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September 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of notable bid protest decisions issued in September 2017 highlights three decisions, two at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and one at the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). The first reminds us of the...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That A Motion To Dismiss Based On An Arbitration Clause Is Not A Challenge To The Court’s Jurisdiction

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A municipality sued the company that constructed its water treatment facility, in connection with contaminants found in the water supply. The parties had entered into a series of agreements which contained choice of law and...more

The Supreme Court - October 2, 2017

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On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the following cases: Janus v. American Federation, No. 16-1466: Should Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977), which held that it...more

The Consequences of Failing to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Prior To Filing Suit - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3...

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court covering Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss a contractor’s breach of contract...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Arbitration in a False Claims Act Case

On September 11, 2017, the Ninth Circuit in US and State of Nevada ex rel. Welch v. My Left Foot Children’s Therapy, LLC, upheld the denial of the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration in a False Claims Act (FCA) relator...more

Omaha Breach: Doctrine of First Breach May Hinge on Correct Contract Interpretation

Which party first breached a contract often plays a determinative role in assessing entitlement for damages in a contract dispute. This theory is often referred to as the First or Material Breach Doctrine....more

August 2017 Protest Roundup

There is no question that procurement regulations give agencies significant discretion at every step of the procurement process, and protesters often have a hard row to hoe to overcome the agency’s exercise of that...more

Procedurally Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #7)

Before diving into the various protest grounds that may result in a sustained protest at the GAO, let’s look at some sure losers. These are issues that are not protestable and would likely result in a quick dismissal. This...more

D.C. Federal Court Declines to Enjoin Arbitration Because the Arbitrator Could Issue Any Equitable Relief Required, the Integrity...

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TK Servs., Inc. v. RWD Consulting, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 97239 (D.D.C., June 23, 2017) - This litigation arose from a dispute between TK Services, Inc. (“TKS”), as sub-subcontractor, and RWD Consulting, LLC (“RWD”),...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

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The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

Cross claims, counterclaims and set-offs from another construction contract - Permissible in an adjudication?

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It is commonplace in our local building and construction market for the same parties to enter into multiple contracts for different projects. However, what happens if a main contractor has valid backcharges under Project A...more

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings: Contractor Denied Recovery for Differing Site Conditions Where Condition was Well-Known in the...

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (“Board”), the court with jurisdiction over the General Services Administration and other non-defense executive agencies, denied a contractor’s claim for increased labor and equipment...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

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Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

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Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

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Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Interpreting clause 10.1 of the NEC to escape a time bar clause

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Relying on the role of “mutual trust”, “co-operation” and “good faith” to permit fair and equitable judgments is dangerous. It leads to uncertainty and opens the floodgates to pointless litigation....more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

Western Pennsylvania Hospital Stark/Whistleblower/False Claims Case Provides Real World Guidance For Medical Directors’ Contracts

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Emanuele v. Medicor Associates, was presented to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as cross motions for summary judgment, and provides some guidance regarding the Stark requirements for...more

Federal Court in Alabama Rules that 1999 Amendment to the Miller Act Does Not Preclude Arbitration of Underlying Claims

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United States v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., No. 16-0472-WS-C, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16791 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 7, 2017) - This action arose out of a payment dispute between Bay South Limited, Inc. (“Bay South”) and Stephens...more

March 2017 Protest Roundup

Our March bid protest round-up brings you disparate treatment, undocumented agency rationales, the duty of candor to courts, the unusual timeliness rules for protests of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs), and (once...more

Blowing the Whistle on Willful Misconduct: California Court holds that False Claims Act Suits Are Uninsurable Due to Public Policy

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Willful misconduct is uninsurable. It is a fundamental principle of insurance, and it makes sense to both the lay and the lawyerly. But few states go as far as to codify this principle in the insurance code. California is an...more

CBCA Affirms It Cannot Direct an Agency to Revise a CPAR

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently affirmed that it would follow the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in refusing to direct an agency to revise a Contract...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

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On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

February 2017 Protest Roundup

In February 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released notable decisions addressing (1) the effect of the temporary lapse in GAO’s civilian task order jurisdiction; (2) discussions, clarifications, and...more

Vavra Decision Highlights Avenues for Potential Anti-Kickback Act Liability

On February 3, 2017, the Fifth Circuit decided US ex rel Vavra v. Kellogg Brown & Root, No. 15-41623, 2017 WL 473873 (5th Cir. 2017), determining that defendant KBR could be held vicariously liable under the enhanced penalty...more

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