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  • March 21, 2019

    Chicago O'Hare Injury Suit Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A New Jersey insurance company told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday it is not responsible for providing coverage to the city of Chicago and several construction companies for a personal injury suit stemming from a truck accident at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • March 21, 2019

    ITC Says Steel Imports From 3 Countries Harm US Industry

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that imports of fabricated structural steel from Canada, China and Mexico are likely hurting U.S. steel producers, paving the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to move forward with investigations.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ready Capital Nets $105M In Loans For Properties In 4 States

    Ready Capital said on Thursday that it has closed a slew of loans for acquisition and redevelopment purposes for properties in Texas, Florida, California and Illinois for a total of approximately $104.7 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tesla, Contractor To Face Trafficking Claim In Visa Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dumped most of an amended suit alleging Tesla and its contractor committed visa fraud to illegally import low-cost foreign labor, but allowed one of the plaintiffs' human trafficking claims to survive.

  • March 21, 2019

    Union Pension Fund Keeps $3.2M ERISA Award At 6th Circ.

    Bourdow Contracting Inc. is on the hook for a $3.2 million payment to a union pension fund after the Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that the Michigan business was the alter ego of another company that had pulled out of the fund.

  • March 21, 2019

    Mo. Regulators OK $2.3B Power Line After Court Rebuke

    Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday greenlighted the construction of a $2.3 billion interstate electric transmission line, less than a year after the Missouri Supreme Court said the state's public service commission got it wrong in rejecting the long-gestating project.

  • March 21, 2019

    Paving Co. Demands $7.4M Under Army Base Subcontract

    A California paving contractor sued a pair of construction companies, their joint venture and four insurance companies in Oklahoma federal court Wednesday over nearly $7.4 million in unpaid work done on an Oklahoma Air Force base construction project.

  • March 21, 2019

    Philly Union Boss Slams Feds For 'Criminalizing' Politics

    A powerful Philadelphia union boss on Thursday accused federal prosecutors of engaging in a "feeble attempt at criminalizing the legislative process" in an indictment accusing him of bribing a member of the city council.

  • March 21, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: JDL, Rodan Property, Diana Chen

    A JDL Development venture has reportedly landed $735 million in financing for a Chicago residential and retail tower project, Rodan Property Management is said to have bought a Miami industrial property for $12.25 million, and billionaire Diana Chen has reportedly purchased a Los Angeles mansion once owned by Barry Bonds for $23 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    Pittsburgh Loses Bid To Dodge FCA Housing Suit Again

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing the city of Pittsburgh of defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars meant for the Community Development Block Grant program, nearly a year after the Third Circuit revived the suit.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Ex-Diplomat Tells Jury Alleged Forced Labor Was Aboveboard

    An attorney for a former Chinese diplomat accused of using workers from his home country as forced labor in U.S. construction projects made his final pitch to a Brooklyn jury Wednesday, arguing there was a legitimate employment arrangement with the supposed victims.

  • March 20, 2019

    NY Judge Dares Defendants To Keep Execs Off Fraud

    Two white collar defendants were allowed to stay out of jail last week on one condition: that they publicly share their experiences to warn others off the criminal path — an assignment welcomed by some in the defense bar, but which might prove harder than it sounds.

  • March 20, 2019

    Insurers Can Seek Costs From Bridge Collapse Suit Coverage

    A Florida federal court on Tuesday partially dismissed insurers' suit seeking to deny an engineering firm legal defense coverage over the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University near Miami, but said they may still seek reimbursement of fees and costs already incurred.

  • March 20, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Morgan Stanley, AEW, Stockbridge

    Morgan Stanley has reportedly loaned $64.2 million for a San Diego hotel purchase, AEW Capital is said to be seeking a roughly $190 million sale of a Manhattan office building, and Stockbridge Capital has reportedly paid $183 million for an under-construction Silicon Valley building leased to 23andMe.

  • March 20, 2019

    ITC Greenlights Steep Duties On Chinese Drain Pipes

    The Trump administration will forge ahead with new duties ranging upward of 235 percent on Chinese pipes used in sanitary and storm drains after the U.S. International Trade Commission found Wednesday that the imports were injuring U.S. producers.

  • March 20, 2019

    Beckham's Miami MLS Team Can Proceed With Stadium Plans

    The Fort Lauderdale City Council gave Inter Miami CF the green light to start negotiating the nearly $60 million development of a training complex and community park facilities in the Florida town, as the club gears up to join Major League Soccer in 2020.

  • March 20, 2019

    NY Life Unit Loans $94M For Calif. Office Project

    The real estate lending arm of New York Life Insurance Co. has given $94.1 million in financing to California developer Westlake Realty Group Inc. for a San Mateo office project, New York Life announced Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    Subcontractor Claims It's Owed $2.9M For NC Bypass Project

    A West Virginia highway contractor on Tuesday sued Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in North Carolina federal court over nearly $2.9 million in unpaid work on a highway bypass project in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Key Points For Negotiating 5G Cell Site Contracts

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    As nationwide deployment of 5G networks gathers steam, unexpired cell site agreements will have to be revisited and many new ones will have to be negotiated. When doing so, dealmakers will want to pay special attention to a few real property issues that are often overlooked, say Walt Sapronov and Robert Turner III of Sapronov & Associates PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    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 Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Army Corps Guidance Could Speed Up Wetlands Permitting

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    Following new guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, mitigation bank credits — approved forms of compensatory wetlands mitigation for permits issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act — may become more readily available to builders, developers and other permittees, says Jessica Merrigan of Spencer Fane LLP.