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DC Circuit joins other circuits in enforcing Escobar's strict materiality requirement: key takeaways

The DC Circuit has affirmed summary judgment against the relator in United States ex rel. McBride v. Halliburton Company, et al, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging defendants-appellees (collectively, KBR) inflated...more

Property Acquisition: Five Signs of Trouble Ahead

As much as public agencies want infrastructure projects to go smoothly, they rarely do. Even when a project is seemingly rolling along through right of way acquisition, there are still hurdles that inevitably impact budgets...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

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

Public Private Partnerships: Securing Payment for Labor and Materials

What happens to contractors and subcontractors who are without lien rights when a private developer is building on public land with private money? A recent court decision clarified the parties’ rights and obligations for...more

Change for employers tendering and performing building work

At a Glance - The Turnbull government is likely to secure an earlier commencement date for provisions within an important component of the new Australian Building and Construction Commission laws ('ABCC laws') — the...more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

Did the FAR Lose Its Mojo in the Government Contracts World? Depends

It’s not everyday that you read about one of your longtime heroes, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”), losing some of its mojo. The Nash & Cibinic Report read as follows: “The FAR: Does It Have Contractual Force and...more

OCTA Signs DB Contract for $1.9 Billion Managed Lanes Project in California

Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority executed the design/build contract for the I-405 Improvement Project with OC405 Partners, a joint venture consisting of OHL USA and Astaldi Construction Corporation. With a...more

New Markets Tax Credits – the Best Kept Secret in Financing Public Projects

Right before Thanksgiving 2016, the federal government announced the release of $7 billion of tax credits aimed at spurring private equity investment into projects in low income communities. Administered through the U.S....more

Avoiding disputes under PFI/PF2 contracts

With more PF2 projects ahead, there are lessons to be learnt from recent PFI disputes. In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed that "the government will develop a new pipeline of projects that...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

Beginning of the End for Davis-Bacon?

The federal prevailing wage statute, known as "Davis-Bacon," has been in place for over eighty years. In essence, it requires that union wages be paid on all federal construction projects....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

President Trump’s Inauguration Signals a Potential Increase in Infrastructure Projects

When then-candidate Donald J. Trump first began making public statements about what would become his infrastructure plan back in August of 2016, observers were uncertain as to what exactly they could expect. Just before that...more

Say What You Need to Say: Supreme Court Clears Path for Implied Certification Theory of Liability Under False Claims Act

Most government contractors in the construction industry are well aware that by providing goods or services to government-funded construction projects, they are potentially subject to liability under the False Claims Act....more

New administration sets stage for shift in domestic preference requirements and enforcement activities

The presidential memoranda signed on January 24, 2017, by President Trump relating to the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines included a message of particular significance to the government contractor community: Buy American....more

New FAR Changes Incentivize Prime Contractors Not to Be Deadbeats in Meeting Their Payment Obligations to Their Small Business...

One common complaint we hear from our subcontractor clients is “HOW CAN WE GET PAID????” Our experience has shown that whether through inadvertence, lack of subcontract management resources – or even as a predatory business...more

California Enacts New Claims Resolution Process for Public Works Projects

If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction you should be aware of a new law, AB 626, which took effect on the first of this year and establishes a new mandatory claims resolution process for...more

Los contratos gubernamentales promueven cada vez más los objetivos relacionados con las políticas laborales

El año pasado, el gobierno federal implementó varias normas que exigen que sus contratistas cumplan con ciertos requisitos de trabajo justo. Por ejemplo, una norma federal finalizada en el mes de septiembre exige que los...more

The Government Knowledge Defense to the False Claims Act after Universal Health Services

As recited in seemingly every brief and opinion involving the statute, the False Claims Act traces its history to the Civil War and efforts to deter and punish fraud on the Lincoln administration. The lure of treble damages,...more

Resolución de Año Nuevo: Tránsito de Miami Beach

Después de acelerar el proceso de solicitud para el proyecto del tren ligero o tranvía moderno de Miami Beach, el mes pasado la comisión de la ciudad de Miami Beach puso un freno. En respuesta a las preocupaciones expresadas...more

New Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule - Reporting Reduced or Untimely Payments to Small Business Subcontractors

The FAR Council has issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation ('FAR") to implement a section of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The new rule, which goes into effect on January 19, 2017, will...more

Government Contracts Increasingly Further Labor-Policy Goals

This past year, the federal government implemented a variety of rules requiring that its contractors meet certain fair-labor requirements. For example, a federal rule finalized in September requires federal contractors to...more

New Year’s Resolution: Miami Beach Transit

After expediting the solicitation process for the Miami Beach light rail/modern streetcar project, the Miami Beach City Commission hit the brakes last month. In response to concerns voiced by City residents, the Commission...more

DBE Contracting Opportunities under the Trump Administration

With President-elect Trump’s promise to turn America’s crumbling infrastructure into an opportunity for accelerated economic growth, there are likely to be significant investments in the next four years in transportation,...more

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