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Federal Highway Administration Publishes CM/GC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA") issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") related to the construction manager/general contractor ("CM/GC") method of contracting. The NPRM is a long-awaited...more

Limits on the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

In Tug Hill Construction Inc., the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”) recognized the limits of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing. In this case, the government entered into a firm, fixed-price...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

U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania Holds Subcontractor’s Miller Act Suit Not Subject to Stay Pending Prime Contractor’s...

Marenalley Constr., LLC v. Zurich American Ins. Co. and Nason Constr. Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30968 (E.D. Pa. March 13, 2015) - This payment dispute case arises out of a Veterans Affairs (“VA”) construction project...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

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

Proposed Rule Would Allow Contractors’ Employees To File Whistleblower Disclosures With OSC

Last week, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency that handles claims of wrongdoing within the executive branch of the federal government, proposed revising...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

Davis-Bacon CityCenterDC Case

In a recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Amy Jackson held that the Davis-Bacon Act (“Davis-Bacon”) did not apply to a privately-funded development of privately-maintained...more

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) recent rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, denying a...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

BuildSouth: Considering Construction Delivery Methods On Public Works

Originally Published In BUILDSouth, Winter 2013. Historically, in Alabama, the project delivery methods available for owners to de-sign and construct private projects have differed from those delivery methods available...more

HB16 Would Make Significant Changes to Economic Development in Alabama

Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) has introduced HB16, the Alabama Economic Development and Fiscal Accountability Act, for the upcoming legislative session that would make substantial changes to economic development...more

Don't Get Fried by Davis-Bacon

Web sites abound advising employees they can make “millions” by blowing the whistle on their employers for alleged violations of laws, rules, or regulations. The federal law known as the False Claims Act (FCA) also contains...more

Construction Contract Clear: Government was Owner but not Constructor

Where a 143-page contract made clear that a contractor was the “constructor” under health and safety legislation, the Yukon government, as owner of the project, was not the constructor, the Supreme Court of Yukon has...more

Recent Cases Under the Federal False Claims Act

Two federal circuit courts have recently issued major decisions involving the False Claims Act ("FCA") that promise to have a major impact on future litigation. In a case from the Sixth Circuit, the appeals court constricted...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

Mixed Results for Renewable Energy as State Assembly Goes on Recess

Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session. Three bills related to solar energy and...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

Retroactive Revival Of Liability By Legislation

The US Supreme Court sometimes makes news by refusing to hear cases, not by taking them. That was certainly the case on May 29, 2012 when the Supreme Court declined to hear a case in which Minnesota’s high court upheld state...more

Municipality Held Not Liable Under Breach of Contract for Additional Unauthorized Work Performed by Contractor

In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court in Patrick Engineering, Inc. v. City of Naperville, held that a municipality was not liable under breach of contract for additional work performed by a contractor which was not...more

The Davis-Bacon Corner

It is well-established that general contractors are responsible for their subcontractors’ compliance with Davis-Bacon. Nevertheless, we frequently encounter situations where the general contractor has failed to comply with...more

Charter Cities Are Not Required to Pay Prevailing Wages on Local Public Works Projects

Labor unions have long been at odds with California charter cities over whether such cities must pay prevailing wages on public works projects. While many charter cities have either not exempted themselves from state...more

Rule Raises Concerns About Adverse Competitive Impact on Small Firms that Contract with the Government

On July 27, 2012, a final rule amending FAR 2.01, 52.204-7, and 52.204-10 was published, requiring contractors to report executive compensation and first tier subcontractor awards for contracts of $25,000 or more. The rule...more

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