Construction

  • December 04, 2019

    Chancery Orders Tutor Perini To Pay $8M To Merger Partner

    Tutor Perini Corp. was ordered Wednesday to pay $8 million to the former owners of its acquisition Greenstar Services Corp. in the latest installment of a Delaware Chancery Court payment saga dating to the companies' 2011 tie-up.

  • December 04, 2019

    Insurer Must Defend Homebuilder In Suits Over Shoddy Work

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that an insurer doesn’t have to cover a concrete subcontractor accused of poor workmanship in the construction of homes in Chula Vista, California, saying the underlying complaints arguably warrant coverage.

  • December 04, 2019

    Top Dem Calls For Probe Of $400M Border Wall Contract

    Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the House homeland security panel, urged a government watchdog office to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to award a $400 million contract to a North Dakota company for border wall construction.

  • December 04, 2019

    Texas Judge Blocks Group From Building Private Border Wall

    A Texas judge temporarily blocked a right-wing group from building a wall on private property along the U.S.-Mexico border after a neighboring butterfly conservatory said that it would damage its own property.

  • December 04, 2019

    Korean Construction Co. Wants 'Smart City' Suit Tossed

    A South Korean construction company has pressed a New York federal court to dismiss a real estate developer’s suit related to the development of the Songdo smart city, saying the court lacks the authority to issue a declaration that the action belongs in arbitration.

  • December 04, 2019

    Angels Reach Deal With Anaheim To Buy Stadium For $325M

    A land management company associated with the owner of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is set to buy the team's stadium from the city for $325 million and keep the team in Anaheim through 2050, according to a deal announced by the city on Wednesday.

  • December 04, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Akerman, Trez Forman, RM Charter

    Akerman LLP has reportedly leased roughly 100,000 square feet in Manhattan, Trez Forman Capital is said to have loaned $38.8 million for a logistics park project in northern Kentucky, and RM Charter Holdings has reportedly dropped $21.2 million on a Florida charter school.

  • December 04, 2019

    Insurer Says It Isn't Liable For $3.2M Construction Fixes

    Arch Insurance Co. says it doesn’t need to pay back a construction contractor nearly $3.2 million for fixing allegedly deficient work by its subcontractor on a Boston-area apartment building, according to a Massachusetts federal suit filed Tuesday.

  • December 04, 2019

    Importers Look To Strike Down Trump's Steel Tariffs

    A group of importers sued to wipe out President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs at the U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday, accusing the administration of violating numerous provisions of the Cold War-era national security law that it used to set the duties.

  • December 03, 2019

    Investor Says Hemp Co. Lied About Business Plans

    A Florida-based company working to construct buildings out of hemp-based materials solicited investments while secretly planning to deregister its publicly traded shares, a private investment bank claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • December 03, 2019

    Mass. Court Nixes City's Appeal Over Parking Lot Abatements

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a decision Tuesday allowing a parking lot owner more than $80,000 in combined property tax abatements over two years, saying the city of Worcester failed to challenge the Appellate Tax Board’s determinations.

  • December 03, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Numerator, Vornado, Walmart

    Numerator is reportedly close to leasing roughly 60,000 square feet in Chicago from Brookfield, Vornado is said to have landed $800 million in financing for a New York City property, and Walmart has reportedly sold a former Sam's Club store in Florida for $13 million.

  • December 03, 2019

    DOD's Private Housing Metrics Misleading, GAO Official Says

    High resident satisfaction scores for privatized military housing are unreliable and misleading, a senior U.S. Government Accountability Office official told lawmakers Tuesday at a hearing into ongoing problems with unsafe and poorly constructed on-base housing.

  • December 03, 2019

    Senate Work Committee Clears Safety Commission Noms

    The U.S. Senate committee that oversees the federal labor agencies on Tuesday approved a pair of nominees to a shorthanded panel that resolves disputes over workplace safety citations.

  • December 03, 2019

    Labor Board Prohibits H-2B Workers For Texas Pipeline

    A California-based manufacturing company can’t hire 165 temporary migrant employees to build an oil pipeline in southern Texas, ruling the pipeline project doesn’t qualify as a one-time employment need, a U.S. Department of Labor appellate board judge has ruled.

  • December 03, 2019

    Feds Say Real Estate Analyst Job Can't Qualify For H-1B Visa

    The federal government has defended its denial of an H-1B visa for a Boston real estate firm's Ukrainian analyst, saying the position requires a specific college degree to be a "specialty occupation," not a degree in one of several fields.

  • December 03, 2019

    Ill. Wage Suit Against Construction Co. Not Preempted

    An Illinois appellate court on Monday revived a prevailing wage lawsuit brought by the state accusing an Illinois construction company of failing to pay its workers certain benefits, saying its claims aren't preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • December 03, 2019

    Wash. AG Asks Justices Not To Pause $4.2B Vehicle Tax Cut

    The Washington state attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a ballot measure that lowers or eliminates vehicle taxes and fees by $4.2 billion over the next six years to take effect.

