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Procurement Pulse - November 2015

Further debate on the living wage this month, as the Scottish Government issues guidance on evaluating fair working conditions that relate to the subject matter of a procurement. Useful direction from the courts on how to...more

Federal Appeals Court Wrestles With Definition of “New” Equipment

In Reliable Contracting Group, LLC v. Department of Veterans Affairs, 779 F.3d 1329 (10th Cir. 2015), the Court of Appeals for the 10th Federal Circuit recently interpreted contract terms requiring that equipment installed...more

S&P Says Infrastructure Costs Go Well Beyond the Initial Investment

In a number of recent conversations regarding using Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to deliver large infrastructure projects under an availability payment structure, I’ve heard a lot of angst by public owners over the cost...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

Third Circuit Allows for Offset when Calculating Loss in DBE Fraud Cases

In United States v. Nagle, the Third Circuit provided instruction on how to calculate the amount of “loss” defendants are attributed when being sentenced in a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) fraud case. Going...more

Public Private Partnerships in Dubai – a new law

On 20 September 2015, the Government of Dubai issued a new law (Law No.22 of 2015) creating the legal framework for greater collaboration and contractual partnership between the public and private sectors in respect of major...more

Proving Contractor Licensure in California. The Tribe Has Spoken.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, in California you must “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. But in whose hands are you entitled to place your fate  – the judge or the jury?...more

Doing Business in Australia: Infrastructure and Construction

DLA Piper has launched the second edition of "Doing Business in Australia: Infrastructure and Construction", a guide to the delivery of infrastructure in Australia. The guide looks at different procurement models including...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...more

Third Circuit Decision Could Have Broad Implications For Sentencing In Federal Fraud Cases

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a decision that could have major ramifications for sentencing in federal fraud cases. United States v. Nagle dealt with a fraud perpetrated against the Department of Transportation’s...more

A Primer to Understanding Wrap-Up Insurance Programs

Whether you are a property owner, general contractor, or subcontractor, understanding wrap-up insurance programs—when to consider one, what they insure, and how they affect the project—is vital to a construction project’s...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce “No Damages for Delay” Clause

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently refused to enforce a “no damages for delay” clause and upheld an award of delay damages against a school district where the district actively interfered with a general contractor’s...more

Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

Finance Update: Fairness in Interpreting PPP Payment Mechanisms

Management of payment mechanisms in PFI/PPP schemes by the public sector has generally become more active in recent years. Amongst the many factors at play are balancing proper management and application, and avoiding the...more

Size Your Project Up: Developing a Tailored RFP Can Lead to More Effective Procurements, Successful Projects and Fewer Protests

Gone is the day when public agencies only have one option — the traditional design-bid-build construction delivery method — for procuring a contractor for a public construction project. Instead, there is an increased...more

Integrity in Contracting: Lessons From A Young Princess

Essays are a great way to teach lessons. In our house of seven children, it seems that almost every day is an “Essay Day.” Last week, when caught in the middle of a lie—about an issue that was not even important— one of my...more

Alert: Massachusetts High Court Clarifies Construction Manager’s Role

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a very significant ruling yesterday regarding the use of the CM-At Risk delivery method, particularly on public jobs. In Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane...more

Apprentices on Public Works Projects: Sometimes it’s Not What You Do But Who You Do the Work For That Counts

If you’re a public works contractor in California you’re familiar with prevailing wages. The Prevailing Wage Law, a Depression era law designed to encourage the hiring of local labor, sets a minimum wage that employers must...more

Five Signs Your Teaming Agreement Will Lead to Affiliation

Teaming agreements are valuable tools for all government contractors. They allow the proposed prime contractor and subcontractor to iron out their relationship prior to competing for a government opportunity. ...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

Three Ways to Avoid Bidding Pitfalls

When submitting a bid, contractors must take care to fulfill all pre-bid obligations to help the project run smoothly. What are the most important pre-bid actions to take? I was reminded of three critical points every...more

Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Ban on Project Labor Agreements

A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana recently ruled that Louisiana’s ban on project labor agreements on public works projects was neither unconstitutional nor preempted by the National Labor Relations Act...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Updated Bidding Guidelines and Contract Terms for Ronda Uno, Second Tender

On August 4, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (the CNH) released revised versions of the Bidding Guidelines (the Guidelines) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (the PSC) for the Second Tender published on...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Third Quarter 2015

NOW’S THE TIME FOR SBA TO EXPAND WOSB-ELIGIBLE INDUSTRIES - On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule to amend its regulations to implement Section 825 of the National Defense...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOC Issues Final Rule Regarding Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards - The...more

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