On August 25, 2008, a California appellate court held that compliance with the claims procedures set forth in a public works contract relieves a contractor from the requirement to file a government tort claim prior to filing a lawsuit, unless the contract expressly mandates that a government tort claim also be filed. (Arntz Builders v. City of Berkeley (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 276.)

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On September 14, 2006, the Governor signed AB 372 expanding design-build authority for transit operators by revising Public Contract Code sections 20209.5, 20209.7 and 20209.14. Transit operators interested in utilizing the design-build authority for future projects will welcome the useful changes, which include the following:
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