Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Contractor Groups File Suit, Seek to Block New Immigration Checks

The Federal Times reported on December 30, 2008:

"Five trade groups are suing the Homeland Security Department to block a new requirement that federal contractors check the immigration status of their employees using the department’s E-Verify system.

"In documents filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland on Dec. 23, the groups ask the court to halt the Jan. 15 implementation of the rule and to declare the rule invalid.

"The groups say the requirement, in a June executive order, is contrary to the statute authorizing E-Verify. That law states that Homeland Security “may not require any person or other entity to participate” in the program, according to court documents.

"The case was filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Council on International Personnel and the HR Policy Association."

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NOTE: The lawsuit cited in this article is styled as Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America et al v. Chertoff et al, Case No. 08-cv-03444-AW (U.S. District Court, District of Maryland). A copy of the Complaint is below:

This case is also discussed here in a recent post at the Federal Construction Contracting Blog, which includes additional background information.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

AGC Legal Brief Highlights Recent Builder's Trust Fund Decision, Other Michigan Decisions

The December, 2008 issue of the AGC Legal Brief highlights a number of recent court decisions and legislative changes affecting design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and residential builders in Michigan.

The current issue of the AGC Legal Brief was written by attorneys from Dickinson Wright and its construction practice group, and includes the following articles:
  • Joseph W. DeLave, Bankruptcy Court Recognizes Preclusive Effect of State Court Default Judgment Entered Under the Michigan Builder's Trust Fund Act to Bar Subcontractor from Disputing Nondischargeability of Resulting Debt [reporting on In Re Brunett, 394 B.R. 425 (Bkrtcy. E.D. Michigan, October 8, 2008)] (slip opinion here)
  • Michelle L. Alamo, Contractor Claims Against the Project Engineer Hang in the Balance after the Michigan Court of Appeals' Recent Decision in Keller Construction, Inc. v. U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
  • Jeffrey M. Wesselhoff, Licensed Builders Shed Consumer Protection Claims [reporting on the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in Liss v Lewiston-Richards]
  • Leslee M. Lewis, Michigan Bolsters Residential Builder Licensing Laws including Licensing Requirements and Consumer Remedies [reporting on Public Acts 155-158 of 2007]
AGC Legal Brief is published quarterly by the AGC of Michigan and its Legal Advisory Committee. The full text of the December issue can be found here at the AGC's website.