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California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process

If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new mandatory claims resolution process for disputes on public works...more

Ohio Appeals Court Holds That Contractor Who Seeks Application of HOOP Formula to Calculate Home Office Overhead Need Not Prove...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Wood Elec., Inc. v. Ohio Facilities Constr. Comm’n, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 16AP-643, 2017-Ohio-2743, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 1745 (May 9, 2017) - The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (“OFCC”), together with a school...more

House Small Business Committee Approves Legislation Providing For Expedited Partial Payments of Requests for Equitable Adjustment...

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A common frustration faced by many small business government contractors, particularly in the construction industry, is how often agencies make very costly unilateral change orders during the course of performance. Although a...more

NEC4 contracts now published

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The NEC has recently published its much anticipated next generation suite of contracts, NEC4. The NEC has chosen the phrase "evolution not revolution" to describe the NEC4 suite. The new suite remains true to the NEC's...more

Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!

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I read in my Twitter feed this morning about a recent case where the Missouri Court of Appeals formally adopted the Spearin Doctrine. I immediately wondered if I could explain the Spearin Doctrine in less than 140...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Contractor’s Complaint, Declining to Create ‘Ultra Vires’ or ‘Bias’ Exceptions to the...

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Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 7252 (4th Cir., April 25, 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently addressed whether the...more

All Work and No Pay: Ed DeLisle Testifies Before Congressional Small Business Committee

Cohen Seglias Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Group, Edward DeLisle, testified at a Small Business Committee hearing titled, “All Work and No Pay: Change Orders Delayed for Small Construction Contractors.” The hearing...more

Small Business Payment For Performance Act Unanimously Leaves Committee – Will SBC Construction Contractors Be Able To Reduce...

Currently pending in the House of Representatives is H.R. 2594, the “Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017” (the “Bill”). This Bill unanimously passed the House Committee on Small Business earlier today. While...more

Do Minnesota Municipalities Have the Authority to Source Public Works Contracts Using the Construction Manager at Risk Delivery...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Recently, at least two experienced attorneys, one who represents contractors and the other who primarily represents public authorities, have published position papers opining whether Minnesota municipalities have the power...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

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Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Owners Beware: Washington Appellate Court Holds Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Project Submittal Review Could Breach the Duty of Good Faith...

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Nova Contr., Inc. v. City of Olympia, No. 48644-0-II, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 913 (Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2017) - This case arose out of a public project in which the City of Olympia (“City”) hired Nova Contracting, Inc. (“Nova”)...more

Interpreting clause 10.1 of the NEC to escape a time bar clause

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Relying on the role of “mutual trust”, “co-operation” and “good faith” to permit fair and equitable judgments is dangerous. It leads to uncertainty and opens the floodgates to pointless litigation....more

Descoping of works: what is the employer entitled to do?

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Financial constraints mean that employers are often looking to descope works from major projects. But how feasible is this? A recent case highlights the potential implications for employers who attempt to descope works...more

NEC4 suite of standard form contracts to be released in June

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On 22 June 2017, the NEC4 suite of standard form contracts will be officially launched at the NEC Users' Group's Annual Seminar. This new suite will replace the popular NEC3 suite, which was first published back in 2005....more

When Is the Contractor’s Termination for Default Proper? When It Does Bad Things

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Sometimes you “do” bad things. Sometimes you “look like” you do bad things. Just look at the difference between Bad-boy Jack and my youngest daughter, Haven, who just “looks like” she’s up to no good. In the world of...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

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"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...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

What Every Contractor Should Know About Requests for Equitable Adjustment

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Government contractors quickly learn to expect the unexpected. While working on a construction contract, a contractor may encounter undisclosed utility lines 15 feet underground. Or, an information technology support...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

Procurement Pulse - April 2017

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Breach of the procurement rules raises the difficult dilemma of providing sufficient information to disaffected bidders to ensure that the playing field is as level as possible in terms of the information they have available...more

Revisions to ConsensusDocs® Design-Bid-Build Standard Forms

Every construction project has a contract (written, preferably), and they often vary in size and scope depending on the nature and complexity of a project. Many construction industry participants have developed their own...more

Solar in the Frost: What to Watch Out For

As solar technology continues to become more efficient, construction of solar plants is expanding rapidly around the world, including in colder environments that, in the past, may have lacked the irradiance necessary to make...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos Invitation to Bid for Ayín-Batsil...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 7, 2017, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or “CNH”), commenced an international tender process to grant the right to enter into a production...more

NEC4 is on its way

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The next generation of NEC contracts – the NEC4 suite – is due to be launched on 22 June 2017 at the NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2017....more

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

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