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  • March 21, 2019

    US Can Sell $82M Yacht Linked To Nigerian Corruption Case

    A federal judge in Texas has approved a request from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to sell an $82 million mega-yacht linked to an ongoing Nigerian corruption case.

  • March 21, 2019

    FERC Mulls Grid Rate Incentive Policy Changes

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it would explore revising its incentive policy for electric transmission projects to ensure it's properly encouraging new development, as well as how it calculates transmission company investor returns.

  • March 21, 2019

    DLA Piper Nabs Baker McKenzie, Wilson Sonsini Partners

    DLA Piper LLP said Wednesday that it's beefed up its California offices by hiring a former Baker McKenzie partner who focuses her practice on energy and project finance and a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who specializes in advising startups, emerging technology and media companies.

  • March 21, 2019

    Native Groups Can't Weigh In On National Monuments Cuts

    Efforts of Native American advocacy groups to support challenges to President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink two national monuments were halted Wednesday when a D.C federal judge said their proposed amicus brief would not help determine whether the president’s decision was authorized by the Antiquities Act.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOI Gives Tribes, States $291M For Coal Mine Cleanup

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that states including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas along with several tribes will benefit from more than $291 million in funding to be used for the reclamation and regeneration of abandoned coal mines.

  • March 21, 2019

    EPA Contractors Can't Dodge Suit Over Gold King Mine Spill

    A New Mexico federal judge has allowed the bulk of claims to proceed against two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors who worked on the Gold King Mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminants, saying they must face allegations brought under federal environmental and state tort laws.

  • March 21, 2019

    Mo. Regulators OK $2.3B Power Line After Court Rebuke

    Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday greenlighted the construction of a $2.3 billion interstate electric transmission line, less than a year after the Missouri Supreme Court said the state's public service commission got it wrong in rejecting the long-gestating project.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Seadrill Can't Dodge Oro Negro Ch. 15 Depo Subpoena

    Seadrill Ltd. cannot duck a subpoena seeking to unearth what the company knew about alleged efforts to disrupt rival Perforadora Oro Negro's Gulf of Mexico oil drilling operations, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, saying it would not be overly burdensome for the company to designate a suitable deponent.

  • March 20, 2019

    Gorsuch's Take On Treaty And Tax Bodes Well For Tribes

    The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the Yakama Nation's rights Tuesday when it ruled that a tribal company is shielded from a Washington state fuel tax by the Yakamas' federal treaty, but Justice Neil Gorsuch's robust concurrence could prove of greater long-term consequence as it shows the justice poised to become a swing vote in tribal cases.

  • March 20, 2019

    States Join Push For DC Circ. To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

    Several states, including Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have urged the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its determination that the one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted.

  • March 20, 2019

    BLM Fell Short On Wyo. Drilling's Climate Impact, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge has halted the Bureau of Land Management from authorizing new oil and gas drilling on roughly 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming until the government goes back and takes a closer look at how it will impact climate change.

  • March 20, 2019

    Beckham's Miami MLS Team Can Proceed With Stadium Plans

    The Fort Lauderdale City Council gave Inter Miami CF the green light to start negotiating the nearly $60 million development of a training complex and community park facilities in the Florida town, as the club gears up to join Major League Soccer in 2020.

  • March 20, 2019

    Ardian Notches €6.1B For 5th Infrastructure Fund

    Paris-based private equity firm Ardian revealed Wednesday that it has clinched its fifth infrastructure fund after collecting €6.1 billion ($6.9 billion) from limited partners, with plans to focus on transport, energy and other public infrastructure assets.

  • March 19, 2019

    Enviros, Dems Criticize EPA New Plant Rule In Comments

    Green groups and Democratic politicians are criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to replace an Obama-era rule regulating new and modified power plants' carbon emissions as inadequately protective of human health and the environment.

  • March 19, 2019

    Greenpeace Sued Again Over Dakota Access Protest Support

    Greenpeace sought Monday to remove to North Dakota federal court a new Energy Transfer LP complaint that accuses the environmental group of encouraging "violent attacks" against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, asking the court to review the case just one month after it dismissed a similar suit.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    From Showdowns To Hotlines, Frazzled Judges Get Creative

    Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.

  • March 19, 2019

    Ex-NY Pol Asks 2nd Circ. To Nix Muni Bond Fraud Conviction

    A former Ramapo, New York, town supervisor convicted of fraud and conspiracy in what was billed as the first criminal fraud case involving municipal bonds on Tuesday asked the Second Circuit for a new trial, saying improper questioning by federal prosecutors should have scuttled the trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Opposite Rulings Refine Scope Of Texas Sovereign Immunity

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    Last week, the Texas Supreme Court reached opposite conclusions in two sovereign immunity cases, reflecting the excruciating parsing of statutory text required to determine whether a claim against a local government is barred or is encompassed by a statutory waiver of immunity, says Lyndon Bittle at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    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 Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • What EU Investment Screening Will Mean For Dealmakers

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    Last week, the European Council approved a regulation to screen foreign direct investment into European Union member states on national security grounds. Dealmakers considering near-term transactions with a nexus to the EU will need to evaluate how the new regulations may impact deal timelines, disclosures, certainty and costs, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.