Construction

  • April 01, 2020

    Watchdog Finds Biz Uncertainty Plagues H-2B Visa Program

    Uncertainty surrounding the availability of H-2B guest worker visas makes it difficult for employers to expand operations or predict their business needs, a government watchdog found in a new report published Wednesday.

  • April 01, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Daniel Abreu, Trump Org, Synovus Bank

    Investor Daniel Abreu has reportedly sold a Florida CVS Pharmacy for $8 million, The Trump Organization is said to have paused the sale of its D.C. hotel and Synovus Bank has loaned at least an additional $11 million for a Florida residential project.

  • April 01, 2020

    House Dems Eye $760B Transpo Funds In 4th Virus Relief Bill

    House Democrats said Wednesday that the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation will be anchored by $760 billion to rebuild the nation's highways, railways, airports, water and broadband infrastructure, while also tackling climate change, asserting that their proposal will jump-start the American economy.

  • April 01, 2020

    EPA Watchdog Confirms Dramatic Enforcement Drop

    Enforcement activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are down across the board over a recent 10-year period, in some categories by more than 50%, the EPA's internal watchdog said in a report issued Wednesday.

  • April 01, 2020

    Fitzgerald Yap Steers Wash. Homebuilder's $15M IPO Plans

    Washington-area real estate developer Harbor Custom Development Inc. said it is hoping to raise roughly $15 million in an initial public offering steered by Fitzgerald Yap Kreditor LLP.

  • April 01, 2020

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Seyfarth Shaw, Jeffer Mangels, Blank Rome, Squire Patton Boggs, Fox Rothschild and Cullen & Dykman are among various law firms that have made recent real estate or construction hires.

  • March 31, 2020

    Mass. Tribe Wants Feds Barred From Taking Land Out Of Trust

    A Massachusetts tribe urged a D.C. federal court on Monday to issue a preliminary injunction to block the federal government from taking the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation lands “out of trust” and revoking its reservation proclamation, which the U.S. Department of the Interior has said it will do soon.

  • March 31, 2020

    Nelson Mullins Gets Experienced Litigator In Boca Raton

    Nelson Mullins Broad & Cassel has snagged a commercial litigation expert as partner in its Boca Raton, Florida, office, according to a press release from the firm. 

  • March 31, 2020

    5 Questions Facing Texas Construction Industry During Virus

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday deemed construction an essential business that can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving some statewide consistency to an industry that has been rushing to make sense of localized restrictions. But major cities in Texas have set their own limits on how the industry can operate, leading to a flurry of questions construction attorneys are helping clients unpack.

  • March 31, 2020

    Del. River Agency Tells FERC That Pipeline Needs Its Approval

    The Delaware River Basin Commission must approve a 68-mile stretch of the proposed $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline project in Pennsylvania before any substantial construction on the controversial pipeline can begin, the multistate agency has told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • March 31, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Wall, Missile Defense

    The coronavirus has dominated headlines for all industries, including government contracts. Here are Law360’s top picks for coronavirus-related contracts awarded in March, along with other notable technology and defense deals.

  • March 31, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Menlo Equities, Harbor Group, MaxSum

    Menlo Equities has reportedly paid nearly $98 million for a Virginia office building, Harbor Group is said to have dropped $100 million on a Florida multifamily property, and MaxSum Development has reportedly scored a $30 million loan for a Los Angeles multifamily project.

  • March 31, 2020

    Law Firm Pay Cuts, Layoffs Will Likely Multiply

    As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.

  • March 31, 2020

    Feds Defend $3.6B Emissions Violation Order At 8th Circ.

    The federal government has told the Eighth Circuit that Ameren Corp. violated the Clean Air Act when it upgraded its coal plant without installing emissions controls and that a lower court was right to order the company to install controls at two plants at a potential cost of $3.6 billion.

  • March 31, 2020

    9th Circ. Lifts Stay In Soured IVF Center Deal Dispute

    The Ninth Circuit has lifted a temporary stay of a subpoena issued to the former owner of a Chinese hospital, forcing her to turn over information to be used in arbitration and litigation in China by investors who claim they were wrongfully ousted from an in vitro fertilization clinic venture.

  • March 31, 2020

    9th Circ. Finds Errors In Dismissal Of Verizon Tower Dispute

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Nevada resident's challenge to a regional environmental planning agency's decision to permit construction of a Verizon Wireless cell tower in the Lake Tahoe area after finding the district court made several procedural errors, including its determination that the plaintiff lacked standing.

