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PA Cladding Company Named in Grenfell Lawsuit

Survivors of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, along with the families of the more than 70 who died in the blaze, are suing material and product suppliers in a Philadelphia Court of Appeal...


MI Officials Consider Selling Bridge

In an attempt to avoid a 45-cent-per-gallon increase in Michigan’s fuel tax on gasoline—a plan proposed to accumulate money to fix the state’s roads—House Republicans are now considering a p...


AGC Official Reacts to Immigration Bill

Amidst proposed new tariffs for Mexican imports, a new immigration plan layout from President Donald J. Trump and a new bill passed by the House that protects many undocumented workers, one ...


CA Issues Nearly $600K in Wage Theft Citations

At the end of May, California’s Department of Industrial Relations reported that a Los Angeles-based Labor Commissioner’s Office issued citations for unpaid wages and various penalties to Un...


NV Governor Signs 2 Wage Bills into Law

In the latest of a slew of construction-related wage laws going into effect throughout the country, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed several new bills into law this past week—one that raises...


FL Bill Aims to Deregulate Hospital Construction

A bill making its way through Florida would deregulate the construction process for new hospitals, effectively putting such projects on a fast track.


Bill Stops Notre Dame Reconstruction Innovation

The French Senate has passed a bill that would require the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt to its “last known visual state,” a move that pushes back against proposed innovation for...


New CO Law Makes Wage Theft a Felony

Last Thursday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft.


ICC Sues Web Startup for Copyright Infringement

A lawsuit filed by the International Code Council has taken aim at a web startup company that aims to make code compliance easier for architects, construction professionals and building owne...


NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Last Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupationa...


NE Updates Decade-Old Building Efficiency Codes

Nebraska lawmakers could finalize a bill today (May 8) that would update the state’s energy codes for residential and commercial buildings.


Lawmakers Reveal $2T Infrastructure Agreement

Just yesterday, President Donald J. Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The proposal focuses on roads, bridges, highways,...


NYC Passes Green Roof Bill

Last week, the New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions intended for radical energy efficient improvements.


DOL Proposes Changes to Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a proposed overtime regulation that would result in more than a million workers becoming eligible for overtime pay.


NYC Introduces $14B Sustainability Plan

Earlier this week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced what’s being billed as the city’s “Green New Deal,” a $14 billion plan that is aiming to reduce the city’s greenhouse emission...


NYC Promises to Implement Safety Law

New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., chair of the city’s Committee on Housing & Buildings, has recently promised to ensure Local Law 196, which requires all construction workers ...


IL Joins Others in Contractor Wage Laws

The state of Illinois could soon become the next state to hold general contractors accountable for their subcontractors’ unpaid wages to employees.


CO Bill Set to Make Wage Theft a Felony

Colorado is looking to pass legislation that would make intentional underpayment of wages a criminal offense.


WY Senator Introduces Worker Safety Legislation

A group of senators introduced legislation last week that would make the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program a permanent f...


CA Bill Aims to Better Classify Workers

An assembly member in California is sponsoring a bill that would codify a way to better define whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.


Chicago Building Code to Get Major Overhaul

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, recently announced a major update to the city’s building code, representing the first major revisions to the standa...


New Bill Allows Visas for Temporary Workers

Last Wednesday (March 13), U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills that will create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm workers,...


FL Bill Targets Heat-Related Injury Prevention

A Florida lawmaker brought forth a bill last week that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention.


Officials: No Charges for Grenfell Fire Until 2021

Police investigating London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire—a blaze in 2017 that killed more than 70 people—are now saying that they likely won’t be pressing any charges until 2021, after the pu...


EU Titanium Dioxide Decision Takes Another Step

Europe's discussion on whether or not titanium dioxide should e classified as a cause of cancer is slowly coming to a head as the European Commission now waits for a March 7 meeting of the R...


Construction Official Acquitted in DC Bribery Case

The vice president of a construction firm who was charged with bribing a D.C. Metro official was reportedly found not guilty last week.


OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudu...


Chicago Proposes High-Rise Bird Ordinance

New legislation being proposed in Chicago is aiming to make the city’s skyline a little more bird friendly, according to proponents of the bill.


MN Group Pushing to Lower Age for Construction Work

Organizations in Minnesota are seeking to change a state law that prohibits minors from working on construction sites.


TX Lawmaker Proposes Pipeline Safety Measures

Earlier this month and related to last year’s gas leak that resulted in a child fatality, Texas Representative Rafael Anchia filed for legislation that would both up the oversight of natural...


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


Canada Building Code to Reflect Climate Change

Attendees at 2018’s Toronto Buildings Show got a rundown of how climate change standards are going to be incorporated into Canada’s building codes.


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


MD Governor Unveils School Construction Plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan for state-funded school construction to the tune of $3.5 billion.


Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


UK Officially Bans Combustible Material in High-Rises

The United Kingdom announced last week details of its new ban on combustible materials following last year’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed more than 70 people.


NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.


CA Transit Contractor Sues Owner for $150M

The general contractor joint venture that built the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now suing the structure’s owner—the Transbay Joint Powers Authority—for $150 mi...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in C...


Judge Blocks Release of FIU Bridge Records

Over half a year after the fatal bridge collapse at Florida International University, and after a more recent ruling that the Florida Department of Transportation must release the records as...


Concrete Cracking Problem Spreads to MA

Many Massachusetts homeowners could be facing the same issues with crumbling foundations that plague residences in Connecticut, according to reports. In response, some homeowners in Massachu...


UK Government Announces Cladding Ban

Government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced earlier this week a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and tal...


OSHA Cites FIU Pedestrian Bridge Firms

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued the first citations related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, marking unsafe practices that w...


Judge Questions Bridge Evidence Destruction

Several months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, it has come to light that 26 threaded steel rods—the kind being tightened on the bridge at the...


US Introduces Exemption Process for Steel Quotas

An executive order signed last week by President Donald J. Trump allows for the possibility of specific exemptions from quotas placed on some countries to limit their exports of steel and al...


Trump Signs Steel, Aluminum Product Exclusions

Last week, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation allowing Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to give targeted relief from quotas limiting steel and aluminum imports from select coun...


FHWA Debars PA Bridge Construction Firm

Almost three years after pleading guilty, Carl M. Weber Steel Service owners Dennis Weber and Dale Weber, as well as their conspiratorial business enterprise Karen Construction Inc. and its ...


MA to Help Homeowners with Crumbling Concrete

Late last month, Massachusetts legislators made sure that two provisions in the state’s budget were passed to help homeowners deal with crumbling concrete in their homes.


Judge, NTSB Squabble Over FIU Collapse Records

Over five months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, Leon County state court Judge Kevin Carroll ruled Tuesday that the Florida Department of Tra...


Groups Ask SCOTUS to Review CA Lead Case

The Association of National Advertisers and Atlanta Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm, have filed a “friend of the court” brief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lea...


AIA Pushes for School Design Legislation

Shortly after announcing an initiative to influence local, state and federal governments on updating school design guidelines, the American Institute of Architects made its way to the White ...


OSHA Moves to Change Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Il...


OSHA Proposes Scaling Back Recordkeeping Rule

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced steps late last month to rescind parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


CA Company Charged $2M in Wage Violations

California’s Labor Commissioner’s office has recently issued several citations to an industry company amounting to nearly $2 million dollars in wage theft violations.


MD Latest State to Enact Contractor Wage Law

The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors.


Grenfell Inquiry Looks into Design Images

The inquiry into last year’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire continues as officials are now looking at photos of the London high-rises refurbishment.


DOL Rolls Back Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced early last week that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclo...


Report: Construction Disputes Dragged On in 2017

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis recently released a report detailing that while the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth year in a row, the avera...


DOL Rescinds Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.


Report: Construction Disputes Increased in 2017

A new report from global design and consultancy firm Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) has revealed that although the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth...


CA Lead Paint Ballot Measure Scrapped

On the day of the deadline to withdraw initiatives from California’s November ballot, manufacturers involved in a yearslong lead paint dispute did just that last Thursday, spiking plans for ...


Philly Council Passes New Construction Tax

The Philadelphia City Council narrowly voted last week to implement a new tax on construction projects.


IL Man Debarred Over Bridge Bearings

Over two years since his initial sentencing for making false statements about highway projects, Joel De La Torre, a Chicago-based contractor, was also debarred in late May from doing busines...


$2B Housing Settlement Reached with NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority settled with federal prosecutors last week after a civil complaint was filed arguing that the agency exposed its residents to lead-poisoning risks and lie...


NY Official Pleads Guilty to $750M Bid-Rigging

A top executive of Buffalo, New York, general contracting firm LPCiminelli has pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for his part in an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving hundreds of mill...


NYC Introduces Safety Training Rule

Under a new law recently finalized in New York City, workers on many construction sites will be required to go through increased safety training.


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


NYC Firm Allegedly Stole $10M from Workers, State

A New York City construction firm was recently indicted on charges that it stole more than $1.7 million in wages from its workers and swindled the state out of another $8 million.


CA Officials Pass Solar Panel Mandate

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a mandate that will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels, making it the first state in the nation to have such...


Another Lawsuit Surround NYC Hudson Yards

A group of unions recently added to a batch of lawsuits in New York City surrounding development firm Related and its Hudson Yards project.


Report: FIU Bridge Showed Cracking 10 Days Before Collapse

Cracks developing along a key support truss under the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March were a source of concern 10 days before the structure was put...


Architects Reveal Designs for Grenfell Overhaul

Six practices working in conjunction with residents of Lancaster West Estate—the location of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 70 lives this past June—have started putting together ideas ...


Firm Sues Over Worker's Death in FIU Bridge Collapse

A month and a half has passed since the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge on the Florida International University campus, and another lawsuit has been filed—this time, Winsome Joy Campbe...


RIBA Notes Concern Ahead of Grenfell Review

Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects are making clear RIBA's concerns about the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, one of the many response to London...


3 More Plead Guilty in WI Fraud Case

Three more people are pleading guilty in a $200 million case out of Wisconsin that accuses a contracting firm of creating fake minority and veteran-owned businesses in order to win federal c...


Contractor Hit with Slew of Project Lawsuits

Hunt Construction Group is being hit with an eighth lawsuit regarding its Florida Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, this one coming from North Carolina-based CCK Construction Services for $1.2 m...


FIU Bridge Victim Brings New Suit

It has been two weeks since the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on the Florida International University campus, and another lawsuit has been filed—this time against seven companies involved ...


DC Wharf Contractor Files $5M Suit Against Firm

The general contractor behind The Wharf, a $2.5 billion mixed-use development currently under construction in Washington, D.C., has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the project’s master ar...


FL Bridge Collapse Survivor Sues Designer

The first civil lawsuit stemming from last week's pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida has been filed, claiming negligence on part of the companies in charge of the span’s design and constr...


NY State, City Talk Benefits of Design-Build

The design-build model, currently available only to certain authorities and agencies for public projects in New York state, is the topic of debate ahead of the state's April 1 budget deadlin...


NY State, City Talk Benefits of Design-Build

Talks around design-build authority in New York are heating up as the state’s budget deadline approaches, with proponents arguing that a design-build effort would streamline major projects t...


