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Crash Lawsuit Seeks to Blame Runway Contractor
07/29/14
Insurer Old Republic sues contractor over Macon airport runway despite probe that ruled that pilot was coming in for landing too fast.

Courtesy NTSB


Lawsuit Moves Forward Over Brooklyn Arena Excavation
07/15/14
Although excavation and foundation subcontractor Laquila Group signed releases when it accepted progress payments from Hunt Construction Group for work on a New York City arena, that doesn't stop it from suing for extra pay, a state judge rules.

New York State Court lawsuit exhibit

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10/28/14 SAIC­­ Pays $1.5 Million To Resolve Conflict-of-Interest Lawsuit

Settlement by the company—now Leidos—includes no admission of liability.
10/22/14 ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry: Spotting Deception and New Risks

Construction attorneys at American Bar Association Chicago meeting shared strategies for ID'ing untruthful trial participants and covering added risk in teaming arrangements and project delivery,
10/08/14 Taking No Chances: Why an Engineer Registered as a Municipal Advisor

To prevent engineers from being swept into the advisor category for all of the technical and construction advice they provide, the SEC agreed to exempt much traditional engineering advice. For some firms, 'defensive' registering still made sense.
09/29/14 Prosecutor Charges Michigan County Staff Over Stalled Jail

The Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor has charged three current and former county employees with felonies and misdemeanors for misconduct and neglect of duty in allegedly failing to inform county commissioners of increases in the cost of a partly completed jail project.
08/13/14 Lawsuit Cites Tilt-Wall Connection That Failed in Joplin, Mo., Twister

Eight people died when Joplin, Mo., roof collapsed in 2011 tornado.
07/08/14 Project at Risk as California Begins Mapping Fault Lines

Preliminary map of Santa Monica Fault showed Millennium Hollywood tower site atop active splay zone.
07/02/14 Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Negligence on W. VA. Airport

A geotechnical feat has also reaped litigation.
07/02/14 After High Court Ruling, NLRB Reviews Many 2012-2013 Decisions

List could include several non-construction decisions viewed as potentially having a significant impact on construction firms.
06/26/14 High Court Rules Against Obama on NLRB Recess Appointments

But some justices warn that the ruling is too narrow and could lead to "aggrandizement" by the Executive Branch.
06/25/14 Air Quality Permit Revives Sunflower Coal Plant Plans in Kansas

Environmental groups will continue the fight with full-court pressure.
06/24/14 Supreme Court Permits Some Limits on Carbon Regulation

Nation's top court places some limitations on carbon regulations for powerplants and refineries under two Clean Air Act program, but permits greenhouse regulation under other sections of the law.
06/20/14 Air Quality Permit Revives Sunflower Coal Plant Plans in Kansas

Environmental groups will continue the fight with full-court pressure.
06/17/14 Facing Mounting Interest, Pipeline Operator Agrees to Pay Contractor

With a jury award over payments and damages at $24 million, and interest mounting fast, a pipeline operator in Pennsylvania opted to settle rather than pursue an appeal.
05/14/14 Supreme Court Denies Review of L.A. Clean Water Act Case

L.A. County may be forced to install pollution controls
05/07/14 McHugh Construction Pays $12 Million To Settle Federal, State DBE Charges

Two of the Chicago contractor's senior executives are also dismissed in negotiated agreement.
04/30/14 Protests Push the Public Procurement Process

Public-sector bid challenges have their risks, such as a two-year delay on this Corps of Engineers pump station project in New Orleans, but they're generating waves of positive change.
04/22/14 Concrete Company Settles Federal Immigration-Related Claims

Attorney for Dallas-based Potter Concrete says "innocent mistakes" were made in the employee-verification process.
04/16/14 Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Mercury Air Rule

Regulation requires new coal- and oil-fired powerplants to use state-of-the-art control technology by 2015.
04/09/14 Calif. Masonry Firms in $1.9M Settlement of Alleged False DBE Claims

Five subcontractors, two individuals allegedly misrepresented the firms as small businesses, Dept. of Justice says.
03/25/14 Okland Construction To Pay U.S. $928K To Settle False-Claims Allegations

