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Procurement Pulse - November 2015

Further debate on the living wage this month, as the Scottish Government issues guidance on evaluating fair working conditions that relate to the subject matter of a procurement. Useful direction from the courts on how to...more

Bankruptcy of Motorways in Spain - New options for investment due to recent legal development

Motorway´s insolvency in Spain - Nine motorway companies that were financed by local and international banks during the mid-2000s entered into Insolvency proceedings. Recently two of these motorways: Aeropistas M-12...more

Who’s Responsible for this Project Design? Massachusetts Knows

We wanted to share this timely post by Elizabeth Wright on our Construction Law Zone blog because it affects Construction Manager-At-Risk projects undertaken in Massachusetts, a topic we know is of interest to our readers....more

Alert: Privy Council rules that 'backwards tracing' can be used to recover bribes

In a landmark ruling the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the court of final appeal for the UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies) has, for the first time, allowed the equitable process of tracing to be...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

AASHTO Launches BATIC Institute to Support Innovative Financing Solutions

Last month, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formally unveiled its Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC). BATIC’s mission is to: - Expand the use of federal transportation credit...more

Public Private Partnerships in Dubai – a new law

On 20 September 2015, the Government of Dubai issued a new law (Law No.22 of 2015) creating the legal framework for greater collaboration and contractual partnership between the public and private sectors in respect of major...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Transportation Spotlight

Member announcements continued this week with three more legislators announcing they will not be seeking reelection. Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) announced...more

Proving Contractor Licensure in California. The Tribe Has Spoken.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, in California you must “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case. But in whose hands are you entitled to place your fate  – the judge or the jury?...more

Attorney General Crackdown on DBE/MBE Representations in Subcontracts

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors....more

Infrastructure Update: Dubai's New PPP Law - Implementation of PPPs in Dubai Set to Become a More Realistic Prospect

Dubai Law No. 22 of 2015 Regulating Partnerships between the Public and Private Sectors ("PPPs") in the Emirate of Dubai was published in the Official Gazette on 20 September 2015 and will become law on 19 November...more

Public Owners Held to Warrant Accuracy of Plans to Construction Managers

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision clarified that public owners on construction management projects impliedly warrant the accuracy of plans and specifications to construction managers. The case, Coghlin...more

Negligent Misrepresentation Standard Shifts in Contractor’s Favor with Pennsylvania Appellate Ruling

Contractors and subcontractors who are aggrieved by erroneous information on construction documents may have an easier time proving an architect or other design professional made a negligent misrepresentation that harmed them...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Holds State May Be Liable for Cleanup Costs under New Jersey’s Spill Act

Action Item: On August 26, 2015, in a case of first impression, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in NL Indus., Inc. v. State of New Jersey, No. A0869-14T3, 2015 N.J. Super. LEXIS 161 (N.J. Super. Ct....more

Finance Update: Fairness in Interpreting PPP Payment Mechanisms

Management of payment mechanisms in PFI/PPP schemes by the public sector has generally become more active in recent years. Amongst the many factors at play are balancing proper management and application, and avoiding the...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

Draft regulations have been issued for consultation, to implement both the Utilities Directive and the Concessions Directive - expected to be in force April 2016. There has been some interesting case law on application of...more

Contractor Given a Wake-Up Call for Using a "Sham" RMO/RME

Two weeks ago we wrote about a disgorgement case winding its way through the courts where a contractor who let its license lapse after assigning its contract to a related but properly licensed entity was still facing...more

Federal Agencies Announce Steps to Expedite Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

On September 22, the Administration announced two new policies that will facilitate a more transparent and efficient permitting and review process for complex infrastructure projects. First, federal agencies announced...more

Attorneys Fees Under California’s Prompt Payment Statutes. Contractor’s “Win” Fails the Sniff Test

This past month, the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, in  James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., Case No. C072169 (August 27, 2015), handed down a decision in a construction...more

Alert: Massachusetts High Court Clarifies Construction Manager’s Role

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a very significant ruling yesterday regarding the use of the CM-At Risk delivery method, particularly on public jobs. In Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane...more

Procurement update: Flexibility for public sector development agreements?

The recent case of Edenred (UK Group) Ltd v Her Majesty's Treasury & Ors [2015] UKSC provides useful guidance on the issue of "material change" and highlights the importance of preparing a full and clear specification prior...more

California High Court Humbles Itself Over CEQA Case

The Supreme Court of California recently released its second California Environmental Quality Act decision of 2015, addressing a key issue for state agencies undertaking projects that require off-site environmental...more

Apprentices on Public Works Projects: Sometimes it’s Not What You Do But Who You Do the Work For That Counts

If you’re a public works contractor in California you’re familiar with prevailing wages. The Prevailing Wage Law, a Depression era law designed to encourage the hiring of local labor, sets a minimum wage that employers must...more

Court Throws Wet Blanket On Prime Contractor's Attorneys' Fees Request In Prompt Payment Case

In James L. Harris Painting & Decorating, Inc. v. West Bay Builders, Inc., et al. (No. C072169, filed 8/27/15), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court's discretion to not award...more

Construction Law Advisory - August 2015

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) is a powerful tool for contractors and subcontractors to ensure that they receive prompt payment for their work and may entitle them to expansive remedies,...more

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