Construction

  • 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.

  • December 02, 2019

    Wash. Judge Pauses $4.2B Cut In Vehicle Taxes, Fees

    A Washington state judge has halted a ballot measure that would lower or eliminate vehicle taxes and fees and reduce state and local revenue by $4.2 billion over the next six years after multiple localities challenged the measure's constitutionality.

  • December 02, 2019

    Texas School District, Insurers Agree To End $10M Harvey Suit

    A Texas federal judge has signed off on a joint stipulation to dismiss a school district’s suit seeking up to $10 million from its insurers for damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, after the insurers used an underlying arbitration agreement to move the suit to federal court.

  • December 02, 2019

    Rhode Island Announces $400M Stadium Development Project

    The state of Rhode Island, the city of Pawtucket and a private investor announced on Monday a $400 million real estate economic development project creating a stadium, hotel and retail space intended to transform the city’s physical waterfront area.

  • December 02, 2019

    Outlook Hazy For Year-End Tax Bill As Dec. Deadline Looms

    As Congress returned Monday with about three weeks remaining before the body adjourns, lawmakers still hadn't ironed out their differences over a year-end tax package designed to fix the 2017 tax law, extend targeted incentives and boost retirement security.

  • December 02, 2019

    Enviros Lose Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Listing Battle

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of a Maryland report that trimmed a list of waters needing special pollution controls, a loss for green groups that said the areas may not meet water quality standards.

  • December 02, 2019

    UK Online Grocer Ocado Sells $776M In Convertible Bonds

    United Kingdom-based online grocery retailer Ocado Group said Monday it had finalized a £600 million ($776 million) offering of convertible bonds, a £100 million increase from its initial offer following investor demand, to help fund its cooperation with grocery stores around the world.

  • December 02, 2019

    Boustani Acquitted In $2B Mozambique Loan Fraud Case

    A New York federal jury cleared Privinvest Group executive Jean Boustani on Monday of conspiracy charges brought over an alleged fraud and kickback scheme involving $2 billion in Mozambican government-backed loans for maritime projects.

  • December 02, 2019

    Trump Will Impose Metal Tariffs Against Argentina, Brazil

    President Donald Trump said he would set national security-driven steel and aluminum tariffs against Brazil and Argentina on Monday, accusing both countries of lowering the value of their currencies to gain an unfair trading edge.

  • December 02, 2019

    Insurance Co. Denies Liability For Repairs To £5M Penthouse

    An insurer has denied that it owes the owners of a £5 million ($6.5 million) penthouse damages caused by allegedly faulty construction, telling a London court that they bought the flat at a discount and therefore it does not owe them a dime.

Expert Analysis

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • High Court's Knick Ruling May Hinder Calif. Public Agencies

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Knick v. Scott allowing plaintiffs to file takings and inverse condemnation lawsuits in federal court may mean that California landowners no longer need to exhaust judicial remedies first, possibly discouraging public agencies from undertaking legal actions, says Gene Tanaka of Best Best.

  • 2 Key Factors In Pay-If-Paid Construction Payment Disputes

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    Recent decisions from courts across the county show that the outcome of construction payment lawsuits involving pay-if-paid clauses may vary depending on inconsistent state laws and the nature of the construction project, says Bob Cox of Williams Mullen.

  • NY Pay Frequency Ruling May Expand Employer Liability

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    In Vega v. CM & Associates Construction Management, a New York appellate court recently recognized for manual workers a private cause of action and the ability to recover liquidated damages when they have been paid late, a decision that could lead to an uptick in pay frequency claims, say Leni Battaglia and Melissa Rodriguez at Morgan Lewis.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Opinion

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

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    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.

  • How New York Crafted Its Own Green New Deal: Part 3

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    There may be reason to doubt the feasibility of some of the ambitious goals that New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets for emissions reductions and renewable energy production, and the state's ability to completely transform its electricity and transportation sectors, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins.

  • Claims Court Lowers Bar For Proposal Misrepresentation

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    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' recent decision in NetCentrics is a departure from prior decisions in that it holds that intent is not a necessary element of material proposal misrepresentation, says Aron Beezley at Bradley Arant.

  • Roundup

    Pursuing Wellness

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    In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

  • What To Do When A Private Equity Firm Wants Your Business

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    With private equity firms clamoring to put an increasing supply of dry powder to work, business owners should come to the bargaining table prepared, and resist the temptation of a quick, off-market deal, say David Kaufman and Nathan Viehl at Thompson Coburn.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

  • How New York Crafted Its Own Green New Deal: Part 2

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    New York state's recently enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act lays out ambitious energy production and emissions goals and an aggressive timeline for achieving them — but does not mandate any particular strategies for doing so, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins.

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