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Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Redeux)

This past week I gave a presentation on a panel entitled “Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” before my local bar association. Thanks to those who attended, my co-presenters and the bar association for sponsoring....more

Government Contracting and Procurement Update: Public Access to Trade Secrets in Proposals and Bid Documents in Maine

Those doing business with the State of Maine need to know their way around public records laws. What is the risk that sensitive business information included within a bid response to a request for proposal (RFP) may become...more

New Jersey Supreme Court affirms award of bid that deviates from proposal

The New Jersey Supreme Court has affirmed a state agency’s decision to award a contract to the lowest bidder even though the bid did not comply with the scope-of-work requirements of a request for proposal. Matthew J....more

Say What??!! When is There an Enforceable Agreement in the Subcontractor Bidding Process?

A major development and infrastructure project is announced that will provide significant work to a construction manager, general contractor (“GC”), and many subcontractors (“Sub”) across the building trades. The architect...more

Out of State . . . Out of Mind?: Ensuring that Local and Out-of-State Construction Companies Play by the Same Rules

The construction industry is all too familiar with its perception as a means by which individual and corporate citizens alike may experience economic opportunity. Whether at the federal, state or municipal level, set-aside...more

Estimates vs. Bids: Determining Insurer Obligation

The typical property insurance claim begins with notification of a loss from the insured or its broker. Thereafter, the carrier sends out an adjuster to investigate the loss and determine whether, and to what extent, coverage...more

Your Proposal May Be Accessible to Your Competitors: Safeguard Trade Secrets in Government Procurement

Businesses submitting bids, responses to requests for qualifications, and proposals to state and local agencies must remember that generally their submissions are subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA). The...more

Service Contractor's Bid Protest Blocked by Lack of LEED Experience

The lack of LEED experience cost an incumbent service contractor the ability to protest the award of a federal contract to its rival, according to an opinion released on April 22, 2014 by the United States Court of Federal...more

Changes to French takeover rules

A new French law, the “Law to recapture the real economy” (“Loi visant à reconquérir l’économie réelle” or “Loi Florange”) (the Law), was made on 1 April 2014. The Law makes good a promise, made by François Hollande in...more

And the Bidding Starts At . . .? The Impact of Two Recent Bankruptcy Decisions On Determining Foreclosure Sale Bids

In today’s economy, banks all too commonly find themselves foreclosing on real property collateral. As a result, banks are regularly in the position of having to determine the starting bid in foreclosure proceedings. This...more

Just When Secured Creditors Thought it Was Safe to Credit Bid Again . . . .

The ability of a secured creditor to credit bid at a bankruptcy sale was recently called into question (again) in a January 17, 2014 decision by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in the In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc....more

Recent Decision Caps Secured Creditor’s Credit Bid in §363 Sale to Purchase Price of Acquired Debt

It is well-settled that secured creditors are ordinarily entitled to credit bid their allowed secured claim in a sale pursuant to § 363 of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”). In Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank,...more

Pending Legislation in Maryland Could Eliminate Bid Protest Appeals

On February 24, a bill was introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates which, if passed, will require a bid protester of a state contract to pay to the state up to 5% of the value of the contract on which it protested, if...more

Recent Appellate Court Opinion Discusses Legal Challenges To The Debarment Of Contractors By Public Bodies

Public bodies must adhere to the principles of procedural due process when debarring a contractor from bidding on its projects. But even when a public body provides due process, it may be subject to litigation....more

Assembly Bill 44 Requires Submission of Subcontractors' License Numbers in Public Construction Bids

Public Agencies Must Modify Bid Forms to Require Subcontractor License Number - Governor Jerry Brown last week signed into law Assembly Bill 44 (AB 44), which amends Public Contract Code section 4104 to require a prime...more

The Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act. Bargain Hunters Beware

Construction is back! But downward price pressures continue. And, if you work on California public works projects, you know that shopping for that lowest price has its limitations....more

New Jersey Appellate Division Again Upholds Local Government’s Rejection of Lowest Bid

In our June 3, 2013 blog post, we discussed a decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division upholding a municipality’s rejection of the lowest bid for a waste hauling contract because it was determined to be a material,...more

Trustee Could Void Sale Due To Mistake Discovered Before Delivery Of Deed

The California Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether a trustee may void a nonjudicial foreclosure sale of real property because the trustee discovered prior to the delivery of the deed to the highest bidder...more

Amendments to Japanese Insider Trading Regulations Which Broaden the Scope of Application to Tippers and Tender Offer Bids

On June 12 2013, a bill (the “Amendment Bill”) to amend the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA was passed at the Diet session and promulgated as of June 19 2013....more

ASIC Releases Updated Takeovers Guidance

On 21 June 2013, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) released four new Regulatory Guides, which update and consolidate the bulk of its guidance about takeovers. The new Regulatory Guides cover...more

Claims of Providing Truthful Marketing Information to Airports Issuing Bids for Duty Free Shops Fails to Allege Actionable...

Conclusary allegations of parallel business conduct which are in the economic self-interest of the actor do not state an actionable antitrust claim. Duty Free Americas, Inc. v. The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Case O:...more

Highest Bidder Loses Spoliation Fight in Auction House Data Breach

A recent case out of the Northern District of Ohio is an unsung victory for proportionality in that the Court twice declined to sanction a plaintiff’s “failure” to forensically image computers where computer logs showing the...more

Cap and Trade Auction Results Are In!

Every allowance that was offered in the auction was sold at a settlement price of $14.00 per allowance. The highest bid price was $50.01 with the mean bid price $16.67 and the median bid price $13.49. In total, the 2013...more

Trustee Empowered To Void Foreclosure Sale Where Error Discovered Before Delivery Of Trustee’s Deed

California’s Supreme Court affirmed a trustee’s right to void a non-judicial foreclosure sale based on mistakes in the foreclosure process discovered before delivery of a trustee’s deed to the successful bidder. ...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Jurisdiction Over Claims Arising Under Procurement Code

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently confirmed the absolute right of Commonwealth agencies to withdraw solicitations for contracts, as well as the exclusive jurisdiction of the Board of Claims to hear disputes with the...more

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