Real Estate & Construction

By: Ben Reeves

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has been the subject of several recent lawsuits alleging anticompetitive conduct. In a nutshell, the allegations are that agents restrict the flow of information regarding homes for sale, and leverage that informational asymmetry to inflate agent commissions. After a nearly $2 billion judgement was entered against NAR (and others) in Missouri, things are certainly going to change in the industry. Here’s an article that explores the history of these issues: Realtors Partied, Spent Big and Lobbied Hard. Then It All Came Crashing Down.
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Announcement of the new rule has triggered multiple legal challenges that could delay its enforcement.

Going forward, employers are prohibited from entering into new non-competes, even for executives, and must notify workers bound by existing agreements that the non-compete provisions will not be enforced. The FTC is of the opinion that this rule will alleviate burdens on workers and foster a more dynamic and competitive labor market.

The rule includes a few exceptions, such as existing agreements with senior executives and non-competes that exist as part of the sale of a business. 

Legal Challenges.

The FTC announcement triggered immediate legal
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ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN | Exact Measurements Go a Long Way In December 2013, a contractor agreed to replace four bridges for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). Three bridges were completed on time. The fourth bridge involved the construction of a single-span steel girder bridge over the White River in Rochester, Vt. One abutment […]
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CONNECTING THE DOTS | Showing Causation in Contracting Cases is Critical In this asphalt case, the prime contractor agreed to perform a $13 million road project for the South Dakota Department of Transportation on U.S. Highway 83 in Lyman and Stanley Counties in South Dakota (near the State Capitol of Pierre). The prime subcontracted with […]
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LIQUIDATED DAMAGES | Penalties and What is Unenforceable Liquidated damages typically flow from delays, but they are not always solidly enforced. In June 2017, a contractor agreed to construct a new park and elementary school for a city. The project included demolition of an existing park. The city did not want the neighborhood to go […]
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We are pleased to announce that

Jason Clark

has been elected as a partner at Lang Thal King & Hanson PC.

A Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and

Best Lawyers®

“Ones to Watch” honoree who joined our firm in 2015, Jason offers national law firm experience and an extensive track record of successful outcomes for his clients in all aspects of construction disputes and

Registrar of Contractors proceedings

Jason’s recent construction law experience includes matters involving:

He also represents
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WARRANTY PROVISIONS | Contracts must be interpreted thoroughly to avoid absurd results You are responsible for things within your control. Be careful if assuming responsibility without control. On a public works contract for a public owner in Washington, the contractor constructed and installed a pipeline to convey overflow wastewater toward a diversion structure and storage […]
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The expanded “economic realities” test increases the government’s presumption that a worker is an employee entitled to overtime and minimum wage protection.

The new rule expands, from three factors to six, the government’s “economic realities” test, which seeks to determine whether independent contractors are truly in business for themselves or are actually employees who should be afforded full wage-and-hour and other FLSA protections.

The economic realities factors are non-exhaustive – i.e., a Wage and Hour Division auditor is free to consider additional factors – and, in contrast to the old rule, no single factor is more important than any other.
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A federal law that went into effect January 1 requires most legal entities to report specific information about the business and its owners.

This article provides a general overview and multiple updates from our October 2023 article. This version includes the following changes:

  • The Beneficial Ownership Information

    reporting portal

    is ready to use.

  • FinCEN has published the

    Small Entity Compliance Guide

    as a companion to its updated

    Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Frequently Asked Questions


  • The FinCEN FAQ document includes an updated list of “

    exempt entities


  • The FAQ document also provides more information on the criteria for “

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THE AGREED PRICE | This case stands as a warning about pay-if-paid clause History cannot be rewritten and a bad, but legal, bargain cannot (should not) be undone. Also in this story, a reminder to primes and higher-tier subs to confirm (when possible) flow down of key subcontract provisions. L&A Contracting Co. v. Louisiana DOT, […]
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