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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Appeal In Coverage Dispute; Superior Court Decision Recognizing a Duty to Defend Where Tort...

In a per curiam decision without a published opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh’s (“National”) appeal from a Superior Court decision holding that National had a...more

Federal offshore wind auction held for sites off Massachusetts

Federal ocean energy managers have concluded an auction to lease over 350,000 acres off the Massachusetts coast to prepare for offshore wind development. Of the four parcels up for bid in today's auction, one was...more

Careful What You Wish For: Court Affirms Award of Attorney’s Fees Based Upon Arbitration Rules

Most lawyers are fully aware of the “American Rule” – a generally universal rule of law (in the United States anyway) which provides that, absent specific authority granted by statute or a contractual agreement, a litigant is...more

2014: natural gas, wind, solar led new projects

Natural gas, wind, and solar power projects dominated the rankings of new U.S. electric generation placed in service in 2014. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff's December 2014 Energy...more

Government Contractors - Make Sure You Know the Pre-Opening Bid Modification and Withdrawal Rules in the Jurisdictions Where You...

The competitive bidding process for government contracts often requires contractors to submit detailed bids under tight, pressure-packed deadlines. While contractors may check their bids meticulously before submitting them,...more

BRA/EDIC Details Response to Audit

Under its newly-appointed director, Brian Golden, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (BRA/EDIC) has released its 2014 Year in Review report entitled “Building the New Boston...more

Construction Case Law Update - January 2015

“Reduction in Force” Employment Discrimination by Federal Contractors – “In situations involving a reduction in force, a modified prima facie formulation may apply, which allows a case of discrimination to be established by...more

Appellate Court Reverses Jury Award To Golf Course Contractor

The Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a jury verdict that awarded a contractor nearly $300,000 after determining that the amount had already been paid by another entity. The dispute in Tern Bay Community...more

CTC Makes First Allocations of 2015 But California’s Infrastructure Future is Murky

At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state.  Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more

First Reg A Issuer to Complete State Review Process Would Do It Again

This Growth Capital Investor article references Smith Anderson attorneys Benji Jones and Merrill Mason. A company that focuses on micro-lending for independent builders in real estate is now the first Reg A issuer to...more

New York Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

Introduction - Perhaps the most significant and dramatic decision of the year played out when the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, backtracked on an earlier decision regarding the duty to defend. It first...more

Mendiola Decision Highlights a Key Issue - The Calculation of "Hours Worked"

The continuing stream of lawsuits challenging employers’ payroll practices is well-documented. A large portion of wage and hour lawsuits seek to recover overtime compensation that should have been paid to employees who were...more

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs on Veteran Self-Identification and the VETS-4212 Form

On October 27, 2014, a new reporting form for veterans, the VETS 4212 reporting form, replaced the VETS-100A and VETS-100 Forms. In response to inquiries about contractors’ new requirements as a result of this chance, on...more

California’s On-Site On-Call Employees Hit Jackpot

On January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court held in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. that security guards employed at construction worksites under California Wage Order 4 – the catch-all wage order – are entitled...more

Court Upholds By Right Reconstruction Of Dimensionally Compliant Nonconforming Use

Closing another loophole in law of nonconforming structures and uses, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has held that no zoning relief is required to tear down and reconstruct a nonconforming use that is dimensionally...more

MEPA Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Policy Available for Public Comment

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is accepting public comments on its proposed draft Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Policy...more

New OFCCP FAQs Clarify Rules Regarding Collecting and Reporting Veterans Data

In an effort to address confusion resulting from the new VETS-4212 Form, OFCCP recently posted two new FAQs addressing issues related to collecting and reporting disclosure data. The first FAQ addresses whether contractors...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

The City of Fairfax and Affordable Housing

Legislation proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates would give the City of Fairfax specific authority to adopt an affordable housing ordinance offering bonus development density in projects that provide an affordable...more

CFPB Finalizes Minor Changes to “Know Before You Owe” Rules

On January 20, CFPB finalized two minor modifications to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rules. The changes, which were proposed in October 2014, address when consumers will receive updated disclosures after...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 13

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you cases of expanded insurance coverage in New Hampshire and fraudulent concealment cases from California and Minnesota. We hope that...more

Anatomy of an Indemnity Provision

Indemnity clauses are one of the most negotiated (and litigated) provisions in a construction contract. They are also one of the most least understood. But we’re here to break it down for ya’....more

The Construction Industry on Twitter - Feeds You Should Follow

I am the poster child for the idea that Twitter isn't just for young(er) people. Because of its short, quickly read descriptions and ease of viewing, Twitter has become my preferred source for quick access to news and...more

Florida Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

This past year brought a number of important insurance decisions in Florida, some favorable to insurers and others that reaffirm the challenges for insurers litigating in Florida. For example, after a broad statutory...more

Insurance Client Alert: Denial of Summary Judgment Does Not Automatically Establish Duty to Defend

In McMillin Companies v. American Safety Indemnity (No. D063586, filed 1/20/15), a California appeals court ruled that an insurer's loss of a summary judgment motion on the duty to defend does not necessarily establish that a...more

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