Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting

Government Contracts

SLS's FRAHER IN "THE CRITICAL PATH" NEWSLETTER

SLS trial attorney Laura Fraher was recently published in the latest edition of the DRI Newsletter, The Critical Path, on the topic of drafting subcontracts with strong prompt payment protection as provided by the Prompt Payment Act of 1982. 

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LOUDOUN COUNTY SILVER LINE

Last week, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 4 to support extending Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun County at an estimated cost of $6 billion.  This vote may be the last hurdle before the project’s construction and comes after the parties resolved a labor and Gov.

WHAT TO EXPECT: AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISPUTES PROCESS FOR GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

Companies who contract with the Federal Government (“Government”) must follow specific statutory processes if they have disputes on those projects.  Similarly, companies who contract with state or local public agencies should always consult the governing local law or regulation because public agencies frequently have their own disputes processes.

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.
   

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:

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS MAY PROTEST ALL CIVILIAN AGENCY TASK OR DELIVERY ORDERS AT THE GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently opened the door for federal-government contractors to protest civilian agency task or delivery orders at the GAO regardless of the order's value. See Technatomy Corp., B-405130.

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.

Using Prudence and the Legal Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens to Dismiss a European Company’s Case from the American Court

Our client, a European company, was sued in an eastern United States court for millions of dollars in claims arising from complex financial and corporate transactions. This presented the prospect of these complicated claims against our client, a foreign company, being tried before an American jury. Unquestionably, the American court had jurisdiction to hear the case.

Successful Defense of State of New Jersey in Superfund Construction Dispute

We defended the State of New Jersey in a lawsuit brought against the State by a major international contractor on a large Superfund remediation project. The engineering firm which designed the project was also made a defendant and cross-defendant. The contractor sought more than $60 million from the State and the State counterclaimed for millions of dollars of liquidated damages due to late completion of the project.

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?