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Court Narrowly Defines “Public Improvement” for Inverse Condemnation Liability

by Nossaman LLP on

Under inverse condemnation law in California, a public agency is generally strictly liable for physical damage to private property caused by a public improvement. This means a public agency can be held liable even if the...more

Seattle Waterfront’s Local Improvement District: An Introduction

The Seattle Waterfront Project is a step closer in its plans for redevelopment, or at least a step closer in estimating a piece of its funding. Earlier this month, the City of Seattle received a feasibility study revealing...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Begins Revenue Passenger Service

by Nossaman LLP on

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (“SMART”) District kicked off passenger rail revenue service in Sonoma and Marin counties last week. The 43-mile rail line includes ten stations from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown...more

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Brightwater Decision Regarding Application of Olympic Steamship to Sureties

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 6, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court confirmed that the equitable rule announced in Olympic Steamship—providing for attorney fees where the insurer compels the insured to take legal action—applies to performance bond...more

Probability and non-probability sampling: innovative tools of truncating evidence in complex construction disputes

by Dentons on

Probability sampling is a well-established technique used to reduce the costs in lengthy and complex construction disputes. Properly applied, it is a truly innovative tool of truncating evidence in construction disputes. But,...more

South Africa must contribute to the debate on alliance contracting for high-risk and complex infrastructure projects

by Dentons on

The NEC recently released the consultation draft of the new NEC4 Alliance Contract. This format is designed specifically to elicit feedback from the construction and infrastructure sectors to ensure that the contract...more

Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also...

In July 2017, the California Supreme Court determined the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.) (“ICCTA”) does not preempt the application of the California Environmental...more

Cross claims, counterclaims and set-offs from another construction contract - Permissible in an adjudication?

by Dentons on

It is commonplace in our local building and construction market for the same parties to enter into multiple contracts for different projects. However, what happens if a main contractor has valid backcharges under Project A...more

Las P3 para el impacto social

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Las agencias gubernamentales en todos los niveles están recurriendo cada vez más a las colaboraciones público-privadas (public-private partnerships, P3) para la entrega de nueva infraestructura pública. Sin embargo, la...more

CA Supreme Court Holds CEQA Not Preempted by Federal Rail Transportation Law for Projects Carried Out by State Agencies

by Perkins Coie on

The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad, an important case regarding preemption of state environmental law by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act...more

Calif. High Court: U.S. Rail Law Doesn't Categorically Pre-empt CEQA on Public Entity Projects - Decision Sets Up Showdown with...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Cal. Pub. Res. Code §21000 et seq., imposes significant procedural and substantive requirements on private and public projects throughout the state. However, even a state law...more

P3s for Social Impact

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Government agencies at all levels are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) for the delivery of new public infrastructure. However, the discussion often focuses exclusively on transportation...more

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project - California Supreme Court Decision Could Impact High-Speed Rail Project

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that could have significant implications for California’s high-speed rail project, the California Supreme Court recently held in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority that the federal...more

FTA Proposes New Rule to Encourage P3s

by Nossaman LLP on

As part of an effort to facilitate the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) in public transportation capital projects, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued on Monday a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that...more

MassDevelopment’s “Commonwealth Places” Program Contributes to Successful Project in Downtown Ashland

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a new public space named “The Corner Spot” opened in downtown Ashland, Massachusetts, to considerable fanfare. Lauded as a “downtown destination“, the Corner Spot is essentially a community gathering space that...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

You Cannot Have it Both Ways: Missouri Appellate Court Holds City Cannot Bring a Complaint for Breach of a Contract and Plead in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Dardenne Prairie v. Adams Concrete & Masonry, LLC, No. ED104982, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 533 (Mo. Ct. App. May 30, 2017) - This case arises out of a construction project in which the City of Dardenne Prairie (the...more

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time - BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For the second time, a judge has sided with Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys in a dispute over a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County. A CEQA challenge to the project was dismissed by a Riverside...more

Austerity and long-term PFI/PPP contracts: a recipe for disputes?

by Dentons on

Nearly a decade after the 2008 economic downturn, the age of austerity continues. With 18 months of Brexit negotiations and economic uncertainty ahead, cash-strapped public bodies are likely to see further decreases in their...more

Round-up of litigation, adjudication and ADR procedure news for in-house lawyers and experts

by Dentons on

Our latest whistle-stop tour through recent news and decisions on litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures....more

Court Finds Public Owners Responsible for Evaluating Surety as well as Surety Bonds

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Mechanic’s liens provide security for nonpayment to subcontractors and suppliers on private projects. Because mechanic’s liens are not valid against property that is owned by the state or a municipality, the Little Miller Act...more

Construction and Infrastructure Update - July 2017

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process - If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

FEDERAL AGENCIES - “VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines.” Federal Register, July 12, 2017. Retrieved from federalregister.gov. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the...more

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process

If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new mandatory claims resolution process for disputes on public works...more

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