Turner Construction Targeted in Kickback Investigation

An investigation that officials say could lead to unearthing $100 million in construction fraud is underway in New York City.


CA High Court Refuses Review of Lead Case

In an ongoing saga out of California, a high court judge once again rejected requests from paint companies that have been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove lead paint ...


Construction Firm Suing WA Transit for $12.5M

Puget Sound’s regional transit authority, Sound Transit, could now find itself in hot water. Earlier this month, New York-based Turner Construction filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against...


CA Voters Could Be Paying for Lead Remediaton

Despite a state appeals court decision last November, Californians’ fight over who would pay for lead paint remediation is far from over. That’s because the three companies who were ordered ...


Bond Legislation Changes for OR, VA Contractors

New rules for contractors in Oregon and Virginia are in full swing after legislation changed last year.


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

For the first time in the state’s history, a Washington contractor is facing felony charges in connection with an employee’s death.


MD Company to Pay $450K in Lead Paint Case

The office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Monday (Jan. 8) that it had reached an agreement with a company accused of misleading consumers into taking cash buyouts in exch...


Winthrop Tower Height Reduced Again

Millennium Partners, the developer behind Boston’s to-be Winthrop Square Tower, has once again cut down the height of the proposed structure, in a move to appease both regulators and critics...


Bahamas Developer Sues Contractor for $2.25B

A Bahamas developer is suing China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages in relation to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort, charging the firm with submitti...


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


Brooklyn Contractor Settles $600K EEOC Case

Prominent New York City contractor Laquila Group was recently handed a $625,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after multiple workers reported having to end...


London's Grenfell Public Inquiry Hearings Begin

London’s inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people in June has begun its procedural hearings and is streaming them live on YouTube.


'Lazy' Tech Sentenced in Concrete Scandal

One of the 19 lab workers charged in relation to the falsification of concrete test results on a Hong Kong bridge megaproject was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday after pleading guil...


CA Passes 'Buy Clean' Act for Contractor Materials

A recently enacted law in California will put new restrictions on the materials state contractors use on infrastructure projects and other jobs, taking concerns about climate change into acc...


CA's 'Buy Clean Act' Will Impact Contractors

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law the Buy Clean California Act that requires state contractors to use low-carbon construction materials.


19 Charged in Concrete Testing Fraud

Nearly six months after Hong Kong authorities arrested 21 workers over the alleged falsification of concrete lab test results on the region’s biggest bridge-and-tunnel megaproject, officials...


NYC Files False Lead Inspection Paperwork

A new report released by the Department of Investigation in New York City claims that the chairwoman of the city’s housing authority knew that agency inspectors were not performing required ...


FL Contractor Arrested for $1M in Scam

Florida’s Department of Financial Services announced earlier this month the arrest of a contractor who is accused of defrauding an insurance company of more than $1 million.


Denver Passes Strict Green Roof Mandate

Voters in Denver passed a measure last week that will give the city the strictest green roof mandate in the country and some officials are saying legal action to combat the vote is still on ...


70 Arrested in FL for Contractor Fraud

Officials of a Florida county say they’ve charged more than 70 people in an unlicensed contractor sting. Elevated by Hurricane Irma, the investigation also landed eight felony arrests.


Railway Sues Contractor Over Tie Coating

One of the United States’ largest railroads has sued a contractor in federal court, alleging that the firm failed to apply the correct protective coating to wood railroad ties, bringing abou...


Foster + Partners Hit With £3.6M Court Ruling

A United Kingdom High Court earlier this month has handed down a bill of 3.6 million pounds to the regions’ largest architecture firm Foster + Partners. The plaintiff’s lawyer said the case ...


NYC Mayor Authorizes Controversial Safety Bill

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a controversial bill into law that deals with worker safety, which would effectively require that 180,000 city construction workers complet...


NYC Mayor Signs Controversial Safety Bill

Early last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a controversial bill on worker safety, effectively mandating that 180,000 city construction workers need 40-55 hours of sa...


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

A construction worker who suffered a broken neck from a work site accident settled his lawsuit last week for $17 million.


MO Builder Tracks Stolen Equipment

A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, ...


Demo Permit Review in OR Targets Lead Dust

A Portland, Oregon, commissioner has introduced a new regulation that would tighten rules surrounding the demolition of buildings that test positive for lead paint.


CA Bill Would Pin Lost Wages on Contractors

A bill is sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that will hold general contractors accountable for lost wages.


NYC Council Passes New Safety Bill

New York City Council approved a bill last Wednesday after more than eight months of deliberation that will require at least 40 hours of safety training for construction workers.


FAA Recommends Chop for Boston Tower

Boston’s proposed Winthrop Square tower, which has been taking criticism for nearly a year over its 775-foot-tall plans, is getting a little taken off the top.


Woman Sentenced in London Architecture Fraud

A woman was sentenced last week after a guilty verdict stemming from falsifying documents to the Architects Registration Board, in London.


Paint Companies Argue Lead Paint Appeal

Three current and former paint-industry companies are arguing their appeal in hopes of reversing a $1.15 billion judgment in the state of California that would require an abatement of contam...


OR Contractor Gets Jail Time for Fraud

An Oregon contractor is serving prison time after he lied to federal investigators and tried to bribe his workers into lying as well.


CO Shifts, Backs Developers

The combined movements of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Supreme Court have effectively shifted the attitude toward developers when it comes to construction defects.


Department of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the Department of Labor is withdrawing the 2015-16 informal guidance for joint employers and independent contractors.


ABC Asks for Drug Testing in NYC Construction

The Empire State chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors—a non-union organization—has asked the New York City Council to consider adding mandatory alcohol and drug testing to its ...


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

A construction worker who was partially blinded on a job site has been awarded $2 million after a New Jersey jury found the contractor negligent.


NY Man Charged in Architecture Fraud Case

A New York man has been charged with nearly 60 counts of larceny, forgery, fraud and unlicensed practice of architecture.


NYC Passes Slew of Construction Safety Bills

New York City’s Housing Committee has approved six pieces of 21 construction-related safety proposals in the wake of an increase in construction site deaths. The committee, however, tabled a...


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

A panel of federal judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that while the Delaware River Port Authority was remiss in rejecting a bridge-painting bid from contractor A...


Revamp of CO Construction Defects Law a Go

Developers and homeowners alike are seeing a glimmer of hope in Denver after the Colorado state House passed a bill that would give the two sides the right to work out any defect problems on...


3M Sues Over Spray Gun Equipment Patents

Global adhesives and auto products manufacturer 3M has filed suit against a China-based manufacturer and a California-based auto refinish products retailer over what it calls patent copyrigh...


WI Governor Rejects Labor Agreement Rules

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the latest in a slew of government officials moving to block mandated project labor agreements. On Monday (April 17) Walker signed Act 3 into law, which ensure...


Trump Company Owes $300K in Painter Lawsuit

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by one of President Donald J. Trump’s companies to get out of paying a Miami paint store chain more than $300,000 in owed mo...


Throwing Shade: Boston Mayor Pushes for New Tower

Officials in Boston have begun pushing for the construction of a proposed 775-foot tower in Winthrop Square. Their opposition? The state’s shade laws.


Deadline Looms for EPA's Rules in New TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch of finalizing its Framework Action rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which got its first upgrade in 40 years las...


Ruling on Electronic Recordkeeping Mandate Stalled

A ruling in the case in which industry groups, including Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, challenge the Department of Labor on its new elect...


Judge Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Ruling

A federal judge has announced that he won’t rule on a case challenging the federal government’s new electronic recordkeeping rule until after July 1, the deadline for many employers to submi...


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

A rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose violations—including wage and hour laws, health and safety rules and civil rights protections—was str...


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


Maine Weighs RRP Rule Expansion

A Maine lawmaker has moved to expand the state's lead renovation safety rules because of the region's high lead poisoning rates and what he believes to be lax enforcement from the Environmen...


NJ Bridgegate Figures Face Prison

A former high-ranking official in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former staffer of the New Jersey governor's office have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the ...


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

President Donald J. Trump has struck down a rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose labor civil, administrative and workplace protection violat...


Senate Votes Down OSHA's Injury Rule

The U.S. Senate has joined the House in passing a resolution that blocks a workplace injury reporting rule, one that legislation author Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) called, “an unlawful ...


Marine Staffing Agency Owner Pleads Guilty

A Texas man who owned a staffing service for industrial and marine businesses has pleaded guilty to failing to pay about $18 million in taxes, according to the Department of Justice.


Spray Paint Claims Spur Suit

Rust-Oleum now faces a proposed class action lawsuit one year after an advertising industry watchdog took aim at the company over ad claims about one of its consumer spray paint product line...


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


Contractor Blames Sub for Hotel Delays

The construction of a 1,048-room, $370 million luxury hotel in Austin, Texas, has faced delays and the general contractor says a subcontractor is responsible.


Congress Votes to Pull 'Blacklist' Rule

A rule that would have required increased scrutiny on the labor and environmental records of companies seeking big federal contracts is one step closer to being dead in the water, after a vo...


Judge: Guam Shipyard Workers May Sue

A group of shipyard workers laid off suddenly when Guam Shipyard lost a military contract in 2013 will get to proceed with a class-action suit against the shipyard, after a judge gave the cl...


Senate Strikes Federal Contracting Changes

Congress has moved to strike a rule that would have required contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations.


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


Davis-Bacon Wage Provisions Face Challenges

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and currently under consideration by the Environment and Public Works Committee would remove prevailing wage restrictions from many transportation projec...


Hotel Developer Gets Prison in Visa Scam

A 33-year-old aspiring Chicago hotel developer will spend three years behind bars for bilking Chinese investors out of nearly $158 million for a hotel and convention center project that neve...


Governors Island Group Sues Contractors

The group spearheading a major renovation of Governors Island, in New York City, is reportedly suing a major contractor and a marine engineering consultant over alleged errors in the plannin...


Scaffolding Firm Exec Gets Jail Time

The owner of two New York-based scaffolding businesses that worked on city, state and private projects has agreed to spend 16 weekends behind bars and pay $2 million for underreporting milli...


$227M Settlement in Philly Building Collapse

In a settlement reached last week, $227 million will be paid to family members of the seven people who died and 12 who were injured in the June 5, 2013, building collapse in downtown Philade...


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

A federal judge has found a Missouri-based steel company responsible for a 22-year-old apprentice’s 2014 falling death.


Website Tackles Misclassification

The consequences of misclassifying workers are real; workers may miss out on wage and benefit guarantees they deserve.


Feds Unveil Website on Worker Classification

The United States Department of Labor has launched a new website to help employers and workers know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor—and the consequences if w...


Owner Fined for Razing Historic Building

A “catastrophic decision” to demolish a 200-year-old historic property in England has resulted in a £20,000 ($24,318 USD) court fine for a U.K. man.


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


Anti-Retaliation Rule Survives Challenge

A federal judge recently rejected an industry request to further postpone the implementation of controversial anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


UK ‘Blacklist’ Investigation Not Over

Months after contractors agreed to pay millions in settlements related to the case, the U.K. government is reopening the file on the alleged blacklisting of thousands of construction workers...


OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Takes Effect

After multiple delays, the anti-retaliation provisions of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule will go into effect today (Dec. 1), after a federal judge rejected an indus...


