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By Emily Hermreck, Chantal Mehill on May 27, 2021 at 11:30 AM

Becoming certified as an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), WBE (Woman Business Enterprise), and/or DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) may offer greater opportunities to those minority-owned, woman-owned, and socially or economically disadvantaged contractors and suppliers seeking to bid on publicly funded contracts. Because construction or procurement contracts awarded by federal, state, or local government entities often require that a certain percentage of the work be contracted to MBEs, WBEs, and/or DBEs, a contractor or supplier holding that certification may increase their likelihood of being selected for those projects. However, there are some legal considerations that contractors and suppliers should be aware of surrounding the MBE, WBE, and DBE certification process.

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By Chantal Mehill on August 10, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Steel rods on a dock ready to be loaded for transportThe United States’ recent imposition of a 25 percent tariff on imported steel has been problematic for contractors and subcontractors alike. The increased cost of steel means increased costs on projects, and in many occasions, on projects for which parties have already entered into contracts. In fact, benchmark U.S. steel prices have risen almost 40 percent since the beginning of the year, according to an Engineering News-Record report. In these situations, can a contractor or subcontractor find relief from additional costs in the force majeure clause of their contract? While Missouri courts have not addressed the relationship between increases caused by tariffs and force majeure clauses, extra-jurisdictional courts have offered some guidance on how tariffs could be treated under such a clause.

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