Construction

  • February 06, 2024

    Legato Merger's Third SPAC Prices $175M Offering

    Legato Merger Corp. III, a special-purpose acquisition company targeting infrastructure and construction-related industries, was slated to begin trading Tuesday after raising $175 million in an initial public offering, represented by Graubard Miller and underwriters' counsel Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • February 06, 2024

    Construction Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP secured a $1.9 billion arbitration award in June in a case stemming from cost overruns at a Colombian oil refinery and is defending the award in forums on three continents, earning a spot among Law360's 2023 Practice Groups of the Year for Construction.

  • February 06, 2024

    NY Judge Wants Info On Perjury Probe Of Trump Lieutenant

    A New York state judge weighing the evidence in Donald Trump's civil fraud trial demanded more information Tuesday about reports that a key trial witness, former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, is facing perjury charges for his testimony in the case.

  • February 06, 2024

    70 Arrested In NYC Public Housing Bribery Bust

    Dozens of current and former New York City public housing workers were arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption sweep described by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office as featuring the highest number of federal bribery and extortion charges issued in a single day.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-NYPD Official Cops To NYC Mayor Straw Donor Scam

    A retired New York Police Department inspector and longtime ally of New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday pled guilty in Manhattan state court to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for his part in a scheme to use straw donors to inflate public funding of the mayor's 2021 campaign.

  • February 05, 2024

    Groups Urge 9th Circ. To Overturn Alaskan Willow Project

    The Bureau of Land Management should have looked before it leaped in reapproving ConocoPhillips' planned Willow drilling project in Arctic Alaska, the Center for Biological Diversity said Monday, arguing that the agency refused to evaluate the effects of any alternative plans that stranded economically viable oil on the company's land leases.

  • February 05, 2024

    US Backs Spain In $386M Solar Award Cases

    The Biden administration is urging the D.C. Circuit not to enforce some $386 million in arbitral awards issued to investors after Spain dialed back its renewable energy incentives, arguing that courts need not defer to arbitrators when deciding whether an arbitration agreement exists.

  • February 05, 2024

    Caterpillar Gets Tweaks To Antitrust Suit Blocked

    A Delaware federal judge has refused to let a defunct construction equipment supplier add a new legal theory in its long-running antitrust case accusing Caterpillar of pressuring an online auctioneer to break its contract with a would-be competitor, finding no good cause to permit amendment years after the deadline.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fla. Wants To Keep Clean Water Act Permit Review Powers

    Florida officials have told a D.C. federal judge that there would be substantial consequences if he pulls the state's authority to run a federal Clean Water Act permit program that has received thousands of project applications that are reviewed by more than 300 trained employees.

  • February 05, 2024

    Lowe's Drops Appeal After $1.5M Faulty-Roof Settlement

    Lowe's Home Centers and a Philadelphia woman will drop their appeals after reaching a $1.5 million settlement over claims that the company improperly denied warranty repairs after an affiliated contractor allegedly botched a $9,500 roof installation, court records showed.

  • February 05, 2024

    FERC Says It Followed Court's Orders With LNG Reapproval

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission defended its reapproval of a Texas liquefied natural gas terminal Monday, telling the D.C. Circuit it addressed the appeals court's concerns after the court ordered the agency to revise its environmental reviews of the project.

  • February 05, 2024

    Insurer Owes $1.3M In Defects Row Defense Costs, Co. Says

    A Hartford unit owes a Chicago-area homebuilder more than $1.3 million in unpaid defense costs related to an underlying construction defect suit, the company told an Illinois federal court, claiming the insurer has refused to explain its coverage decisions.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Adds Real Estate Vet In Miami Office

    Philadelphia-based firm Fox Rothschild LLP has welcomed a commercial real estate attorney with more than 20 years of experience to its Miami office, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Discrepancy In Co. Name Can't Sink $4.5M Army Deal Dispute

    The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has allowed an Iraqi contractor to proceed with its $4.5 million dispute over alleged unpaid invoices under a construction equipment deal, rejecting the U.S. Army's arguments that the claim and contract involved two different companies.

