Construction

  • June 29, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Kelly Kite, Hackman, WeWork

    Florida developer Kelly Kite is reportedly hoping to rezone a Miami property to allow for more density, a Hackman Capital venture is reportedly close to buying a New York film and television studio in a deal that could be worth roughly $500 million, and WeWork is said to be closing its oldest location, a New York property.

  • June 29, 2020

    Roofing Co. Can Take Nationwide To Arbitration

    A Texas appellate court on Friday said a trial court abused its discretion when it denied a roofing company's bid for arbitration in a suit filed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. over fire damage to a policyholder's building.

  • June 29, 2020

    Corpus Christi Can't Duck Suit Over $50M Wastewater Plant

    The city of Corpus Christi can't get out of a lawsuit brought by Graham Construction Services over a soured $50 million contract to build a wastewater treatment plant, a Texas appellate court has affirmed.

  • June 29, 2020

    Sierra Club Asks Justices To Leave Water Permit Ban In Place

    Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to leave intact a Montana federal judge's decision to prohibit new oil and gas pipeline projects from using an expedited Clean Water Act permitting process.

  • June 29, 2020

    UK Supreme Court Will Hear Chubb Russia Fire Suit Appeal

    The U.K. Supreme Court is set to hear an expedited appeal late next month against an English appellate court's ruling that reversed a decision allowing insurer Chubb to continue a $400 million suit in Moscow over a power plant fire. 

  • June 29, 2020

    Simpson, Gibson Aid Blackstone's $1.65B Studio Investment

    Simpson Thacher represented Blackstone in connection with its purchase of a minority stake in a trio of Hollywood studios from Gibson Dunn-counseled Hudson Pacific Properties in a deal that values the properties at $1.65 billion, a transaction the companies announced on Monday.

  • June 29, 2020

    High Court Won't Touch Trump's Border Wall Waivers

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up environmental groups' challenge to the Trump administration's power to bypass federal laws to speed up construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  • June 29, 2020

    Supreme Court Wants SG's Take On $1B Pipeline Land Grab

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on argument from the developers of the $1 billion PennEast pipeline that the Third Circuit wrongly barred it from seizing New Jersey-owned land for the project.

  • June 26, 2020

    Senate Panel Leaders Float Native American Housing Bill

    The Republican chairman and Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs introduced a bill Thursday that would revamp and reauthorize a Native American housing bill that expired seven years ago.

  • June 26, 2020

    Texas Justices Undo $1.8M Award In Concrete Block Biz Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday undid a $1.8 million judgment in favor of a concrete block maker who accused a rival of defamation, finding that the dispute is not about defamation, but rather business disparagement and that the award therefore cannot stand.

  • June 26, 2020

    Need Wasn't There For $286M Gas Pipeline, DC Circ. Told

    Federal regulators shouldn't have approved a $286 million, 65-mile gas pipeline proposal in Illinois and Missouri because an energy company's business interests aren't "synonymous" with actual need, an environmental group told the D.C. Circuit on Friday.

  • June 26, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Jesus Gonzalez Pereda, Blackstone, L&L

    Florida developer Jesus Gonzalez Pereda is reportedly hoping to build an eight-story apartment complex in Miami, Blackstone is said to be in late-stage talks to form a $1.4 billion venture with Hudson Pacific Properties to build out multiple L.A. studios, and an L&L Holding venture is reportedly buying a Miami site with plans for a mixed-use project there.

  • June 26, 2020

    NY High Court OKs Land Grab For $500M Pipeline

    The New York Court of Appeals has said a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was enough for developers of a proposed $500 million gas pipeline to condemn land even though there are questions about whether the project is in the public interest.

  • June 26, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen drugmaker Novartis sue rival generics manufacturer Mylan, pharmaceutical wholesalers apply to revive claims against PwC over tax treatment of employees, and Bank of America sue an Italian region beset by securities claims. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Fox Rothschild Real Estate Leader

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, one of Fox Rothschild LLP's real estate leaders discussed new ways force majeure clauses are being written and the ways leases and loan documents are being amended amid the pandemic.

  • June 26, 2020

    9th Circ. Says Trump Can't Divert Funds For Border Wall

    The Trump administration does not have the authority to transfer $2.5 billion in defense funds to finance construction of the president's long-promised border wall, the Ninth Circuit held Friday.

  • June 25, 2020

    More Groups Take On EPA Over Revised Clean Water Rule

    The Trump administration was hit Thursday with yet another suit challenging its rule narrowing the scope of the Clean Water Act, with environmental groups citing the U.S. Supreme Court's April finding the statute can be used to regulate pollution that travels through groundwater.

  • June 25, 2020

    Forest Service Accuses Idaho Rancher Of Buzzing Trail Crew

    An Idaho rancher is harassing workers constructing a hiking trail with low flybys in a helicopter that kick up dust and rocks, the federal government said in a request for a restraining order.

  • June 25, 2020

    Forest Service Told To Reassess Logging Impact In Alaska

    A federal judge has partially vacated a U.S. Forest Service analysis of the environmental impacts of a logging plan in Alaska, building on an earlier ruling that the plan contained "serious flaws" that outweighed economic concerns about halting the project.

