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Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

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Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

Federal Court in Alabama Rules that 1999 Amendment to the Miller Act Does Not Preclude Arbitration of Underlying Claims

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United States v. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co., No. 16-0472-WS-C, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16791 (S.D. Ala. Feb. 7, 2017) - This action arose out of a payment dispute between Bay South Limited, Inc. (“Bay South”) and Stephens...more

Deja Vu: Court Overturns AB 219… Again!

Prevailing Wage Law is California’s “other” minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects....more

Lien bonds and statutory trusts: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43

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In December 2010, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (Dominion) was hired to act as general contractor to construct a football stadium at the University of Manitoba. Dominion entered into a subcontract with Structal...more

Superior Court Rejects Disappointed Bidder’s Claim

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Whether required by state law or by local ordinance or practice, municipalities often use the competitive bidding process to purchase property, equipment and most types of services. In the recent case of Design...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that Bond Issued on a Sovereign Tribal Construction Project is Not a Miller Act Bond Even Though...

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United States ex rel. J.A. Manning Constr. Co. v. Bronze Oak, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6054 (N.D. Okla. Jan. 17, 2017) - In May 2014 the Cherokee Nation issued a bid notice for bridge and roadway construction in Mayes...more

Federal Court in Idaho Rules That a Government Contractor May Recover Consultant Fees, So Long as Those Fees Were Incurred in...

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) contracted with Sygnos, Inc. (“Sygnos”) for improvements to the electrical system at a VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sygnos subcontracted a portion of the work to...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

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A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

DC Circuit joins other circuits in enforcing Escobar's strict materiality requirement: key takeaways

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The DC Circuit has affirmed summary judgment against the relator in United States ex rel. McBride v. Halliburton Company, et al, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging defendants-appellees (collectively, KBR) inflated...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

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Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Significant Government Contract Litigation: A Year in Review

Last year provided a number of important claims and cases that further developed various aspects of litigation regarding the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). The major issues raised in some of the more notable claims include...more

The Government Knowledge Defense to the False Claims Act after Universal Health Services

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As recited in seemingly every brief and opinion involving the statute, the False Claims Act traces its history to the Civil War and efforts to deter and punish fraud on the Lincoln administration. The lure of treble damages,...more

Under Construction - December 2016

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Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Torts – Premises Liability

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Al Khosh v. Staples Construction Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (October 26, 2016) - Under Privette v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 689, an employee of an independent contractor...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

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In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

Boards of Contract Appeals Will Prod Contracting Officers to Issue Final Decisions

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The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) recently demonstrated that it is willing to help government contractors who are waiting many months for a contracting officer to issue a final decision on a pending...more

Texas Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Key Portions of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules

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A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the labor law violation disclosure requirements and restriction on use of arbitration agreements portions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Nationwide Injunction Issued Against Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Reporting Requirements and Arbitration Agreement Restrictions

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Late Monday evening, just before the FAR Final Rule and DOL Guidance on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (FPSWP) were set to take effect, a federal district judge in Texas enjoined the implementation of the...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules ‘Misguided,’ ‘Unlawful’ and Must be Blocked, Says Texas Lawsuit – TRO Hearing Scheduled for...

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Several large construction and security industry groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to block the heavily criticized Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and...more

District Court Refuses To Bind Surety To Subcontract Arbitration Clause

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An engineering company was hired to perform work in connection with construction and renovation of the South African Embassy, and subcontracted for sheet metal work with a third party. The subcontract contained an arbitration...more

Summer Tendering Update: Reasonable Expectations and Negative Contingencies

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A recent decision from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Elan Construction considered and clarified two aspects of tendering law....more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Under Prompt Payment Act, Imposition of Penalty and Attorneys’ Fees Is Discretionary, Not...

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Scott Enters., Inc. v. City of Allentown, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 1503 (Pa. July 19, 2016) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed an order of the Commonwealth Court and held that the prompt payment provisions of the...more

US Supreme Court False Claims Act Decision in Escobar Has Significant Implications for Contractors

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), changing the legal landscape for False Claims Act qui tam claims...more

Litigating Against the Government? Recent Decision Regarding Claim Certification Dispute Proves That Forrest Gump's Mama Was Right...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Forrest Gump’s mama was a brilliant woman. As anyone who watched the 1994 Academy Award-winning classic can confirm, Mrs. Gump’s advice to her son provided an indispensable well of wisdom from which Forrest often drew to...more

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