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Contractor Barred from Using the “Total Cost” or “Modified Total Cost” Approach to Establish Delay Claim

In a recent ruling, Hill York Service Corporation v. Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that a contractor may not establish damages for delay under either the...more

US District Court in New York Holds Owner’s Interference Bars Claim that Contractor Breached By Abandoning Project

NYU Hosps. Ctr. v. HRH Constr. LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31967 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2015) - NYU Hospitals Center (“NYU”) hired HRH Construction LLC (“HRH”) to renovate NYU’s radiology center. HRH entered into...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Finds Public Owner Waived Written Change Order Requirement By Conduct

Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. v. N. Allegheny Sch. Dist., 111 A.3d 220 (Pa. Commw. Mar. 6, 2015). - North Allegheny School District (“Owner”) hired East Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. (“Contractor”) to pave...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Interprets Stricter Requirements for Payment Bond Claimants

Arizona has long protected the rights of subcontractors and material suppliers to seek recovery from the payment bond surety on public bonded projects. Arizona’s Little Miller Act, A.R.S. § 34-223, provides that claimants...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

Under Construction - June 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the summer edition of our Under Construction newsletter. In this issue, we highlight several hot topic items affecting the construction industry such as what happens when the...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Sanctions for Frivolous and Retaliatory False Claims Act Suit

On May 1, 2015, in United States ex rel. Jacobs v. Lambda Res., Inc., No. 14-3705, 2015 WL 1948247 (6th Cir. May 1, 2015), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s award of sanctions against a relator and...more

Stop, Think, and Be Careful What You Ask For: Lessons and Opportunities Created by Recent Arbitration Ruling

On April 21, 2015, the Missouri Court of Appeals in City of Chesterfield v. Frederich Construction Inc. upheld an arbitration award that included substantial attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, in a construction case...more

Federal District Court in Nevada Denies Contractor’s Motion to Stay Subcontractor’s Miller Act Suit Pending Resolution of...

KBW Assocs. v. Jaynes Corp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18220 (D. Nev. Feb. 13, 2015). This action arose out of the construction of additions to existing buildings at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada (the...more

Termination for Convenience Contract Provision Retains Responsibility for Liquidated Damages

Most construction contracts between an owner and prime contractor provide the owner with the right to terminate the contract for cause or for convenience. In an important decision released in early April, the Connecticut...more

Third Circuit Holds Subcontractor To Its Proposal On Grounds of Promissory Estoppel

DCK TTEC, LLC v. Postel Industries, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 2775 (3d Cir. Feb. 25, 2015) - This action arose out of the construction of two maintenance hangars at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona (the...more

Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Against QVC, Denies that Qui Tam Plaintiff is Owed Monetary Proceeds,...

On March 31, 2015, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District in a Rule 23 Order, upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against QVC, Inc. (“QVC”). In the dismissed case, the qui tam plaintiff had...more

How Subcontractors Can Protect Themselves Following Binghamton Simulator

Subcontractors often play important roles in government contracting. A subcontractor may, for example, take the lead in drafting what becomes a winning proposal. A subcontractor may work on a day-to-day basis with...more

Court of Federal Claims Holds that Contractor’s Defense of Defective Specifications Is Not an Independent Claim Requiring...

Total Eng’g, Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. Claims LEXIS 30 (Fed. Cl. Jan. 26, 2015) - The United States Army Corps of Engineers (the “Government”) awarded a contract to Total Engineering, Inc. (“Total”) for preliminary...more

Circuit Court Provides Clarification of Pleading Standards in FCA Cases - The Court's Holding Details Requirements for Alleging...

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals case from the Seventh Circuit has brought further insight into the heightened pleading standard required under the False Claims Act (FCA). The case, Thulin v. Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC,...more

Court Denies Stay and Revives FCA Claims Based on "Implied Certification" Theory

In a False Claims Act lawsuit against an armored car manufacturer, Judge Kiser recently denied a motion to stay the case, pending resolution of related criminal charges, and granted a motion for reconsideration, thus reviving...more

Sikorsky and its Impact on Claims Submission

In December 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an important decision that impacts how the 6 year statute of limitations (SOL) is applied under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). ...more

STOP, THIEF! - How to Keep Your “Secret Sauce” In-House, When an Employee Is Lured to Greener Pastures

No matter how collegial and successful a workplace you have created for your employees, attrition is an inevitable fact of life in business, and in government contracting in particular. ...more

The Fourth Circuit Strengthens the FCA’s Implied Certification Theory in Triple Canopy

Under the “implied certification” theory of liability, a government contractor can violate the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by submitting a mere invoice for payment. The theory is that the invoice’s submission impliedly...more

Court of Federal Claims Reaffirms VOSB/SDVOSB's Right to Due Process During Protests, Rejects VA's Interpretation of Revised...

Several months ago, we told you about Ambuild Company v. LLC v. U.S., a very important case pending before the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”). The AmBuild case was of particular interest to our firm because it concerned...more

Construction Law Alert: Concrete Supplier Botches Concrete Mix, Gets Thrashed By Court of Appeal for Trying to Blame Third Party

On January 8, 2015, the Second Appellate district affirmed judgment of the lower court in State Ready Mix Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol, and barred a concrete supplier from blaming a third party consultant for the concrete...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19037 - Brody v. Brody - In this multi-million dollar matrimonial dissolution action, the SCT took the opportunity to clarify Connecticut law on civil contempt. The court set aside prior Appellate precedent and held...more

Recent New York Decision Reaffirms Limits to Surety's Liability on a Delay Claim Made Under a Payment Bond

Advanced Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. v. Seaboard Surety Co., Inc., No. 650321/2001, N.Y.L.J. 1202678994141, at (Sup. Ct. New York County Dec. 3, 2014), the Court (Hon. Marcy Friedman) granted the defendant surety’s motion...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 12

Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you issues of competitive bidding, more mechanics lien case law, and a Maine case of a dismissed appeal. We hope that you enjoy our...more

Compliance With Notice Provisions Can Make Or Break Your Bottom Line

Over the past decade, courts in Ohio have confirmed time and time again that they will strictly enforce notice requirements in construction contracts where a contractor or subcontractor seeks additional time or compensation. ...more

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