Utah firm denies allegations, decided it was "financially wiser" to settle than go through further litigation.
03/24/14 New California Streamlining Law Gets Mixed Reviews

But many say the law’s reforms are needed.
03/24/14 Perfectly Aligned Political Will Pushed New NY Bridge Process

Tappan Zee Bridge replacement benefitted from Dashboard designation and new design-build law.
03/24/14 Streamlining Smoothes Progress on Maryland Highway Project

Interagency work group breaks through silos
03/24/14 Support for Environmental Review Reform Gains Momentum

But environmental groups push back.
03/24/14 Western Transmission Project Slow to Advance

Administration efforts get mixed reviews
02/25/14 Nation's High Court Hears Greenhouse Gas Case

But justices seem hesitant to revisit Massachusetts v. EPA.
02/12/14 Metcalf Case Ruling Strengthens 'Fair Dealing' in Federal Contracting

A federal appeals court ruling alleviates concerns by contractors and design-builders about the implications for federal contracting of a loss in Metcalf v. U.S.
01/27/14 DOJ Sues KBR, Two Kuwait Firms For Alleged Iraq Contract Kickbacks

Government's charges deal with subcontracts with two Kuwait-based firms under a wide-ranging KBR support-services contract for the U.S. Army.
01/14/14 Mountain Towns Blame Engineer for Low Water Pressure

After joining the water delivery system of three small North Carolina communities, an engineer is being blamed for low pressure.
01/14/14 Nation's High Court Hears Recess Appointment Case

Justices skeptical of government's arguments that president should have authority to make "intra-session" recess appointments.
12/19/13 Ex-EPA Official Sentenced to Prison Term for Paid Time-Off Scheme

Beale fraudulently received nearly $900,000 in pay and benefits for time he wasn't actually on the job.
12/16/13 Both Sides Claim Win in ‘Forum’ Case

Supreme Court rules 9-0, reversing appellate decision, but lawyers on both sides claim victory.
12/11/13 High Court Hears Arguments in Air-Quality Case

Most of the justices appeared sympathetic to EPA's position that it did not exceed its Clean Air Act authority in issuing a 2011 rule.
12/11/13 Bilfinger To Pay $32M To Settle U.S. Corruption Charges

The agreement is the latest action in a multi-year federal probe related to a Nigerian natural gas project.
12/04/13 High Court Contract-Case Ruling Draws Mixed Construction Reaction

Case deals with contracts' "forum-selection" clauses, which specify where disputes can be litigated.
11/18/13 Court Ruling Endangers Start of Stalled 53-Kilometer Serengeti Road Project

A recent court ruling clearing the way for a legal challenge to Tanzania's delayed plans for a 53-kilometer road across the world-famous Serengeti National Park has endangered the proposed project's construction.
11/14/13 Supreme Court Hears Case on Labor Neutrality Pact

High court hears oral arguments about legality of employer-union agreements, commonly used during organizing campaigns.
11/11/13 Iraq Construction Firm Pays $2.7M in Settlement With DOJ

Agreement settles allegations that firm bribed then-Corps official for information on Iraq reconstruction contracts.
11/06/13 In California, Inspection of Marijuana Farms Moves Out of the Weeds

After initially declining to place its agency inspectors at risk, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board approved allowing its field personnel to accompany law enforcement to inspect marijuana farms.
11/06/13 Miami Dade College Sues Builders of Collapsed Garage

Alleging breach of contract, the suit claims firms failed to “undertake to correct or complete the project or to compensate” the school.
10/27/13 Utah Data Center Team Hit With Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The suit alleges that the sign was improperly left on the shoulder, rather than being moved off the road.
10/18/13 Indian Land Acquisition Law Snarls Infrastructure Projects

National bank data revealed infrastructure projects worth $145billion were being held up.
10/09/13 Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Forum Selection for Disputes

Should a federal judge allow a subcontractor to sue a prime near the project, or let stand contract clauses that force the lawsuit to be made far away from home?
09/28/13 Ex-EPA Official Pleads Guilty in Paid Time-Off Scheme

