Construction

  • November 05, 2019

    $31M Verdict Against Spanish Pipe Co. Cut To $6.7M

    A Texas federal judge has slashed a $31 million verdict won by a pair of American pipe makers that successfully alleged a Spanish competitor undercut their business with false advertisements, capping the recovery at roughly $6.7 million.

  • November 05, 2019

    Judge Misused 'Such' In Denying Tribe's Casino, 1st Circ. Told

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe told the First Circuit in a brief filed Monday that a federal judge was wrong to say the U.S. Department of the Interior lacked the authority to take land into trust for the tribe's casino project, saying his decision stemmed from a misreading of the word "such" in a law's text.

  • November 05, 2019

    Texas Calls $28M Value Dip Over Highway Project 'Speculative'

    "Speculative" damages estimates skewed a Texas jury's $28.8 million verdict for the owner of a proposed housing development that alleged a highway project drastically reduced the value of the site, the state of Texas argued on Tuesday.

  • November 05, 2019

    SEC Disgorgement Could Survive A High Court Defeat

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's authority to seek disgorgement in federal court, but there's a chance that any negative outcome for the securities regulator will be temporary.

  • November 05, 2019

    Commerce Sets Early-Phase Duties On Chinese Staples

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday teed up preliminary duties ranging up to 157% on heavy-duty staples imported from China after finding that government subsidies gave the imports an unfair advantage over domestic producers.

  • November 05, 2019

    3rd Circ. Won't Revisit 'Untenable' PennEast Decision

    The Third Circuit rebuffed arguments that the court handed out an "untenable" result when it held that developers of the $1 billion PennEast pipeline can’t seize land owned by New Jersey for the project, deciding Tuesday not to rehear the case.

  • November 05, 2019

    Akin Gump, Hotel Developer Slam $180K Sanctions Bid

    Los Angeles hotel developer Relevant Group and its Akin Gump attorneys should not face $180,000 in sanctions because the racketeering suit they filed against a Relevant rival has a solid legal basis, they told a California federal court.

  • November 05, 2019

    Pillsbury, Skadden Guide Kaman's $330M Deal For Bal Seal

    Kaman, which makes aircraft components, said Tuesday it agreed to buy Bal Seal Engineering for $330 million in cash in a deal steered by Skadden and Pillsbury.

  • November 04, 2019

    Apple Pledges $2.5B To Help Combat Calif. Housing Crisis

    Apple on Monday said it will put $2.5 billion toward tackling California’s housing crisis, unveiling a two-year initiative that aims to “accelerate and expand new housing production” statewide as well as help first-time homeowners.

  • November 04, 2019

    Blame Game Won't Save Texas Condo Developer From Prison

    A Texas entrepreneur convicted of using his high-security luxury condominium project to launder suspected Colombian drug money was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Monday by a federal judge who refused to believe he caved to violent threats from his New Jersey accomplice.

  • November 04, 2019

    Scammers Milked $1.8M From NY Dairy Co., Suit Says

    Scammers ripped off Ultra Dairy for $1.8 million by posing as the New York dairy business' construction contractor, Ultra Dairy told a New York federal court.

  • November 04, 2019

    Fla. Mall's Roof Was Damaged Before Irma, Insurer Says

    An insurance company told a New York state court that it should not be required to pay for damages allegedly incurred at the Mall of the Americas from Hurricane Irma on the grounds that damage to the roof, among other conditions, occurred prior to the storm.

  • November 04, 2019

    LeClairRyan, Eckert Seek $100K Fees For $13.7M Ponzi Deal

    Eckert Seamans and now-shuttered LeClairRyan are seeking $100,258 for their work representing the receiver following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $13.7 million settlement with Kiddar Capital LLC over a real estate investment Ponzi scheme.

  • November 04, 2019

    Kirkland-Backed OpenGate Raises $585M For Second Fund

    Guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, private equity firm OpenGate Capital said Monday it raised $585 million for its second institutional fund — exceeding its goal of $450 million — enabling it to further invest across the technology, business services and construction sectors.

  • November 04, 2019

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Fredrikson & Byron, Rosenberg & Estis and Maynard Cooper are among the law firms that made real estate or construction hires over the past couple of weeks.

  • November 04, 2019

    Asbestos Coverage Rule To Take Spotlight In Md. High Court

    Maryland's high court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether Zurich American Insurance Co. must cover an entire $2.7 million judgment against its policyholder in an asbestos injury lawsuit, in a case that will give the state justices the chance to decide the proper method for allocating insurance coverage for tort claims spanning multiple years.

  • November 04, 2019

    $322M Investment Coming To UK's Cambridge Properties

    Aviva Investors and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board said Monday they’ll invest up to £250 million ($322 million) into a commercial property in the U.K.’s Cambridge area.

  • November 01, 2019

    Insurer Tries To Dodge Claims Over Builder's Faulty Homes

    An insurer filed suit against home builder PulteGroup on Friday to try to get out of covering home-repair claims brought against the company, which allegedly failed to inform homebuyers that homes were not up to building code and then denied repairs to those homeowners.