Space Agency Confirms Sinking Tower

It’s been established for months now that San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking, but the latest twist in the story reveals that the subsidence can even be seen from space.


Contractor Guilty in Tribal Pay-to-Play Scheme

The president of a Montana-based construction company faces up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for bribing tribal officials in order to receive lucrative contracts on...


Suit Aims to Help Lead Paint Victims

A national structured-settlement-factoring company has once again been accused of swindling lead-based paint poisoning victims into signing away future settlements in exchange for significan...


Millions at Stake in Leaky Cladding Case

More than 1,000 property owners in New Zealand are getting their day in court as a $250 million ($176 million USD) class action suit moves forward against international building products man...


Former Chinese Diplomats Face Charges

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two former Chinese diplomats in a six-year scheme involving forced construction work.


Homebuilding Giant Told to Pay $16M

One of the United States’ largest homebuilders has been ordered to pay $16.3 million in damages for mishandling the finances of the homeowners association at a condominium complex it was bui...


Painter Expected to Plea in $900K Theft

A Pennsylvania house painter is expected to plead guilty to bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million while doing work for them, according to local reports.


Condo Builder, Subs Settle $36M Dispute

After six years of litigation, a large Southeastern U.S. builder and more than a dozen of its subcontractors have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit involvin...


UK Man Admits Demolishing Historic House

A U.K. man is facing a possible jail sentence after demolishing a 200-year-old building that was a listed landmark, and leaving an adjoining home in shambles in the process.


Australia Settles in Reef Disaster Case

The Australian government has come to a settlement with representatives of Shenzhen Energy, whose Shen Neng 1 ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010, causing considerable environ...


CA Governor OKs Contractor Reporting Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will provide the state’s Contractors State License Board with more information about contractors, and require contractors to report an...


PA Bridge Bid Spurs Suit

A bridge-painting firm from Baltimore is suing a government agency that it says wrongly passed it over in favor of another contractor.


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. obtained immunity in order to testify against two contractors in the criminal case surrounding a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, ...


Suit Calls for EPA Action on Lead Paint

Seven public health and environmental justice groups have accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of “unreasonable delay” in its obligation to update lead-based paint and lead dust ...


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


Federal Contractor Rules Set to Change

An new order designed to ensure that contractors who disobey rules aren't rewarded with federal work are set to take effect next month, authorities have announced.


Design Firm to Pay $12M in Kickback Case

A Buffalo, NY-based international architecture firm has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations of criminal conduct by its employees, including paying bribes and kickbacks in order ...


Feds Order Stricter Contractor Reporting

Starting in October, contractors hoping to land jobs with the U.S. federal government will have additional hurdles to jump, as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order goes into effe...


NYC Supertall Moves Forward After Suit

Plans for a new skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan are moving forward after spending nearly a year in legal limbo.


Trump Continues to Face Contractor Suits

As he campaigns for votes in the battleground state of Florida, real estate developer and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump continues to fend off suits in that state from contr...


CA Mayor Resigns After Bribery Plea

The mayor of a Southern California city resigned Tuesday (Aug. 9) after admitting he took bribes from a construction contractor.


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.


PG&E Penalties Slashed to $6M

The utility company involved in the 2010 San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion will be facing only a small fraction of the criminal penalties prosecutors had originally been seeking in the case.


U.S. Steel Settles DOL Retaliation Suit

To settle a Department of Labor lawsuit filed on behalf of injured workers, a U.S. steel-production giant has agreed to return unpaid wages and retract the injury reporting policy that was a...


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


Architect Accused of Copying Mansion Design

A federal lawsuit accuses a New Jersey architecture firm and New York couple of accessing copyrighted drawings of a New York mansion and planning a replica close by without the original home...


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


TransCanada Serves U.S. a $15B Bill

After having filed suit against the U.S. government in January, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now formally seeking $15 billion in damages in response to th...


Casino, Builder Settle Defect Case

A five-year lawsuit over allegations of shoddy work at a casino project in Colusa, CA, has ended in a $20 million settlement.


President Signs Off on Pipeline Safety

Bipartisan legislation intended to reform the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday (June 22).


Owner Convicted in Contract Scheme

A suburban Chicago business owner is facing up to 80 years in prison after a federal jury found her guilty of fraud for her role in a scam involving transit and road construction projects in...


Inspector Accused of Assault

City building codes allegedly got personal at a meeting in Portsmouth, NH, leading to the city’s chief building inspector’s arrest on simple assault.


Arthurian Mural Denied in England

A mural featuring some supernatural and psychedelic imagery is making quite a stir in one English town.


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


Settlement in Ashland Hiring Case

In a settlement reached last week, a manufacturer of thickeners and other paint components will take a financial hit after allegedly using hiring practices that were discriminatory against A...


Chemical Giant Reaches Hiring Settlement

A chemical company that manufactures thickeners and other components for paints and coatings has settled with the U.S. government over allegations its hiring practices were discriminatory ag...


Construction Family Headed to Prison

A New York-based father and daughter construction team will serve time behind bars for cheating clients out of more than $350,000.


Italian Paint Job Provokes British Row

A popular pizza place in London has found itself in a spat with local officials over a rather unorthodox paint job.


Fines Doubled in Tower Death Case

A New York painting contractor now faces $91,000 in fines in relation to a worker’s electrocution death on an electrical tower job in 2012, a judge has ruled.


CFO, Contractor Face Kickback Case

A former executive for a publicly funded mental health agency in North Carolina and a contractor face decades in prison for allegations of bribery, conspiracy and fraud in a 47-count indictm...


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Costs Balloon for Reef Paint Cleanup

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters is continuing her fight to have toxic paint residue removed from the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, even as the costs of su...


ACA Urges Chemical Bill Resolution

Coating manufacturers say the window to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation is narrowing.


Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom

A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S.


Bearing Maker Gets 35 Months for Fraud

A Chicago manufacturer who had pleaded guilty to making false statements concerning highway projects and to aggravated identity theft will spend 35 months in behind bars, according to the U....


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Contractor Settles Row over Termination

After being kicked off a $1.4 billion expansion project for the Washington State Convention Center and filing a lawsuit, joint venture Skanska-Hunt Construction Group reports the issue has b...


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Officials Target Berkeley Balcony Firms

Five contractors that worked on a balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, CA, last year could face suspension or revocation of their contractors licenses, according to state licensing officials ...


Inmates File Suit After Coating Project

Several hundred inmates at the Santa Fe County Jail allege that renovation activities conducted in 2014 led to an “epidemic of severe ailments.”


No Charges Filed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

The contractors, building owner and property manager have escaped criminal prosecution in the apartment balcony collapse in Berkeley, CA, that killed six Irish citizens and seriously injured...


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

A company previously indicted on criminal charges related to a construction site fatality in New York City is now facing fraud charges concerning workers and salaries.


CA ‘Bullet Train’ Wins Judge’s Ruling

Long in the works, California’s high-speed rail project has gotten the green light to proceed as planned following a state superior court judge’s dismissal of a five-year-old lawsuit intende...


Exec Gets 19 Years in Kickback Scheme

The former president of Brazil’s largest construction company is the latest official to be sentenced in the ongoing investigation into corruption at the country’s state-run oil company.


Execs Admit to Roles in Contract Scheme

Two former employees of a New Jersey engineering, environmental and energy consulting firm face prison time and thousands in restitution after conceding their participation in a $1 million c...


Architect Gets Prison in Deadly Collapse

A Japanese architect will spend eight months in prison in connection with a fatal grocery store parking garage collapse in 2011.


Dow to Settle $1B Urethanes Case

The Dow Chemical Company plans to settle a $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit which dates back to 2005, according to company officials.


Dow to Settle $1B Class Action Suit

American multinational corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced it is settling the 11-year-old, $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit it has contested since a federal jury a...


2 Guilty Pleas in NJ ‘Pay-to-Play’ Scheme

Former New Jersey engineering executives are facing several years in prison after admitting to a $1 million scheme to evade the state’s “pay-to-play” law.


DOL Cites Steelmaker for Retaliation

Federal authorities have filed suit against a major Pittsburgh-based steel producer, claiming the manufacturer retaliated against workers who reported workplace injuries.


Court OKs Modern Home on Historic Block

An appeals court has ruled in favor of the architect owner of a controversial modern home situated in a historic neighborhood in Raleigh, NC—a likely end to a three-year long legal row.


Firms Owe $1.33M in DBE Bridge Scheme

Three Pennsylvania contractors have avoided jail time for their roles in a 16-year disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud scheme involving hundreds of state bridge projects.


Bill to Rein in VA Construction Control

After a $1 billion botched Veterans’ Affairs’ hospital project in Denver, the U.S. House of Representatives has moved forward with a plan to take away some of the agency’s construction autho...


Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”


Convicted Architect Makes Sentencing Deal

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a VA hospital in Ohio has made a sentencing deal with prosecutors to avoid further charges.


Fatal Balcony Collapse Leads to Inspections

Balconies throughout a California town may be some of the safest in the country now that all of them have been inspected in the wake of a balcony collapse last year that killed six.


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


Contractor Admits to Bilking Elderly

A Washington state contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered contracting after taking more than $37,000 from an 87-year-old woman in one month.


Judge: Ark Builders Get Tax Break

Calling it a victory for freedom of religion, a creationist group in Kentucky is celebrating a judge’s decision that the state cannot prevent the group from collecting sales tax incentives j...


Designer to Pay $3M in ‘Buy American’ Case

A Wisconsin-based design and construction firm will pay a $3 million settlement to resolve civil and criminal allegations that it used foreign materials on federally funded construction proj...


PPG Settles Employee Pay Lawsuit

PPG Industries will pay $5 million to settle claims filed by current and former employees who said they were misclassified as exempt while performing paint-related sales work at Home Depot s...


Unregistered Painter Agrees to Stop

Washington state contractor Terry Foster has agreed to stop painting without registering for a contractor’s license—even though he allegedly said last year that those rules do not apply to h...


Contractor Sues Architects for Overruns

A general contractor who worked on a multi-million dollar renovation of a city-owned auditorium in Charleston, SC, has accused three design firms and a project management company of negligen...


Asbestos Case Results in Jail, Fine

An Ontario-based contractor must spend 30 days in jail and pay a $45,000 fine after failing to comply with proper asbestos-removal procedures.


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

Finding one defendant remorseful and another disregarding public safety, a judge in Philadelphia sentenced two men accused of killing people when they caused a city building to collapse.


Artist Files Suit to Save Detroit Mural

The artist behind the iconic “bleeding rainbow” mural in Detroit has filed a copyright suit against the owner of the vacant brick building it adorns.


Keystone XL Owners Sue US Government

The Canadian company that expected the U.S. to approve a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has filed one of the largest trade appeals ever brought against the federal government, accor...


3M Sues over Alleged Patent Infringement

Global manufacturing giant 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit


Mecca Crane Collapse Probe Continues

Authorities are weighing charges against engineers and government officials following the construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people last September at one of Islam’s holies...


City, Roofer Spar Over Water Leaks

When it comes to the condition of roofs installed on two community centers in Charleston, WV, an Ohio-based contractor has said the city’s allegations in its lawsuits are literally for the b...


