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Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925 to place arbitration agreements on the same footing as other contracts.1 Under the FAA, an arbitration provision “shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save...more
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A charter city’s right in California to exempt itself from the payment of state prevailing wages on locally funded public works projects was placed at risk by the passage of Senate...more
The ability of the states to impose a tax upon transactions occurring on an Indian reservation has evolved substantially in the past 50 years. After numerous court decisions, the Indian preemption...more
On July 11, 2013, in Latinos Unidos del Valle de Napa y Solano v. County of Napa (A135094), the First District reversed and remanded a trial court's decision that Napa County's restrictive density bonus ordinance did not...more
A recent decision by a Pennsylvania district court lends support for a growing trend of filing claims under the Federal False Claims Act based on allegations that contractors on federally funded construction projects...more
Last week the Second Circuit issued an opinion reaffirming that the Davis-Bacon Act preempts state law claims by workers to enforce prevailing wage rates as third-party beneficiaries to a contract....more
One-sided arbitration clauses don't survive judicial scrutiny in Maryland's state and federal courts. Maryland contract law will not enforce an arbitration clause lacking mutuality of consideration....more
On August 8th, the California Supreme Court granted review of the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority. As previously blogged in April, the...more
The Associated Press published a story this weekend titled "Lawyers across US urged to give more free services," and a read-through inspired me to write this blog. Solving the huge gap between legal services offered (by...more
Charter cities are not required to comply with California’s prevailing wage law with respect to construction contracts for public buildings, according to a July 2, 2012, California Supreme Court decision. The underlying facts...more
Sowohl die Handelstätigkeit, als auch das Handwerk sind in Belgien ausführlich gesetzlich geregelt.
Dabei unterscheidet sich das Handwerk von der Handelstätigkeit insofern, als durch das Handwerk vornehmlich...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. ___, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011) (Concepcion) has engendered considerable controversy for upholding arbitration provisions in consumer contracts...more
Most industry standard forms of agreement that address arbitration seem to be limited to providing the most basic submission agreement. Pre-dispute attention to the arbitration provisions of contracts can help avoid...more
For more than 20 years, there has been a split of authority over the applicable statute of limitations for a breach of contract action arising from faulty construction work that did not result in “injury to property” or...more
National Association of Home Builders v. San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, No. 08-17309, (9th Cir., December 7, 2010)
In NAHB v. San Joaquin Valley UAPCD, the United States Court of Appeal for the...more
"Pay if paid" clauses are typical in many construction contracts around the country. But in New York, the "pay if paid" clause has been deemed to be against public policy and is unenforceable....more
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that federal preemption precluded a project owner from seeking indemnity from its architect based upon the failure of the architect's design to meet the...more
Parques urbanos têm sido criados em todo o mundo desde o século XVIII, com objetivos de amenizar os problemas sociais e ambientais citadinos gerados pelo crescimento urbano desordenado. Esses espaços...more
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