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West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Public Private Partnerships: Securing Payment for Labor and Materials

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What happens to contractors and subcontractors who are without lien rights when a private developer is building on public land with private money? A recent court decision clarified the parties’ rights and obligations for...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind leasing

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed leasing federal ocean space offshore North Carolina for commercial offshore wind development. On August 12, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a proposed...more

Brexit: Three key points for the infrastructure sector

by Dentons on

With recent falls in the value of sterling causing price rises for some imported materials, the UK's infrastructure market is already seeing the impact of one generic issue that affects most domestic businesses. Depending on...more

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As...more

FERC Decision Signals that it Will Strictly Enforce Interconnection Procedures

On March 4, 2016, over the objections of the developer and a dissent from Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC issued an order authorizing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. to terminate a generator...more

Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan

by Dentons on

On 29 October 2015, the RK Entrepreneurial Code was passed. It will be effective (except for some provisions) as of 1 January 2016....more

Northern Powerhouse Series: Cities and Government Devolution Bill 2015

by DLA Piper on

In his speech to Leeds ONE on 11 September David Cameron pointed out that "It is … a proven reality that money spent closer to people is often money spent wiser – " City Deals, Growth Deals and the more recent devolution...more

The Animas Spill: EPA Liability and Insurance Coverage

by Perkins Coie on

When a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of contaminated mining work wastewater into the Animas River in August 2015, the EPA immediately took responsibility, as it...more

Understanding The 4 “Ps” Before The P3 (Public-PRIVATE Partnership)

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, Sr. was the governor of California (1959 to 1967), major infrastructure projects were being constructed throughout the state. Today, under Governor Jerry Brown, communities are struggling to fund...more

2015 Construction Law Update - Construction Practice Newsletter

Over 2,200 bills were introduced during the second and final year of the 2013-2014 legislative session, of which 931 were signed into law. For the design and construction industry the end of the second session, like...more

The Early Bird Catches the Worm: A Lesson in Submitting Drilling Applications Early to Avoid Expiration of Federal Oil and Gas...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As many of you know, permitting delays are not only frustrating but can have real consequences for project applicants with contractual deadlines. In the case of a federal oil and gas lease, operators should be mindful of the...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

Federal Government Issues Advanced Release of Revised Building and Construction Code

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Federal Government has issued an advance release of its revised Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 (Revised Code), which will come into effect when the Building and Construction...more

BLM to Overhaul Solar/Wind Rights-of-Way Regulations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule that could alter the landscape of future renewable energy development, particularly in the American West, home to much of the country’s prime solar and...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

by BakerHostetler on

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

4 Key Questions For Evaluating PPP Opportunities

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Public-private partnerships are all the rage, as governments seek new ways to deliver public infrastructure, facilities and services in the face of daunting budget limitations and doubts about older procurement modes. PPP...more

Contractor Alert: Help Available for Small Businesses in the HUBZone Program

Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help...more

Public Private Partnerships: From Economic Development to Local-Serving Infrastructure Procurement

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In This Presentation: Public Private Partnership Opportunities: - Public Assistance into Private Projects • Economic Development/Redevelopment • Land Use/Zoning • Real Estate Assets/Long Range Property...more

Land Use, Zoning and Other Local Policies to Promote Economic Development - League of California Cities Webinar: New Tools for...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In This Presentation: • Public Agency Approach • Existing Local Authority • Public Private Partnerships • Redevelopment/Economic Development • Public Infrastructure - Excerpt from Public Agency...more

When is a Resolution of Necessity Tainted By Prior Agency Obligations?

by Brad Kuhn on

One of the prerequisites to instituting an eminent domain action is the governing agency's adoption of a resolution of necessity to acquire the necessary property. At the time of adopting the resolution, the agency cannot be...more

Massive San Diego Desalination Plant Takes Major Step Forward

The San Diego County Water Authority (SCWA) has negotiated a proposed agreement with a private developer under which it will purchase at least 48,000 acre-feet of desalinated water per year for 30 years, from a Carlsbad...more

May 25, 2011 Cuyahoga County Economic Development Report

by Richik Sarkar on

Economic development report says Cuyahoga County must make things easier for new businesses (From the Plain Dealer) -- The 28-page report urges local governments to standardize business policies. It pushes for disparate...more

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