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Construction Safety: Lessons From 2016 and Remedies in 2017

While each year there are reports and statistics regarding the annual number of construction accidents and fatalities in New York City, 2016 will likely be remembered as the year when a construction accident could, and did,...more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State...more

Educational Institutions Targeted in Fraudulent Payment Requests

Educational institutions should be aware of fraudulent request for payments from vendors. The FBI Boston Division identified three incidents over the past month where perpetrators submitted fraudulent transfer authorization...more

CEO of World Trade Center contractor found guilty of fraud by misstating compliance with Port Authority’s minority- and...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Public entities at the Federal, state, and local levels set aside contracting opportunities, provide preferential price treatment, or otherwise grant favorable treatment to contractors (1) owned by veterans, women,...more

Construction Contractor Faces Manslaughter Charge in Worker’s Death

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New York man and two construction companies he owns have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of an employee who plunged six stories to his death after allegedly being directed to perform work...more

First conviction made under the Bribery Act

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A substantial fine of £1.4 million in addition to costs and a confiscation order of £851,152.23 has been made against The Sweett Group plc following its conviction under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. The company had...more

Electrical contractor fined $537,500 after death of resident from faulty electrical work

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An electrical contractor has been hit with a huge fine after its faulty electrical work led to a resident’s death. The contractor had installed an in-floor heating system in the bathroom of a home. The resident, an...more

March Antitrust Bulletin

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On February 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission opposed McWane Inc.’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of a November 2015 FTC opinion that McWane unlawfully...more

Sweett Sentence Provides Guidance for DPAs

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

After its guilty plea to an offence under the UK Bribery Act, Sweett Group PLC was sentenced on February 19, 2016 at Southwark Crown Court, and ordered to pay a total £2.25 million penalty for the offence. The international...more

3 1/2 years in prison for Metron project manager, Kazenelson, after criminal negligence conviction

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Vadim Kazenelson, the project manager for Metron Construction, was sentenced today to 3½ years in prison for criminal negligence. This is the longest-ever jail sentence handed down for criminal negligence under the...more

Contractor to Pay $3 Million for Alleged Use of Noncompliant Materials

by Morgan Lewis on

The recent case highlights the importance of complying with domestic preference requirements in government contracts. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that Novum Structures LLC (Novum) will pay $3...more

New Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force Promises Tough Enforcement

by Bracewell LLP on

On August 5th, the Manhattan District Attorney (the "DA’s Office") announced the formation of a multi-agency Citywide Construction Fraud Task Force that will be spearheaded by prosecutors from the office. Its mission is...more

DOJ–Louis Berger, Two Executives Resolve FCPA Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Louis Berger International Pays $17 Million Penalty for FCPA Violation

On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1...more

DOJ Breaks its Silence in 2015 FCPA Enforcement

Last week, the DOJ announced its first corporate enforcement action under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (“FCPA”) for 2015. IAP World Services, Inc., a Florida-based defense and government contractor, agreed to pay $7.1...more

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

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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

Project Manager for Metron Construction convicted of criminal negligence in Christmas Eve fatalities. Three individuals and two...

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The project manager who supervised the four workers who died after a swing stage scaffold collapsed on Christmas Eve, 2009, has been found guilty on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal...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

Foreign Bribery And Corruption - Australian Law

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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

Miami-Dade County’s P3 Approach to Courthouse Project

From left to right: City of Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard; Bilzin Sumberg partner Albert E. Dotson, Jr.; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Last week, Bilzin Sumberg hosted a two-day conference of national and...more

Bribery Is Not a Free Speech Right, Judge Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In late 2012, a California district attorney’s office obtained an indictment charging 18 defendants, including school board members, administrators and contractors, with conspiracy, bribery, perjury, filing false gift reports...more

Competition Commission of India Conducts First-Ever Raid

Earlier this week, India’s competition regulator-the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”)-raided two offices of JCB India Limited (“JCB”), a UK-based manufacturer of construction equipment. This raid marks the first time...more

Ontario OHSA convictions at six-year low in 2013/14, average fine relatively steady

by Dentons on

The number of Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act convictions was at a six-year low in the government’s fiscal 2013/14 year, Ontario Ministry of Labour statistics show. There were 780 convictions in 2013/14,...more

Biggest Risk of Corruption in The Construction Industry - The Global Picture 2014

by K&L Gates LLP on

The construction industry is big business. A recent study has predicted that global construction output will increase by more than 70%, to US$15 trillion per year worldwide, by 2025. The dominant sources of this growth will...more

Company fined $25,000 for operating electrical contracting business without license under Electricity Act after apprentice injured

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An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act. A young apprentice with the company was seriously...more

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