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Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Corrective Action Catch 22: Court of Federal Claims Holds Agency Action Must Be Rational Even If GAO Protest Decision Was Not.

The United States Court of Federal Claims’ July 15, 2014 decision in RUSH Construction, Inc. v. United States, reflects the unusual circumstance in which the court effectively sat in appellate review of an earlier bid protest...more

Talk is Cheap – Promises to Pay Are a Poor Substitute for Adherence to Contractual Notice Provisions

A recent Wyoming case – JEM Contracting, Inc. v. Morrison – Maierle, Inc. – serves as a reminder to contractors and subcontractors of the importance of following the contractual requirements for notice when differing site...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19162 - C & H Electric, Inc. v. Bethel - Congratulations to our own Rick Robinson and Joshua Hawks-Ladds on this victory for our client, the Town of Bethel! Electrical contractor agreed to perform work on school...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Coverage Ruling Under Reinsurance Agreement

Public Risk Management of Florida, an intergovernmental risk management association that functions as a primary insurer for certain government entities in Florida, ceded some of its risk to One Beacon under a reinsurance...more

The Battle Continues in Bid Protest Against Bergen County

Echoing down Main Street in Hackensack is the incessant and repetitive booming of the driving of piles into the ground on what was once the visitor parking lot next to the Courthouse and former jail. The pile driving is part...more

California Law Restricting Non-Licensed Contractors’ Right to Recover for Unpaid Services Does Not Apply to Miller Act Claims

In a recent decision, the federal appellate court encompassing nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions held that a California law restricting the right of non-licensed contractors to recover for unpaid...more

New Jersey Supreme Court affirms award of bid that deviates from proposal

The New Jersey Supreme Court has affirmed a state agency’s decision to award a contract to the lowest bidder even though the bid did not comply with the scope-of-work requirements of a request for proposal. Matthew J....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

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

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

Men at Work: California Public Works Projects and Prevailing Wage Laws

California’s prevailing wage law, set forth in the California Labor Code, provides that each worker employed by contractors or subcontractors on a public works project must be paid not less than the general prevailing wage...more

It is Critical to Understand the Applicable Lien Law

Recently, a Louisiana Appellate Court affirmed a lower court's ruling that, to preserve its lien claim under Louisiana state law, a material supplier on a public works project must provide notice of nonpayment for each month...more

Developer's Subdivision Project for County Deemed Private Work of Improvement for Purposes of Subcontractor's Claim, Extending...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that where a developer hires a subcontractor to perform work in connection with a subdivision agreement with a public entity, the project may be considered a private work of...more

Finally - A Different Result for a Government Contractor's Differing Site Condition Claim

For any government contractor that has had a differing site condition claim denied despite relying on a government geotechnical report about the subsurface conditions of the project site, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Proceed with Caution: D.C. District Court Says Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine Do Not Survive Internal Fraud...

On March 6, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Company et al. that should serve as a wake-up call for all companies conducting internal...more

ConstructLaw - January 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Forum-Selection Clauses Are Presumptively Enforceable - Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. United States Dist. Court 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8775 (U.S. 2013) - This action arose out of a forum-selection...more

On Second Thought, Wage Ordinance Does Not Expand Federal Court's Jurisdiction

Miami-Dade County's prevailing wage ordinance, which sets minimum wages on publicly funded construction projects, does not authorize plaintiffs to litigate prevailing wage claims in court under the auspices of the Fair Labor...more

U.S. Supreme Court May Strongly Enforce Forum Selection Clauses: Many Businesses Will Breathe a Sigh of Relief, While Smaller...

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised — for the first time in 25 years — to uphold the enforceability of forum selection clauses, which permit contracting parties to prospectively determine the location/court where a lawsuit...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Who Pays When the General Contractor Goes Bust

Today, as we await the start of the Court’s November term, we begin our first look previews at the most recent additions to the Court’s civil docket. First up is Lake County Grading Company, LLC v. The Village of Antioch, a...more

Contractors Beware: Raising The Stakes In Davis-Bacon Compliance

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

Ninth Circuit Overturns Precedent, Finds Miller Act’s One-Year Statute of Limitations Is a Claim-Processing Rule, Not a...

First In United States ex rel. Air Control Technologies, Inc. v. Pre Con Industries, Inc., --- F.3d ---, 2013 WL 3242673 (9th Cir., June 28, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the one-year statute of...more

You Say “Tomato,” I Say “Tomahto” – Not All Deadlines Are Created Equally – At Least Under the Miller Act

Deadlines. Being a litigator I take deadlines serious. Cases can be won or lost by failing to meet deadlines. But when is a failure to meet a deadline an absolute bar to making a claim and when might it...more

Second Circuit Reaffirms That Private Prevailing Wage Claims Are Barred By Davis-Bacon Act

Carrion v. Agfa Construction, Inc., Nos. 11-5098, 11-5334 (2d. Cir. June 13, 2013): On appeal from an order by District Judge Brian M. Cogan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the...more

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