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Project Finance

  • November 15, 2018

    Panama Canal Contractor Can't Escape $22M Payment

    A Florida federal judge has refused to let a Panama Canal contractor dodge a final judgment upholding a more than $22 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the contractor’s claims that the award was already satisfied.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-UN Boss Bribe Plans Are Fair Game In FCPA Trial

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday said the government may introduce evidence in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act trial of the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization that he planned to bribe the same United Nations official at the center of Chinese real estate billionaire Ng Lap Seng’s bribery case.

  • November 14, 2018

    Puerto Rico Sales Tax Plan Lacks Details, Stakeholders Say

    The outline of a plan to restructure nearly $18 billion in debt owed by the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corp., or COFINA, is missing vital information, some stakeholders said this week, saying more details are needed on how funds will be distributed and how pending lawsuits will affect the process.

  • November 14, 2018

    Trump EPA's Air Policy Tweaks Relax Permit Program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest change to a Clean Air Act permitting program will provide clarity to facilities looking to expand their operations and make it easier to avoid more stringent pollution controls, continuing the Trump administration's efforts to make industry-friendly changes to the program.

  • November 14, 2018

    Navajo Landowners Ask 10th Circ. To Allow Oil, Gas Drilling

    A Navajo Nation landowners group has urged the Tenth Circuit to rule against environmental groups and another Navajo tribal group seeking to block the Bureau of Land Management from allowing further oil and gas drilling in New Mexico’s Mancos Shale, saying it’s essential to the local economy.

  • November 14, 2018

    Sears Battles Creditors Urging Total Liquidation

    Sears Holdings Corp. is firing back at its unsecured creditors' objections to its bidding procedures proposal, telling a New York bankruptcy court that the committee is making "uninformed" suggestions that could cost the estate billions.

  • November 14, 2018

    Kramer Levin, Milbank Tweed Steer $1B Hotel-Casino Buy

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP represented REIT Vici Properties Inc. on its acquisition, alongside Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Inc., of a Detroit hotel and casino from Rock Ventures LLC and Jack Entertainment LLC for a combined $1 billion, a deal announced Wednesday and in which Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP helped Penn National.

  • November 14, 2018

    SEC Fights Bid For Quick Win In $14.5M EB-5 Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday urged a Washington federal court not to toss a case in which a development company and its president face allegations that they scammed Chinese investors out of more than $14.5 million through the EB-5 visa program.

  • November 13, 2018

    US To Pay Contractor $1.1M For SC Nuclear Facility Work

    The National Nuclear Security Administration must pay at least $1.1 million in withheld cash to the company tasked with designing, building and running a now-canceled nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims said Friday.

  • November 13, 2018

    DC Circ. Asked To Nix Airlines' Suit Over Portland Airport Fees

    The Federal Aviation Administration asked the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to reject a suit from an airlines trade group challenging Portland International Airport’s use of airport revenue to pay off city utilities, saying the disputed charges are allowed since they count as airport “operating costs.”

  • November 13, 2018

    Committee Backs $1.2B LA Project, Including $100M Subsidies

    A proposed $1.2 billion development project in downtown Los Angeles, which may include close to $100 million in subsidies derived largely from tax revenue, received favorable recommendation Tuesday from the City Council's Economic Development Committee.

  • November 13, 2018

    Pa. Water Co. Wants Seller To Cover Subsidiary's Legal Costs

    Pittsburgh-based Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. wants French company Bio UV Group SAS to pick up the legal bills for a company Evoqua bought from it in 2016, claiming in state court Tuesday that a hot-tub maker's claims against the purchased company should be covered by the indemnification language in the stock purchase agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Feds Seek End To Tribes' Suit Over Copper Mine Approval

    The federal government has asked an Arizona federal judge for a quick win in a suit brought by three Native American tribes challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to greenlight a planned copper mine, saying the agency’s regulations don’t let it block mining even if it could damage tribal cultural sites.

  • November 13, 2018

    FERC Using Outdated Rate For Pipeline Fees, DC Circ. Hears

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission used outmoded data to compute the initial shipping rates for three major gas pipelines in the works, opening the door to overcharges down the road, two state utility regulators told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    As Amazon Goes Elsewhere, Pittsburgh To Release HQ2 Bid

    Now that Amazon has announced it will split its second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are dropping their effort to keep their bid for the giant project secret and will release at least part of it to the public soon, Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Amazon Unveils $5B Plan For NY, Va. Headquarters

    Amazon Inc. said on Tuesday that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters, laying out a plan that would see the e-commerce giant invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 full-time jobs across the two locations.

  • November 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ.'s Bond Ruling Likely To Affect State-Level Contracts

    The Federal Circuit’s ruling that federal law required a government contractor to provide bonds prior to starting two U.S. Army construction projects will likely have nationwide ramifications, as each state’s courts consider how similar statutes apply to state contracts, lawyers said.

  • November 9, 2018

    Fla. Developer With Kushner Ties Slams EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A real estate developer connected to White House adviser Jared Kushner has urged a Florida state court to scrap claims from a group of Chinese investors seeking EB-5 visas that he defrauded them of $99.5 million, arguing that the lawsuit is based on false allegations and is time-barred.

  • November 9, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a pair of disputes involving asset manager CGrowth, another suit from private equity-linked firms taking on parties linked to Thailand's KPN Group and Kodak bring a competition case against Goldman, Glencore and others the film giant has accused of manipulating aluminum prices in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 9, 2018

    What To Know After Court Dumps Keystone XL Approval

    A Montana federal judge on Thursday vacated the presidential, cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and halted work on the controversial project until the U.S. Department of State crafts an environmental review that complies with federal law, casting fresh doubt on the project's future. Here are four key takeaways from the court's ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Planning For The UK Nuclear Industry Beyond Brexit

    Ian Truman

    The government of the United Kingdom recently issued its proposal for nuclear trade and collaboration with the European Union after Brexit. But future arrangements for the supply of nuclear fuel may not be finalized until after the U.K. leaves the EU, says Ian Truman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Assessing Atomic Energy Act's Reach At High Court

    Michael Murphy

    Based on last week's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Virginia Uranium v. Warren, it appears the court will reject the Fourth Circuit’s reasoning that Virginia’s purpose is irrelevant to the question of whether the state's ban on mining is preempted by the Atomic Energy Act, says Michael Murphy of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Tax Delayed Is Tax Avoided: More Opportunity Zone Benefits

    Lewis Horowitz

    Although the opportunity zone program is designed to stimulate investment in low-income areas, in many cases, taxpayers can benefit from investments in neighborhoods — such as those in Washington and Oregon — that are growing despite this incentive, say Eric Kodesch and Lewis Horowitz of Lane Powell PC.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.