Construction Policy Grades Are In

When it comes to policies and issues affecting the commercial and industrial construction industry, all U.S. states are not created equal.


Contractor Gets $20M for Bribe Reports

A Louisiana jury has agreed with a former bridge contractor and awarded him $20 million after he said a state official tried to bribe him with cash and other gifts and then blacklisted him f...


Retailer Changes Vinyl Flooring Policy

Lumber Liquidators has teamed up with a chemical safety campaign to ensure it sells vinyl flooring made without reprocessed plastic.


Steel Company Charged in Deadly Fall

A structural steel subcontractor faces a criminal charge in connection with a 22-year-old apprentice’s falling death.


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


Contractor Settles DBE Fraud for $2.6M

A New York contracting company has agreed to pay the federal government $2.6 million for violating the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program on a highway bridge project.


New York AG Investigates Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil is the target of an investigation regarding whether it purposely misled the public and shareholders about climate change and the impact it would have on the oil industry.


Consumers Get Payday in Supplier Scam

An Arizona building materials supplier will pay thousands of dollars in restitution after 15 consumers complained that the company failed to deliver materials as promised.


Design Charity Manager Admits Theft

A former office manager of a global architectural charity organization has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and false accounting.


Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.


Third Lawsuit Filed in Ship’s Sinking

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the family of one of the crewmembers of the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during a hurricane.


Hull Paint Threatens Reef System

When the Chinese oil tanker Shen Neng 1 ran into the Great Barrier Reef and scraped off part of its bottom coating in the process, it was just the beginning of the event’s environmental impa...


Painter Gets Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor was sentenced to 30 days in prison after failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period, authorities have announced.


Falling Concrete Spurs Blame Game

Debris falling from the Ambassador Bridge led to the closure last week of three streets that run beneath it on the Canada side of the aging structure.


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

A jury in Philadelphia has convicted a contractor of involuntary manslaughter in a 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 13.


Unwanted Paint Repair Up in Air

This case is pretty much black and white. Well, the paint involved is, but determining just who holds responsibility appears to be in a gray zone.


Contractor Fined in Manslaughter Case

A U.K. court has ordered a scaffolding contractor to pay £300,000 (about $464,000 USD) after a fall killed a worker in 2012.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


BP Settles Deepwater Disaster for $20B

BP will pay more than $20 billion to settle claims against it for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010.


Roofer Sentenced for Lying to OSHA

The owner of an Alabama steel and roofing company has been sentenced to three years of probation and 30 hours of community service after lying to federal safety authorities regarding a March...


2nd Guilty Plea in Housing Scam

A Florida contractor has pleaded guilty to his role in a $36 million low-income housing scheme.


Architect Guilty of Charges in VA Case

A federal jury has found a Virginia architect guilty of bribing the former director of the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Dayton and Cleveland, OH, in exchange for confidential details ...


Housing Chief in Hot Water over Lead

Controversial comments about lead poisoning victims made by a Maryland top housing official have dozens of lawmakers calling for his resignation.


Oil Spill Takes 17 Years to Resolve

Although industry experts say neither oil spills nor their corresponding settlement agreements are uncommon in Texas, waiting 17 years to come up with a consent order for one is.


Jury Awards Dying Painter $17M

A former commercial painter who was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos has received a $17 million award from a Miami jury.


Talks Ongoing in Building Envelope Suit

Settlement negotiations continue in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in May that pits a leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products against a magazine publi...


NV Contractor Gets 15 Years for Fraud

A former construction company owner will spend more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive $58 million scheme to gain control and defraud Las Vegas-area homeowners’ associations.


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


OSHA Offers 'Clarity' in Injury Reporting

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a proposed rule to aimed at clarifying employers' recordingkeeeping obligations.


OSHA Rule ‘Clarifies’ Injury Reporting

In what it says is a rule that clarifies an existing practice, a federal agency has notified U.S. employers that it will cite them for up to five years for failing to document work-related i...


Painter Faces Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor faces three years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 for failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period.


Fines for Fire That Killed 7 on Appeal

A refinery is attempting to reverse the largest safety violations fine ever assessed by the State of Washington following a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.


Jury Awards $350K in Lead Paint Suit

A Providence, RI, jury has awarded more than $350,000 to a 19-year-old who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


After 13 Years, Worker Wins $3M

SEATTLE--A Washington State jury has awarded $2.59 million in damages to an immigrant worker who was severely injured after falling 30 feet from an improperly constructed scaffold in 2002.


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

AMSTERDAM--Locking horns over a construction project? Talking it through may take longer than heavier-handed approaches, but should cost less in the long run.


Study: Construction Dispute Costs Drop

AMSTERDAM--Unlike many other parts of the world, construction disputes in North America are taking longer to resolve but costing less in the end, a new study suggests.


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


Paint Stripper CEO Admits to Bribery

OKLAHOMA CITY--Visits to strip joints, a $2,600 football helmet, and thousands of dollars in cash were just some of the gratuities that a manufacturer of depaint products spread around to wi...


Bridge Contractors Charged in Fraud

PHILADELPHIA--Two Pennsylvania firms and their principals raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of federal highway and bridge projects through a 16-year-long Disadvantaged Business Ente...


Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.


FHWA Suspends Ex-Official for Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. government has barred future contracts with a former federal highway administrator who admitted using relatives to steer government-funded projects to his private c...


Contractors to Pay in Collapse Settlement

DORAL, FL—A college in Florida has reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of a parking garage that collapsed more than two ye...


Court Confirms Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—Federal judges have upheld health and safety violations levied against an Illinois concrete company that failed to immediately summon rescue and emergency services for a trapped work...


CT Limits Construction Litigation

HARTFORD, CT—Ten years is enough time to identify and sue over construction and design defects on public projects in Connecticut, the state has determined.


CT Sets Limit on Construction Suits

HARTFORD, CT—Contractors and designers who work on public construction projects will no longer face an unlimited risk of litigation, under a new law in Connecticut.


Congress Eyes Faster Track on Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ensuring a timely turnaround on oil and gas pipeline projects is the goal behind a bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate.


Court Upholds Delayed Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—A concrete company that left a worker trapped in a sand silo for over an hour before calling 911 can't argue its way out of violations imposed by health and safety authorities, a fed...


Quick Fix, and New Warning, on Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has slapped another short-term patch on U.S. transportation funding, continuing a pattern that has repeatedly brought road and bridge spending to the brink of deple...


High Court Lets Lead Cases Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Deflecting an appeal by U.S. paint makers, the U.S. Supreme Court will allow a teenager to press his claim of lead-paint poisoning, even though he cannot identify the manufa...


CEO Quits Embattled Flooring Giant

TOANO, VA—Lumber Liquidators Inc. president and CEO Robert M. Lynch has unexpectedly resigned his position, leaving greater turmoil at the company that is already the target of multiple inve...


Supreme Court: Lead Case May Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A teenager's lawsuit alleging lead-paint poisoning may go forward, even though he cannot say which company's paint caused the problem.


MN Enacts Ban on Flame Retardants

ST. PAUL, MN—Minnesota has turned up the heat on flame-retardant chemicals, enacting the nation’s most restrictive law of its kind.


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

FORT DIX, NJ—A civilian painter serving 17 years in a federal prison for a $450 million blaze aboard a nuclear submarine now says he did not set that fire.


Coal-Ash Issues to Cost Duke $102M

WASHINGTON—Three subsidiaries of the nation's largest power company will pay $102 million in fines and environmental projects after pleading guilty to federal crimes in connection with a mas...


Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.


New Scam on the Block: Stealing Home

NEW YORK—What do nine New York residences, a tiny house in Texas, and a log cabin in Oregon have in common?


Ex-PPG Worker Charged in Secrets Case

WASHINGTON, DC—A retired project leader for PPG Industries faces years in prison for allegedly selling extensive manufacturing specifications worth millions of dollars to a Chinese company.


IN Scraps Base Wage on Public Works

INDIANAPOLIS—Declaring "victory for Hoosier taxpayers," Indiana has repealed an 80-year-old mechanism that established minimum wages for major public construction projects.


IN Repeals Minimum Construction Wages

INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers in Indiana have approved a controversial measure to eliminate 80-year-old boards that set base wages for major public construction projects.


Bill Would Keep Pipeline Info Secret

LANSING, MI—Pipeline inspection, safety and other records would be blocked from public access under a sweeping new bill introduced in Michigan.


IA Fights to Rein in Eminent Domain

DES MOINES—Iowa lawmakers are pushing back hard against eminent-domain claims by energy companies that want access to private land for their mega-projects.


Bipartisan Building Energy Law Signed

WASHINGTON, DC—A new U.S. law will hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards and require more energy benchmarking for federally leased buildings.


Feds Suspend 13 in PennDOT Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC—Eleven individuals and two companies have been suspended, pending debarment, in the widening corruption scandal engulfing Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation. for the...


Pipeline Worker Avoids Prison for Spill

MILWAUKEE, WI—A former Shell Pipeline Company corrosion coordinator won't spend any time in prison for lying about his negligence, which led to a pipeline leak that released over 9,000 gallo...


'Border Blitz' Nails 17 Contractors

SACRAMENTO—Fly-by-night painters, pavers, carpenters and other contractors skirting licensing laws are now facing criminal charges after a roundup by authorities in two states.


Mansion Owner Admits Illegal Upgrades

ABERGAVENNY, WALES—Installing a mosaic-clad bath, replacing cobblestone, and removing staircases are just a few of the tony upgrades that may send a Welsh developer to prison for a year, acc...


Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

NEW HAVEN, CT—Doctored payrolls on several federally funded projects have made a Connecticut construction company ineligible for future work, but the fines proposed have prompted a proposal ...


Guilty Plea for Bad Bridge Bearings

RALEIGH, NC—A Chicago contractor is facing seven years in prison after he admitted forging the name of an unwitting teenager to order and approve defective bridge parts for projects in North...


13th Indictment in PennDOT Scandal

HARRISBURG, PA—A widening corruption scandal has now swept in the president of an engineering company accused of raking in more than $1 million in profits through illegal contracts with the ...


1WTC Contractor Accused of Fraud

NEW YORK CITY—A Mob-connected silent partner in a company that won a $11.4 million contract on the One World Trade Center project has been charged in a lucrative fraud scheme.


7 Share $2.6M Chinese Drywall Payoff

NEW ORLEANS—In an about-face, a Chinese manufacturer of contaminated drywall has paid more than $3 million in a suit by seven Virginia families whose homes were damaged by the material.


Apple Bars Offenders from Construction

The world's largest company, led by a gay chief executive vocal about discrimination, is suddenly on the defensive over its decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its $5 ...


FHWA Official Admits Contract Fraud

A former Federal Highway Administration executive has pleaded guilty to using family members as straw subcontractors to steer federal funds and programs to his own company over seven years.


Apple Bans Felons from HQ Construction

Worker advocates are turning up the heat on Apple in the wake of the tech giant's decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its new campus in California.


French Law Mandates Greener Roofs

The rooftops of new commercial construction from Paris to Provence will be clad in plants or solar panels going forward, under a measure newly approved by the French Parliament.


'Booze and Snooze' Scandal Rocks Plant

The world's largest wastewater treatment facility has suspended at least nine workers after a plant security officer accidentally broadcast a slur- and obscenity-laced description of a secre...


