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A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

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

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

Western Pennsylvania Hospital Stark/Whistleblower/False Claims Case Provides Real World Guidance For Medical Directors’ Contracts

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Emanuele v. Medicor Associates, was presented to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as cross motions for summary judgment, and provides some guidance regarding the Stark requirements for...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

March 2017 Protest Roundup

Our March bid protest round-up brings you disparate treatment, undocumented agency rationales, the duty of candor to courts, the unusual timeliness rules for protests of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs), and (once...more

Blowing the Whistle on Willful Misconduct: California Court holds that False Claims Act Suits Are Uninsurable Due to Public Policy

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Willful misconduct is uninsurable. It is a fundamental principle of insurance, and it makes sense to both the lay and the lawyerly. But few states go as far as to codify this principle in the insurance code. California is an...more

CBCA Affirms It Cannot Direct an Agency to Revise a CPAR

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently affirmed that it would follow the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in refusing to direct an agency to revise a Contract...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

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On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

February 2017 Protest Roundup

In February 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released notable decisions addressing (1) the effect of the temporary lapse in GAO’s civilian task order jurisdiction; (2) discussions, clarifications, and...more

Vavra Decision Highlights Avenues for Potential Anti-Kickback Act Liability

On February 3, 2017, the Fifth Circuit decided US ex rel Vavra v. Kellogg Brown & Root, No. 15-41623, 2017 WL 473873 (5th Cir. 2017), determining that defendant KBR could be held vicariously liable under the enhanced penalty...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

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

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

Federal Court Holds California Insurance Code Bars Duty to Defend Against False Claims Act Violations

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The Central District of California held that Section 533 of the Insurance Code eliminated any potential for coverage for suit under the state False Claims Act. On January 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central...more

2016 Protest Roundup

In addition to our regular recap of key protest decisions by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Court of Federal Claims this month, we have compiled a year-end recap of key bid protest decisions from 2016. The...more

Government Contractor Defense Applies to Commercial Product Supplier

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A California appellate court recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment in favor of an asbestos supplier under the government contractor defense. Kase v. Metaclad Insulation Corp., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1025 (Cal....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

Fourth Circuit Clarifies Applicability of FCA Public Disclosure Bar to Amended Complaints

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In one of several decisions issued during 2016 addressing the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4), the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Lyle Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, LLC held...more

Potential split emerges regarding the proper interpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Escobar

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As we previously reported, the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), appears clear in its holdings that: (1) implied certification may support...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

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

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