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Massachusetts State Building Code Update: 9th Edition Anticipated to be Issued without Concurrency Period

The Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (the “State Board”) has announced that it expects to issue the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code in the first half of 2016, which will...more

Oregon Court of Appeals Holds Engineer Must Provide Property Owner with Notice of Lien Rights in Order to Perfect and Foreclose on...

In Multi/Tech Engineering Services, Inc. v. Innovative Design & Construction, LLC [274 Or App 389 (2015)], the Oregon Court of Appeals held that an engineer was required to provide a property owner with notice of lien rights...more

New STEM OPT Extension Rules to Extend the Program Have Been Proposed

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security published eagerly anticipated proposed STEM OPT Extension rules that, if adopted would allow U.S. employers greater flexibility for employing foreign nationals...more

Key Takeaways From the Associated Industries of Florida Water Forum

Last week I was honored to serve as lead moderator at the 2015 Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) Water Forum held in Orlando, Florida. As moderator, I led dynamic conversations on a wide range of water-related issues,...more

Lessons from a Diner: Up Front Costs can Save You Money in your Engineering Practice (law note)

I happen to frequent a place in my hometown called Elmo’s Diner.  A lot.  As in, many of the servers know me by name.  The food is good, yes.  The selection is great.  But there is a much more important reason that I go there...more

Requirements for Applying for H-1B Visas

The H1-B Specialty Occupation Visa is a non-immigration visa that allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to temporarily work in the United States. H1-B Requirements - There are three primary requirements to qualify...more

LA Metro Pursues Independent P3 Authority: ABX 1-12

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“LA Metro”) is pursuing new public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Assembly bill ABX 1-12 (“Bill 12”). Bill 12, introduced and read for the first time on August...more

Prepare the ground for effective contract administration: the UK’s Privy Council looks at termination risks and the employer’s...

Introductory remarks - The UK’s Privy Council recently considered the interpretation of two clauses in the FIDIC Red Book 1999, concerning the obligations of an employer to evidence financial arrangements and to notify...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds that Economic Loss Doctrine Does Not Bar Building Owner’s Negligence Claims Against Geotechnical...

USA Walnut Creek, DST v. Terracon Consultants, Inc. f/k/a HBC Engineering, Inc., 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 1806 (Tex. App. 2015) - This cases arises out of the construction of a twelve building apartment complex in Austin...more

Recent Developments in Retrofit Liability of Publicly Accessible Properties

If you own or invest in an older, publicly accessible property that does not comply with new regulations, you may be at risk of substantial liability. Retrofitting older properties to comply with new legal requirements and...more

Ninth Circuit: Relators Can’t Profit from their Own Criminal Conduct

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a relator cannot partake of proceeds from an FCA action if he has been convicted of criminal conduct arising from his role in the fraud. A...more

Department of Energy Looking to Partner Small Businesses, Labs

On July 8, the U.S. Energy Department, during the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Southeast Regional Summit, announced the national laboratories who will take the lead in implementing a new Small Businesses Vouchers...more

OSHA Clarifies RAGAGEP Definition and Abandons Use of "Commercial Grade" in PSM Standard

On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published two interpretations related to process safety management (“PSM”). In this publication, OSHA defined the term...more

OSHA Interpretation on Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices in Process Safety Management

OSHA has just published a Standard Interpretation (Interpretation) to provide guidance on the enforcement of the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard’s “recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices”...more

Case Summaries: Equivalency of Registration Requirements

Registrar of the Association of Professional Engineering of Ontario v. Gurpersaud, 2015 ONSC 804 (Ont. Div Ct), dismissing an appeal by the Registrar of the Registration Committee’s decision to issue a licence to...more

Newly Revised Arizona Purchaser Dwelling Act Changes Rules for Construction Defect Claims

When the Arizona Legislature enacted the Purchaser Dwelling Act (the "Act") in 2002, it imposed various pre-litigation notice and inspection requirements on purchasers and homeowners’ associations before they could file a...more

Letters of the Law: 'F' is for Fire Safety

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Achieving fire safety standards is paramount for the successful completion of many construction and engineering projects but what approval is needed, how does it affect the...more

Illinois Court Holds that Engineering Plat Did Not Improve Land, Rendering Mechanics Lien Invalid

The Illinois Appellate Court invalidated an engineering firm’s mechanics lien for platting of undeveloped land performed as due diligence before a sale, because the services provided by the firm did not increase or improve...more

Texas Court Upholds Engineer’s Tort Duty to Third Parties

The Texas appellate decision recently confirmed that state’s general rules regarding the outer limits of common law tort liability arising from alleged construction defects. USA Walnut Creek, DST v. Terracon Consultants,...more

Former Aerospace Engineer Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Intended for Iran

Although it appears that the U.S. and Iran are moving closer to a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s allies appear to remain committed to acquiring military-grade technology from U.S. companies by way of engineers...more

Design Professional Liens: A Blueprint

If you work in the construction industry in California you’re likely familiar with mechanics liens. But there’s one other type of lien available on construction projects in California: The design professional...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Owner Which Relied Upon Engineer in Withholding Payment May Obtain Indemnity from Engineer...

Klipper Constr. Assocs., Inc. v. Warwick Twp. Water and Sewer Auth., 2014 Pa. Commw. Unpub. LEXIS 718 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Dec. 16, 2014) - Warwick Township Water and Sewer Authority (“Owner”) hired Carroll Engineering...more

Florida Appeals Court Holds Contractor and Engineering Firm Entitled to Summary Judgment on Personal Injury Claim Where Owner...

The Florida Department of Transportation (“DOT”) hired Transportation Engineering, Inc. (“TEI”) to design, and D.A.B. Constructors, Inc. (“DAB”) to install, median guardrails along the Florida Turnpike. After the...more

Construction and Engineering Alert: CDM 2015 - The Biggest Health And Safety Change For Construction In A Decade

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 have finally been laid before Parliament and will come into force on Easter Monday 6 April. The new regulations ("CDM 2015") need to be on your radar if you are...more

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