Beale, who worked in EPA air and radiation office, admits stealing $886,000 in pay, benefits over more than a decade.
09/25/13 Sandy Blamed for Boardwalk Fire at the New Jersey Shore

County prosecutor says fire was in a “totally inaccessible” area of the boardwalk and was accidental.
09/16/13 Indiana Operators Head Back To Court Over Right-To-Work Law

Operating Engineers' Local 150 argues that the law violates the union's duty to receive just compensation.
09/11/13 Hotel's Razing and Defects Trial Could Be Best Shows in Las Vegas

But some speculate that demolition of the disputed Harmon Hotel could prejudice the early 2014 trial pitting owner MGM Grand and contractor Tutor Perini.
08/27/13 Project Delivery Spat Puts Hospital Job on Critical List

With Kiewit-Turner asking out of a Aurora veterans hospital whose cost to complete it now claims is reaching $1 billion, another project appears to be sinking in the soup of integrated project delivery systems.
08/21/13 Florida-Georgia Water Wars Escalate

Florida governor says state will sue Georgia over water use.
08/19/13 Surety Fraud Probe Raises Question: Who is Melde Rutledge?

A broker and individual surety network involves a mystery man who apparently has a criminal record for fraud.
07/08/13 Supreme Court Wraps Up for Year

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear significant NLRB, environmental cases next term.
07/02/13 Opponents Seek to Stop Skanska L.A. Light Rail Project

The state court in California has until August 7 to hand down a decision about potential flaws in the light rail system expansion’s environmental review.
06/25/13 Supreme Court to Hear NLRB Recess-Appointment Case

The case, which won't be heard until the court's next term, could have a major impact on presidential appointments.
06/19/13 Contractor Sues Fluor Team Over DOE Site Project Design

Baker Concrete claims the managing team at the Savannah River Site nuclear complex intentionally misled it about design completeness on a $90-million waste handling project; the team would not comment
06/18/13 Ohio Engineering, Testing Firms Hit With Big DBE-Related Settlement

A whistleblower observed that the purported owner wasn't the owner and is eligible to collect over half a million dollars.
06/18/13 Survey: International Contract Disputes Take Longer to Resolve

As complexity rises for projects in the Middle East, so does the time needed to settle differences, a survey shows.
06/05/13 D.C. Cuts Forrester Payment by $1M Over MBE Joint Venture

An unusual settlement costs a contractor big money for allegedly misrepresenting its share of an MBE joint venture.
05/20/13 Maryland's Building Codes Tightened for Storms

Maryland's Building and Performance Standards are tightened by a law preventing localities from weakening wind design and windborne debris provisions in the state's building code. Changes take effect Oct. 1.
05/15/13 Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NLRB Posting Rule

But issue is still pending in Fourth Circuit.
05/02/13 Some Insurance Exclusions May Surprise Contractors

The burden of due diligence ultimately falls on contractors to understand their coverage and its possible exposures.
05/01/13 Federal Appeals Court Hands Foes of Mountaintop Mining a Partial Victory

But remands decision on merits of the case to the lower court
04/10/13 Analysis: Pittsburgh Neglected Flood Risk And Consultant Is Target

A lawsuit over flooding deaths in Pittsburgh in 2011 shows years of neglect to a regular problem with river control but is less clear in how a consulting engineer was negligent.
03/13/13 Ex-Corps Engineer Sentenced for Iraq Contract Bribe Plan

Took $3.7 million in bribes on contracts totaling more than $50 million, DOJ says.
03/07/13 CH2M Hill To Pay $18.5M To Settle Federal Fraud Charges

Agreement deals with civil, criminal allegations of time-card fraud for work at DOE Hanford site.
02/27/13 Chicago Man Used EB-5 Visas For Hotel Scam, SEC Alleges

A federal suit accused the developer of a planned Chicago zero-carbon-emission platinum LEED-certified hotel and conference center of fraudulently selling more than $145 million in securities and $11 million in fees to foreign investors.
02/25/13 Day Laborers Sue Nashville Firm for Workplace Practices