FL Plans New Squeeze on Defect Suits

How long should builders be on the hook for latent construction defects that later cause failures in their infrastructure, buildings and homes?


FL May Cut Builder Lawsuits Again

A new bill in Florida seeks to further tighten the time that building owners would have to sue builders, developers and other contractors over construction defects.


Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...


Contractor 'Blacklist' Opposition Grows

A looming Executive Order that would require contractors on federally funded projects to disclose their labor-law violations is drawing increasing concern as its publication draws near.


France Decrees Green Rooftops

The roofs of new commercial buildings in France must henceforth be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law just approved by the French Parliament.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Mogul Held in Murder after HBO Show

An off-air comment caught on mike after an HBO interview with real-estate scion Robert Durst has led to his arrest on a capital murder charge.


AkzoNobel Cleared in Product Claim

Akzo Nobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive-plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal-court jury has found.


New Book Details Concrete Legal Issues

Like other high-stakes industries, concrete construction invites a fair share of litigation—liabilities and outcomes explored in a new book available through the American Concrete Institute.


$1M Embezzlement to End in Prison

A former Ennis Paint executive has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the pavement coatings manufacturer.


Rust-Oleum Coating Suits Mount, Merge

Homeowner lawsuits over the performance of a deck coating have been merged into multidistrict litigation in federal court in Chicago.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


NV Tightens Construction Defect Law

Nevada has become the first U.S. state to overhaul its construction defects law to reduce the number of homeowner lawsuits brought against builders.


U.S. Investigates Flooring Giant

North America's largest hardwood flooring retailer may face federal criminal charges over its importing practices—and an unpleasant report on its troubles by 60 Minutes.


IN Aims to Repeal Public Works Base Pay

Public-works construction crews would lose their 80-year-old base wage protection under a bill now working its way through the Indiana State Assembly.


IN House Votes to End Base Project Wage

Indiana's Republican-led House has approved the repeal of an 80-year-old law that sets base wages for all major public construction projects in the state.


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has admitted killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a suicide a...


Ex-VP 'Remorseful' in Homicide Plea

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a ...


Rooftops Go Down Swinging to the Cubs

Construction will continue on the $375 million renovation of Chicago's Wrigley Field, despite plans to install large rooftop signs that may put neighboring establishments out of business, a ...


In NY, A Safety Showdown Grows

A unique state law that holds employers and property owners 100 percent responsible for certain employee injuries is facing a dramatic shift after 135 years.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


WY Work Safety Bills Die

One of the nation's perennial leaders in workplace deaths per capita will not stiffen the consequences against employers for those fatalities.


Architect Says Revamp ‘Mutilates’ Design

A Dutch architect has hit a natural-history museum with a lawsuit, saying a planned renovation will “mutilate” his design.


Billion-Dollar Lead Ruling on Appeal

Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products are trying to reverse a trial judge’s $1.1 billion decision requiring them to remove lead paint from 3.5 million California homes...


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


50 Held in NYC Building Corruption Probe

In one of the biggest corruption crackdowns in New York City history, authorities have announced the indictment of 50 city building inspectors, contractors, clerks and other defendants in a ...


Firm to Pay $1.3M in PennDOT Fraud

A Philadelphia-area engineering firm will pay more than $1.3 million to reimburse state and federal transportation agencies for losses due to fraud by the consultant's bridge inspectors.


Contractor Cheats Dozens, Gets Prison

A Massachusetts contractor who failed to finish projects, used false identities, and forged documents will spend three and a half years in state prison, a judge ruled Friday (Jan. 30).


Feds: Builder Shorted Workers, Subs

A general contractor and construction management firm will pay more than $87,000 to make good on wages owed to its employees and those of two subcontractors who worked on a federally finance...


$20M Fraud Sends 5 to Prison

Years behind bars and millions of dollars in restitution await most of the players involved in a $20 million federal real-estate fraud case.


NJDOT Engineers Implicated in Theft

One supervisor has pleaded guilty and another remains charged with wage theft that netted the two New Jersey Department of Transportation supervisors more than $35,000, authorities say.


Paving Trio Face Wage Theft Allegations

Three people from a California seal coating business face 42 felony counts alleging a slew of wage theft and compensation fraud charges, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office announce...


DBE Fraud Dogs Federal Projects

Subcontractors willing to peddle their certified "disadvantaged" status to general contractors in exchange for fat public contracts are the targets of several new federal enforcement cases.


Engineer Admits to $700K Bridge Scheme

He stood to make $325,000 in bribes, but now a suspended New Jersey senior engineer faces jail time after admitting that he tried to fraudulently inflate a state-funded bridge repair project...


Paving Contractor Guilty in Briberies

A politically connected asphalt contractor in New Mexico is contemplating years in prison after his conviction on 27 counts of bribery and fraud involvng $7 million in road contracts.


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

The lack of a nonskid sidewalk coating at a church in Florida has led to two falls, one disabled knee, and one seven-figure judgment.


New Lead Paint Law Keeps MD Busy

Although three years in coming, a sweeping new lead paint law for Maryland landlords has unleashed an avalanche of inquiries to state environmental officials.


Ill-Coated Walk Yields $2.6M Verdict

A jury in Florida has awarded nearly $2.6 million to a churchgoer who crushed her knee in a fall on a new sidewalk that lacked a nonslip coating.


Construction Hails Coal-Ash Rule

Calling it "good news for taxpayers," builders and contractors are cheering a federal decision not to regulate fly ash and other coal waste as hazardous materials.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Probation, Fine Set in Workplace Death

The owner of a Montana residential and commercial asphalt company has avoided a jail sentence, but must pay $20,00 in fines and restitution after an employee was killed on the job.


Worker Wins $62M in Fall Case

A New York jury has awarded $62 million—the largest such verdict for a single plaintiff in Queens—to an immigrant construction worker permanently disabled in a 20-foot fall.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Contractor to Pay $2M in Fraud Case

Fraud built on "secret side deals" allowed a Maryland construction firm to massively exploit a federal contracting program designed to help disadvantaged local businesses, federal authoritie...


Contractor Guilty in Army Plant Fraud

The construction supervisor, a Coast Guard veteran discharged for sleepwalking, spun tales of black ops, FBI connections, and secret Senate payrolls.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


Drywallers Sought in Back-Pay Case

Nelson Acosta and Bonita Williams, where are you? After six years and 100 entries in the court docket, a New York commercial contractor has finally agreed to pay $380,000 owed to you and hun...


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended anti-discrimination protection in the contracting workforce to sexual orientation and gender identity.


Rule Bans Gender Bias by Contractors

Sexual orientation and gender identity will now be protected in the U.S. contracting workforce, under a new federal discrimination rule announced Wednesday (Dec. 3).


DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

A Pennsylvania subcontractor has admitted peddling his company as a DBE-certified front for 13 subcontracts on federally funded projects over a two-year period.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


Grand Jury Calls MWBE Fraud Rampant

Government contracting programs set aside for firms run by women and non-whites are riddled with criminal conduct that has diverted millions of dollars over many years, a New York grand jury...


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...


Sisters to Share $3.8M Lead Award

For the fourth time in two months, a Baltimore jury has returned a seven-figure judgment against a Baltimore landlord for lifelong health injuries suffered by a tenant exposed to lead paint ...


Coal Ash Decision Hits Home Stretch

So, are ash, slag and other coal combustion waste products hazardous or not?


AkzoNobel Reports $66.5M Fraud

Some type of "external fraud" at AkzoNobel's office in Chicago has left the paint and coating maker looking for $66.5 million.


Prison for Asbestos Tycoon Overturned

Igniting a public furor, Italy's Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and prison sentence of a Swiss billionaire whose factories had been linked to the deaths of about 3,000 people.


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

AkzoNobel says it has been the victim of up to $66.5 million in "external fraud" at its Chicago office.


3rd $1M+ Lead Verdict Returned

For the third time in six weeks, a Baltimore City jury has awarded more than a million dollars to an adult who claimed permanent damage from lead-paint exposure in a childhood home.


Painter Gets 1 Year in Art Theft

A house painter facing 25 years behind bars for stealing six works of art has pleaded guilty and will be released with time served, according to reports.


Arrest Made in $5M Fraud Case

A California woman is facing two decades in prison in an alleged 17-year, $5 million fraud involving a bogus project to build a movie studio.


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

The CEO of a California construction company has returned to the United States to face manslaughter charges stemming from a trench collapse that buried an employee alive.


Lawsuits Hit Deck Coating

Homeowners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have become the latest to take Rust-Oleum Corp. to court over a deck coating that they say is prone to premature peeling and requires costly repairs...


Bridge Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

After nearly eight years, a leading U.S. manufacturer of bridge platforms and scaffolding has prevailed in a legal battle to protect two critical patents against an employee-turned-competito...


Sherwin-Williams OKs $50K Settlement

The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $50,000 to a Florida school district to resolve a 2011 lawsuit alleging paint defects at three schools, under a newly approved settlement agreement...


Shipyard Fined $1M in Coast Guard Scam

A Florida shipyard and its president will pay a $1 million fine for a scam designed to siphon off federal contracts meant for small businesses run by disabled veterans.


Painter Gets a Brush ... with the Law

Angry with speeding drivers, a Pennsylvania man took the matter (and a paint brush) into his own hands by painting "SLOW 25 MPH" in the middle of the street.


Suits Halt Modular Record Breaker

Work on what would be the world’s tallest modular building has ceased amid bitter litigation between its contractor and developer.


Homebuilder Gets 15 Years, $20M Fine

The "experienced con artists" behind a "longstanding and complex fraud" are in for some serious prison time and restitution, if the first sentence handed down in the case is any indication.


Steel Contractor Indicted on WTC Project

A federal grand jury has charged a steel erector and its CEO with using shell minority-led "partners" to land nearly $600 million in contracts on the World Trade Center Project.


City Targets Construction Defect Law

Taking aim at an increasingly unpopular state law, a Colorado city has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce lawsuits over construction defects and increase development of affordable housi...


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Landlord to Pay $1.6M to Lead Victim

A Baltimore landlord has been ordered to pay $1.6 million to a 21-year-old who suffered permanent health problems from lead-paint exposure as a young child.


Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.


Tanks in for New Coatings, Inspections

As many as 80,000 aboveground storage tanks in West Virginia may fall under a set of new mandates for rigorous inspections, coating system overhauls, and spill prevention plans, state offici...


Boss Gets Prison in Worker’s Death

A UK scaffolding contractor recently convicted of murdering his brother has now received a second prison sentence in the fatal fall of an employee.


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


Nazi Symbol Draws Outcry, Probe

The contractor called it "an innocent mistake," but German police are continuing to investigate how a work crew designed a swastika into the walkway of a busy shopping area—a display that is...


Plan Backs Worker Wage Openness

Watercooler talks and speculation about who earns what in a company would be protected from employer retaliation under a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor.


Probe Follows Sidewalk Swastika

A German contractor has apologized repeatedly for bricklaying that formed a red swastika in a pedestrian walkway in a shopping area in the German town of Goslar.


New Rule Nixes Contractor Pay Secrecy

A proposed rule would prohibit federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies, a move that will make it easier to address unfair compensation practices, federal officials announced.


