Needed opinions on a matter of ethics and law.

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    If an architect draws plans and/or designs a building for a tax supported public facility that specs only one product can be used and that one product comes from a facility the architect's family owns is it legal? The particular items is manufactured and built by the architect's family and may not be substituted for like and kind product.

    Isn't this nepotism? What say you legal minded people out there?
     
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    I don't know if it's legal, but it isn't ethical, it's the same shit the environuts pull.
     
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    Could you possibly give an example of such an item that a tax support public facility would require?
     
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    Low flow plumbing, specific lighting, etc.. The architect can design a building to require any specific fixture they want and work the design so that nothing else will work in its place.
     
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    Damn, and those are some of the most costly parts to.
     
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    Okay.... Curious 'cause we're having some remodeling/construction done. Don't believe it's applicable in this case, but I'd go with your original response. Probably, technically, legal - but highly unethical. Since we have "Pay to Play" regs here, there's probably some reg that covers this as well. That isn't to say that "Pay to Play" is fully enforce of course....
     
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    Most tax supported public works have clear requirements concerning labor laws and environmental aspects and materials. This sounds clearly like a conflict of interest area as could another material be used or should the builder architect remove themselves from the job. I know a few lawyers, as well as aspiring ones, but getting a clear answer from them is like pulling teeth.

    see first article

    Business Conflict
    What is a Conflict of Interest - Conflict of Interest Definition
     
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    Thanx for the links.
     
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    It's a problem with too many of our laws, there are no clear cut answers to most of them. I dream of a day when we have simple, easy to read, and non-interpretable laws.
     

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