Workers reported at Trojan Labor offices as early as 4 a.m. to sign in and get a “work ticket,” the suit alleges.
02/20/13 Dispute Intensifies Over Failed Nevada Stadium Deal

A Nevada city sues the developer of a multi-arena sports complex over alleged fraudulent activity.
02/08/13 Granite Settles With Justice Dept., Repays Alleged Overcharges

Contractor agrees to repay $367,500 for charges on federal projects, calls issue "inadvertent and honest mistake."
01/30/13 Federal Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB Recess Appointments

Court’s decision raises uncertainty about validity of Board’s rulings since recess appointments were made.
01/28/13 Federal Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB Recess Appointments

Court's decision raises uncertainty about validity of Board's rulings since recess appointments were made.
01/14/13 High Court Reverses 9th Circuit in Los Angeles Water Pollution Case

Unanimous decision favors flood control district and is narrowly focused. Industry is pleased court did not expand permitting requirements.
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01/08/13 Caddell Construction Pays $2M to Settle Federal Fraud Charge

Contractor alleged to have intentionally made false statements to DOD regarding small firm it worked with under mentor-protege program.
12/04/12 Supreme Court Tackles Three Water Cases

Court rules against federal government in 'takings' case
11/28/12 Lawsuit Targets Contractors Over Washington State Wildfire

Although the cause of the fire has not been determined, the property owner-plaintiffs question the safety practices of the contractors in a fire-prone area.
11/28/12 In Surprise, Fluor Loses Arbitration Over U.K. Wind Farm Claim

Ruling rejects company’s argument over faulty design and testing by owner; counterclaim hearing is set for 2013.
11/20/12 Lawsuit Targets Contractors over Washington State Wildfire

Although the cause of the fire has not been determined, the plaintiffs question the safety practices of the contractors in a fire-prone area.
10/09/12 After Engineer Declares Roof Sound, A Deadly Collapse

The engineering firm that inspected the roof parking deck above a southern Ontario retail concourse is one of several defendants in lawsuits by relatives of two women who died.
08/21/12 Federal Court Rejects EPA Air Pollution Rule

Appeals court strikes down EPA rule aimed at reducing powerplant air emissions that cross state lines.
08/09/12 Judge Denies Tampa Bay Water a New Trial Against HDR

The federal judge who oversaw the trial of Tampa Bay Water v. HDR Engineering has denied the utility's motion for a new trial.
06/28/12 High Court Upholds 2010 Health-Care Law

In 5-4 majority opinion, court says health care law's "individual mandate" provision is a tax and therefore constitutional.
06/25/12 High Court Issues Split Ruling in Immigration Case

Supreme Court strikes down three parts of Arizona law but upholds another section. Construction and other industries now will watch how state officials implement and enforce the provisions left standing.
06/18/12 Odebrecht Sues State of Florida Over Anti-Cuba Law

Odebrecht Construction on June 5 filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida over its new law that bars the awarding of public contracts to firms that have business interests in Cuba. Widely viewed as a target of the new law, the contractor asserts that the act is unconstitutional because it conflicts with federal law and attempts to enact foreign policy.
05/22/12 UPDATE: High Court Declines to Hear Jacobs' Appeal in Minn. Bridge Case

Will statutes of limitation and repose across the country become vulnerable if the state of Minnesota can continue its lawsuit to collect damages over design work from the 1960s?
05/15/12 Court Strikes Down NLRB Union Election Rule

Federal district court ruling blocks controversial NLRB regulation that business groups say would have made it harder for them to prepare for union elections.
05/14/12 Florida's Anti-Cuba Law Could Be Trouble for Odebrecht

A new Florida law preventing local and state governments from hiring firms with business in Cuba could impact a major Miami contractor, and could end up in court.
05/07/12 Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Arizona Immigration Law Case

A ruling in Arizona’s favor could embolden other states, say labor advocates
03/21/12 Nation's High Court Hands Landowners a Victory in Wetlands Case

Wetlands case has ramifications for the construction industry.
03/19/12 N.Y. Judge Says Labor Pact 'Tainted' Highway Contract Bidding

The New York State Dept. of Transportation passed over a low-bidder for another bidder that recognized the project labor agreement for a ramp upgrade in Orange County.
03/14/12 Cleveland Hit With MBE Lawsuit Over Stadium Contract

Cleveland-based plaintiff wants a court to void the contract, which went to the slightly higher $5.8-billion bid by a competitor.
02/13/12 Is Trouble at Surety First Sealord a Signal of Trouble Among Small Subcontractors?