  • February 05, 2024

    States, Businesses Push To Sink Feds' Amended WOTUS Rule

    Texas, Idaho and more than a dozen industry groups are asking a Texas federal judge to throw out the U.S. government's latest rule to define the "waters of the United States," arguing that it oversteps federal authorities under the Clean Water Act, is overly vague and flies in the face of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • February 05, 2024

    Construction Group Of The Year: Kaplan Kirsch

    An industry leader in the planning and construction of some of the country's major transit hubs, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP worked on guiding the expansion of the L in Chicago and the improvements to Los Angeles International Airport, earning a spot among Law360's 2023 Construction Groups of the Year.

  • February 05, 2024

    Chemical Co. Cut Off-Site Work From Pay, Ex-Worker Says

    A Pennsylvania chemical manufacturer and distributor underpaid its workers by leaving tasks off their paychecks that they completed away from assigned job sites and undercalculating overtime wages, an ex-worker alleged in a proposed class action filed in state court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Real Estate Authority: Fannie, Freddie And Chevron Deference

    Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on this week's key developments in California, Florida and New York — and on how a U.S. Supreme Court rollback of Chevron deference could affect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • February 02, 2024

    NYC Serves Up Final Rules For Permanent Outdoor Dining

    New York City on Friday released the final rules for its permanent outdoor dining program affecting restaurant owners in all five boroughs, as a group of 30 Manhattan residents in state court continue to oppose what they say is a "massive zoning change" that poses environmental risks.

  • February 02, 2024

    Aviation Biz Can't Recoup Duty With Floating Text, Judge Says

    An airplane parts manufacturer couldn't claw back the duties it paid on imports that were ultimately reexported, failing to convince the U.S. Court of International Trade that floating text in the tariff schedule qualified the items for a duty drawback.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clean Energy Can Revive Fossil Fuel Sites, But Risks Abound

    Building clean energy projects on the sites of shuttered or aging coal- and gas-fired power plants is a multibillion-dollar opportunity to accelerate the U.S. energy transition, but there are steep legal and practical hurdles to clear. Here's a rundown of what developers must grapple with if they want to build green on fossil fuel sites.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mich. Prevailing Wage Policy Gets Appellate Court's Backing

    A Michigan agency did not overstep its authority when it required that workers on certain state-funded construction projects be paid a prevailing wage, an appellate court panel has ruled, finding the Legislature's repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act did not remove the agency's ability to impose certain terms on state contracts.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ga. Appeals Court Scraps Bond Order In Auto Plant Fight

    A group of Georgia residents hoping to block the construction of a $5 billion Rivian electric car plant shouldn't have been required to post a six-figure bond to continue with their litigation, a state Court of Appeals panel ruled Friday, overturning a county trial court's ruling.

  • February 02, 2024

    Latham Led Firms In January IPOs As New Listings Pick Up

    Latham & Watkins LLP assumed work on more initial public offerings than any other law firm in January, steering five IPOs for companies and underwriters during a month that saw a rise in new listings that could portend additional momentum beyond February.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurer Needn't Cover Contractor In Construction Injury Suit

    Evanston Insurance Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a contractor in an underlying suit filed by a worker who was injured when he fell off a ladder at a construction site, a Washington federal court ruled Friday, saying the policy's residential construction exclusion applies.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Brownfields' Definition Key To Energy Community Tax Credits

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    As the IRS rolls out guidance for claiming community energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, a review of the long-standing statutory definition of "brownfields" reveals that it continues to serve the goal of creating opportunities for investment in abandoned properties, says Louise Dyble at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Why Courts Are Nixing Insurer Defense Recoupment Claims

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    Following a recent trend, the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision in St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. v. Bodell Construction Co. provides a concise explanation of the argument that an insurer generally may not recoup costs for defending claims, based on three considerations, says Bradley Nash at Hoguet Newman.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • New Texas Funds For Water And Power Projects: Key Points

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    Two amendments to the Texas Constitution recently approved by the state's voters, implementing public funds for water and energy projects, may incentivize private companies to participate in development of new water and power infrastructure in Texas — and could well serve as a model for similar partnerships elsewhere, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • DOJ's RealPage Notice Signals Focus On Pricing Algorithms

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division recently filed a statement of interest in the Realpage multidistrict litigation to stake out its position that price-fixing algorithms pose a great anti-competitive threat, which suggests that the DOJ and private parties may continue to bring similar actions in the future, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages

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    In light of shifting federal infrastructure priorities and recent updates to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, employers should take the time to revisit the basics of prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and similar laws, says Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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