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Reid Liffmann – Partner, Greenebaum & Rose

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SLS Client Achieves Dismissal of Prompt Payment Act Claim Asserted by Subcontractor

In an issue of first impression for this jurisdiction, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the Prompt Payment Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3901-3907 does not create a private right of action for subcontractors to sue prime contractors for interest, penalties and fees.
   

SOLAR DECATHLON 2011 – OPEN TO PUBLIC TOMORROW, FRIDAY SEPT 23

The 5th biennial US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon opens to the public tomorrow, Friday Sept. 23 at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park.

PRESIDENT INTRODUCES JOBS BILL DESIGNED TO CREATE NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

On Thursday, President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act in front of a joint session of Congress.  The Act, as heralded by the administration, is designed in part to create new jobs for the construction industry.  In introducing the Act, the President said:

ALEXIS LOCKSHIN TO SPEAK AT WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

Alexis Lockshin will participate in a panel discussion on the subject of What it Means to Have Work-Life Balance at the sixth annual Women in Construction conference, hosted by Ober|Kaler on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. 

Join Alexis and other experienced business, legal and community leaders to discuss topics of interest to women working in the design and construction industry, including: 

What to Expect: An Overview of a Typical Commercial Construction Contract Disputes Process

At SLS, we advise our clients to remain proactive in all aspects of their business. Of course, this includes knowing and understanding the process required by a contract (if any) that governs disputes, disruptions or other problems that may arise on a project. This is so regardless of your role in the design or construction of a commercial construction project.

DC LAW PREVENTS ARCHITECTS NOT LICENSED IN DC FROM RECOVERING FOR SERVICES RENDERED THERE

CASE NOTE:  STURDZA V. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 11 A.3D 251 (D.C. 2011)

A RARE LOOK BEHIND HINES - ARCHSTONE'S CITYCENTERDC: Development of a 10-Acre "City-Within-a-City" in the Heart of Downtown DC

Last week, I joined over 200 real estate industry professionals at the exclusive CityCenterDC Conversations: Development Briefing and Summer Soiree to celebrate and discuss what has been dubbed "a modern-day Rockefeller Center" - the $700 million mixed-used development currently under construction in the heart of downtown DC known as CityCenterDC.

EMPLOYERS HAVE REASON TO IMPLEMENT E-VERIFY FOR ALL WORKERS

Immigration laws have a direct and significant impact on the construction industry.  In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that foreign-born workers were more likely than native-born workers (13.6 versus 8.6 percent) to be employed in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations See Labor Force Characteristics of Foreign-Born Workers Summary (for release May 27, 2011, available at:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/forbrn.nr0.htm). 

ENFORCING LIQUIDATED DAMAGES CLAUSES

Judah Lifschitz, James McMichael and Alexis Lockshin recently co-authored a must-read article for anyone involved in the construction industry.  The article, entitled Enforcing Liquidated Damages Clauses, featured in the June 2011 issue of The Construction Executive, discusses the use and impact of liquidated damages clauses and the importance of consulting experienced legal counsel when negotiating and drafting construction contracts, as failure to do so can lead to harsh consequences.

NEW RULE FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT’S FOCUS ON GREEN BUILDING

      On May 31, 2011, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration issued a joint interim rule that incorporates “Green Building” concepts into the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”).  The Rule took effect immediately.  See 76 Fed. Reg.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?