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In Tech Contracting Company, the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals (“MSBCA”) clarified the scope of the “72 hour rule” that allows a contractor to make changes to its MBE Participation Schedule after bid submission. In this instance, the prevailing bidder, Forrester Construction, listed an MBE contractor that did not have the proper NAISC code.…

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Bowie & Jensen Case Law and Legal Update: During the 2015 legislative session, Maryland passed a False Claims Act similar to the Federal False Claims Act. See Md. Code. Ann, Gen. Prov, § 8-101 et. Seq. This act was a signature piece of the Frosh campaign for attorney general and was considered the Maryland Office…

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Bowie & Jensen Case Law and Legal Update: A recent appellate decision makes clear that contractors owe a duty of care to prevent damage to the tangible personal property of third parties. In June, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that an unrelated third party may be awarded damages arising from the contractor’s negligence,…

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Bowie & Jensen Case Law and Legal Update: In Advance Telecom Process v. DS Federal, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a breach of contract action arising out of a “teaming agreement” between two government contractors. A subcontractor had filed suit claiming that the prime contractor had breached the teaming agreement…

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Bowie & Jensen is proud to announce that its managing partner, Matthew Hjortsberg, has been named Chair-Elect of the Construction Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). The MSBA Construction Law Section sponsors educational programs, updates members on legal and legislative developments and provides various resources for lawyers who practice construction litigation or…

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After seeing minimal activity in the first quarter of 2015, the construction market has picked up its performance and experienced significant action to date. The greatest amount of activity was seen in the building of commercial properties, especially offices and hotels. The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s…

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One year ago, a federal court jury in New York awarded popular rap group, the Beastie Boys, $1.7 million resulting from the unauthorized use of several of its songs by marketers of Monster brand energy drink. Recently, the judge in the same case ordered Monster to pay an additional $668,000 toward the group’s legal fees.…

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A law emerging from this year’s session of the Maryland legislature now extends certain probate estate protections to revocable trusts, enhancing their utility as an estate planning tool. A flaw in the sometimes commercially touted strategy of beating estate probate with a revocable trust has been that creditor claims against the creator of the trust…

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