  • December 03, 2019

    Feds Tell Justices $7B Atlantic Coast Pipeline Can Cross Trail

    The federal government told the U.S. Supreme Court that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority to grant developers of the $7 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline a right-of-way across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and that the Fourth Circuit was wrong to hold otherwise.

  • December 03, 2019

    Hurricane Protection Straps Fail Prematurely, Suit Says

    Steel straps built into homes to fortify them against hurricanes and earthquakes have been corroding prematurely, leading to major structural damage when natural disasters strike, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in California federal court.

  • December 03, 2019

    Military Families Say Mold In Homes Caused Health Issues

    Five military families are slamming a set of private companies that own and manage their housing at Florida's MacDill Air Force Base with a proposed class action blaming the businesses for mold in their homes and resultant health problems.

  • December 03, 2019

    Jones Day, Weil Steer Iron Ore Producer's $1.1B AK Steel Buy

    North America's largest producer of iron ore pellets on Tuesday unveiled an all-stock acquisition of AK Steel that stands to create a vertically integrated steel company, in a $1.1 billion deal steered by Jones Day and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • December 03, 2019

    DOJ Shut Out Of Courtroom In Texas Grid Law Fight

    The U.S. Department of Justice can’t participate in a courtroom hearing over the constitutionality of a Texas grid construction law, a federal judge has found, saying the government already made its case in filed briefings.

  • December 02, 2019

    Subcontractor Says $3M Held Back From Marines Base Work

    An electrical contractor sued a joint venture of engineering firms Bethel and Webcor in California federal court Monday, saying the companies stiffed it on part of a nearly $10 million subcontract for construction work at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

  • December 02, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Atlas, Regions Bank, Riverstone

    Atlas Capital is reportedly paying $79.5 million for a Manhattan building, Regions Bank has reportedly loaned $37 million for a mixed-use project in South Carolina, and Riverstone Capital Group is said to have dropped $19.6 million on a Florida retail center.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Know Before Moving Your Supply Chain Out Of China

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    U.S. companies moving their supply chains to avoid Chinese tariffs should be aware of the complexities of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol country-of-origin determinations and the scope of U.S. Department of Commerce authority to impose tariffs on Chinese goods that originate outside of China, say attorneys at Covington.

  • State Net

    Wildfire Responses Resonate Beyond California

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    Firefighting practices are often shared between states, so what California does, or doesn't do, to prevent and combat wildfires has impacts beyond its borders. One lesson learned this year is that power shutoffs to prevent fires cause more problems than they solve, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Justices' Maui Ruling Could Change Groundwater Permitting

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    Oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund raise the possibility that the national permitting system for discharging wastewater into the ground will need to be retrofitted, says Marcia Greenblatt of Integral Consulting.

  • Resolving Warranty And Guaranty Confusion In Construction

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    It is essential that property owners, contractors and their lawyers understand the key distinctions between warranties and guaranties, and are mindful of these distinctions when drafting and enforcing prime construction contracts or subcontracts, says Michael Scheffler of Blank Rome.

  • FERC Orders Advance Grid Operators' Energy Storage Plans

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved two regional transmission organizations' energy storage proposals. But full integration of storage resources into the wholesale market will be complex — and ongoing litigation could force FERC to change its approach, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Texas Could Take Page From Mass.'s Judicial Selection Book

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    As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McKeown Reviews 'Conversations With RBG'

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    Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.

  • Justices Seek Balance In Clean Water Act Case Arguments

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    In last week’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, justices searched for a standard for controlling indirect discharges to navigable waters that could prevent evasion of water quality protections without significantly expanding federal permitting requirements, say Ashley Peck and Alison Hunter of Holland & Hart.

  • Opinion

    In A Trade War, Everyone Loses

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    While some countries may temporarily benefit from bilateral trade disputes, in the long term, the Trump administration's protectionist strategy puts at risk the enormous achievements of the last decades, both in the U.S. and globally, says Anahita Thoms at Baker McKenzie.

  • Where A Litigator's Advice Can Improve Agreement Drafting

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    Transactional attorneys should consider consulting with litigation counsel when drafting certain contractual provisions — choice of law, choice of forum, attorney fees and others — that could come into play in a broad range of substantive disputes, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.

  • Pipeline Projects Face New Questions On Landowner Rights

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    The tension between the rights of landowners and pipeline developers has come to a head in two federal appellate courts and a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announcement, muddling the historical clarity of Natural Gas Act eminent domain authority, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • High Court's Disgorgement Ruling Could Curb SEC Authority

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which challenges the SEC's ability to obtain disgorgement from federal courts, and has the potential to significantly restrict the regulator's enforcement power, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    Flat-Fee Legal Billing Can Liberate Attorneys

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    Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Spoliation Rule Remains Ambiguous Despite Amendments

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    Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.

  • SEC's Fraud Enforcement Shows Quality, If Not Quantity

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    Over the course of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently ended fiscal year, the regulator's Division of Enforcement fulfilled its promise to emphasize quality over quantity in cases alleging misrepresentations of financial performance by covering a wide swath of accounting, disclosure, internal control and auditor independence issues, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

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