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Current Legal Issues in Construction . Working With the New Jersey Turnpike Authority 2009 Presented by Michael F. McKenna, Esq. CIAP Counsel and James M. McMahon, Esq. Working Together.
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Current Legal Issues in Construction Working With the New Jersey Turnpike Authority 2009 Presented by Michael F. McKenna, Esq. CIAP Counsel and James M. McMahon, Esq.

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Working Together keeping in mind the end goal to have Projects run all the more easily, financially, and productively, when the gatherings to them, from proprietor, to temporary worker, to architect cooperate The best time to manage extra work, startling conditions, or deferrals is not toward the end of a Project, sometime later, yet when they are happening Don\'t hold up until the end of a Project to get together with the Owner, with the Engineer, with (wheeze) lawyers or specialists, to determine Project issues

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Hot Topics Facing Contractors Increasing enactment, direction, and a contracting commercial center Need to know about the potential legitimate pitfalls and minefields confronting them

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Time Pressures and Issues Bidding Increasing SDBE Requirements Contract Performance Office Management

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Good News Equitable Adjustment MJ Paquet v. NJDOT New Prince v. NJDOT Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Pangborne v. NJDOT New Jersey Contractual Liability Act Pre-judgment intrigue Specific consolidations of prerequisite of Equitable Adjustment

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Growing Issues – Informality of Communications The blast PDA\'s, Blackberry, I-Phone, remote web - permitted very nearly 24 hour correspondence capacity Email – Just as authoritative for proof purposes as formal letter Can be utilized to send data, or to affirm past oral mandates HOWEVER, recollect email, similar to letters, are venture interchanges. Try not to treat them "casually" and don\'t record something you wouldn\'t put on paper. 24 hour Rule

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" An ounce of avoidance is justified regardless of a pound of cure " Ben Franklin was correct Disputes over non-installment, delays, blemished work, and gatherings dug in opposite positions Team Building/Partnering Fortunately NJTA has staff close by like Rich Raczynski that are more worried with completing activities, than with battling with contractual workers "Less" with others

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Issue Basics Notice DC-161 Documentation Photographs Videos Letters/messages Schedule Updates Damage calculations Team Building Early Use of Experts Others, yes including lawyers

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Schedules and Costs – The Devils in the Details Generally, contracts requires a temporary worker to deliver and keep up a calendar All to frequently plan redesigns are missed, or not performed at all Valuable apparatus Schedule overhauls permit a contractual worker to recognize and report Project advance issues from the get-go Important for transactions, intercession/intervention or trial Similarly with Damages Keeping Force Account sort records Separate cost coding in Project Financials

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Death Penalty NJ Legislature planned the Act to give New Jersey "the hardest against pay-to-play laws in the nation Violation of which can and more probable will prompted a corporate capital punishment – the powerlessness to offer Public Works Projects for 8 months

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Pay to Play – How $300 cost you millions New Jersey\'s Chapter 51 "Pay-to-Play" statute, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.13 to - 20.25, forbids state organizations from granting contracts of over $17,500 to a business element that has given more than $300.00 in the first year and a half to any State or province political gathering, the representative, or a gubernatorial applicant. Any shareholder of no less than 10% of such an element\'s stock is similarly banned

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Not so Safe Harbor Safe Harbor arrangement: a contractual worker must demand their gift back, as well as must RECEIVE the cash inside 30 days Donee can decline to give back the gift; The gathering\'s office could blaze to the ground; A check could be lost via the post office; A contributee could discharge its financial balance before issuing a discount check, or there could just be an excess of formality to issue a discount check in time. None of these elements will bring a contractual worker any comfort - if the cash is not back inside 30 days, you lose

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Code of Business Ethics & Conduct All Government temporary workers ought to have composed Code A Code of Ethics will be considered as a moderating variable by suspension/debarment authorities and the DOJ A Code of Ethics will keep the sorts of wrongdoing that contract based workers should now self-report A Code of Ethics will legitimize disciplinary activity and maintain a strategic distance from debate with previous or criticized representatives Required by contract w/in 30 days of honor of any agreement surpassing $5 million/120 days The composed Code must be made accessible to each worker occupied with execution of the agreement Can be done electronically

