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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

Letters of the Law: 'Q' is for Quality

Quality can be difficult to describe and equally difficult to deliver. To what quality does a contractor have to deliver construction works by law? How is that measured? As with many aspects of construction and...more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Summer 2015

Construction Lawyering in the U.K. and U.S.: Contrasts and Similarities - Introduction - There are important differences between the American and British styles of lawyering, but there is also much common...more

Letters of the Law: 'P' is for Provisional Sums and Prime Costs

Provisional sums and prime costs are not terms of art. Provisional sums and prime costs are not concepts codified in the law. There is danger that one party's understanding of how to apply them may differ from the other. The...more

Regional Manufacturing Outlook - July 2015

Manufacturing is important to our national economy in terms of its contribution to the UK’s productivity performance, exports, innovation capacity and employment. It also makes significant contributions to...more

Letters of the Law: 'O' is for Omission

Most contractors would not argue with the scope of their work being increased (provided they are to be paid for the increase) but they might not be so pleased if the scope is reduced and the employer seeks to pay them less....more

DOJ–Louis Berger, Two Executives Resolve FCPA Charges

The DOJ resolved another FCPA action with the company entering into a deferred prosecution agreement, paying a criminal fine and agreeing to the imposition of a monitor after self reporting and cooperating. Two of the firm’s...more

Letters of the Law: 'N' is for Novation

Party A contracts with Party B. Party C is substituted for Party B. The contract is now between Party A and Party C. In other words Party C has stepped into the position of Party B. Party C has assumed Party B's rights...more

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

The sprawling Petrobas corruption scandal continues to grow and stretch across Brazil’s political and economic landscape. Prosecutors handling the case continue to reach new targets and arrest more individuals who profited...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

Letters of the Law: 'J' is for Jurisdiction

The first step when you cannot resolve your dispute is the "jurisdiction" clause in your contract. In some contracts the jurisdiction clause has been ferociously reviewed, considered and negotiated. Other contracts completely...more

The Announcement of Criminal Charges against Lumber Liquidators Underscores the Need for Lacey Act Compliance

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced in its most recent 10Q that the United States Department of Justice plans to pursue criminal charges surrounding allegations the company illegally imported wood in...more

OAS UPDATE: Bankruptcy Court Grants Limited Temporary Relief in Chapter 15 Case

Background: Grupo OAS, a Brazilian construction conglomerate linked to a massive corruption scandal (“OAS”), filed for Chapter 15 creditor protection in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on April 15,...more

Bank ordered to honour refund guarantees despite foreign court orders prohibiting payment

The Claimant Buyers brought proceedings against the Defendant Bank under refund guarantees issued by the Bank in support of two shipbuilding contracts between the Buyers and Sellers. Pursuant to the contracts, the Claimant...more

Letters of the Law: 'H' is for Handing Over

Getting in, getting on and getting out is how contractors make their money and having a completed project to put to use is how employers make theirs. Getting to the point of handing over the works is, usually, high priority...more

Letters of the Law: 'E' is for Express Terms

Contract terms are not always in black and white. Express terms are those which are specifically agreed between the parties. In a written contract 'express' terms are those written on the pages of the contract. However,...more

Foreign Bribery And Corruption - Australian Law

Increasingly, Australian companies are entering into cross border business relationships and in doing so are discovering that the law and the local culture can be quite different. This is especially true in the use of bribes...more

Letters of the Law: 'D' is for Decennia

Sometimes the greatest risk lies in what a contract does not say. Construction contracts usually state a length of time during which the contractor is liable to return to the handed-over project to complete outstanding...more

Insights from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference

In January, our team attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) conference, one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles....more

The Top 10 Questions Facing the LNG Industry in 2015

The only constant in the LNG industry again appears to be change – unpredictable change. The LNG supply and demand balance shifted in 2014 as LNG supply appears, at least temporarily, to have surpassed demand. Other...more

The OECD Report: Shedding Light on Foreign Bribery

The OECD has been at the forefront of the global battle against corruption. Its recent report, Foreign Bribery Report (available here) the OECD provided important insights into the occurrence of foreign bribery....more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Can the cost of international arbitration be controlled? - Sealing the deal: critical Issues in the preparation of mediated settlement agreements - Mediation decision-makers need...more

Expo 2020 - part 5: Managing and resolving construction disputes

Introduction - Since Dubai’s successful 2020 Expo bid, development of new and re-invigorated construction projects has increased significantly. Tenders and new contracts are once more being awarded for a wide range of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014

DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition- Related Thresholds (DFARS Case 2014-D025) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

Expo 2020 - part 4: ignorance isn’t bliss – Taking care to ensure that the contractual arrangements are properly documented

With the upcoming finalisation and the approval process of the Master Planning for Dubai Expo 2020, the early site activities are set to commence in the initial part of 2015 to ensure that the event is well on track for the...more

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