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2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Use Of The Word “In” Indicates Geography; Use Of The Word “Of” Indicates Sovereignty: Federal District Court In Maryland Holds...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Pritchett Controls, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192182, 2017 WL 5591872 (D. Md. Nov. 21, 2017) - James W. Ancel, Inc. (“JWA”) was the prime contractor on a project for the Maryland...more

State Grants Two Year CEQA Streamlining Extension for “Environmental Leadership Projects”

On October 6, 2017, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 246, extending certain CEQA litigation streamlining provisions under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (the Act) for...more

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

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Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality,...more

Tax Bill Causes Alarm for Some Charities and Tax-Exempt Organizations

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has been renamed the Amendment of 1986 Code, was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. Many are calling it the most sweeping overhaul to the United States tax system in...more

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Impact on Tax Credits

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The U.S. House and Senate have now each passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) and have sent the bill to President Trump’s desk for final passage. The final bill is expected to cost nearly $1.5 trillion over the next ten...more

Impact of “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” on Important Federal Tax Credits

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the Act) has passed both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed by President Trump on or before January 3, 2018. The final agreement among House and Senate Republicans includes rate...more

FY 2018 Geological Survey 104G National Competitive Grant Program: Arkansas Water Resources Center Call for Preproposals

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) has issued a call for preproposals for the FY 2018 U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”) 104G National Competitive Grant Program. AWRC states that the grants will support “research on...more

Home Stretch for Toronto’s Finch West LRT Procurement

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Humber College students and Toronto West residents will soon be able to access Canada’s largest subway system in five years. The CA$1 billion Finch West LRT project is slated to open in 2022. The new dedicated light rail...more

Africa Legal News - December 2017

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The Treachery of Images - Most people are familiar with the famous painting by René Magritte called "The Treachery of Images" (1928). The picture shows a pipe and below it the caption "This is not a pipe." In Africa,...more

Condado Miami-Dade adopta nueva legislación P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Hemos escrito con anterioridad sobre la nueva legislación P3 propuesta del condado de Miami-Dade, tanto cuando se propuso inicialmente como antes de ponerse bajo consideración del subcomité de la jurisdicción, el Comité de...more

Contratos gubernamentales locales y leyes de compra estadounidense

by Bilzin Sumberg on

En abril de 2018, el presidente Trump emitió un decreto ejecutivo que pide controles más estrictos de las leyes federales de “Compra Estadounidense” (Buy American). Estas leyes han estado en los libros por varias décadas y,...more

New York MTA Approves $1.8B Design-Build Contract for the Long Island Railroad Expansion Project

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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (NYMTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion expansion project for another important milestone in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s, comprehensive, interconnected plan to improve...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New P3 Legislation

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We previously wrote about Miami-Dade County’s proposed new P3 legislation, both when it was initially proposed, and prior to it being considered by the subcommittee of jurisdiction, the Government Operations Committee....more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

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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

Brightline Train Launches This Month in South Florida

The country’s first private high-speed train is set to roll out this month in South Florida. The proposed route will connect Miami to Fort Lauderdale in half an hour, and Miami to West Palm Beach in just one hour. ...more

Energy and infrastructure project bankability in Africa: making the right choices

by DLA Piper on

During Africa Week, and in association with FTI Consulting Inc., and along with many friends and associates, we explored the myriad of factors influencing investment decisions in energy and infrastructure project success in...more

Argentina Announces Preliminary Highway P3 Bidding Guidelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Argentina published the preliminary terms and conditions and technical specifications for Stage 1 of its first public-private partnership (P3) initiative in the...more

When Proposed Public and Private Projects Collide

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure projects take years to develop: the environmental review, funding, design, procurement, and construction of a public project is time consuming in any state, but even more so in California given the strict...more

Under Construction - December 2017

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Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

Keep Calm and Call the Lawyer: Understanding the Role of a Municipal Solicitor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Newly elected officials may be surprised to discover their votes and actions have legal implications. Preventing a resident from speaking at a public meeting may result in a violation of the First Amendment and a civil rights...more

Caltrans’ Ceres Interchange Project May Result in Eminent Domain

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With the passing of California’s new gas tax (SB1) earlier this year, local government agencies have come across a new source of funding to complete public infrastructure projects. According to an article in the Ceres...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

Oregon Client Alert Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Private Activity Bonds

Maintaining the existing authority under the Code for private activity bonds (PABs) is vital to continuing public and private investments in infrastructure that support the economy and essential public services. Such...more

Significant Regulatory Innovations for REITs in Belgium

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Belgium's Law of October 22, 2017, modifies the REIT Regime by broadening the scope of REIT activities and relaxing the country's existing regulatory framework for REITs. The Result: The real estate sector...more

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