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DIR Launches New Mandatory Registration Program for Public Works Projects

The California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) has announced the launch of a new registration program for public works projects authorized by Senate Bill 854, which was signed into law on June 20, 2014, and became...more

Indiana I-69 Section 5 Availability Payment Project Closes Financing

On July 23, 2014, the Indiana Finance Authority closed financing on its second availability payment P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 highway project, a 21-mile reconstruction project located outside of Bloomington Indiana, the...more

President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the...more

Environmental Considerations For School Construction

School construction projects present special challenges and must be carefully managed to ensure that environmental issues are safely and well-handled and the health and safety of the school population is protected. New...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

Proposed "Buy American" Regulations Complicate Doing Business with the State of Maryland

On July 11, 2014, the Maryland Board of Public Works issued a Notice of Proposed Action that proposed new regulations concerning the preference for American-manufactured goods on most public contracts. The regulations, as...more

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

President Unveils Build America Investment Initiative Today

President Barak Obama today announced the Build America Investment Initiative (the “Initiative”). According to the Fact Sheet released by the White House in advance of the announcement, the purpose of the Initiative is to...more

City of Miami Adopts Public-Private Partnership Ordinance

The City of Miami has recently adopted a public-private partnership (“P3?) ordinance. The new City ordinance, combined with the recently passed Florida state P3 legislation, and Miami-Dade County P3 resolution, continue to...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 7

Reed Construction Data – Economy Improving Slowly but Surely - Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

Third Circuit affirms dismissal of False Claims Act suit, citing contract ambiguity

Ambiguous contract terms are ordinarily a liability for government contractors, opening the possibility of misunderstandings, expensive disputes, and, potentially, unpaid additional work. However, contract ambiguity recently...more

Unpaid Prevailing Wage Assessments and Actions: Ways a General Contractor (and Its Surety) Can Protect Itself or Limit Its...

General contractors and their sureties on public works construction projects in California have faced an onslaught of claims, assessments, and lawsuits based on the failure of subcontractors, regardless of tier, to pay their...more

Include A Clear and Unequivocal Statement in Your CDA Claim

As most contractors are aware, the Contract Disputes Act requires that a contractor must present the Contracting Officer with a certified claim prior to proceeding with a formal claim before the Board of Contract Appeals or...more

Appellate Federal Court Overturns District Court Ruling; Federal Government Contractor Must Disclose Internal Investigation...

In our current Williams Mullen Construction Industry News, the article titled “Federal Contractors” discussed a ruling on March 6, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordering a federal government...more

All California Contractors and Subcontractors Involved with Public Works Projects Now Required to Register With State by March 1,...

Urgency Legislation SB 854 Passed by California Legislature - The California Legislature has imposed a new registration requirement for contractors and subcontractors involved with public works projects. Senate Bill...more

CTC Meeting Brings Good News for Transportation Projects Around the State

As reported in Caltrans District 11's press release, there is much good news coming out of California Transportation Commission's meeting last week. First, thanks to a new state budget that increased transportation funding...more

Construction E-Note - June 27, 2014

In This Issue: - Mississippi Legislature Expands State’s Lien Law to Protect Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materialmen - The Alabama Supreme Court Broadens the Definition of “Occurrence” in a General...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Public Construction Bond Act

Our reports on the oral arguments from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Lake County Grading Company, LLC v. The Village of Antioch. Lake County – which comes to the Court from the Second District –...more

P3s are a Viable Tool for Convention Center Development

South Florida has long been a leading destination for conventions and trade shows, and the convention market is extremely competitive. As other cities have expanded and modernized their convention centers, ours have remained...more

Alabama Adopts PLA Reform

On March 3, 2014, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 195, the “Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act.” Under the Act, public agencies awarding any contract for the construction,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - DoD Publishes Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory Documents - DoD, GSA, and NASA Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda - DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Executive...more

Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rules to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers; Federal Contractors Should...

In response to President Obama's Executive Order earlier this year, the Department of Labor has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish standards and procedures for raising the minimum wage paid to...more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule to Implement Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Rate

As prior blog entries (see here and here) have explained, on February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 to increase the hourly minimum wage for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to...more

DOL Proposes Rule to Establish Higher Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The rule would set the wage at $10.10 for covered contracts beginning in 2015. On June 17, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) formally proposed a new rule to implement Executive Order 13658, which, in February 2014,...more

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