'Painful' Big Dig Memories Steel Mass. for Infrastructure Influx
Verrill attorney Brian J. O'Rourke, Jr. was recently quoted in the Law360 article "'Painful' Big Dig Memories Steel Mass. for Infrastructure Influx," which focuses on Massachusetts' expected influx of federal infrastructure funds to upgrade roads, bridges, public transportation, and environmental infrastructure over the next five years. The article highlights Massachusetts' history of fraud dating back to projects like the "Big Dig" which ended in a civil suit and criminal charges. In the article, O’Rourke points out that Massachusetts' history of corruption has led to a stricter bidding and review process. "The Ward Commission report led to the creation of the Office of the Inspector General and put in place bidding laws that are 'onerous and expensive’...I think most people would say having those in place now as we head to this infusion of work is a good thing," O'Rourke said.