A.M. Best sharply lowers First Sealord’s credit rating after doubts about an acquisition and likelihood of the surety’s worsening financial condition.
01/30/12 Construction Briefs: Market Outlook; CH2M Hill; Tidal Power; Dragados USA Exec VP

ENR news briefs about AGC, CH2M Hill, FERC, Pennsylvania Code reviewers and Dragados.
01/09/12 Supreme Court Hears Wetlands Case

Several Justices seemed sympathetic to property owners in a case that could affect the construction industry.
12/12/11 Appeals Court Delivers Mixed Ruling in Cement-Kiln Emissions Case

Federal appeals court sides with industry on some issues, but with EPA on others, in case dealing with rules governing air emissions from cement kilns.
11/14/11 Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Health Care Law

White House expects court to find the law constitutional. But industry officials say justices could strike down one key provision or invalidate the entire statute.
10/31/11 Warning Issued to ACEC Consulting Engineers Over Indebted Clients

Will financially troubled state and municipal clients stick their consultants and subconsultants with unpaid invoices?
07/27/11 NYC Contractors Face Manslaughter Charges in Safety Cases

Although contractors have won acquittals in several recent high-profile safety related cases, prosecutors press on with new trials that start soon
06/08/11 Criminal Trial in Painters’ Deaths Begins in Denver Against Xcel
On May 31, a jury trial in Denver began prosecuting a criminal case against Xcel Energy Inc., Minneapolis, and its subsidiary Public Service Co. over federal safety violations that led to five worker deaths at a hydroelectric plant site west of the city in 2007. Five painters, ranging in age from 19 to 52, were applying sealant inside a penstock at Xcel’s 1.2-MW Cabin Creek plant, near Georgetown, when a fire broke out and trapped them 1,000 ft underground. Employed by RPI Coating Inc., Santa Fe Springs, Calif., the workers died of carbon monoxide inhalation. RPI executives Philippe Goutagny and James Thompson, also indicted in the accident, will stand trial at a later date. The prosecution claims Xcel picked the cheapest bid and ignored plant safety problems. The defense counters that Xcel fulfilled its legal safety obligation and RPI is responsible. If convicted, the firms could have to pay fines of up to $2.5 million each.
06/01/11 Concrete Firm Guilty of Fraud
A ready-mix concrete company in Iowa has pleaded guilty to anti-trust charges. According to the May 18 complaint, GCC Alliance Concrete Inc., Orange City, Iowa, conspired with other competitors to fix prices and rig bids between January 2008 and August 2009. Sentencing is pending. The plea bargain comes after GCC’s former sales manager Steven VandeBrake was sentenced in February to serve 48 months in prison and a criminal fine of $829,715.
05/18/11 Whistle-Blower Trial Set for 2012 In Case Against Bechtel, URS
A superior court judge in Benton County, Wash., has ruled that a whistle-blower lawsuit by an employee at the Hanford nuclear site against contractors Bechtel National and URS Corp. can move forward in May 2012. Walter Tamosaitis claims that, last July, he was removed from his role as technology manager for raising safety issues on the $12.2-billion waste vitrification plant project at the U.S. Energy Dept. site. Bechtel is the contractor. He now is employed by URS, its subcontractor, but in a lesser role, he says. Both firms dispute Tamosaitis’ claims and have filed motions to dismiss the case, say published reports. One company official, who requested anonymity, says DOE has already investigated the claims.
05/10/11 IRS Approves One-Year Delay For 3% Withholding Mandate

