Construction

  • June 11, 2021

    DOD Issues $2.2B Building Plan After Canceling Border Wall

    The U.S. Department of Defense plans to use the $2.2 billion remaining after it canceled border wall projects that had been funded with money diverted from the agency to instead fund 66 military construction projects, it announced on Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas Justices Will Hear Chemical Plant Construction Row

    The Texas Supreme Court will hear a construction dispute in which James Construction Group LLC is fighting to overturn a $1.1 million damages award, arguing the lower courts that affirmed the award failed to apply the plain language of a contract that barred Westlake Chemical Corp. from bringing the claims.

  • June 11, 2021

    Biden DOT Eyes Stiff Car Safety Rules And Worker Protections

    The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a regulatory agenda Friday focused on improving vehicle and road safety standards, protecting flight crews and tackling climate change as President Joe Biden also seeks to build momentum for his ambitious infrastructure investment plan.

  • June 11, 2021

    EPA Signals Overhaul Of Chemical And Pesticide Regulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday laid out an ambitious regulatory agenda that includes the rollback of some key Trump-era rules on chemicals and pesticides, and is planning new rules that align with the Biden administration's priorities.

  • June 11, 2021

    Developer Drops $2B Kalama Methanol Refinery Project

    Developers are throwing in the towel on a seven-year effort to build a $2 billion methanol export terminal in Washington state after meeting resistance from state regulators who raised concerns about its emissions, the company announced Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Page, Wafra, KD Properties

    Investor J. David Page is reportedly on the hunt for $14 million of bond financing for a Florida senior housing project, a Wafra Capital venture is said to have landed roughly $500 million in financing for a Manhattan office tower and KD Properties is said to have paid $9.9 million for a Florida industrial building.

  • June 11, 2021

    Construction Co. Says Insurers Must Cover $32.5M Settlement

    A construction company has hit two Zurich units with a coverage dispute in Texas federal court, arguing the insurers should pay for its $32.5 million underlying settlement over a car accident allegedly caused by negligent road work.

  • June 11, 2021

    Feds Restore $929M Calif. High-Speed Rail Grant To End Suit

    The Biden administration will restore a nearly $929 million federal grant for California's beleaguered $77.3 billion high-speed passenger rail line that was canceled under the Trump administration, closing out litigation alleging the federal government's 2019 decision to pull funding was rash and politically motivated.

  • June 11, 2021

    Developer Fights Class Cert. In $100M EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A real estate developer fought Friday against certification of a class of Chinese investors who say they were duped out of $100 million through an EB-5 visa scheme, telling a Florida federal judge that each investor in the case can protect their own interests and doesn't need the class action vehicle.

  • June 11, 2021

    Kilpatrick Adds Greenberg Traurig Disputes Veteran

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has hired a former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney as its global lead for international disputes, adding a practitioner with experience handling matters in a range of sectors from energy to construction.  

  • June 10, 2021

    EPA Proposes Collecting PFAS Manufacturing Data

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a rule that would require manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to provide information about the amount and type of chemicals they have produced.

  • June 10, 2021

    Trade Court Again Rebukes Gov't For Expanded Steel Tariffs

    The U.S. Court of International Trade handed a victory to steel fastener importers Thursday, doubling down on its earlier ruling that erased an illegal expansion of national security tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

  • June 10, 2021

    Utility Can't Recoup Gas Accident Settlement Under Fla. Law

    A split Florida Supreme Court found Thursday that a state law does not provide grounds for Peoples Gas System to recover money from a construction firm to cover a settlement it paid to one of the firm's workers who suffered injuries when he struck a gas line.

  • June 10, 2021

    Idaho Judge Pauses New Oil Leases In Sage-Grouse Fight

    An Idaho federal judge temporarily blocked new federal oil and gas leasing in an area of Wyoming and Montana that's home to the greater sage-grouse, saying the government failed to adequately consider the impact of those leases on the bird.

  • June 10, 2021

    Feds Tell 9th Circ. Limits On Ex-BLM Head Now Moot

    The federal government wants the Ninth Circuit to vacate an order limiting the authority of former acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management William Perry Pendley, saying there's nothing left to fight over now that Pendley no longer holds the position.

  • June 10, 2021

    Paul Hastings Launches Climate-Focused Energy Team

    Paul Hastings LLP has launched a global energy transition and infrastructure team that it says will bring together M&A, private equity, finance and regulatory attorneys to help companies and investors address an appetite for more climate-friendly business ventures.

  • June 09, 2021

    Mass. Town Must Allow Indoor Pot Farm In Agriculture Zone

    A split Massachusetts appeals panel affirmed on Wednesday that the town of Charlton must permit the development of an indoor marijuana growing facility because it was being constructed primarily for agricultural use.

