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Federal False Claims Act Expansion

The Federal False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability for making false claims to the Federal Government. Violations of the FCA can result in triple damages, plus attorney fees and fines of up to $10,000 for every false claim. It also can result in the surrender of the entire claim (even the legitimate portions). Through its

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No Relief from Written Change Order Requirement

The Michigan Court of Appeals has held that, absent clear and convincing evidence of waiver, a contractor will not be relieved of the written change‐order requirement of its contract. In Field Construction, Inc. v Midfield Concession Enterprises, Inc., the plaintiff‐contractor was under contract to build restaurants at the Wayne County Metro Airport. The contractor undertook

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No Liability for Architect’s Interference with Public Contract Award

The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned an appellate court decision holding an architect liable for unfairly recommending a contract award on a public construction project. In Cedroni & Associates, Inc. v. Tomblinson, Harburn Associates, a school district hired an architectural firm to assist it in the bid selection process by evaluating the contractors’ bids and

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Court Overturns Contractor Tort Immunity

The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned a court of appeals decision holding that a contractor was not liable for harm caused by its negligence because the conduct in question was covered by contract. The case, Loweke v. Ann Arbor Ceiling & Partition Co., centered on a claim by an electrical subcontractor’s employee who was injured

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McAlpine PC Files Class Action Suit Against Flint’s Water Treatment Engineers

On January 25, 2016, McAlpine PC filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of Flint against Texas-based Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (“LAN”) in connection with its role in causing the widely-publicized lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water. LAN was retained by the City of Flint to take overall charge of placing

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