Area...more

When the Federal Govt acts badly, but not badly enough to show bad faith – what’s a contractor to do?

In the prior issue of this newsletter, we included an article on the high standard of proof and the practical considerations for a federal government contractor claiming that the federal government acted in bad faith in its...more

When Govt. Failure to Issue Final Decision on Certified Claim Is a Deemed Denial

A recent decision from the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC) sets forth the standard for when the government’s failure to make a decision on a certified claim will be considered a deemed denial. In Rudolph and...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Restrictive Public Disclosure Standards for Development Projects

The City of Vancouver and Brenhill Developments Ltd. successfully appealed the January 27, 2014, decision of the BC Supreme Court (BCSC) in Community Association of New Yaletown v Vancouver (City), 2015 BCSC 117. The appeal...more

DOL Burdens Davis Bacon Contractors With Employee Lodging Costs

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) released its long-awaited opinion in the Weeks Marine case. In that decision, ARB announced a rule that is an important development for federal government...more

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

I questioned whether to even write this post. - Because, of course, YOU would never find yourself hightailing it out of town with the California Contractor’s State License Board (“CSLB”) sniffing down your tail pipes....more

Devastating TCPA Fine Levied Against Small Roofing Company

David Randall Associates, Inc. has provided commercial roofing services in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and mid-state Delaware for the past 25 years. Last Friday, the company was hit with a $22,405,000 TCPA fine in a...more

Does the 72-Hour Rule Allow a Contractor in Maryland to Fix a Mistake in its MBE Participation Schedule After Bid Opening?

A recent Maryland Board of Public Works meeting addressed whether the state has flexibility in applying minority business enterprise (MBE) regulatory requirements in State contracts....more

Court Upholds Rights of Small Business Dredging Contractors

In a bid protest argued by our firm before the United States Court of Federal Claims on September 23, 2014, the Court ruled in favor of our client, RLB Contracting, Inc., (RLB) in a matter involving the designation of the...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

Illinois High Court Affirms Viability of Construction Industry Classification Law

The Illinois Supreme Court recently rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing contractor who alleged the Illinois Employee Classification Act (ECA) violates procedural due process rights and is impermissibly vague. The...more

Utah Supreme Court "Repudiates" the Federal Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine

In an unapologetic rejection of a decades-old legal fiction hatched by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and embraced by Utah Division of Occupational Safety and Health ("UOSH"), on January...more

On Second Thought, Wage Ordinance Does Not Expand Federal Court's Jurisdiction

Miami-Dade County's prevailing wage ordinance, which sets minimum wages on publicly funded construction projects, does not authorize plaintiffs to litigate prevailing wage claims in court under the auspices of the Fair Labor...more

Effective Use of CPM Scheduling

In a relatively recent case, Metcalf Construction Co. v. U.S., 107 Fed. Cl. 786 (2012), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims once again looked to the critical path method (CPM) in determining the allocation of damages in a...more

Argument Report: Are Statutory Penalties Under the Employee Classification Act Constitutional?

Bartlow v. Costigan involves a constitutional challenge: can the Department of Labor return administrative fines against construction contractors under the Employee Classification Act without mandatory evidentiary hearings?...more

Second Circuit Reverses Bacolitsas Decision in Rare Win for Condo Developers

A condominium developer has garnered a significant victory in a dispute with a buyer as the result of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit....more

Off the Beaten Path: The Federal Circuit Departs From Precedent in Lumbermens

On August 23, 2011, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area was surprised and shocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8, leading to the evacuation and temporary closing of multiple public and private buildings, and...more

Court Rejects Use Of Alter Ego Doctrine To “Borrow” Contractor License

California’s Contractors’ State License Law, Business & Professions Code Section 7000 et seq., requires contractors to be licensed unless they are exempt from licensure. Those who perform contracting work without a license...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms State's Immunity from Statutes of Limitation

In a decision followed closely by the construction industry, Connecticut's Supreme Court has issued a unanimous decision confirming a long-standing rule that statutes of limitations do not run against the State. The...more

First District Reaffirms CEQA Is Concerned With Physical Impacts On The Environment, Not Economic Ones On Government Services

The First Appellate District recently ordered partially published its opinion in City of Hayward v. Board of Trustees of the California State University (2012) __ Cal.App.4th __, 2012 WL 2832858 (cert. for pub. 6/28/12),...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Prevailing Wage Laws Do Not Apply to Charter Cities

In a much anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court ruled on July 2, 2012, that charter cities in California may exempt themselves from state prevailing-wage requirements. In doing so, the Court affirmed the...more

Changes to California Mechanics’ Lien Laws Effective July 1 – Are You Ready?

On July 1, 2012, pursuant to Senate Bill No. 189 (“SB 189”), all of California’s laws regarding mechanics’ liens, stop notices and payment bonds were revised, renumbered, supplemented and/or replaced. Although some provisions...more

District Court Sustains Whistleblower Wrongful Termination Claim

Plaintiff Benjamin Ashmore brought a claim alleging that defendants CGI Group Inc. (CGI) and CGI Federal Inc. (CGI Federal) violated Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, otherwise known as the whistleblower provision. The...more

Affordable Housing Project Found to Be Subject to Prevailing Wages

In a decision filed on June 15, 2012, the Fourth Appellate Court of Appeal determined that an affordable housing project in San Bernardino was subject to the requirement for the payment of prevailing wages under Labor Code...more

Engineer, Architect Not Guilty of OHSA Charges in Wall Collapse: Limitation Period Bars Charges

An engineer and architect were not guilty of Occupational Health and Safety Act charges where the wall collapsed more than one year after their work was completed. The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act states that...more

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