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  • May 17, 2019

    Enviros Challenge DOI Approvals For Utah Oil Shale Project

    The federal government failed to adequately assess environmental impacts before granting permits for elements of the nation’s first commercial-scale oil-shale mine and processing plant, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Trump’s Border Wall Faces Skeptical Calif. Judge

    A California federal judge appeared open Friday to blocking the Trump administration from repurposing defense funds to build a wall along the southern border, saying he doesn't know if it is right to let the government build the wall before legal challenges to it are resolved.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wynn In Talks With MGM To Sell $2.6B Mass. Casino Resort

    Wynn Resorts is considering cashing out of its roughly $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino that is still under construction, noting in a joint statement with MGM International that the two resort casino operators are in the early stages of negotiating a sale.

  • May 17, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Xinyuan, IMC Equity

    Homebuilder Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy an 89-acre site in Florida, developer Xinyuan is said to have landed $30 million in financing for a Queens mixed-use project, and IMC Equity has reportedly purchased a Miami development site for $13.5 million.

  • May 17, 2019

    CBP Outlines Futile Hunt For Wall Contract From Trump Tweet

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has received a declaration under oath from U.S. Customs and Border Protection outlining the agency's fruitless search for evidence of a supposed "115-mile long" border wall contract that President Donald Trump referenced in a tweet on Christmas Eve.

  • May 17, 2019

    Inventor Accuses Competitor Of Stealing Turf-Removal Device

    The inventor of a device for removing artificial turf from playing fields said a competing groundskeeping firm stole his design, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Pennsylvania.

  • May 17, 2019

    Constitutional Group Backs Trump In Wall Funding Fight

    The American Center for Law and Justice has told a D.C. federal court that the Democrat-led House of Representatives has failed to plead its case for an injunction that would block funding for President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wollmuth Maher Snags NOLA Energy Atty For NYC Office

    Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP has bolstered its bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency group with a former Skadden and McGlinchey Stafford attorney who specializes in the energy industry.

  • May 17, 2019

    Trade Org Backs Steel Tariff Challenge At High Court

    Advocacy organization the National Foreign Trade Council urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review President Donald Trump’s use of a Cold War-era law to set tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying the move was unconstitutional and has severely damaged the U.S. economy.

  • May 17, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week has seen a Kazakhstan lender file fraud claims against a dissolved London-based business, a Dubai airport security equipment company sue Barclays, and Yamaha's motorcycle business file claims against a German insurer. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 17, 2019

    Trump Cuts National Security-Driven Tariff On Turkish Steel

    President Donald Trump lowered tariffs on Turkish steel to their original 25% rate late Thursday, citing the reduction in steel imports from Ankara over the past year.

  • May 17, 2019

    Fla. High Court Won't Review Beckham Stadium Sale Spat

    The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a Miami activist's bid to reverse the approval of a $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium.

  • May 17, 2019

    Trump Agrees To Nix Metal Duties On NAFTA Partners

    President Donald Trump struck a deal to lift the national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico Friday, removing a major hurdle to passing the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress.

  • May 16, 2019

    Latin America's Woes Won't Spark Miami Real Estate Boom

    As the "Gateway to the Americas," Miami and its real estate market have often benefited when political or economic upheaval strikes Latin America, but the current crisis in Venezuela and uncertainty in neighboring countries may not unleash a wave of new investment, experts said Thursday at a real estate event in the city.

  • May 16, 2019

    Calif. High-Speed Rail Dealt Blow After Feds Nix $929M Grant

    The Trump administration on Thursday canceled a nearly $929 million federal grant for California's $77 billion proposed high-speed rail line, dealing a major blow to the project and catalyzing more legal wrangling between Golden State and federal officials.

  • May 16, 2019

    FERC Backs Energy Storage Rule Despite State Concerns

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday largely upheld its landmark rule making a place for energy storage in wholesale electricity markets despite Republican Commissioner Bernard McNamee’s contention that the agency was unlawfully intruding on state authority under the Federal Power Act.

  • May 16, 2019

    Tribes And Enviros Seek Halt On Copper Mine Construction

    Tribes and environmental groups suing the Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a key permit for a planned copper mine told an Arizona federal court that a preliminary injunction is needed to halt construction and prevent the destruction of cultural sites and water sources.

  • May 16, 2019

    Brad Pitt Charity Suit Belongs In State Court, La. Judge Says

    A Louisiana federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation built shoddy homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina should be heard in state court, finding the case’s local nature requires the dispute to be handled there.

  • May 16, 2019

    Commerce Finalizes Hefty Duties On Chinese Quartz Imports

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday unveiled final, triple-digit duties on imports of Chinese quartz used in countertops and other household surfacing, months after the agency first proposed duties as high as 340% on the products.

  • May 16, 2019

    NY Denies Water Permit For $926M Williams Cos. Pipeline

    A New York regulator has denied a water permit needed for the construction of a Williams Cos. unit's $926 million gas pipeline upgrade project aimed at providing more heat for the New York metropolitan area, deciding it could cause mercury and copper levels to rise too high.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Understanding The Nuts And Bolts Of Bridge Lending

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    Bridge lending, a hybrid form of financing that is generally safer than construction loans but offers higher yields than permanent loans, is growing in popularity. But commercial real estate lenders should consider several key factors before entering the field, says Kamao Shaw of Bryan Cave.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Activist Investors And The Evolving Role Of Directors

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    Recent developments between Arconic and activist investor Elliott exemplify the need for directors to be more informed and involved on the day-to-day operations of a company — and less reliant on, and more skeptical of, management, say Morton Pierce and Michelle Rutta of White & Case.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • Fla. Assignment Of Benefits Law Is Good News For Insurers

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    Last month, the Florida Senate passed legislation that will reform the litigious practice of assignment of benefits in first-party property insurance claims. Significantly, the bill's restriction of attorney fees will likely encourage assignees to make more reasonable presuit demands, says Mac Griffin of Holland & Knight.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • No-Match Letters Raise 4 Areas Of Concern For Employers

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    Recently, the Social Security Administration has resumed mailing "no-match" letters informing employers of mismatches between their employees' names and Social Security numbers. When responding to such letters, employers must walk the fine line between good faith compliance and discrimination, says Becki Young of Grossman Young.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.