News & Announcements
- December 6, 2013
- December 5, 2013
- November 26, 2013
- October 24, 2013
The Forest Service’s Acting Director of Forest Management has issued a memo (copy attached) to all the Regional Foresters addressing four scenarios:
A. Timber sales, the bid opening for which occurred prior to the recentgovernment shutdown;
B. Timber sales, the bid opening for which was scheduled to occur during the government shutdown but never took place;
C. Timber sales, the bid opening for which did take place during the government shutdown; and
D. Timber sales, the bid opening for which is/was scheduled to occur between October 16th and November 1st and has not occurred.
- October 21, 2013
It’s finished – right? Well, maybe, but think about a few items that may follow.
- October 9, 2013
With the shutdown now well into its second week and no end in sight, where do Federal contractors stand?
- CLIENT ALERT: The Government Shutdown's Effect on Forest Service Timber Sale and Stewardship ContractsOctober 8, 2013
As you may already have heard, as a result of the Federal shutdown, late last week the Chief of the Forest Service ordered Contracting Officers to provide written notice to all timber sale Purchasers and stewardship Contractors directing them to suspend operations until notified otherwise.
- October 2, 2013
First and most important, we recommend that parties continue to meet all filing deadlines for all Federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeal, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Certain deadlines are jurisdictional, such as the deadline for filing a contract appeal at the Court of Federal Claims or the Boards of Contract Appeal. Do not presume that any adjudicative body is completely closed.
Based on information now becoming available, the proper conservative approach is to timely make all filings or risk dismissal, etc. This is particularly true with statutory deadlines such as those provided in the Contract Disputes Act. The same is true concerning bid protest or small business size or status protests regardless of whether anyone is present in the government to receive such filings.
- September 26, 2013
In a few days, on October 1, because Congress has not yet provided appropriations for any agency or a continuing resolution to keep the government going into the new fiscal year, the federal government may shut down. If this occurs, federal buildings, military bases, national parks and many other government installations will close, and contracting officers and inspectors will not be at work. In many instances, those facts will preclude federal contractors of all types from performing their contracts. However, even if the government shuts down and will not permit the contractor to proceed it does not mean that the government will be liable for any damages (such as idle labor and/or equipment costs, unabsorbed overhead or even lost profits) that the contractor suffers as a result.
- New Smith Currie resource book to be published and endorsed by AGC of America, “Federal Socio-Economic Policies.”September 17, 2013
- September 16, 2013
- August 16, 2013
- July 12, 2013
- May 16, 2013
- April 25, 2013
On April 24, 2013 Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 286 into law creating section 558.0035, Florida Statutes. This new law grants individual design professionals employed by a business entity or an agent of the entity immunity from liability for economic damages resulting from negligence occurring within the course and scope of a professional services contract under certain conditions.
- April 24, 2013
- March 14, 2013
On March 11, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted the petition of the State Insurance Commissioner seeking the entry of a Rehabilitation and Injunction Order concerning Ullico Casualty Company.
- March 13, 2013
- March 8, 2013
A new Florida Supreme Court case is a game changer regarding the Economic Loss Rule. This week, the Florida Supreme Court held, “. . . the application of the economic loss rule is limited to products liability cases. Therefore, we recede from prior case law to the extent that it is inconsistent with this holding.” Tiara Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., 38 Fla. L. Weekly S151a (Fla. March 7, 2013).
- February 20, 2013
In August 2012, we published a White Paper detailing what Sequestration is, estimated
cuts to both defense and non-defense spending as a result of sequestration, and the potential impacts of sequestration on future government contracts and grants. Following the issuance of Office of Management and Budget’s (“OMB”) breakdown of exempt and non-exempt budget accounts and a preliminary estimate of the funding reduction that would be required across non-exempt accounts, we provided an update to our first White Paper.
- January 16, 2013
- Kirk D. Johnston Named as Partner in Atlanta Office and Y. Lisa Colon Heron Named As Partner in Fort Lauderdale OfficeJanuary 9, 2013
- CLIENT ALERT: Flooding Caused By The Government, Even If Not Permanent, Can Amount To A Compensable TakingDecember 19, 2012
The Supreme Court recently held that if the government’s actions cause a plaintiff’s private land to be flooded, even if the flooding is not permanent, the plaintiff is not precluded from obtaining compensation for a taking.