  • March 31, 2020

    Balch & Bingham Adds Real Estate Permitting Atty

    An attorney with experience navigating real estate, land use and environmental permitting issues in Florida, including inside state and local government, has joined Balch & Bingham LLP as a partner.

  • March 30, 2020

    FEMA Didn't Properly Oversee Puerto Rico Funds, Audit Finds

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't provide adequate oversight to ensure Puerto Rico's housing department properly used nearly $666 million in relief funds in the wake of Hurricane Maria, according to a Department of Homeland Security audit made public Monday. 

  • March 30, 2020

    Hockey Team's Enviro Suit Is A Parking Ploy, FTA Says

    The owner of the San Jose Sharks hockey team is trying to use an environmental suit over the Bay Area Rapid Transit expansion to get taxpayers to foot the bill for arena parking, the Federal Transit Administration told a California federal court.

  • March 30, 2020

    Fla. Judge Smacks Down $1B Miami Highway Extension Plan

    A Florida administrative law judge on Monday ruled against a $1 billion Miami-Dade County plan for a highway extension into wetlands and agricultural areas after finding that the plan is inconsistent with the county's transportation and conservation goals and will have no real effect on commute times.

  • March 30, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: China Oceanwide, Silverstein, Ivy Realty

    China Oceanwide Holdings reportedly has a new $1.2 billion buyer for a San Francisco mixed-use project, a Silverstein Properties venture is said to have wrapped up a $510 million refinance of a Manhattan property, and Ivy Realty has reportedly dropped $30.5 million on a Florida cold-storage property.

  • March 30, 2020

    Interior Looks To Ground Enviros' Bird Killing Policy Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Interior told a New York federal court its decision to loosen enforcement on the incidental killing of migratory birds is an accurate interpretation of a 100-year-old statute and will streamline "a convoluted patchwork of legal standards."

  • March 30, 2020

    Contractor At Collapsed Hard Rock Site Sues Developer

    A contractor that helped take down two damaged cranes at a partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans has sued the project's developer in Louisiana federal court, saying it never breached a contract with the developer because talks for a broader demolition agreement fell apart.

  • March 30, 2020

    4 COVID-19 Questions Clients Are Asking Real Estate Lawyers

    The global spread of COVID-19 has created great uncertainty in the real estate market and as a result, real estate lawyers have been bombarded over the last month with wide-ranging questions and concerns from clients. Here, Law360 looks at four such questions.

  • March 30, 2020

    Law Firm Mergers Dry Up Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

    After two record years for U.S. law firm combinations, deal-making has come to a screeching halt this spring as the nation grapples with a pandemic, in what could be the first time in four years the industry will see a decline in deals.

Expert Analysis

  • What COVID-19 Means For Calif. Real Estate And Use Permits

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    In California, the coronavirus pandemic and the state's response have raised important questions for those involved in pending or approved construction projects, as well as existing businesses that require modification or emergency funding, say Stephanie Smith and Avneet Sidhu at Grid Legal.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Private Infrastructure Investment And The COVID-19 Pandemic

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    COVID-19 has already led to the postponement of a number of private infrastructure mergers, acquisitions and financing activities, but investment in the sector will likely show resilience due to continuing demand, say Fred Day at Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Roald Nashi at Kirkland.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

  • A Guide To Zealously Representing Clients During COVID-19

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    The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • Aviation Waste Problem Is A Green Economy Opportunity

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    As airport projects receive increasing environmental and legal scrutiny, the need for a resource recovery model that can handle the aviation sector's waste challenges is clear, say Jonathan Cocker at Baker McKenzie and Andrew Wilson at the International Aviation Waste Management Association.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • Emergency Environmental Exemptions During The Pandemic

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    The national response to the coronavirus faces many impediments, but federal and state environmental laws should not be among them, thanks to exemptions that allow projects to bypass normal procedures and waive some substantive requirements in emergencies, say Michael Gerrard and Brian Israel of Arnold & Porter.

  • BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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    The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Remote Work For Lawyers

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    Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.

  • Tips For Online Mediation In The Age Of Social Distancing

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    While mediating via an internet conferencing platform during the COVID-19 crisis, remember that visual interactions are of vital importance. A simple phrase can be transformed into a sincere inquiry, a shocked response or a sarcastic put-down depending upon how we visually convey that message, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Updating Publicly Traded Company Disclosures For COVID-19

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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-reporting companies confronting the evolving COVID-19 pandemic should be aware of updated filing obligations to keep investors apprised of what new developments mean for their businesses, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

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