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Trump Administration Signals Exemptions To Steel Tariffs Are A Long Shot

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Builders and manufacturers who rely on imported steel as a major input may want to rethink their procurement strategy in light of an executive domestic preference decree issued last week. Under President Trump’s Proclamation...more

Recent Project Dispute Cases in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Statutory adjudications continue to be deployed readily on projects in the construction and engineering fields. The Result: There have been a host of cases on the operation and scope of such adjudications in...more

California Legislation Guide for Developers

Last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a package of 15 bills in response to the state’s housing shortage and affordability crisis. These bills came into effect on January 1st, 2018. The bills have important...more

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Changes to Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 1390 (“HB1390”). As introduced, HB 1390 will materially impact the utility of the Development Rights and Responsibility Agreement (“DRRA”) for land owners,...more

Australia: Adjudicators’ Security of Payment Determinations Not Reviewable for Errors of Law

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The High Court of Australia has, for the first time, confirmed that determinations by adjudicators appointed under security of payment legislation are not reviewable for errors of law alone. The Result: The...more

Massachusetts Achieves Milestone with over 2,000 Megawatts of Installed Solar Capacity

On February 7, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has installed more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity through 78,646 projects across the state. The achievement represents the...more

Framework for Regulatory Reviews: First-Order Conditions for Success

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Balanced Messaging with the Introduction of New Legislation - With the recent tabling of proposed legislation to reform the environmental and regulatory system for major projects, the federal government stated the...more

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

What to Watch: Five Key Features of the Infrastructure Package

by Bracewell LLP on

The President has announced more details regarding the new national infrastructure initiative that he referenced during his State of the Union address. The details suggest the Administration is taking a new approach to...more

Early Morning Budget Deal Brings the Return of Previously Expired Short-Term Tax Breaks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Early this morning, the House and Senate voted to pass a budget deal that included $17 billion in tax provisions, ending a short overnight government shutdown. The bill (H.R. 1892) extends the investment tax credit (ITC) to...more

The President Is Pushing Infrastructure, But Not So Much Through the Corps’ Civil Works Program

by Downey Brand LLP on

Today the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal. As you likely know, the budget proposal signifies the starting point for the annual appropriations cycle which will play out in Congress over the course of the...more

Construction Law Alert: Proposed Legislation Would Make Contractors Liable for Unpaid Wages of Subcontractors

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A bill proposed in the Oregon House of Representatives threatens to fundamentally alter the relationships between contractors, their subcontractors, and their subcontractors’ employees. Under the bill, a contractor on a...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

Trump Administration Seeks to Scale Back Environmental Requirements for Infrastructure Projects

by White & Case LLP on

The Trump Administration is proposing to revise federal environmental requirements and procedures in order to streamline the permitting and approval processes for infrastructure projects....more

And the Winner Is . . . The Right to Repair Act!

Civil litigation attorneys often talk about “damages.” Because without damages . . . well . . . you’re out of luck....more

White House Proposes to Streamline Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

The Washington Post last week reported a leaked White House document that revealed a far-reaching set of proposals to streamline the environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 23-page document included more...more

Summary of Amendments to Construction Lien Act

by Dickinson Wright on

In December 2017, the Ontario Legislature passed the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the "Act"). The Act introduces significant changes to Ontario’s construction lien regime and is intended to reduce delays in...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Both the House of Representatives and Senate were in Harrisburg this week for session for the first time in 2018. The new year kicked off on Monday with a joint public hearing of the House and Senate Local...more

Practical Steps For Contractors And Subcontractors To Take Before, During And After A Government Shutdown

by Carlton Fields on

It appears we may have dodged the government shutdown bullet, at least for the next couple of weeks. However, if you are involved in federal contract work, do you know what you need to do in the event of a shutdown?...more

Welcome Ontario's new Construction Act

by Dentons on

On December 5, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the Bill), was passed by a unanimous vote of the Ontario legislature. The Bill incorporates almost all of the recommendations set out in an in-depth...more

Tax Reform Actualized and the Impact on Affordable Housing and Community Development

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we know, the President has signed what was originally titled Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant overhaul to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. The President signed the Act into law after the first of the year in order...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

by Perkins Coie on

Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

Is the Issuance of a City Use Permit Referable? Not When It Is an Administrative Act

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona’s Constitution gives electors in cities, towns, and counties the ability to refer legislation that was enacted by their local elected officials to the ballot for popular vote. Ariz. Const. art. IV, Pt. 1 § 1(8). But...more

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President Trump’s Desk for Signing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and is now set to be signed into law by President Trump. The vote was 224-201 in the House with all the Democrats joined by twelve Republicans voting...more

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