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Clearwater Construction v. Northampton County

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Contract Bidding on Jul 12, 2017.

On July 10, 2017, in Clearwater Construction v. Northampton County, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a case of first impression, ruled that a disappointed bidder  lacked standing to challenge a contract awarded under the Public Private Transportation Partnership Act (P3 Act), 74 Pa. C.S. §§ 9101-9124, holding that “Absent a statutory provision to the contrary, generally disappointed bidders lack standing to challenge the award of a government contract. Section 9109(n) of the P3 Act does not provide that statutory basis as its application is limited to a “development entity,” which by statutory definition is a party to the contract.”  The case may be found at this link: http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Commonwealth/out/1658CD16_7-10-17.pdf?cb=1  

Think Practically and Build Contingencies Into Your Bids

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Contract Bidding on Sep 11, 2014.

As a construction lawyer, I deal with cases involving non-payment every day. Sometimes I represent the owner and on other occasions I represent the contractor or subcontractor. I have even represented sureties on payment related issues. No matter which company I represent, however, payment issues often come down to one single common denominator: a lack of practical planning combined with a failure to build contingencies into bids.

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New Technology Allows Access to Construction Drawings More Easily

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Contract Bidding on Nov 8, 2012.

The construction world continues to be changed – like the rest of the business world – by technology. With the advent of smart phones, people became more flexible and productive. As smart phones become even smarter, the growing opportunities for increased efficiency and productivity seem to be presently focused on integration. A new application for smart phones seems to fit that description perfectly.

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Use of Subcontractor’s Bid in GC’s Bid Does Not Create A Contract in Pennsylvania

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Contract Bidding on Jun 7, 2012.

On May 21, 2012, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed an issue which comes up often but has not been addressed by Pennsylvania appellate courts. The issue: Does a general contractor’s use of a subcontractor’s bid in the general contractor’s bid constitute an acceptance of the subcontractor’s bid?

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