Anna Oshiro in Pacific Business News: Court’s Construction Law Ruling Threatens Economic Growth

Damon Key attorney Anna H. Oshiro was quoted in the recent Pacific Business News story “Opponents say Okada Trucking case raised Hawaii construction costs.

Here’s what she had to say:

Anna Oshiro, a director for Honolulu law firm Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, who has written a 50-page analysis of the Okada Trucking case, told PBN this week that there hasn’t been a push during this legislative session to change the decision.

She also thinks that, legislatively, the case probably won’t go anywhere.

“This case has been around long enough,” Oshiro said.

“The decision has negatively impacted the public procurement process, has made public procurement more expensive, and now threatens to impact economic growth, to the detriment of the state,” Oshiro wrote in her analysis, titled “Okada Trucking: How the Supreme Court redefined what it means to be a general contractor in Hawaii.”

“At the same time, there is no evidence of any measurable benefit in terms of increased public satisfaction of safety as a result of the decision,” she added.