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Construction

  • September 18, 2018

    NJ Justices Side With Unpaid Demo Firms In Salvage Suit

    New Jersey’s Supreme Court has sided with unpaid demolition companies in a dispute over a leveled power plant, confirming that the market value of salvaged material can be used to pay what the companies are owed for their work.

  • September 18, 2018

    OSHA Fines Contractors For Deadly Fla. Bridge Collapse

    Five contractors who worked on the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami in March, killing six people, have been issued citations and fines, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2018

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Carlton Fields, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Blank Rome and Holland & Knight are among various law firms that have made real estate or construction lawyer hires over the past month.

  • September 18, 2018

    Tribe Says Immunity Waiver Doesn't OK Attys' Fees

    The Coyote Valley band of Pomo Indians told a California appellate court on Tuesday that its prior ruling finding that the tribe waived its sovereign immunity in agreements with a construction contractor was wrongfully applied to an attorneys' fees bid, arguing that limiting the scope of immunity waivers was "a bedrock principle of Indian law."

  • September 18, 2018

    Canadian Miner Seeks €750M From Greece Over Permit Delays

    Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold Corp. said Tuesday that its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold SA is seeking €750 million ($877.35 million) from the Greek government for costs allegedly incurred by delays in the issuance of permits for the company’s Skouries mine.

  • September 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Aldora Aluminum & Glass, Hana, Encore

    Aldora Aluminum & Glass is reportedly taking 106,000 square feet of space in Florida, asset management firm Hana Financial Group is said to have landed $142.8 million in CMBS financing for a Denver building, and Encore Capital Management has reportedly landed a $33.9 million construction loan for a Florida office project.

  • September 18, 2018

    Thalhimer Execs Say Stock Plan Suit Just Misguided Rage

    Morton G. Thalhimer Inc. executives have urged a Virginia federal judge to toss a former colleague’s suit alleging they used the commercial real estate firm’s employee stock plan to enrich themselves, saying the suit doesn’t hold up despite its “unabashed rage.”

  • September 18, 2018

    Former US Secretaries Back IFC Immunity In High Court Case

    Weighing in on a case brought by a group of Indian nationals over alleged environmental damage from a power plant project, a group of former U.S. secretaries of state and of the Treasury, including John Kerry, has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to continue allowing the International Finance Corp. to be immune from suits, arguing that multilateral development banks are fundamentally different from sovereign states.

  • September 18, 2018

    Swiss Augmented Reality Auto Biz Secures $80M In Round C

    WayRay AG, a Swiss provider of holographic augmented reality displays for cars, said on Tuesday that it has raised $80 million in a funding round that was led by investment and asset manager China Merchants Capital Management Co. Ltd. and Porsche.

  • September 17, 2018

    Liberty Mutual Hiding Docs In $36M Hotel Suit, Builder Says

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has improperly failed to turn over documents and data in a $36 million lawsuit over shoddy construction work on a Texas hotel project, a construction firm said Monday, urging a federal court to force the insurer to give up the goods.

  • September 17, 2018

    Counties Say $1.15B Fla. Rail Line Rife With Deadly Risks

    A pair of Florida counties on Friday urged a D.C. federal judge to scrap a $1.15 billion tax-exempt bond funding the construction of a private passenger rail line, saying federal agencies failed to account for significant public safety and environmental concerns.

  • September 17, 2018

    Asphalt Co. Owes NY Pension Fund $1.1M For Withdrawal

    A New York federal court on Monday ordered an asphalt company to pay $1.1 million in damages, attorneys’ fees and costs to a class of union workers alleging the company failed to make withdrawal liability payments to the pension fund.

  • September 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pebb, Duff & Phelps, Lissette Calderon

    Pebb Capital has reportedly landed $41.9 million in construction financing for a Florida hotel, Duff & Phelps is said to be taking 91,019 square feet in New York and developer Lissette Calderon has reportedly dropped roughly $61 million on a Florida apartment tower and landed financing from an insurance company.

  • September 17, 2018

    4th Circ. Won't Stop $3.5B Pipeline Work Amid Permit Redo

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday denied a bid by a group of environmental activists to halt construction of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline while the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management revise approvals thrown out by the appeals court.

  • September 17, 2018

    Commerce Leans Toward Amending Chinese Nails Duty Order

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that it should amend the scope of an anti-dumping duty order on certain steel nails from China, following a request by a U.S. producer of the products, the department announced on Monday.

  • September 14, 2018

    Attys Scrap Over $9M Fee Lot In Revised Pella Class Deal

    Attorneys representing current and former participants in a class action accusing Pella Corp. of selling leaky windows urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to approve their respective bids for a cut of $9 million in fees for work they put into reaching a nearly $26 million deal in the suit, which has been pending in Illinois federal court for about 12 years.

  • September 14, 2018

    Supreme Court Cases Enviro Lawyers Should Watch This Fall

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider in its latest term a diverse group of environmental law cases that address questions about whether the Clean Water Act permits the regulation of groundwater and how much power Congress intended to give the executive branch in a law that allows federal agencies to bypass environmental statutes in the name of border protection. Here, Law360 previews some of the biggest environmental law cases to watch in the new term.

  • September 14, 2018

    Joy Global Wins Nod For $20M Investor Deal In Merger Row

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Friday granted preliminary approval to Joy Global Inc.’s $20 million deal with investors to end their class action alleging the company and its executives undervalued Joy Global when agreeing to a deal valued at $3.7 billion with Japanese mining giant Komatsu Ltd.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks CIT To Nix Challenge To Steel Tariffs

    The federal government on Friday brushed aside notions that the Cold War-era national security law the Trump administration used to levy steel tariffs is unconstitutional, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that Congress has left foreign affairs to the president and as commander-in-chief his authority under the law is "at a maximum." 

  • September 14, 2018

    Fox Rothschild Adds GrayRobinson Real Estate Partner In Fla.

    Former GrayRobinson PA real estate and hospitality partner Steven W. Zelkowitz has joined Fox Rothschild LLP’s real estate group in Miami, where he hopes to help the firm expand its presence in South Florida, the firm announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The EPA Isn’t Putting Asbestos Back Into Buildings

    Andrew Knudsen

    This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sparked public outrage with its proposed "significant new use" rule addressing certain commercial uses of asbestos. But the EPA’s proposed action would actually impose substantial new prohibitions on the listed uses of asbestos — which currently are not regulated by the EPA at all, says Andrew Knudsen of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • OSHA Guidance Clarifies Respirable Crystalline Silica Rules

    Bradford Hammock

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new set of 53 frequently asked questions provides guidance to construction employers and employees regarding OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard, and makes important clarifications regarding medical surveillance, says Bradford Hammock of Jackson Lewis PC.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.