Michael Schwartz, Kristin Jones, and John Gazzola were published in the August 2023 Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report article, “Suppliers Beware: U.S. Government Continues Prosecution of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud Cases Involving Supplies Passed Through Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.”
As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the U.S. federal government plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions across its expansive portfolio of more than 350,000 federal buildings. In a pioneering move, the Biden administration and Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the Climate Smart Buildings Initiative (CSBI). This bold initiative aims to upgrade federal buildings across the U.S. with emerging and sustainable technologies in an effort to meet the Biden administration’s Federal Building Performance Standard, which sets an ambitious goal to cut energy use and electrify equipment and appliances in 30%of the building space owned by the federal government by 2030.Continue Reading U.S. Government Plans to Leverage P3s to Make Federal Buildings More Energy Efficient
America’s water infrastructure has long faced a critical need for funding and modernization. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, there is a $105 billion funding gap for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projected over the next two decades. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) addresses this issue head-on, allocating $55 billion to water infrastructure — the largest federal investment of its kind in the nation’s history. However, the significance of the IIJA extends beyond its substantial funding. It distinguishes itself through a deliberate emphasis on efficiency, innovation, and collaboration in project delivery — a strategic focus that aligns seamlessly with the core principles driving successful public-private partnerships (P3s). As a result, the IIJA emerges as a catalyst, paving the way for the increased use of P3s in transforming America’s water infrastructure. This convergence of the IIJA’s ambitious objectives with the inherent advantages of P3s presents an extraordinary opportunity to revitalize our water systems, creating infrastructure that is resilient, sustainable, and capable of meeting future challenges.Continue Reading The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A Pivotal Moment for Water Public-Private Partnerships in the United States
On March 2, the New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 213, which would allow public agencies to enter into P3 agreements to facilitate public infrastructure and broadband projects. The public infrastructure component covers the construction or improvement of public transportation facilities or public transportation other than toll roads. The bill sets out required steps that public agencies must take before entering a P3 agreement, such as conducting a public hearing for the proposed P3 project and undertaking a cost-benefit analysis on using a P3 in comparison with traditional public partner-managed projects. The bill also creates a public-private partnership board, consisting of six senior state officials and five members of the public appointed by the New Mexico legislature to review and approve P3 projects costing over $10 million. Many of the bill’s requirements mirror those associated with obtaining federal funding under programs like the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA). The bill currently sits with the New Mexico Senate Judicial Committee for further consideration.Continue Reading New Mexico Takes a Big Step Toward Authorizing P3s
Triple B Servs., LLP v. City of Conroe, No. 09-21-00096-CV, 2022 Tex. App. LEXIS 4824, 2022 WL 2720451 (Tex. App. July 14, 2022)
The Texas Court of Appeals recently affirmed a ruling granting the city of Conroe governmental immunity from a contractor’s lawsuit asserting claims for breach of contract and violation of the Texas Public Prompt Pay Act.Continue Reading Texas Appellate Court Affirms Grant of Governmental Immunity From Suit Seeking Delay Costs
The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) new “enhanced” debriefing rule is intended to provide bidders more transparency and increase the efficiency of the DOD’s bidding system. Effective March 18, the rule is mandatory for contracts and orders worth more than $100 million, while also impacting those worth between $10 million to $99 million to a lesser extent. The DOD believes that sharing more information and providing the ability to ask questions will reduce the number of protests.
Continue Reading DOD Issues Final “Enhanced Debriefing” Rule for Government Bids
Construction and Energy Practices Honored With National Awards
Law360 has named two Troutman Pepper practices among its Practice Groups of the Year for 2021. The firm achieved the national recognition for both its Construction and Energy practices. According to Law360, 91 firms submitted nearly 900 nominations for the awards, which “honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.”
Construction Group of the Year
“We are excited to be recognized nationally for our work in the construction space,” said Mike Subak, who leads the firm’s Construction Practice Group. “Our team advises industry leaders on both their largest projects as well as their day-to-day details, and the work is incredibly rewarding.”
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the construction industry, and many countries continue to implement new or more stringent restrictions on entry into their borders. Those travel restrictions can impact any company with cross-border supply chains or employee travel. This article addresses some of the travel restrictions in place in the United States, Canada, and members of the European Union (EU); exceptions to those requirements; and some best practices when navigating across borders.
Continue Reading COVID-19 and Border Crossings: Considerations and Best Practices for Global Constructors and Suppliers Crossing US, Canadian, and European Borders
Mealey’s International Arbitration Report – Nov. 2020
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Commentary by Troutman Pepper Partner Albert Bates, Jr.
Mealey’s International Arbitration Report recently asked industry experts and leaders for their thoughts on what events had an impact on global economy that have led to an increase in filings. We would like to thank the following individuals for sharing their thoughts on this important issue.
- Sarah Reynolds, Partner, Mayer Brown, Chicago
- Peter A. Halprin, Partner, Pasich LLP, New York
- Helen Conybeare Williams, Counsel & Solicitor Advocate, Haynes and Boone LLP, London
- Sandra Smith Thayer, Partner, Pasich LLP, Los Angeles
- Lisa Houssiere, Principal, McKool Smith, Houston
- Gene Burd, Partner, FisherBroyles, Washington
- Albert Bates Jr., Partner, Troutman Pepper, Pittsburgh
- Charlie Lightfoot, Co-chair of International Arbitration Practices and Managing Partner, Jenner & Block, London
- Thomas Wingfield, Associate, Jenner & Block, London.
Continue Reading International Arbitration Experts Discuss The Impact On The Global Economy
Gov. Wolf’s businesses closure orders and the business waiver process recently came under fire from the Western District of Pennsylvania Federal Court and the Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Gov. Wolf’s prior orders forced nearly all activities of the construction industry to cease in-person operations.
Continue Reading Governor Wolf’s Life-Sustaining Business Orders and Waiver Process Under Fire