Industry contends a contract-payment withholding requirement would inflict a financial blow.
05/04/11 BP Agrees to $25-Million Pact To Settle Alaska Crude-Oil Spills
04/20/11 Nation's High Court Hears Global-Warming Arguments
03/23/11 Lawmakers Seek Limits on Wages
02/02/11 Changes to ConsensusDOCS Improve Forms, Lawyers Say
02/02/11 Fluor, MMR Settle With OSHA On Whistle-Blower Claim
12/21/10 California Board Endorses Cap-and-Trade Reg
12/15/10 Subs Seek Payment Protection in Suit
12/14/10 Judge Favors Ohio State U. in Architect's $1-billion Hospital Project Suit; Subs Also Sue
12/09/10 Hearing Hints at Judges' Leanings On Arizona Immigration Case
08/04/10 Federal Action Needed for Comprehensive Reform, Sources Say
07/29/10 Arizona Will Appeal Judge’s Injunction of Immigration Law
07/07/10 Justice Dept. Challenges Arizona Immigration Law
06/30/10 Court OKs Columbia U.'s Controversial Expansion
06/02/10 Florida Agency Countersues Contractor On Expressway Job
05/26/10 Arizona Passes ‘Prompt Pay’ Law
04/21/10 Four Construction Groups Sue New York DOT Over Pay Freeze
04/07/10 Perini-CityCenter Partnership Broken, Headed to Court
03/31/10 Perini Sues MGM Mirage Over CityCenter Hotel-Casino Project in Las Vegas
03/31/10 Deal Reached To Rebuild World Trade Center Towers
03/24/10 URS Settles Minnesota Lawsuit Over I-35 Bridge Collapse
03/24/10 Utilities To Appeal to High Court On Climate-Change Decision
03/17/10 Brooklyn, N.Y., Project Starts After Lengthy Legal Battles
02/24/10 New York Concrete Test Firm Convicted for Some False Filing
02/19/10 State Court Rules CGL Policies Cover Subcontractor Defects
02/10/10 Alabama Landfill for TVA Waste Files for Chapter 11 Protection
12/02/09 Court Dismisses Damage Suits Against Katrina Dredging Firms
11/25/09 Court Says Lender Must Lend To Big Destiny USA Project
09/23/09 Schiavone Firm Ownership Suit Dismissed by Federal Judge
09/02/09 Judge Declines To Dismiss Collapse Case Against Jacobs
08/26/09 Court May Rewrite Liability Coverage
08/19/09 Hundreds of I-35W Collapse Suits Await Trial
08/17/09 Mississippi Insurance Case Could Reshape Contractor Policies
07/22/09 Business-Method Patent Challenge Heads to High Court
07/22/09 Georgia Slapped by Court In Tristate Water Dispute
07/01/09 $75-Million Mediated Settlement Identifies No Cause in Collapse
06/17/09 Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Challenge to U.S. Border Fence
05/15/09 Court Rules in Favor of Atlantic Yards Megadevelopment
05/06/09 High Court Limits Feds in Seeking Superfund Cleanup-Cost Funds
04/29/09 Lawsuit Filed Against Las Vegas Lenders To Restore Financing
04/22/09 Thornton-Tomasetti Is Cleared In Indiana Library Defect Suit
04/22/09 Partial Settlement Announced For 2006 Fatal Crane Collapse
04/15/09 Chinese Crane Welder Lacked Confidence in Its Own Skills
04/08/09 Construction Execs Targeted In Illinois Governor Investigation
04/01/09 Firms Reach New Settlements In Central Artery Fatal Collapse
02/18/09 Extortion Suit Between Alabama Contractor and Utility Settled
02/04/09 Chinese-Made Drywall Is Causing Lawsuits in Florida
01/28/09 Federal Judge Shuts Down Michigan Dealer's 'Gray' Iron
01/14/09 Georgia Loses Appeal Over Ruling That Limited Its Water Use
01/07/09 Grand Jury Probe Scraps Richardson Bid to Serve as U.S. Commerce Secretary
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