It’s not every day that a decision by the United States Supreme Court has the potential to impact the construction industry. But the Court handed down a decision last month that could hinder the pace of power plant construction around the country. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court unanimously struck down a Maryland regulatory program that provided subsidies to incentivize new power plant construction in the state. According to the Court, the program intruded on the federal government’s authority to regulate the interstate wholesale market for electricity. Because several other states have similar programs, more cases challenging state power plant construction incentives could be on the horizon.
Allie J. Hallmark is an Associate in the Firm's Construction Practice Group. Allie represents the Firm’s construction clients in litigation matters such as delay and design defect claims, contract disputes, enforcement of liquidated damages provisions, and mechanics’ liens and bond claims on both private and public projects. She also represents clients in labor and employment matters, including wage act and benefits claims. Allie advocates for clients in all stages of litigation, whether in private alternative dispute resolution or through discovery and trial in state and federal court.
Allie is the Associate Editor of the Firm's newsletter, Construction in Brief.