In April, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to review the case of Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. v. Mercer County Improvement Authority.  The matter concerns a defect in a bid submitted under the New Jersey Public Contracts Law (“LPCL”).  This case proves, yet again, that it is critical to pay close attention

By: Daniella Gordon and Jennifer M. Horn

The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill which would permanently bar contractors who are convicted of fraud in connection with work on government contracts from bidding on future public contracts in the State. Under S. 2167, contractors convicted of making false payment claims to the government

As many contractors know, Pennsylvania’s attempt to formulate and use innovative procurement methods has incurred a series of setbacks from the Commonwealth’s appellate courts. The latest setback came when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that PennDot’s Design-Build Best Value (DBBV) procurement method violated the Pennsylvania Procurement Code.

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Since public bidding began in the State of New Jersey, contractors have had to be especially diligent in the computation and review of their bid packages. This is because New Jersey has remained one of the few states that does not have an established procedure that permits bidders to request a withdrawal of the bid,

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners announced on January 26, 2011, that they passed an ordinance banning the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) “on all county-funded construction projects.” With the passage of Ordinance 99, all Lancaster County projects will now have open bidding, instead of exclusively being available to only union contractors.

Although entering the public bidding arena presents contractors with a plethora of opportunities, these opportunities do not come without risk. As many contractors can attest, oftentimes public bidding can seem more like gambling than bidding. This holds true not only when a contractor steps into the public bidding area for the first time, but also


The project to expand the State Correctional Institute at Graterford due to overcrowding has been cancelled. Currently, the prison houses 2,100 inmates, but it is so crowded that prisoners are being shipped to Michigan and Virginia. The project was originally slated to add 4,000 beds to the prison, 3,000 of which would have replaced existing

Prompted by criticism relating to inappropriate perks, nepotism, and corruption, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) hDRPA.jpgas recently enacted reforms that will affect DRPA’s construction projects. The DRPA is responsible for operating 4 toll bridges between Philadelphia and New Jersey, as well as the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) commuter rail line.