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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 8, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected two challenges to the 20-mile South Mountain Freeway Project in Phoenix, Arizona. The decision is the latest in a series of court decisions...more

Roadside Workers at Risk

by Howard Ankin on

U.S. roadside workers are exposed to hazardous workplace conditions that put them at high risk of serious injury and death. Each year, thousands of roadside workers are injured or killed while performing their jobs....more

GAO Report on Automated Vehicles Finds DOT Needs Roadmap

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (“Report”) outlining its findings of the key challenges facing policy-makers as the regulatory environment seeks to promote the...more

Fifth Circuit Decision in Highway Guardrails Case Provides Important Guidance on Materiality in False Claims Act Cases

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided a case that could have a substantial impact on False Claims Act (“FCA”) jurisprudence with respect to the element of “materiality.” In U.S. ex rel. Joshua...more

Fourth and Fifth Circuits Rely on Escobar to Render Important Fraud Decisions

Recent decisions in the Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals demonstrate the central role that the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision continues to play in fraud litigation despite, or as a result of, continued uncertainty...more

Fifth Circuit Relies on Escobar in Vacating $663 Million FCA Judgment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $663 million judgment, concluding that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Escobar doomed the plaintiff’s FCA claims on the issue of materiality....more

Endangered Species Act/Notice of Intent to Sue: Environmental Groups Allege Violations Associated with Highway Construction

The Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) sent an October 16th Notice of Intent to Sue for Violations of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) in regards to the Longmeadow Parkway, Huntley Road and Illinois Route 62...more

“No Fraud at All:” Fifth Circuit Reverses $663 Million False Claims Act Jury Verdict Based on Government’s Actual Knowledge

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 29, 2017, in United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Indus. Inc. (“Trinity”), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a $663 million jury verdict in a False Claims Act (FCA) case brought against Trinity...more

Significant FCA Decision Affirms the Importance of Materiality

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a well-reasoned decision that takes the rare step of overruling a jury finding of False Claims Act (FCA) liability, and erasing the damages award of more than...more

USDOT Agencies Propose New Rule to Eliminate Duplication of Environmental Reviews for Transportation Projects

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), (U.S. DOT) have published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on DOT’s Program for Eliminating...more

Infrastructure Acceleration Effort Takes First Step in Right Direction – President Signs Executive Order to Streamline...

As has been widely discussed over the past decade, the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructures—from highways and bridges to airports, rail and ports to power generation and distribution—have seen a significant...more

Green Cars: Reducing Range Anxiety and Increasing Incentives

by Snell & Wilmer on

The “green car” market is growing. Tesla may lead the way in luxury, but almost all auto manufacturers are investing significantly in plug-in electric vehicles (EV(s)). Policy, law, and regulation must change as the EV market...more

An Update on the M22 Road Sign Dispute

A brief update on my post last year regarding the “M22” road sign trademark lawsuit, Michigan v. M22 LLC, No. 1:16-cv-01084 (W.D. Mich.)...more

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County - BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys successfully defended a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County from a series of challenges brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Partners Michelle...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Court Grants Challenge to Agency’s Corrective Action in Response to Protest

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A recent court decision may provide other disappointed offerors a pathway for challenging agencies’ corrective action that unreasonably favors the original contract awardee. In Professional Service Industries, Inc. v. U.S.,...more

Court of Federal Claims Puts Corrective Action Under the Microscope

In a recently released bid protest decision that could spell trouble for federal agencies, the Court of Federal Claims rejected as unreasonable the Federal Highway Administration’s (“FHWA”) proposed corrective action in an...more

Is the Golden State about to Fumble Away a Golden Program?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Streamlining environmental reviews of highway projects and fixing state highway issues faster with reduced costs, have all proven successful under the NEPA Assignment Program (Program) that California entered in 2007. In...more

Michigan v. M22: The Road Sign Trademark Battle

If you’ve ever driving north through Michigan, particularly during the autumn leaf season, I highly recommend taking the popular “scenic route,” that is, the route bordering the shore of Lake Michigan along the Leelanau...more

Courts of Appeals Issue Highway Beautification Act Decisions

Two Court of Appeals, one in the District of Columbia and the other in Texas, issued opinions regarding the federal Highway Beautification Act, 23 U.S.C. § 131 (HBA) and its state counterpart, the Texas Highway Beautification...more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

by K&L Gates LLP on

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

Big Changes With LIttle Fanfare: The FHWA Proposes to Use GHG Emissions as a Performance Measure

This week, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking to promulgate performance measures to be used in evaluating federal funding of transportation projects. The requirement for performance...more

Save the MAMILs - Cyclist Injury & Death Statistics

by Lewitt Hackman on

According to a recent government report, MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) are the likeliest of all age groups and genders to be killed or seriously injured while riding a bicycle....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan - Reuters - Jan 26 - A group of states led by West Virginia and Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay...more

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