Category: Public Contracts

Government Agencies Immune from Suit Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

Government Agencies Immune from Suit Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

While the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) is an invaluable legal tool for businesses seeking to protect their trade secrets, it does not help when the disclosing party is a government agency. In a recent decision, a Massachusetts federal court held a business could not rely on the DTSA to

Prompt Payment Act Amendment Means School Districts and Local Governments Must Now Pay Interest for Late Payments to Vendors

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed legislation into law that extends the New Jersey Prompt Payment Act to include local governments, school boards and independent authorities. The law, which already applies to state government agencies, aims to ensure the prompt payment of public contracts for the purchase of goods and services and

Gov. Murphy Signs Equal Pay Executive Order

NJ Appeals Court Upholds Disqualification for $500 Pay-to-Play Violation

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court affirmed agency decisions rescinding approximately $7 million in state contracts to a local paving company. As a result of the $500 political donation, the company was also disqualified from any state contract through the remainder of Gov.

DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

DLGS Highlights Newly Enacted NJ Procurement Laws

The New Jersey Department of Community Affair’s Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently published a Local Finance Notice regarding several new laws that impact local government and/or school procurement. Covered topics include bidder ownership disclosure, competitive contracting, contracts for asphalt work, claimant certification for utility bills, federal military equipment

Division of Local Government Services Must Approve Bidder Prequalification Requirement

Division of Local Government Services Must Approve Bidder Prequalification Requirement

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently published guidance regarding the process of incorporating bidder prequalification requirements into municipal public works and construction bid specifications. The DLGS notice specifically reminds local governments that its approval is required for any prequalification requirement to be enforceable.  Bidding Requirements Under the Local

Gov. Murphy Signs Equal Pay Executive Order

Proposed Bill Applies Local Bid Threshold to Pay to Play and Prevailing Wage Laws

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would coordinate the threshold dollar amounts under the state’s local public contract bid, pay to play, and prevailing wage laws. The legislation aims to make it easier for small, local businesses to contract with New Jersey municipalities and counties.  Under current

Bill Would Eliminate Five Percent Down Payment for Bond Ordinances

DLGS issues Guidance on Bid Threshold Increases

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2015-20, which addresses the new minimum bid thresholds that were changed on July 1, 2015. New Jersey municipalities are advised to review their procurement policies and implementing ordinances to determine if any changes are necessary. Unless certain exceptions apply,