CA Man Fined for Defacing Graffiti

After defacing two Banksy murals in Utah, a California man will pay $13,000 to clean the graffiti he added to the murals, which are considered works of art.


Graffiti on Graffiti Draws $13,000 Fine

A California man will pay a $13,000 fine for adding graffiti to deface a graffiti mural that is considered a work of art.


Developer Gets 8 Years for Hit-Man Plan

His lawyer called it an "offhand comment," but the FBI heard Daniel Dvorkin’s secretly recorded conversations another way: as a clear plan have a hit man murder a creditor owed $8.2 million....


Owing $8M, Developer Turns to Hit Man

An Illinois commercial and industrial developer is headed to prison after recruiting a hit man to murder a creditor to whom he owed $8.2 million.


Contractors Get Jail in Tax, DOT Fraud

Two Ohio construction executives will spend 21 months in federal prison after admitting to tax evasion and falsifying federal documents, authorities announced.


Audit: FHWA Missing Rule Deadlines

As America's two-year transportation bill ticks toward expiration, the Federal Highway Administration is still years behind on implementing some of its required bridge safety and funding pro...


Report: Lead Deal Averts Prison Term

A Florida landlord who had been facing decades in prison for lead-paint violations has reached a new deal with prosecutors that may give him probation only, reports say.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

"Spit and sniff" are not adequate testing methods for confined-space work, an appellate court has informed a Texas contractor whose employee died during an industrial cleaning job.


Developer Indicted in $160M Visa Con

A Chicago man has been indicted after reportedly parlaying a U.S. visa program into a nine-figure fundraising opportunity that targeted Chinese nationals seeking U.S. residency.


Judge Tosses Flame Retardant Challenge

A California court has upheld the state's new standard on furniture flammability, rejecting a challenge by a major flame-retardant maker and the chemical industry.


Owner’s Plea is 6th in DBE Scam

The owner of a North Carolina paving company faces 25 years in prison after becoming the sixth defendant to plead guilty in a massive fraud that raked in government contracts by using a disa...


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Painter Accused of Intimidating Workers

Federal authorities have obtained a "rare and extraordinary" court order to prevent a New Hampshire painting contractor from retaliating against employees during a long-running wage dispute.


Contract Corruption Puts Kin in Prison

The Texas mayor who once boasted about the "barter system" for his town’s contract awards (“You know, my back is itching. Scratch it”) is headed to prison, along with his father and brothers...


TX Tosses $12.3M Asbestos Award

The Texas Supreme Court has thrown out a $12.3 million jury verdict awarded to the family of a 40-year-old mesothelioma victim who had used an asbestos-containing joint compound as a teenage...


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


Contractors Told to Report Violations

Builders and other major suppliers will have to begin self-reporting federal wage, safety and other labor violations when seeking large federal contracts, under a new order issued by the Whi...


Execs Get Prison in Record DBE Fraud

The largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in U.S. history—300 contracts totaling more than $136 million—is sending two more Pennsylvania highway construction executives to pr...


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


2nd Road Chief Gets Prison in Bribery

Two former Miami-Dade public-works officials have been sentenced to prison for their roles in accepting bribes from a manufacturer's rep to use the supplier's products in their jurisdiction.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


MT Contractor Gets Prison in Fraud Case

A Montana construction company owner with a checkered past will serve more than eight years in federal prison and pay a multimillion-dollar judgment in a fraud case that spans several states...


Judge OKs Suit over Architects’ Plans

Major architectural firms may be held legally responsible to future occupants of their designs, even if the firm does not build the project or control the construction decisions, the Califor...


Paving Exec Takes Plea in $87M Fraud

The chief financial officer of a North Carolina paving contractor is the latest defendant to admit his role in an $87 million fraud scheme that used disadvantaged firms as a pass-through to ...


PPG Makes $2.3B Play for Comex

Even before the legal dust settles over the failed Sherwin-Williams/Comex deal, PPG Industries has moved in with a $2.3 billion plan to take over the Mexican paint and coatings giant.


FL Home Restorer Gets Prison Term

A Tampa businessman will serve four years in prison for lying about millions of dollars worth of contracts in an effort to defraud investors, authorities say.


PPG Swoops in on Comex

PPG Industries has announced a $2.3 billion plan to buy Mexico paint and coatings giant Comex—the same company that Sherwin-Williams unsuccessfully pursued for more than a year.


Architect Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A 70-year-old California architect has admitted to workers’ compensation fraud, authorities have announced.


Builder Jailed for Fatally Flawed Roof

A UK developer will serve a year in prison for supplying used asbestos roofing materials that collapsed, dropping a worker to his death.


Bribery Alleged to Clear $9M Code Fine

A New Jersey contractor is accused of paying a fire official $7,000 to eliminate nearly $9 million in outstanding fines on buildings with fire-code violations.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

A Michigan builder cited repeatedly by federal safety authorities has pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal charge in the 2012 death of his foreman.


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Contractor Charged in Foreman’s Death

A Michigan builder cited over and over for safety violations has been indicted on a felony criminal charge in the death of an employee in 2012.


U.S. Builder Forfeits $55M in Felony Fraud

A New York-based construction multinational has pleaded guilty to defrauding some of the world’s largest companies of tens of millions of dollars.


Construction Giant to Pay $55M in Plea

One of the largest construction firms in the United States will forfeit $55 million after pleading guilty to felony fraud involving a lengthy list of prominent clients.


Prison to Be Construction Family Affair

The Fraziers, owners of C.E. Frazier Construction Co. Inc. and a variety of long-troubled spinoffs, are all going to jail.


Construction Family Headed for Prison

The good news for the Frazier family is that they will all be together for the holidays this year. The bad news is, it will be in prison.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


Fine, Monitor Avert Contractor Charges

A major Midwest construction company will pay $4 million and accept independent monitoring of its billing practices to avoid prosecution related to alleged overbilling of public school distr...


Illinois Bridge Goes AWOL

He doesn’t know where, when, why, how or by whom, but Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen is sure of one thing.


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

A 67-year-old construction contractor may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting that he forced his employees to kick back wages and assaulted a project manager at Fort Dix in ...


Contractor Admits to Fraud, Assault

The principal of a Pennsylvania construction company faces dozens of years behind bars for forcing employees to return part of their paychecks and for targeting a site manager during a recon...


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Homeowners Sue Reality Show for $2.8M

A new Spike TV reality show that aims to right the wrongs of shady contractors is accused of letting 200 gallons of raw sewage into the home of a California family and refusing to clean it u...


Indiana to Switch off Energy Program

A new law will pull the plug Dec. 31 on an Indiana program designed to make homes, businesses and schools more energy efficient.


MWBE Contract Scam Ends in Jail Term

A 77-year-old Chicago contractor who agreed to use his company as a minority-owned front for companies seeking city contracts will serve 17 months in jail and pay more than a half-million do...


Contractors Get Affirmative Action Rule

U.S. veterans and people with disabilities will increase their numbers in the federal contracting workforce under new affirmative-action rules that took effect this week.


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


Contractor to Pay $928K in SBA Case

A large, 96-year-old Utah-based construction company will pay $928,000 to settle allegations that it fraudulently obtained access to contracts set aside for small businesses, federal authori...


Contractor Jailed in Paralyzing Fall

A supervisor for an Ontario contractor has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and her company fined $75,000 for a fall that left an employee paralyzed.


Young Architect Plan: Aid for Service

Young architects have as much to offer their communities as new doctors, teachers and lawyers—and should be offered the same incentive to serve.


Swindling Subs Lands GC in Prison

It took a Texas jury just an hour to convict a general contractor of duping subcontractors out of $100,000—and not much longer, after hearing his slippery story, to send him to prison for th...


EPA Lifts BP Contract Suspension

Nearly four years after 11 oil-rig workers perished in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is fully back in business with the U.S. government...


VA Hospital Exec Admits Contract Fraud

A former director of two Veterans Affairs hospitals has admitted taking nearly $400,000 in bribes and kickbacks to steer contracts to a nationwide design-build firm—apparently, just the begi...


‘Unlucky’ Coatings Exec Indicted

A marine coatings maker who survived a shark attack last year has now been bitten by a federal indictment charging him with making and selling thousands of gallons of toxic boat paint he had...


Ohio Advances Ban on LEED

Four months after its rollout, LEED v4 has made enemies in Ohio, where the state Senate has approved legislation that would ban the use of the green building rating system.


2 Countries Struggle to Sink Ship

A 50-year-old former Canadian naval ship may have found herself a new home—at the bottom of the ocean off Southern California.


Decision Tossed in Navy Housing Suit

In a case closely watched across the building industry, a Hawaii construction contractor has won a major victory on appealing a contract suit against the government.


Court Upholds Building Panel Patent

Two Pennsylvania makers of architectural metal wall and roof systems have resolved their long-running patent litigation over the design of one of the companies' leading products.


2 Plead Guilty in Painting Kickback

A paint department manager and industrial cleaning contractor have pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme stemming from a Defense Department contract worth more than $500,000, federal authoriti...


Developers Indicted in $3.7M Fraud

Juggling five aliases and seven phony businesses (including some trumped up as churches), two Maryland developers were able to pull off a two-and-a-half-year property shuffle that netted the...


Ex-New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin of accepting bribes in exchange for contracting work while leading the hurricane-stricken city.


Developer Gets 27 Years in Prison

A former real-estate developer who left neighborhoods riddled with blighted homes and bilked investors out of millions has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, according to federal authorit...


Supreme Court Rejects PPE Pay Pitch

Putting on safety glasses, earplugs and/or a respirator is not such a time eater on the job that workers should be paid extra for it, the U.S. Supreme Court has told disappointed steelworker...


High Court: No Pay for Donning PPE

Donning and doffing personal protective equipment and getting to and from the worksite are a normal part of a worker's day and do not merit extra pay, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decl...


PaintPAC Aims to Color 2014 Elections

The polls won’t open for months, but U.S. paint makers are already scouring the landscape for congressional and gubernatorial candidates to look after the industry after the November electio...


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


Architect Indicted in Pay-to-Play

A Texas architect has been swept into a growing pay-to-play scandal involving bribes for school district and municipal construction contracts in the City of Progreso.


PaintPAC Brushes Up for Midterms

U.S. coating makers are sharpening their spending and strategizing to elect political candidates this year who have the coating industry’s best interests in mind.


Prison, $786k Tab in Section 8 Fraud

A public housing director and her husband will serve several years in prison and pay nearly $800,000 in restitution for eight years of fraud involving the federal Section 8 rent-subsidy prog...


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


City to Sue Calatrava Over Roof Issues

World-famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is once again facing a legal dispute over alleged design issues.


Congress Gets Priority Punch List

Energy tax incentives, stronger building codes, and debt relief for students lead the architecture industry's legislative To Do list this year.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Worker Cool-Down Law Begins in CA

Construction employers who scrambled this week to protect their workers from extreme cold must soon protect them from heat dangers like exhaustion or stroke, under a new California law.


Emails Paint Traffic Jam as Revenge

Are deliberate traffic jams on busy public bridges the newest political dirty trick? That's the email-fueled accusation that kept New Jersey's popular governor on the hot seat for two hours ...