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Business Ethics (cont.) at least, a Code ought to include: Statement of Company\'s dedication to uprightness and duty to submit to Code Designation of Corporate Compliance Officer, or other individual, for representatives to contact with inquiries or concerns Descriptions of dishonorable lead and organization arrangement that will be taken after Requirement that representatives report associated cases with shameful direct, and guidelines for how to do as such secretly and secretly Requirement that representatives at all levels sign acknowledgment of and consent to comply with Code and take an interest in preparing programs Description of disciplinary activities for Code infringement

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Internal Control System Establish norms and methods to encourage auspicious revelation of despicable lead regarding Government contracts Ensure restorative measures are quickly founded and did Minimum measures include: Assignment of obligation at abnormal state and sufficient assets to guarantee adequacy Reasonable endeavors to reject as principals people with a record of uncalled for lead Periodic surveys of business practices, strategies, approaches, and interior controls for consistence Internal reporting component, for example, an unknown hotline Disciplinary activity for ill-advised lead Timely exposure of infringement Full participation with Government offices

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Mandatory Disclosure All elected temporary workers should convenient uncover at whatever point, regarding the honor, execution, or closeout of an agreement, the contractual worker has tenable proof that a central, representative, specialist, or subcontractor has carried out: An infringement of Federal criminal law including misrepresentation, irreconcilable situation, gift, or tip infringement; or An infringement of the common False Claims Act; or Significant excessive charges Disclosure must be made, in composing, to the office Officer of the Inspector General, with a duplicate to the Contracting Officer The reporting necessity proceeds until 3 years after definite installment on any Government contract

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NJ Fraudulent Claims Act Enacted on January 24, 2008 Good News – yet to raise its revolting head Patterned after Federal FCA, permits State or private individual to bring activity for deceitfully submitted demands or requests, under an agreement or something else, for cash, property, or administrations Applies to State Project, or Projects where State will give bits of the cash asked for Possible nearby civil tasks that get State financing

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NJ Fraudulent Claims Act (cont.) Knowing as characterized by the demonstration may be: Actual learning of fake accommodation Acting in think obliviousness of reality of the accommodation Reckless negligence to reality of the accommodation Unlike customary law extortion, the Act does not require a particular goal to dupe.

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NJ Fraudulent Claims Act Violations Penalties under the demonstration can run from $5,500-$11,000 per singular infringement . Installment asks for with various details could prompt numerous individual infringement what\'s more, the State can get treble harms, and be granted lawyers charges and expenses. On the off chance that NJ takes after Federal law, just real harms maintained, i.e. paid, would be trebled Lack of real harm would NOT block granting of lawyers expenses

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Current Issues Non-Payment Pay when Paid Clauses Liquidated Damages Lane Rental or Lane Occupancy Charges

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Non-installment to GC or to Sub What you can do relies on upon numerous elements If you are the General Contractor your alternatives are restricted If you are acting as a Subcontractor Payment Bond Lien rights Miller Act/Little Miller Act Be watchful of time requirements and techniques

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NJ Prompt Payment Act s There are Two Prompt Payment Acts N.J.S.A. 2A:30A-1; 2 Enacted in 1991 N.J.S.A. 52:32-40; 41 Enacted a couple of months after N.J.S.A. 2A:30A-2 in mid 1992 AMENDED N.J.S.A. 2A:30A-1; 2 Amended September 2006

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N.J.S.A. 52:32-40 Act applies to State Projects Applies to Payments from State to General Contactor; AND (NJSA 52:32-32 through 39) Payments from General Contractor to subcontractor

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N.J.S.A. 52:32-41a Certification Requirement Prior to the State issuing an advance installment, general temporary worker should guarantee to the State that subcontractors/providers have been paid sums due from the earlier advance installments and might pay sum due from current advance installment; OR General contractual worker ensures that there exists a legitimate premise under the subcontract to withhold installment from the subcontractor/provider .

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Failure to Certify Originally the Bill accommodated the State to stop advance installments until a debate was determined. This unique arrangement was expelled by means of change. Subcontractor/provider is qualified for the sum due in addition to enthusiasm at the prime rate in addition to one (1) percent, beginning 10 days after installment to the general temporary worker if no substantial premise existed for withholding of the installment, subcontractor/provider is additionally qualified for court costs In occasion suit is documented, and general contractual worker is found to have had a legitimate reason for withholding installment, general temporary worker is qualified for court costs.

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N.J.S.A. 2A:30A-1; 2 Applies to Public

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