Construction Forecast For 2017: What Project Types Are Predicted To Be Hot

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06/16/2016Nicholos, George M.

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorney George Nicholos According to the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) semi-annual Construction Consensus Forecast, construction spending in the non-residential market is predicted to increase by 8.3 percent in 2016 and by 6.7 percent in 2017.  Demand is expected to be especially high for project types that include hotels, office space,… Read more »

General Accountability Office Proposing Fee for E-Filing Protests

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06/14/2016Vandeventer Black

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorney Blake Christopher – bchristopher@vanblacklaw.com Dissatisfied bidders and offerors can currently file protests for free electronically, but the General Accountability Office (GAO) is now proposing a $350 fee. The reasons given for the change are to finance the program, including a new system, and seemingly to discourage what the GAO’s considers… Read more »

Can’t You Get Rid of that Lawsuit? It’s Just Sitting There.

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06/09/2016Nicholas, Edward E.

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorney Ned Nicholas A plaintiff files but does not serve a complaint.  Filing the complaint stops the clock on the statute of limitations, but until the plaintiff causes the complaint to be formally “served” on the defendant, there is no obligation to file an answer.  So the lawsuit does not move… Read more »

Drone Law

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06/06/2016Sterling, Michael L.

LAW TIPS Authored by Attorneys Michael Sterling (msterling@vanblacklaw.com) and Spencer Guld (sguld@vanblacklaw.com.) There is a strong trend toward the use of unmanned aerial aircrafts (drones) in commercial industries, such as the construction, agricultural, and insurance sectors.  In a Goldman Sachs drone use forecast released in March 2016, estimated global spending on drones over the next… Read more »