  • June 25, 2020

    3 Firms Guide $361M Brooklyn Construction Loan

    Troutman Sanders, Milbank and Sukenik Segal worked on various pieces of a $361 million construction loan to a Clipper Equity entity for a project in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, according to information from Troutman and Milbank and records that were made public in New York Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    Insurer Didn't Have Proof To End Driller's Premium Dispute

    A trial court prematurely ended a dispute over premiums an engineering and drilling rig company allegedly owes to Twin City Fire Insurance Co., a Texas appellate court ruled Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    Caterpillar Says Class Claims Over Engine Defects Unviable

    Proposed class claims over two allegedly defective Caterpillar diesel engines would improperly require the court to apply laws from all 50 states and involve products the plaintiffs never bought, Caterpillar argued Wednesday in a bid to ditch the claims.

  • June 25, 2020

    3 Firms Steer FCP-Tides Equities JV $72M Multifamily Buy

    Arent Fox LLP and Quarles & Brady LLP represented real estate firm FCP, which has teamed up with Sklar Kirsh LLP-counseled Tides Equities to buy a Tempe, Arizona, apartment complex for $71.5 million, a deal the buyers announced Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    Engineering Co. Says Inventor Took A Free Ride On Stolen IP

    Corrosion Prevention Technologies LLC has sued the inventor of its metal corrosion intellectual property in Texas federal court, alleging he ignored confidentiality agreements and stole trade secrets to start a rival company.

  • June 24, 2020

    Paper Cutter Sues Insurer Over Unpaid $2.5M Flood Claim

    A Pennsylvania paper cutting company accused an Atlanta-based insurer of breaching a contract by failing to cover flood damage surpassing $2.5 million to one of the company's buildings, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Strict Calif. Vapor Intrusion Guidance Threatens Development

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    The conservative standards set by California's recently released draft guidance on vapor intrusion may require unnecessary and expensive testing and mitigation, hindering local economic development, say Charles White and Peter Duchesneau at Manatt.

  • Opinion

    Trump's Broader Visa Suspension Won't Help US Unemployed

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    Were one intent on protecting U.S. workers in the wake of the pandemic, it is difficult to believe that one would select for suspension the work visa categories President Donald Trump suspended this week, say Amy Haberman and Zlatko Hadzismajlovic at McCarter & English.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For Law Firms To Support Work-From-Home Culture

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    Now that law firms are on board with fully remote work environments, they must develop policies that match in-office culture and align partner and associate expectations, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    Republicans Keep Confirming Unqualified Judicial Nominees

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    What emerges from the group of 200 federal judges confirmed by the Senate under President Donald Trump is a judiciary stacked with young conservative ideologues, many of whom lack basic judicial qualifications, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Tips For Crafting The Perfect Law Firm Alert

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    As lawyers have had more time to write in recent weeks, the number of law firm alerts has increased massively, but a lot of them fail to capture readers and deliver new business, says Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • Appalachian Trail Ruling May Speed Other Pipeline Cases

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week in U.S. Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association removed a major legal obstacle for a pipeline with a route crossing the Appalachian Trail, and could also hasten the resolution of other pipeline lawsuits now pending in federal court, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Pandemic Extensions May Save Opportunity Zone Investment

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    The Internal Revenue Service's recent deadline extensions on myriad time-sensitive opportunity zone tax regime obligations, which taxpayers were in danger of missing due to COVID-19, should foster confidence and encourage additional investment in the program, say Tucker Thoni and Elisabeth Crane at GrayRobinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Elrod Reviews 'Shortlisted'

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    Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson's new book, "Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court," is a service to an overlooked group of nine women who were considered for the U.S. Supreme Court before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed, and offers constructive tips for women looking to break through the glass ceiling, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Mandatory State Bars Likely To Remain Intact, For Now

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    A Texas federal judge’s recent holding in McDonald v. Sorrels that mandatory bar memberships do not violate members' constitutional rights indicates that such requirements survive the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Janus, but it may mean that the Supreme Court will address the issue in the not-too-distant future, say Majed Nachawati and Misty Farris at Fears Nachawati.

  • 11 Keys To Success At Remote Mediation

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    Attorneys should accept that remote mediation may be their only current option for resolving a dispute and take steps to obtain a fantastic outcome for their clients, including making sure the right people attend the remote mediation and beginning the session with an apology, says Eric Meyer at FisherBroyles.

  • FERC Rehearing Reg Poses New Challenges For Pipelines

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    A recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation, precluding construction for previously approved pipelines until timely filed rehearing requests are addressed, may impose unnecessary delays on the construction of critical energy infrastructure already found to be in the public interest, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Pandemic Could Bring Student Exodus From Legal Profession

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    A recent survey shows that law and prelaw students have serious concerns about the quality and value of remotely provided legal education, and rapid action from the legal community is necessary to prevent promising young people from leaving in favor of other professions, says Mehran Ebadolahi at TestMax.

  • Enviro Settlements Offer Solution To Growing Citizen Suit Risk

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    Declining federal environmental enforcement may spur more lawsuits by citizens groups — making it more important than ever for companies to seek early resolutions through negotiated settlement framework agreements, say Heidi Friedman and Joel Eagle at Thompson Hine.

  • How To Handle Congressional Queries On COVID-19 Relief

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    Despite their informal nature, congressional inquiries regarding CARES Act implementation should not be taken lightly as these requests may be precursors to more formal and invasive investigations, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • The Privilege Implications Of Using Online Collaboration Tools

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    While few courts have addressed the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine in the context of online collaboration tools, existing case law supports five best practices as organizations increasingly use these tools in the COVID-19 era, say Christopher Campbell and Marcus Sandifer at DLA Piper.

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