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Public-Private Partnerships: The Solution to the Problem with Our Aging Infrastructure?

It is no secret that the most significant budget challenges that the United States faces on both a state and national level revolve around the cost to repair and replace our aging infrastructure. In 2014, the American Society...more

Innovative Public-Private Partnership for the New Long Beach Civic Center

The City of Long Beach is moving forward with plans to tear down the city’s existing Civic Center and build a more than $530 million city hall, library, park and port headquarters using a groundbreaking public-private...more

Transposition of the Concession Directive in France

France transposed the European directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts (the “Concession Directive”) through the “ordonnance n° 2016-65”...more

Contractors Beware: Subcontractor Exception to “Your Work” Exclusion May Not Save the Day

Commercial general liability (CGL) coverage for a general contractor is not guaranteed, even if property damage is all a subcontractor’s fault. Consider the following example: A general contractor builds a stadium for which a...more

Geotechnical Report in Solicitation Bars Federal Contractor’s Recovery for Unfavorable Soil Conditions

In Old Veteran Construction, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissed a federal contractor’s claim for damages, which the contractor contended were due because of unexpected soil conditions...more

New Rule Requires Federal Contractors to Disclose Federal Tax Delinquencies and Felonies

On December 4, 2015, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations to implement sections...more

Trade Agreements Act Updates for 2016 – New Year, Lower Thresholds

Every two years, the U.S. Trade Representative updates the dollar values at which certain international trade agreements apply to certain types of U.S. government contracts. This means that certain contracts over the dollar...more

Statute of Limitations

The Doctrine of Nullum Tempus, and Its Impact on Statutes of Limitation and Statutes of Repose - The common law doctrine of nullum tempus occurrit regi — generally translated to mean “time does not run against the king”...more

Miller Time: Where to File a Miller Act Suit Arising on an Overseas Project?

Subcontractors filing Miller Act lawsuits in the U.S. must generally do so in the federal district court where the contract from which the dispute arose was “performed and executed.” 40 USC §§ 3131-3134 However, on...more

Government Contracts Review, Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

IN THIS EDITION: THE GOVCON FILES - It’s Good to Be King: The Curious Case of United States v. JAAAT Technical Services PROTEST DECISIONS - GAO Clarifies Discussions and Discusses clarifications...more

Contractor Stumbles Over Contract's Claim Procedures

Contractors have once again been reminded of the harsh consequences of failing to follow the claim procedures specified in their contracts. In Contractors Edge, Inc. v. City of Mankato, the Minnesota Court of Appeals...more

California Supreme Court Raises the Bar on Dangerous Conditions on Public Property Claims

Earlier we wrote about the affirmative defense of “design immunity” which can be used by public entities to shield themselves from personal injury claims dangerous conditions on public property. Under the design immunity...more

FirstNet Releases Final RFP for Up to $6.5 Billion

FirstNet released its final Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a Contractor to build and operate the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), as authorized by the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Relief Act of 2012...more

One belt one road - China's new outbound trade initiative

China’s 'One belt one road' initiative was first introduced by President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. With the dawn of 2016, it is appropriate time to take stock...more

Dubai Embraces PPP … Again

THE BACKGROUND - PPPs in the UAE or the wider GCC are not new. They have historically been undertaken under project-specific legislation or approvals. Mubadala Development Company initiated PPPs in the UAE with UAE...more

Termination for Default Held Improper

A contractor performed a project involving the construction of stone dike extensions and other work at four sites on the Mississippi River. Nelson, Inc. ASBCA No. 57201 (December 15, 2015). One of the issues was whether the...more

No Lump on the Head for One Contractor’s Failure to Follow Public Bid Instructions

In our house of chaos, rules are especially important. And when you don’t follow the rules—like no jumping on the furniture—you could end up with a lump on your head. In the world of government contracts, you know that...more

Contractor to Pay $3 Million for Alleged Use of Noncompliant Materials

The recent case highlights the importance of complying with domestic preference requirements in government contracts. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that Novum Structures LLC (Novum) will pay $3...more

Congress Enacts Federal Permitting Improvements to Speed Infrastructure Projects

Congress enacted the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, also known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) on December 4, 2015. A part of the FAST Act, Title XLI—Federal...more

FAST Act Expedites Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

Expedited permitting and environmental review for complex infrastructure projects may soon be a reality. Buried at the end of its most recent transportation reauthorization package (the “FAST Act” or “Act”) is a significant...more

Top 10 Compliance Laws for Federal Highway Contractors

Following up on my post about the Yates Memo, I started to think more about the areas of compliance that federal highway contractors must face. Contractors certify many things and interact with a wide variety of governmental...more

Federal Court in Pennsylvania Holds That Contractor’s Nominal Underpayment of Progress Payments Does Not Relieve Subcontractor’s...

Butch-Kavitz, Inc. v. Mar-Paul Co., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160652 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 1, 2015) - The United States Army Corps of Engineers (the “Owner”) entered into a contract (the “Contract”) with Mar-Paul Company,...more

Timely Documentation is Critical

In a recent decision by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Dick Pacific Construction Co., Ltd., ASBCA No. 57675 et. al., decided on December 15, 2015, the Board repeated something that has been said many times...more

California Bid Protests: Responsiveness and Materiality

It can be a rough and tumble world out there. And in the case of public works construction in California, this includes bid disputes. California’s competitive bidding laws require that a public works contract be awarded...more

CEQA Year In Review 2015

In 2015 the California appellate courts continued to chart new ground as they grappled with some of CEQA’s most difficult and controversial questions. The Supreme Court of California led the way, issuing four opinions on...more

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