In the wake of the indictment of 10 members of Ironworkers 401, most of the attention, rightfully, has focused on the potential criminal liability of the Ironworkers Union and its indicted members. What has not occurred, at least not yet, is the filing a civil lawsuits by the contractors against the Local 401 for the… Continue Reading
On March 13, 2014, the Department of Justice announced that a the owner of a Chicago based utility contract was sentenced to 17 months in federal prison and ordered to pay over $500,000 in restitution for DBE fraud scheme used to obtain over $5 million in contracts from the City of Chicago. What is important… Continue Reading
On Friday 28 March 2014, I was quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s article “Disunion in the house: The steep price we pay,” regarding the negative economic impact caused by the leaders of the Philadelphia Building Trades (Big Labor). You can read the article here or download a pdf version here.
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Mega-law firm Wilmer Hale recently published a its 2013 False Claims Act Year in Review. The report is an insightful read for any business dealing with the federal government. However, two statistics in particular should stand out for the construction industry: False Claims Act suits hitting an all-time high of 753 in 2013, and Government… Continue Reading
As we have written about before, DBE fraud involving a pass-through scheme, whereby a certified DBE performs no commercially useful function but receives a a commission for allowing their status to be used by a prime contractor, is by far the most common form of DBE fraud. While less common, but no less illegal, is… Continue Reading