  • June 09, 2021

    11th Circ. Upholds Fee Award In Chinese Drywall MDL

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that court-appointed class counsel in the defective Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation could receive 45% of the total fees paid to attorneys who negotiated settlements for 497 Florida plaintiffs because their work on the common case helped lead to the individual recoveries.

  • June 09, 2021

    Verizon, AT&T Join Forces Against NJ Town Over Nixed Permit

    The three largest U.S. wireless carriers hit a small New Jersey township in the New York City region with a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the municipality's denial of permission for a cell tower that a local college wants built.

  • June 09, 2021

    House Dems Move On Highway Bill As Biden-GOP Talks Stall

    A U.S. House of Representatives panel forged ahead with Democrats' $547 billion surface transportation funding bill during an all-day markup session Wednesday that showcased deep partisan divides on infrastructure investment, a day after President Joe Biden's negotiations with Republicans on his sweeping American Jobs Plan broke down.

  • June 09, 2021

    Fed Circ. OKs State Dept. Refusing Contractor Outbreak Costs

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that the U.S. Department of State did not owe a construction contractor reimbursement for additional costs related to an Ebola outbreak, upholding a decision also relevant to contractual adjustment claims related to COVID-19. 

  • June 09, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Frisbie Group, Wix, Hartz Mountain

    Frisbie Group is reportedly hoping to build two residential towers in South Florida, Wix is said to be on the hunt for as much as 60,000 square feet in the Miami area, and Hartz Mountain Industries has reportedly paid $63.33 million for an auto property in Florida.

  • June 09, 2021

    EPA Will Again Redefine Scope Of Clean Water Act

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will rescind and replace a Trump-era rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act after finding that rule "significantly" reduces water protections.

  • June 09, 2021

    TC Energy Drops Keystone XL Pipeline

    TC Energy Corp. said Wednesday it's terminating the Keystone XL project, ending a more than decadelong fight over a controversial oil pipeline that became a lightning rod in U.S. energy and climate change policy, just months after President Joe Biden revoked the project's cross-border permit.

  • June 08, 2021

    Another IHG Franchisee Sues Hotel Giant Over Vendor Deals

    A hotel franchisee has lodged a proposed class action against InterContinental Hotels Group in Ohio federal court, joining several other franchisees in suits claiming IHG forces them to buy overpriced and low-quality goods and services from its marketplace of mandated vendors.

Expert Analysis

  • A Gov't Contractor's Road Map To Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    Following President Joe Biden's recent executive order to improve U.S. cybersecurity, Justin Chiarodo and Sharon Klein at Blank Rome highlight how four key elements will particularly affect government contractors and their suppliers, and what contractors should expect as they prepare to operate in a new compliance environment.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • How COVID Could Worsen The US Construction Defect Crisis

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has created market conditions that may aggravate the decadeslong construction defect crisis in the American housing market due to supply chain disruptions, skilled labor shortages and time crunches, say attorneys at Ball Janik.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Insurers Have Cause For Optimism In Labor Cost Rulings

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    Recent decisions from the high courts of South Carolina and North Carolina — holding that embedded labor costs can be depreciated from the replacement cost of property — bolster insurers’ moderate edge in these disputes and point to important implications for both insureds and insurers, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Opinion

    Ill. Noncompete Reform Balances Employee And Biz Interests

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    The noncompete bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature protects due process for workers while preserving employers' ability to guard business assets — a rare political compromise that may reduce noncompete litigation but increase the chances of enforceability in court, say Peter Steinmeyer and Brian Spang at Epstein Becker.

  • Opinion

    Biden's Clean Energy Goals Require Big Hydrogen Push

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    To realize its ambitious renewable energy goals, the Biden administration, along with Congress, must promote the growth of the hydrogen industry using every available tool, including regulations, grants, tax incentives and direct purchases, say Abdon Rangel at Andersen Tax and John Taylor at King & Spalding.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • Siting Authority Is Missing Link In Biden Power Line Initiative

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    The Biden administration's recent proposals to promote high-voltage power line development may aid renewable energy adoption, but the lack of legislation providing national siting authority could mean that transmission projects crossing multiple states may still be difficult to develop, say James Cromley and Katherine Walton at Schiff Hardin.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • What EPA's Environmental Justice Push Means For Cos.

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's increased focus on environmental justice, which will give historically disadvantaged communities more influence over federal environmental policy, means that regulated companies should stay closely engaged with agency policymaking, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Weighing Ability To Pay Criminal Fines Amid FCPA Crackdown

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    As Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement is expected to increase under the Biden administration, companies facing scrutiny should assess the reasonableness of fines in the context of their capacity to continue operations, and the potential impacts of filing an inability-to-pay claim, say analysts at Charles River Associates.

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