Blog Post
07/30/2021
By Donald A. Rea

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) approved by the House of Representatives cleared its first hurdle in the Senate. The Senate voted 67 to 32 (with one senator absent) to proceed to debate on the bill.

Blog Post
07/02/2021
By Donald A. Rea

Despite President Biden’s approval of a bipartisan infrastructure plan, the House of Representatives passed HR 3684 known as the Invest in America Act, and sponsored by Representative Peter DeFazio(D) of Oregon, yesterday along party lines with a vote of 221 to 201.

Blog Post
06/28/2021
By Donald A. Rea

On June 24, 2021, President Biden approved a $579 billion infrastructure package proposed by a bipartisan group of senators last week. Some $185 billion appears earmarked for actual infrastructure projects including bridges, roads, ports, waterways, public transportation and safety. According to the White House, the deal also includes clean drinking water, 500,000 electric vehicles charging stations and connecting every American to reliable high-speed internet service. Details of how the funds will actually be spent are lacking.

Blog Post
04/27/2021
By W. Matthew Bryant

Under a recent Illinois appellate court decision, local Illinois construction industry groups were held to have standing to sue Cook County, Illinois, but those groups lost on their substantive claim that the County had violated an amendment to the Illinois Constitution. See Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association v. County of Cook, 2021 IL App (1st) 190396, 2021 WL 824842 (Mar. 3, 2021).

Blog Post
02/09/2021
By Judith B. Kassel and Sunu M. Pillai

Our construction group provides updates focusing on: 1) new changes to the Buy American regulations, and 2) how Executive Order 14005, which limits waivers of Buy American Requirements, is of importance to construction companies that work on federal projects.

Blog Post
01/19/2021
By Gregory M. Boucher

A recent Massachusetts trial court decision ruled that any objections to a payment application are waived unless a reviewing owner or contractor strictly follows the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Statute, Prompt Payment Act, G.L. c. 149, § 29E, which applies to most projects with a prime contract worth more than $3 million. See Tocci v. IRIV Partners, LLC, et al., Suffolk Superior Court, 1984CV000405 (November 19, 2020). 

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