Commonwealth Court Invalidates PennDOT Project Labor Agreement

The Commonwealth Court recently held that a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) required by PennDOT violated competitive bidding laws codified in the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa.C.S.A. §512(g). Allen Myers, L.P. v. Department of Transportation, No.(…)

Awards of Attorneys’ Fees and Statutory Penalties are “Discretionary” even when the Government acts in Bad Faith

In A. Scott Enterprises Inc. v. City of Allentown, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that an award of statutory interest and attorneys’ fees under Section 3935 of the Procurement Code is not automatic even where a jury finds the public owner to have(…)

Construction Law 2013: A Year in Review

As a service to its clients and prospective clients, the law firm of Babst Calland will provide a complimentary “year in review” breakfast seminar which will cover an overview of 2013’s significant developments (both statutory and case-law) in the are(…)

PA Court Casts Doubt on Safe Harbor Provision of Procurement Code

A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court casts doubt on the “safe harbor” provision of Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code. Section 3939(b) of the Commonwealth Procurement Code provides, “Once a contractor has made payment to the subcontra(…)

Qualifying Statements in a Proposal Rendered the Proposal Non-responsive

In Pepco Energy Services, Inc. v. Department of General Services, 49 A.3d 488 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2012), the Commonwealth Court held that the Department of General Services (“DGS”) properly declared Pepco Energy Services, Inc.’s (“Pepco”) proposal to DGS(…)