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Indiana I-69 Section 5 Availability Payment Project Closes Financing

On July 23, 2014, the Indiana Finance Authority closed financing on its second availability payment P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 highway project, a 21-mile reconstruction project located outside of Bloomington Indiana, the...more

Environmental Considerations For School Construction

School construction projects present special challenges and must be carefully managed to ensure that environmental issues are safely and well-handled and the health and safety of the school population is protected. New...more

Make your Developer Note more marketable - 8 tips

There is a common misperception that a municipality's willingness to issue a so-called Developer Note on a pay-as-you-go basis is tantamount to providing equity to the redevelopment project. Unfortunately, most...more

Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

Proposed "Buy American" Regulations Complicate Doing Business with the State of Maryland

On July 11, 2014, the Maryland Board of Public Works issued a Notice of Proposed Action that proposed new regulations concerning the preference for American-manufactured goods on most public contracts. The regulations, as...more

Pennsylvania Expands Whistleblower Law to Cover Some Private Employers, Nonprofits

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett gave final approval to two bills that drastically expand the scope and enforcement provisions of the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law. Under the amendments, which take effect on August 31,...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

Unpaid Prevailing Wage Assessments and Actions: Ways a General Contractor (and Its Surety) Can Protect Itself or Limit Its...

General contractors and their sureties on public works construction projects in California have faced an onslaught of claims, assessments, and lawsuits based on the failure of subcontractors, regardless of tier, to pay their...more

Major changes ahead as Congress takes on the highway trust fund crisis – and looks to comprehensive tax reform

Over the next two weeks as Congress prepares for its long summer recess, major decisions will be made affecting the legislative tax agenda for the rest of this session of Congress and, in the case of tax reform, for...more

CEQA to Give Cities More Control Over Transit Projects

Eric Jaffe’s recent article for The Atlantic’s CityLab website: “Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California” explains that “California will soon reform traffic analysis under CEQA by replacing ‘level of...more

Ruling That Curtails Public Agencies' Abilities to Get Order Protecting Project Planning Inspections is Decertified

Supreme Court Decides to Review Lower Court Case - An appellate court ruling that essentially curtailed the ability of public agencies to obtain a court order to conduct project planning inspections was decertified by...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Public Construction Bond Act

Our reports on the oral arguments from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Lake County Grading Company, LLC v. The Village of Antioch. Lake County – which comes to the Court from the Second District –...more

Alabama Adopts PLA Reform

On March 3, 2014, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 195, the “Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act.” Under the Act, public agencies awarding any contract for the construction,...more

City of San Clemente Shoreline Project On the Horizon

On June 10, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which, among other things, streamlines the U.S Army Corps of Engineers' infrastructure authorization process,...more

Men at Work: California Public Works Projects and Prevailing Wage Laws

California’s prevailing wage law, set forth in the California Labor Code, provides that each worker employed by contractors or subcontractors on a public works project must be paid not less than the general prevailing wage...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

Guidance for Managing NEPA-Related Risks and Other Risks in Project Delivery - National Cooperative Highway Research Program...

In This Issue: - AUTHOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING LEGAL RISKS IN THE NEPA PROCESS ..Early Identification and Assessment of Legal Risks ..Methods for Managing Legal Risks ..Legal Risk...more

Editorial: Miami-Dade Rail Link Could Be Model For Future Projects

The use of public-private partnerships (P3s), especially in the transportation sector, is gaining steam in South Florida. Proposed projects have included Miami-Dade College Medical Campus expansion, red-light cameras,...more

High-Speed Rail Fresno to Bakersfield Route Approved

The California High Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) Board of Directors unanimously voted on Wednesday to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Fresno to Bakersfield...more

California District Court Finds Biological Assessments Inconsistent And Enjoins Caltrans' Project

In Souza v. California Department of Transportation, No. 13-cv-04407 (N.D. Cal. May 2, 2014), plaintiffs sought to enjoin a project proposed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to modify U.S. Route 199...more

When the Project Matters

Eminent domain presupposes that the government desires to acquire a property interest for a public project. The public project can be a road or a school or something far more exotic (think acquisition of an NFL team, as in...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap

The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 5, 2014. This will be the last session week until after the May 20 primary. Here’s what happened in Harrisburg this week: Waterfront Development - Senator...more

México Projects Part IV: Secondary Legislation Proposal and Shearman & Sterling Microsite

Secondary Legislation for Energy Reform Unveiled - Today, April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto has formally presented his proposed secondary laws and reforms to implement the Constitutional energy...more

Spotlight on Fresno Housing Authority’s community involvement to promote literacy

Rows of HousesEducation plays a critical role in all aspects of life, specifically for low-income families and their ability to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Low-income families often find themselves with limited access...more

A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

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