Construction

  • January 23, 2020

    Shipper Faces New Trial Over Damaged Pipe Delivery

    A new trial is required after a court improperly limited a Texas shipping company's liability in a $400,000 dispute with Zurich American Insurance Co. over a shipment of damaged pipe, a Texas appeals court held Thursday.

  • January 23, 2020

    Pa. Justices Won't Review Asbestos Suit's Revival

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused to disturb an appeals court's ruling that will let the case of a carpenter who worked on asbestos-laden fire doors for years before dying of mesothelioma have its day in court.

  • January 23, 2020

    Roofing Co. Escapes Former Worker's $3.2M Asbestos Verdict

    An Illinois state appellate panel has reversed a family's $3.2 million asbestos trial win and ordered judgment in favor of roofing material maker Tremco Inc., saying the family didn't prove the company's products substantially factored into a former employee's fatal cancer.

  • January 23, 2020

    Dycom Says Investors’ Suit Is Based On A ‘Thin Reed’

    Telecommunications infrastructure company Dycom Industries Inc. on Wednesday sought to end a shareholder’s proposed class action against it, telling a Florida federal judge that its investors had gone out on a limb with their allegations.

  • January 23, 2020

    EPA Narrows Federal Oversight Of Water Pollution

    The Trump administration on Thursday officially narrowed the federal government's permitting authority under the Clean Water Act, in a final rewrite of a rule that replaces a controversial and broader Obama-era policy the president already rescinded.

  • January 23, 2020

    FERC Commissioner McNamee Won't Seek New Term

    Bernard McNamee, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Thursday that he won't seek another term at the agency when his current term expires June 30, which raises the possibility that the agency will lack a quorum of commissioners for the second time in three years.

  • January 22, 2020

    Congress Weighs In On SEC Disgorgement Power Challenge

    Two dozen members of Congress told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that stripping the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's power to seek disgorgement in civil cases would upend decades of legislation and buck sound precedent undergirding the nation's securities laws.

  • January 22, 2020

    NJ High Court Challenges Bid To Stop High-Rises Over Safety

    The New Jersey Supreme Court stressed Wednesday that a provision of the state Municipal Land Use Law does not permit upending final approval of a development project over public health and safety concerns as the justices challenged Hoboken’s ongoing bid to derail construction of two high-rise residential buildings along the Hudson River.

  • January 22, 2020

    Securities Law Firms Vie For Lead In Energy Transfer Suit

    Prominent firms well-versed in securities law submitted bids Tuesday to lead or help lead a proposed shareholders’ class action against pipeline company Energy Transfer LP.

  • January 22, 2020

    Mass. Tribe Urges 1st Circ. To Undo Casino Permit Ruling

    The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a Massachusetts federal judge’s ruling that the tribe must obtain municipal permits to build its planned Martha’s Vineyard casino, saying the decision violates the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • January 22, 2020

    MasTec Says Bribes Cost It $500M In Puerto Rico Work

    Florida-based engineering firm MasTec sued Mammoth Energy Services unit Cobra Acquisitions Tuesday, claiming a bribery scheme diverted $500 million worth of repair work for fixing Puerto Rico's hurricane-damaged electrical grid from MasTec to Cobra.

  • January 22, 2020

    Keystone Pipeline Gets Crucial Federal Permit In Montana

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday gave TC Energy's Keystone XL pipeline a boost by opening up a path for the controversial project across federal land in Montana.

  • January 22, 2020

    Dems Say DOD Funds Are For Nat'l Security, Not Border Wall

    House Democrats urged the Trump administration to rethink using $7.2 billion in military funding to build a wall, saying that a national security plan for potential global conflicts should be prioritized over a nonexistent threat at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • January 22, 2020

    Former Toll Brothers GC Rejoins Cozen O'Connor

    An attorney who spent nearly two decades as an in-house lawyer and general counsel to Toll Brothers Inc. has returned to his roots at Cozen O’Connor, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2020

    Akara Partners Lands $58M Loan For Chicago Hilton Hotel

    Akara Partners has scored $57.58 million in financing for a new Hilton hotel in Chicago, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Jones Lang LaSalle, which brokered the deal for Akara.

  • January 22, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: SL Green, Columbia, Michael Shvo

    SL Green Realty has reportedly loaned $58.5 million for a New York mixed-use project, Columbia Property Trust is said to have preleased nearly half of the 105,000 square feet it's planning to add to a D.C. building and a Michael Shvo venture is reportedly paying $370 million for a Chicago office tower.

  • January 22, 2020

    5G Expansion Plans Require Larger Workforce, Sens. Told

    Congress and government agencies must find ways to expand the workforce for infrastructure laborers as the demand for installing 5G equipment explodes, the Senate Commerce Committee heard Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2020

    Construction Group Of The Year: Goldberg Segalla

    Goldberg Segalla helped New York City’s environmental regulator shake a $25 million injury demand last year and knocked down $10 million in cost overrun claims for the builder of an Appalachian natural gas pipeline, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s 2019 Construction Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2020

    Winston & Strawn, Gibson Dunn Guide Danfoss' $3.3B Eaton Hydraulic Buy

    Chicago-based legal powerhouse Winston & Strawn LLP announced on Tuesday that it advised Danish engineering company Danfoss AS on its plans to purchase Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP-led Eaton Corp.’s hydraulics business for $3.3 billion.