  • November 01, 2019

    US Cracks Down On Iranian Construction Sector

    The Trump administration levied new sanctions against Iran's construction sector and a group of materials used in the country's nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs.

  • November 01, 2019

    Mich. Challenge To Enbridge Pipeline Tunnel Rejected

    Enbridge Inc. defeated a challenge by Democratic Michigan officials to a law enacted by their Republican predecessors that will allow the company to build a tunnel for its pipeline replacement project.

  • November 01, 2019

    Drain Co. Owner Guilty In Boston Trench Collapse Deaths

    The owner of a drain service company is responsible for the deaths of two workers killed when a trench collapsed and flooded with water at a Boston excavation site in 2016, a Massachusetts judge said Thursday.

  • November 01, 2019

    TC Energy Plans $1.2B Canadian Pipeline Expansion

    TC Energy on Friday said it is planning to spend $1.2 billion to expand two of its gas transmission systems that will connect to a $335 million pipeline project aimed at increasing access to the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

  • November 01, 2019

    API Says Offshore Drilling Suit Belongs In La., Not Calif.

    The American Petroleum Institute, echoing past federal government arguments, urged a California federal judge to move a due process violation suit about offshore drilling regulations from California to Louisiana, arguing the southeastern state should decide the case because it has more at stake in it.

  • November 01, 2019

    More Buyers Can Join Pricing Suit Vs. Door Makers

    New litigants from several states can join a proposed antitrust class action against two interior door makers even after claims under those states’ laws were tossed for lack of standing because doing so won’t unfairly slant the case, a Virginia federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • November 01, 2019

    Contract Copy Needed In Co.'s Suit Against Navy, Judge Says

    A Court of Federal Claims judge refused to toss a construction company's claim that it racked up $1.4 million in extra costs after the Navy imposed soil disposal restrictions that weren't part of its contract, saying she needs a copy of the deal before she can take sides.

Expert Analysis

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    Judging A Book: McMahon Reviews 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

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    In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

  • SC Attorney-Client Privilege Ruling Is A Gift To Insurers

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    In the Mt. Hawley case, the South Carolina Supreme Court adopted a case-by-case framework to address competing concerns in discovery of insurers' attorney-client privileged communications in bad faith litigation. In doing so, however, the court created an unfair requirement for policyholders, say Bradley Dlatt and James Davis of Perkins Coie.

  • 4 State Responses To Opportunity Zones

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    State legislatures across the country are responding to the federal opportunity zone provisions in a variety of ways that could provide significant state tax benefits for businesses that act quickly, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • What Employers Can Expect From NLRB's New Reg Agenda

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    The National Labor Relations Board recently outlined its rulemaking priorities. From union election "blocking charges" to standards for determining joint employer status, Lori Armstrong Halber at Reed Smith discusses the important details from each agenda item.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • An In-Depth Guide To Latest Opportunity Zone Regs: Part 2

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    The final part of this deep dive into proposed opportunity zone regulations focuses on fund compliance requirements and new rules with respect to leases, opportunity zone businesses and real estate, says Marc Schulz of Snell & Wilmer.

  • An In-Depth Guide To Latest Opportunity Zone Regs: Part 1

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    In the second tranche of opportunity zone proposed regulations, the IRS provides extremely flexible guidance that may be enough to induce investors to start investing all of the capital sitting on the sidelines into qualified opportunity funds, says Marc Schulz of Snell & Wilmer.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Fateful Phone Call

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    When I was growing up, my mother was always the more mild-mannered parent. But during a trans-Atlantic phone call in 1991, when I told her I wanted to go to culinary school instead of law school, she started yelling — at a volume I had never heard from her, says Jason Brookner of Gray Reed.

  • Law Firms Can Do Better With Their Mentoring Programs

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    There are a few practical, proactive steps law firms can take to create a mentoring program that pays dividends — instead of creating a mediocre program that both parties see as an obligation, says Kate Sheikh of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • How To Comply With NYC's New Climate Mobilization Act

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    Even though compliance is not mandated until 2024, New York City building owners should begin taking steps now to prepare for the Climate Mobilization Act's new limits on buildings' greenhouse gas emissions, say YuhTyng Patka and David Miller of Duval & Stachenfeld.

  • The Latest Developments In Criminal Cases Against Execs

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    This spring, there was some noteworthy news in white collar government investigations impacting executives, including the first successful prosecution in the opioid bribery scheme and the first criminal charges for failure to report under the Consumer Product Safety Act, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • How New State Laws Will Affect Power Plant Closure Costs

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    Many states are proposing and passing legislation in response to the economic impacts of coal and nuclear power plant closings. Some of the legislation would provide short time frames for recouping closing costs from ratepayers, so plant owners must track policy developments closely, say Bruce Baker and Libby Ford of Nixon Peabody.

  • Reports On USMCA Offer Industry-Specific Guidance For Cos.

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    Recent reports from the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative have assessed the likely impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the U.S. economy. By reviewing the reports' predictions for their industries, companies can be better prepared in case the USMCA is ratified, say Francesca Guerrero and Kayla Toney of Winston & Strawn.

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