The US Attorney's Office in Massachusetts has filed 49 federal charges against Modern Continental Corporation (MCC) in connection with its work on the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) project - the 'Big Dig' - in Boston.
Two judgements have modified the view that On Demand Bonds are as good as cash in hand. Julian Brooksbank and Philip Norman of Pinsent Masons look at situations where breaches of contract have overridden Bond calls.
Arbitration is the normal way of resolving disputes in international contracts, but in order to do so, the appropriate clauses have to be in the contract from the start. Andrew Wilson of Pinsent Masons outlines at the key considerations.
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has alleged that 112 construction companies in the UK have engaged in bid rigging. The allegations, in the form of a Statement of Objections, follow one of the largest ever investigations under the UK's Competition Act.
Despite their illegality and failure to conform to EU laws, non-compliant construction machines are still being sold and used in Europe. To help contractors avoid buying such equipment, CECE presents a brief guide to the main danger signs.
The FIDIC ‘Gold Book' is the first attempt by any organisation to produce a standard form for design-build-operate contracts. Sarah Thomas of Pinsent Masons asks whether it will fill the gap in the market.
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations. Chris Sleight reports.
Mixing scaffold components is an age–old issue, and becoming more so with the increasing influx of cheaper products from Asia. Patrick Hill talks to scaffold manufacturers and users in Europe and North America about the dangers of mixing.
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations.
A former executive with US pipeline contractor Willbros Group has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption. Jason Steph admitted to a court in Texas, US that he was involved in paying bribes of more than US$ 6 million to help win work in Nigeria.
Japan's Nagoya District Court has sentenced five ex–employees of five major construction companies to suspended prison terms for antitrust violations in a series of rigged bids for the Nagoya subway extension projects.
The European Commission has announced fines totalling € 184 million (US$ 265 million) to a group of five bitumen suppliers accused of operating a cartel in the Spanish bitumen market between 1991 and 2002.