  • January 21, 2020

    Federal Suit Over Fish Protection Plan Not Ripe, Calif. Says

    The U.S. government can't sue California in federal court over its plan to provide more water for native fish, the state claims, arguing the one claim that makes the case a federal matter is not yet able to be challenged.

  • January 21, 2020

    Construction Group Of The Year: Schiff Hardin

    Schiff Hardin LLP’s recent work advising American Airlines on a $344 million project to upgrade a New York City airport terminal and overseeing a “nightmare” of a bridge construction dispute helped the firm claim a spot among Law360’s 2019 Construction Groups of the Year.

  • January 21, 2020

    Surprise Attorney Shakes Up Sanctuary Belize Trial

    The bench trial of three individuals accused of running a $140 million Belize-based real estate scam got off to a chaotic start Tuesday morning when the appearance of a brand-new attorney for the purported mastermind of the scheme threw a Maryland federal judge for a loop.

  • January 21, 2020

    Oneok Overpromised On Gas Pipeline, Texas Builder Says

    A Texas construction company accused a pipeline company affiliated with Oneok Inc. on Monday of misrepresenting the status of an 80-mile natural gas pipeline project and making promises it knew it couldn’t keep during contract discussions.

  • January 21, 2020

    5th Circ. Says Insurer Needn't Cover Crushed Rock Cleanup

    The Fifth Circuit has affirmed that Great American Insurance Co. is not responsible for a concrete company's costs to remove crushed rocks accidentally dumped in a stream from a New Jersey quarry, agreeing with a lower court that the rock particles are contaminants subject to a pollution exclusion in the policy.

  • January 21, 2020

    Enviro Groups Say Gov't Dragging Feet On Turtle Status

    The federal government has missed a deadline by several years to determine whether a pair of turtle species in Louisiana and Mississippi are under threat and fall under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in D.C. federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Assessing Securities Class Action Risk With Event Analysis

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    Amid increased scrutiny of corporate fiduciaries, identifying a company's high-risk adverse events from the past two years can help boards of directors quantify their potential securities class action exposure, says Nessim Mezrahi of SAR.

  • Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

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    Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Tightening Up Contracts In A Hardening Insurance Market

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    Commercial property insurance terms and conditions have softened in the last decade, but underwriters may consider adding important clauses into their contracts as the market shows signs of hardening, say Jason Reeves of Zelle and Helen Campbell of Argo Insurance Bermuda.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • A Wide Range Of Legal Priorities For Tribes In 2020

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    This year, Indian Country faces a number of critical policy and legal issues that must be addressed to protect tribal sovereignty, with key developments to watch for in all three branches of government, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • OFAC's New Iran Sanctions May Not Signal Seismic Change

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    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order expands the ability of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to sanction non-U.S. entities doing business with Iran, it remains to be seen whether OFAC will pursue aggressive enforcement of its strengthened secondary sanctions authority, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • White House NEPA Overhaul Likely To Face Legal Challenges

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    The White House Council on Environmental Quality's recently proposed revisions to regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act are virtually certain to be challenged in the courts — especially a proposal to eliminate evaluations of projects' cumulative environmental impacts, say attorneys with Perkins Coie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Dyk Reviews 'Democracy And Equality'

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    In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.

  • 7 Insider Tips For Working With In-House Counsel

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    For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.

  • 50 Years Later, Interpretive Challenges Remain For RICO

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    In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Opinion

    States Should Not Follow ABA On Attorney Conduct Rules

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    Because the American Bar Association's new rule on diversity continues to use the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a cultural bludgeon, states should create independent codes limited to constitutionally valid purposes of attorney regulation, says Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • How Courts And Litigants Can Benefit From Special Masters

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    As we approach the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption of guidelines for the appointment and use of special masters in civil litigation, retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now at Stroock, explains how special masters can help parties and courts with faster decision-making and subject matter expertise.

  • Uber Policy Calls For Refresher On ABA Confidentiality Rules

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    Uber's recent policy update allowing drivers to audio-record passenger rides is a reminder for lawyers to observe the highest standard of care in protecting client information under the American Bar Association's confidentiality model rule, says Paul Boehm at Williams & Connolly.

  • Rethinking Corporate Crisis And Litigation Communications

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    While conventional wisdom among attorneys may be that no response is the safest response during a corporate crisis, recent examples demonstrate the consequences of failing to share timely and relevant information with key audiences, says Aidan Ryan of Goldberg Segalla.

  • Opinion

    2 Overlooked Advantages Of Hourly Fees

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    Alternative-fee disputes like Bartlit Beck v. Okada in Illinois federal court may tell us something about the reasons for the continued vitality of the hourly fee, especially among clients who have the wherewithal to pay, says attorney J.B. Heaton.