Judge Hikes Lead Tab to $1.15B

A California judge has added $50 million to his earlier $1.1 billion judgment against Sherwin-Williams and other former manufacturers of lead paint in finalizing his ruling this week.


Architect Jailed in Fireman’s Death

A German architect who designed and oversaw construction of a luxury residence where a veteran Los Angeles firefighter died in a 2011 blaze has been sentenced to one year in jail after plead...


After the Fall: Prison and Questions

The former senior federal official called his years of riches, built on an imaginary double life, a “rush.” Prosecutors called it “offensive.” And the judge called it “unbelievably egregious...


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


Judge Says Lead Paint Makers Must Pay

A California judge has ordered Sherwin-Williams and other former producers of lead-based paint to pay $1.1 billion to replace or contain lead paint in millions of homes.


Architects Call for Design-Build Reform

U.S. architects are calling on lawmakers to reform the federal government’s design-build contracting process.


Lobbyist Fined $10k for Lead Violations

A Maryland “super-lobbyist” with a checkered past has agreed to pay a reduced fine of $10,000 for lead-paint violations at two rowhouses he owns in Annapolis, the state Department of the Env...


Developer Sues Architect for Overruns

Who should be on the hook when a redevelopment project runs wildly over budget projections?


Affirmative-Action Plan Sparks Suit

A Labor Department proposal that would require federal contractors to meet newly established hiring quotas for people with disabilities has wound up in court.


Roofer to be Jailed in Death of Worker

A Canadian judge has sentenced the owner of a roofing company to 15 days in jail and imposed a $50,000 ($46,938 USD) fine for failing to protect an employee who died in a fall, then lying ab...


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


Bill Would Eliminate Feds from Highways

Congressional Republicans are trying for a third time to remove the federal government from its role in the U.S. highway and surface transportation system.


Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

With his bribery attempts recorded by a project manager, the former owner of a New Jersey heavy construction and paving company is now looking at 20 years in prison for bid-rigging.


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

The former president of two Texas environmental-services firms will serve one year in prison for trying to hide his company's role in the death of one of two drivers poisoned by hydrogen sul...


Bribery Scandal Snares 3rd Navy Leader

Alleged gifts of prostitutes, luxury travel and thousands of dollars in cash have led to charges against a third senior U.S. Navy official in a widening bribes-for-intelligence scandal invol...


Bieber Charged in Graffiti Spree

Justin Bieber may call it a hobby and a million fans may “Like” it, but Brazilian authorities have declared the pop singer's spray-painting escapades a crime.


Insulation Contractor Admits $1M Fraud

A convicted felon who ran four contracting companies in Connecticut may be headed back to federal prison after pleading guilty in a million-dollar fraud scheme.


Architect’s $3.2M Jury Award Upheld

A Texas construction firm that built hundreds of homes according to architectural plans it did not buy violated the architect's copyright, a U.S. court of appeals has ruled in affirming a mu...


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


Judge Orders EPA to Act on Coal Ash

After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind on regulating coal waste.


Nuke Owner Rebuked for Workers’ Crimes

A bizarre plan by two senior nuclear reactor operators to rob an armored car—and then actually commit a carjacking—has led to federal sanctions against the U.S.’s top nuclear operator for la...


From CA, a Turning Point on Antifouling

With the support of the coatings industry, California has approved a new law that will help shape the future of antifouling technology.


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


Retailers Help Indy Beat Back Graffiti

The City of Indianapolis is using both carrot and stick to crack down on graffiti—requiring owners to clean up tagged homes and properties, but giving them the means to do so.


Contractor Blames Worker Buried Alive

An employee who was buried alive at an apartment project in May failed to exercise ordinary care for his own safety, leading to the accident that claimed his life, according to court documen...


Probation Ends $900K Bid Rigging Case

Two defendants will pay nearly $200,000 in restitution, but avoid prison terms, for their roles in a $900,000 kickback scheme involving several Midwestern contractors.


Bizarre Claims Fueled $900K EPA Theft

“Lies of outlandish proportions” allowed a federal official to illegally rake in nearly $900,000 in cash and perks for more than a decade—and at least one Senator is demanding to know how th...


Hearing Urged after $900K EPA Theft

A Republican Senator is demanding hearings into management practices at the Environmental Protection Agency after a former official admitted making bizarre claims that reaped him nearly $900...


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


Bogus OSHA Agent Held in Extortion Try

A Long Island, NY, man has been charged with impersonating a federal safety inspector to try to extort money from a construction company owner.


CA Antifouling Bill Nears Finish Line

After several years, California legislation targeting copper-based antifouling coatings has just one step to go before becoming law.


3 Held in High-Rolling Navy Bribe Scam

Luxury travel and prostitutes were exchanged for secret information and hundreds of millions of dollars in Navy service contracts, according to federal charges filed this week in two bribery...


EPA Retreats on 2 Chemical Rules

U.S. regulators have quietly dropped longstanding safety proposals to step up oversight of flame retardants and building chemicals and require companies to disclose more chemical information...


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


CA Engineer Pleads Guilty in Smuggling

A former Bay Bridge engineer has admitted trying to smuggle U.S. defense circuitry onto a ship registered to a Chinese manufacturer that supplied steel for the new bridge.


$750K Fine in 4 Deaths; Pot, Load Cited

A construction contractor that allowed six workers—including a supervisor who had just smoked marijuana—on a swing stage built for two has been fined $750,000 in the scaffold's fatal collaps...


Fines Tripled in Scaffold Disaster

Ontario's top court has more than tripled the fines against a construction firm that lost four migrant workers in a notorious scaffolding collapse on Christmas Eve 2009.


Arrest at EPA Sparks Call for Probe

A former top-ranking Environmental Protection Agency official has been charged with skimming nearly $900,000 from the agency over more than a decade—and a U.S. senator wants to know just how...


Contractors Rip New U.S. Hiring Rules

Federal contractors are facing significant new mandates for hiring veterans and people with disabilities—rules that are not sitting well with a major construction organization.


Mayor, Kin Held in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme

“It’s the barter system .... You know, my back is itching. Scratch it.” Thus did the mayor of Progreso, TX, advise his attorney on how public contracts were dispensed in the town that he, hi...


New Affirmative Action Rules Draw Fire

New hiring rules for federal contractors aimed at increasing employment of veterans and people with disabilities have sparked an outcry from a major industry association.


RPM Settles Roofing Case for $65M

A former employee’s complaint that Tremco Inc. was selling overpriced, defective roofing materials and services to government entities has ended in a $65 million settlement by that company a...


Roofing Suit to Cost RPM $65M+

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. will pay more than $65 million to settle allegations that its Tremco business price-gouged and sold defective roofing materials to dozens of governmen...


Audits Target FHWA’s Bridge Programs

Bridge safety across the United States is getting renewed federal attention with a series of audits aimed at examining the Federal Highway Administration’s management of measures to ensure b...


Construction VP Admits Bid Rigging

The former vice president of a Detroit construction management company has pleaded guilty in the long-running federal investigation into bid rigging at a public housing complex in Detroit.


Baltimore Housing Pays $6M Lead Tab

Baltimore’s public housing authority has paid more than $6.7 million to lead-poisoning victims in six lead-based paint cases, according to officials.


DuPont Settles ‘Cartel’ Suit for $72M

DuPont, the top global producer of titanium dioxide, will pay $72 million in cash to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the chemical giant of colluding with other makers to fix prices fo...


DuPont to Pay $72M in Price-Fixing Case

DuPont, the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, has agreed to pay $72 million in cash to settle allegations by several paint companies that it fixed prices for the common paint pig...


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

British oil giant BP has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to lift a federal contract ban imposed after the company was charged with crimes, including mans...


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Worker to be Tried in Architect's Death

An employee charged in the April beating death of internationally known architect Graham Downes will stand trial in California, authorities say.


Paint Makers Unite over Chemical Bill

U.S. coating suppliers are pulling out the stops to help pass what they call a "groundbreaking" overhaul of the nation's 37-year-old chemical safety laws.


With Mall ‘Doomed,’ Owner Shunned Fixes

The owner of Ontario's infamous Algo Centre Mall says he refused to repair what he called a “doomed” structure because it was a “black hole” unworthy of additional expense.


Roof Coating Makers Pitch Congress

Tax concerns and ozone targets topped the list of concerns that America's roof coatings manufacturers have laid at the door of Congress.


Experts Testify in CA Lead Suit

Expert testimony about poisoned children and pricey cleanups has dominated the country’s last public nuisance case against five former makers of lead-based paint.


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


ACA Urges Members to Push Chemical Bill

Smelling a long-awaited victory, coating manufacturers are beating the bushes to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation.


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


Workers Win $190M in Asbestos Case

A New York jury has ordered two companies to hand over $190 million to five workers, including a painter and construction worker, who contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos ...


Sandy Sting Nets Unlicensed Contractors

Undercover investigators in New Jersey have nabbed eight alleged unlicensed contractors who gave bids to perform repairs to a Sandy-damaged home during a recent sting operation, authorities ...


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

Two new bills target the barriers that small businesses face in bidding for government contracts.


New Bills Target Bidding Barriers

Two new bills aim to streamline the construction contracting process for federal projects.


Former Lead Paint Makers on Trial in CA

Ten California cities and counties want paint manufacturers to pay nearly $1 billion to strip lead paint from millions of older California homes in a case that dates back to 2000.


Yoda Seized in Contractor Fraud

The force was strong with California officials when they nabbed a contractor who pocketed close to $2 million dollars after defrauding the California Department of Transportation.


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

A former executive with one of the nation’s largest construction contractors is accused of orchestrating a kickback scheme that drained more than $4.8 million from his company during a proje...


OSHA Whistleblower Awarded $820K

The federal agency tasked with protecting corporate whistleblowers has just signed an $820,000 settlement with one of its own, who had accused the agency of complicity in underreporting inju...


2 Get Prison in Public Housing Scandal

Two former ranking officials with the nation’s largest municipal public housing agency will each serve 18 months in prison in a growing corruption scandal that netted them thousands of dolla...


Calatrava to Pay $4.3M for Design Flaws

A court in Spain recently ordered world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava to pay €3.3 million (about $4.3 million USD) due to alleged flaws in one of his designs.


City Fighting Rogue Crosswalks

After five rogue crosswalks were painted in Tacoma, WA, the city announced its plans to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in the act.


TSCA Could See Overhaul in New Bill

With the support of the painting industry, a new bill is on track to revamp the nation's chief chemical safety law after nearly 40 years.


Landmark Chemical Bill May Revamp TSCA

After nearly four decades, chemical makers and environmental groups may be ready to agree on new federal legislation overhauling the nation's chief chemical safety law.


New Rules on Formaldehyde Proposed

Plywood, particle board, adhesives and other building materials made with formaldehyde would face new curbs on emissions under a rule newly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


Paint Recycling Bill Triumphs in MN

Gallons of leftover and unused paint will be collected and recycled under a new law in Minnesota, making that state the fifth in the nation to do so.


Boss Imprisoned in Worker’s Fatal Fall

The owner of a UK demolition company has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in an employee’s death on a worksite.


Navy Engineer Admits $20M Fraud

A former Navy engineer has pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. government of up to $20 million over a 12-year period by billing the Navy for work that was never performed.


