Articles in Government Contracts

THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REMAINS A POWERFUL TOOL ON PUBLIC PROJECTS

Date: April 12th, 2016

Recently the Washington Supreme Court agreed with a trial court’s assessment of more than $500,000 in penalties against the Department of Labor and Industries for its violation of the Public Records Act (PRA). The case, Wade’s Eastside Gun Shop, Inc. v. Department of Labor and … Read More »

LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN WASHINGTON

Courts will enforce an assessment of liquidated damages if the amount of those damages was reasonable at the time the contract was signed. Courts will not enforce liquidated damages when the amount of damages specified is unreasonable and is, therefore, a penalty. Also, courts will … Read More »

SOUND TRANSIT CASE REAFFIRMS THE NEED TO MEET CONTRACT DEADLINES

A contractor’s claim was allowed to proceed to trial even though the contractor likely did not meet each and every contract claim and dispute resolution procedure. The Court, in Northwest Infrastructure Inc. v. PCL v. Sound Transit, ruled Sound Transit’s issuance of a unilateral change … Read More »

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 2010 WSDOT STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS

The 2010 WSDOT Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge and Municipal Construction contain numerous changes from the 2008 version. WSDOT’s 2010 changes focus on enhanced safety and environmental protection and attempt to address issues associated with the presently high unemployment rate in the construction industry. Before … Read More »

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT PROVIDES CONTRACTORS WITH A POWERFUL TOOL AGAINST PUBLIC OWNERS

Date: July 28th, 2010

After problems arise on a public project, contractors are faced with the question of how to substantiate their requests for additional time and money. While weighing the options, contractors have their own documents available for review, but NOT the owner’s or designer’s project documents. Obviously, … Read More »

POSTING EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER THE NLRA NOW REQUIRED BY DOL ON CERTAIN FEDERAL PROJECTS

Date: June 3rd, 2010

On May 20, 2010, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Final Regulations implementing President Obama’s , requiring contractors and subcontractors to notify their employees of certain rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Final Regulations require government contractors to (1) post … Read More »