Scam on Woman, 87, Ends in Prison

A New Jersey contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison after pocketing more than $83,000 for performing minor repairs at the home of an 87-year-old blind woman.


Proposed U.S. Law Targets Bid Shopping

A new federal bill would crack down on the “pervasive practice” of post-award bid shopping in federal contracts, according to its sponsor.


Congress Weighs Curbs on ‘Bid Shopping’

Subcontractors are hailing a new federal bill that would tie primary contractors firmly to their subcontractor commitments in order to end the practice of bid shopping.


Wal-Mart to Pay $81M in Hazardous Waste Cases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has admitted to improperly disposing of paints, aerosols, pesticides and other hazardous waste at its stores across the country and will pay more than $81 million to res...


Settlements Seen in Painters’ Deaths

A coating contractor and Colorado utility implicated in the 2007 deaths of five painters are reportedly close to settling federal safety cases for reduced amounts.


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


Women Contractors Get Break from Feds

Women who head painting, construction and other contracting companies may now qualify for larger government contracts, under a new change by the Small Business Administration.


SBA Lifts Award Caps for Women Owners

Women-owned small businesses may now be awarded government contracts—including those for construction and paint and wallcovering jobs—of any price, under a new federal rule.


Court Battle Pits Elcometer, TQC-USA

Global coatings instrument maker Elcometer Inc. is locked in federal-court litigation with a former employee and distributor over allegations of unlawful marketing tactics designed to steal ...


RPM Unit May See $1B+ Asbestos Tab

Bondex International Inc., a bankrupt division of RPM International Inc., may owe current and future asbestos product victims nearly $1.17 billion, a judge has ruled in rejecting RPM’s “nove...


Suit: Contract Foul Play Reaped Millions

A national education company is accused of defrauding the federal government and workers by failing to pay required wages on hundreds of federally funded playground construction contracts ov...


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Lead Rule Expansion Back on Track

Commercial painters and renovators are invited to submit comments and take part in a public meeting on the federal government’s plan to expand the lead-safe renovation rules to commercial an...


Paint Recycling Hits Snag in Maine

PaintCare, the coating industry's recycling program, is rolling into Connecticut, but the spreading initiative has hit a bump on its road to Maine.


Contractor Admits to Bribing Bank Rep

A New Jersey commercial contractor may spend 30 years behind bars and pay a fine of $1 million for his role in a bank bribery case.


Bridge Bill Leverages Foreign Capital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed a bill to fix deteriorating roads and bridges using taxes and dividends from overseas corporations with shareholders in the U.S.


Architect Warned Against New Mall Roof

Owners of the doomed Algo Centre Mall considered building a roof over the leaking rooftop parking deck, but an architect advised them that the plan would not work, according to testimony Tue...


Paint Makers Told to Pay $10M Lead Tab

Although they prevailed after the longest civil jury trial in state history, paint manufacturers must cover their own multimillion-dollar legal bills in the case, the Rhode Island Supreme Co...


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


Paint Exec Accused of Embezzling $700K

Aided only by a fake business name and letterhead, the former environmental manager of a North Carolina paint maker drained the company of more than $700,000 in just a few years, authorities...


Philadelphia Cracks Minority Sub Scam

Nearly a dozen public housing contractors in Philadelphia have admitted paying a minority-owned business for its name to circumvent the city’s anti-discrimination contract rules.


ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

What's more important: the privacy of a customer list or the possible need to reach those customers about product dangers?


Painter Charged in Stolen Art Case

A house painter faces more than a decade behind bars for his expensive taste in art.


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


Push to Save Green Building Mandates

The energy efficiency of more than 400,000 U.S. buildings is at stake in a new Senate bill that critics are threatening to derail, hundreds of building industry firms are warning Congress.


Coatings EHS Chief Held in $700K Fraud

A former coatings company manager has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud, accused of faking a side business to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.


Paint Makers Fight Customer Disclosures

Unenforceable, intrusive and unnecessary are just a few of the descriptions that paint manufacturers are giving a newly revived California plan that would expand reporting requ...


Paint Shop Tax Fraud Nets 8-Year Term

The owner of an auto paint and repair shop will spend eight years behind bars after stiffing the state of South Dakota on sales tax returns.


OH Roofer Target of Illegal Worker Case

An Ohio roofing company and its owner are at the center of an ongoing federal investigation involving the alleged use of illegal workers.


Roof Coaters Get Prison in $3.7M Scam

Two members of a UK roof coatings company will each serve a year in prison for a scheme that defrauded hundreds of elderly homeowners of $3.7 million over two years.


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

The many victims of New Orleans’ “tragically flawed” levees cannot prove that the Army Corps of Engineers caused the system’s failure during Hurricane Katrina—but even “if the levee was desi...


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


$1.6M Brings Hoppy Ending to Frog Flap

A frog-phobic road contractor near Buffalo, NY, has been awarded more than $1.6 million after a local developer flooded his 37-acre spread into an amphibian homeland.


U.S. Green-Lights International Bridge

To cheers from both sides of the border, President Obama has signed a Presidential Permit that clears the way for construction of a new $1 billion bridge linking Canada and the United States...


Firm’s Scandal Jeopardizes Projects

Indictments and mass layoffs at a politically connected New Jersey engineering firm have cast doubt on the fate of millions of dollars in ongoing construction projects across the region.


‘Pay to Play’ Charges Threaten Projects

The future of some public-works and other major construction projects in the Northeastern U.S. is uncertain following the indictment of a New Jersey engineering firm and seven executives in ...


Frog-Phobic Man Wins $1.6M for Runoff

A New York State contractor with a lifelong fear of frogs has been awarded $1.6 million after a developer's runoff turned his property into a 37-acre marsh that drew a 13-year infestation of...


Water Woes to Cost Concrete Maker $1M+

Pollution of wetlands and waterways from unpermitted runoff and process water discharges will cost a New Hampshire concrete producer more than $1.3 million to remedy, under state and federal...


MA Bill Seeks Tank Inspection Change

Paint companies could see fewer storage tank inspections and related fees in Massachusetts under a bill seeking to amend annual inspection laws, said the American Coatings Association.


2 Coating Company Owners Get Prison

Two owners of a western Pennsylvania powder coating company have been sentenced to federal prison for bilking investors out of $1.4 million.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


Probation Set in Hospital Bid Rigging

Six years of cooperation with federal prosecutors in a bid-rigging case involving two New York City hospitals earned an insulation contractor a pass on prison this week.


Home Depot to Settle VOC Case for $8M

The Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $8 million to settle claims that it sold architectural paints and finishes with higher-than-permitted VOC levels in Southern California.


Hearing: Mall Owners Wanted Out

The original owners of the Elliot Lake Mall wanted to sell the troubled property 20 years ago, because they were unable to repair the chronically leaking roof, a representative of the compan...


EPA Turns up Heat on Flame Retardants

Amid mounting concerns and evidence of their risks, 20 flame-retardant chemicals will undergo new assessments this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


2 Buckets of Paint, 55 Years in Prison

A 47-year-old Texas man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for stealing two buckets of paint.


A Bridge Abridged: Thieves Swipe Span

Extreme scrap metal collecting has worked its way from Pennsylvania to Turkey, where thieves have made off with a 22-ton bridge—the second known heist of its kind.


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

Two construction managers are each facing up to 55 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines in an alleged scheme involving kickbacks and violence during a reconstruction project at Fort Dix i...


Painter Gets 17 Years for Sub Arson

A civilian painter has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and $400 million in restitution after setting fire to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine last May, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office ...


Corrosion Clout: NACE Launches PAC

NACE International is taking its $476 billion case for corrosion control inside the Beltway with a new political action committee.


Nuke Firm to Pay $18.5M in 10-Year Scam

A decade of “systemic” time-card fraud charged to a $2.6 billion nuclear tank cleaning contract will cost global engineering firm CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. $18.5 million in penalties and rest...


Firms to Pay $21M for O’Hare Problems

Walsh Construction of Chicago and six other contractors will pony up a total of $21 million to settle years of litigation with that city over problems with a terminal facade project at O'Har...


Architect to Pay $1.9M in Airport Case

A Chicago architect and design firm will share in a $21 million tab being shouldered by seven contractors to settle years of litigation over a terminal project at O'Hare International Airpor...


Hard Luck: Thieves Lift Stone Cladding

It's annoying enough when a passerby helps himself to flowers from your garden or the newspaper from your lawn. But snatching the stone right off the walls of your home? Twice?


Jury Charges Dow with $400M in Damages

A federal jury hit Dow Chemical Company with $400 million in damages to buyers affected by a urethane price-fixing conspiracy, an amount that could potentially be tripled under federal antit...


Dow Hit with $400M Jury Verdict

Dow Chemical Company conspired with other companies in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy and owes $400 million in damages to affected buyers, a federal jury in Kansas City, KS, has decided.


Paint Recycling’s Next Stop: WA

U.S. coating makers are ready to pop the lid on their model recycling program, PaintCare, in a fifth state.


Owner, Manager Face $1.2M Fraud Case

An Indiana-based general contractor and UPS facility manager are facing decades in prison in an alleged federal fraud scam that raked in more than $1.2 million, prosecutors say.


Contractor Accused of Extorting Workers

A Brooklyn construction boss is facing years in prison for theft and money laundering in a scheme involving the shakedown of his own employees, authorities say.


Owner Indicted in Kickbacks, Laundering

A New York City construction firm owner has been indicted on charges that he squeezed more than $100,000 in kickbacks from his employees, then laundered the proceeds.


Coating Claims Draw $350K Fine

False, dramatic energy-saving claims about paints and coatings have cost one Florida home-insulation marketer $350,000 in civil penalties.


Jury to Decide Dow Price-Fixing Case

Eight years after the suit was filed, Dow Chemical Co. is preparing to defend itself before a federal-court jury over allegations that it participated in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy w...


Architect Wins Suit over Design Changes

A museum architect’s intellectual-property rights were violated by an expansion project that altered his original design, a French court has ruled in awarding damages to the architect.


ACA Fights Impending Minerals Rule

The American Coatings Association has joined forces with opponents of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plan to require greater disclosures involving products that use so-called "Con...


ACA Fights Rule on Conflict Minerals

Coating makers have joined the opposition to a U.S. rule that would expand disclosure of the use of so-called "conflict minerals" in various products.


MD Man Sentenced in Paint Dumping Case

A Maryland man found guilty of dumping more than 100 cans of paint has been ordered to pay a fine and perform community service, according to authorities.


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


New Law Targets Chinese Drywall

Federal lawmakers say a new bill will help relieve some of the nightmares associated with tainted drywall and keep the product from reentering the U.S. market.


Contractors Face New Laws Across U.S.

From lien laws to immigration issues, the new year has brought new fine print and mandates to contractors in many U.S. states.


Contractors See New Laws in New Year

Liability in California, payments in North Carolina, and employment requirements in Pennsylvania are just a few of the legalities that have shifted for U.S. contractors, under new state laws...


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

Kentucky officials are seeking $7.1 million after emergency repairs were required when a cargo ship struck a bridge, essentially cutting it in half and causing the span to collapse last Janu...


 
 
   

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