Construction

  • November 25, 2020

    EU Court Must Rethink Ruling Canceling €1.4M Cartel Fine

    Europe's highest appeals court on Wednesday told a lower court to rethink key parts of its decision nixing a cartel fine against a food processing technology company.

  • November 25, 2020

    Pebble Mine's Future Dims As Key Permit Is Denied

    The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday said it will not approve a critical water permit for a controversial gold and copper mine in Alaska, saying the project's environmental harms are too great, even considering the estimated economic benefits.

  • November 25, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: LibreMax, Mattos Family, Morgan Stanley

    LibreMax Capital is reportedly hoping to sell a $78.6 million New York loan it made earlier this year, the Mattos family has reportedly paid $20.45 million for a Florida retail property and Morgan Stanley is said to have provided $180 million in CMBS financing for a New York office property.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump Says DOJ Can Stop Enviro Project Settlements

    The Trump administration told a Massachusetts federal court that it had the discretion to reach settlements as it saw fit, pushing to end a suit by environmental advocates that said the U.S. Department of Justice's policy banning environmental improvement projects in enforcement settlements is unlawful.

  • November 25, 2020

    Texas Tries Again To Undo $29M Verdict Over Highway Project

    Texas' government asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to review an appeals court's approval of a $29 million verdict for a developer who claimed that a highway project and related land condemnation tanked the value of the developer's residential project site, saying the ruling was incorrect.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.

  • November 25, 2020

    Chicago Union Reaches $3M Deal In Race Bias Suit

    A pipefitters' union struck a $3 million deal to end a long-running class action brought in Chicago federal court by Black workers who were allegedly boxed out of quality job opportunities.

  • November 25, 2020

    Odebrecht Construction Co. Files For Ch. 15 Bankruptcy In NY

    Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht Engineering and Construction has asked a New York bankruptcy judge to extend U.S. bankruptcy protections to its construction division in a Chapter 15 petition and enforce the terms of its $4.1 billion restructuring plan.

  • November 24, 2020

    NY Justices Say Insurer Can Escape Some Injury Award Costs

    New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an AIG unit is liable for $1.3 million in excess damages plus certain interest on a construction worker's $2.7 million personal injury win, saying the excess insurer is not liable for interest that would have been paid by the primary insurer under a now-voided policy.

  • November 24, 2020

    Attys In 5Pointz Graffiti Destruction Case Net $2M In Fees

    A New York City real estate developer that destroyed a famed graffiti space known as 5Pointz has agreed to pay attorneys at Eisenberg & Baum LLP, who are representing the artists behind the space, more than $2 million in attorney fees, according to a joint stipulation filed Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    DHS Sued Over Environmental Impacts Of Immigration

    Three Minnesota residents sued the federal government Tuesday alleging it has neglected its obligation to consider the environmental impacts of immigration to the U.S. for decades and "turned a blind eye" to how population increases jeopardize natural resources.

  • November 24, 2020

    States, Cities Seek Demise Of Trump's Narrowed Water Rule

    A group of states on Monday asked a federal judge to scrap the Trump administration's rule narrowing the scope of the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, saying the government failed to study how excluding many previously protected waters would harm water quality and step on states' rights.

  • November 24, 2020

    Divided DC Circ. Denies Tribes' Bid To Halt Border Wall

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel refused to halt construction of President Donald Trump's border wall on Monday, overriding claims from Native American groups that the project is irreversibly destroying significant archeological sites, in violation of federal law.

  • November 24, 2020

    Gov't Pushes To Stall Refunds On Turkish Steel Duties

    The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to once more hold off on forcing the government to refund duties paid by importers of Turkish steel as the case remains pending at the Federal Circuit.

  • November 24, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Goldman Properties, Greenberg

    Lennar has reportedly paid $29 million for 43.7 acres in Florida, Goldman Properties is said to have dropped $5.2 million on two Miami properties, and investor Scott Greenberg is reportedly hoping to build a Chicago arena where as many as 80 people could gather to play virtual reality games.

  • November 24, 2020

    Caterpillar Unit Dodges $4M In Damages Over Turbine

    A Caterpillar Inc. unit dodged an insurer's claim of at least $4 million for the malfunction of a wind turbine the company manufactured decades ago when a California federal judge upheld an arbitrator's determination that the insurer didn't have the right to seek that relief.

  • November 24, 2020

    Trump Admin. Tells 9th Circ. Alaska Land Swap Is Valid

    The Trump administration has told the Ninth Circuit that it properly weighed public health concerns when it approved a land transfer that could allow an isolated Native community to build a road through a wildlife refuge, despite the Obama administration's concern about the project's environmental impact.

  • November 24, 2020

    Northwest Hardwoods Plans Speedy Trip Through Ch. 11

    Lumber producer Northwest Hardwoods Inc. told a Delaware judge Tuesday it plans a speedy trip through Chapter 11 and aims to emerge from bankruptcy early next year with roughly $270 million of its debt wiped out and most of its ownership stake handed over to lenders.

  • November 23, 2020

    Shipbuilder Says Kinder Morgan Owes Asbestos Coverage

    Shipbuilding giant Huntington Ingalls Inc. has demanded Kinder Morgan provide insurance coverage for millions of dollars worth of asbestos-injury claims, telling a Virginia federal court that the energy company inherited the risk by buying Huntington's former parent company.

  • November 23, 2020

    Calif. Law Limiting Review Of Gas Power Plants Struck Down

    A California law unconstitutionally limited court review of where natural gas-fired and thermal power plants can be located to only the state's Supreme Court, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

  • November 23, 2020

    CIT Rebuffs Commerce's Calculation Of Korean Steel Duty

    The U.S. Court of International Trade shot down the U.S. Department of Commerce's recalculated duties on Korean steel pipes Monday, suggesting that the agency was defying prior decisions that limited its ability to craft higher duties.

  • November 23, 2020

    Biden Names John Kerry To New Climate Envoy Position

    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday made clear his commitment to tackling climate change, saying he'll name former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special White House climate envoy, a position that also features a seat on the National Security Council.

  • November 23, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: O'Reilly Auto, GlenLine, GME Alliance

    O'Reilly Auto Parts has reportedly sold a Florida warehouse for $11.65 million, GlenLine Investments is said to have paid $8.4 million for a Maryland industrial property, and GME Alliance is reportedly hoping to build 475 apartment units in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • November 23, 2020

    Judge Backs Sanctions For AWOL EB-5 Fraud Suit Defendant

    A Florida federal judge recommended Monday that a son should follow in his father's footsteps by being sanctioned with the striking of his pleadings and a default judgment for violating court orders and abandoning his defense in a suit accusing him of aiding a $50 million EB-5 investment fraud.

  • November 23, 2020

    Ill. Builders To Pay $370K In Toxic Dust Cloud Suit

    An Illinois developer and two contractors will pay $370,000 to settle the state's claims that they blanketed a low-income neighborhood with toxic dust after a botched smokestack demolition, which came amid a high point of the coronavirus outbreak.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • 4th Circ. Ruling Shows Limits To ADA Accommodation Claims

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    The Fourth Circuit’s recent denial of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim in Elledge v. Lowe's instructs employers on how to analyze accommodation requests and illustrates when disabled employees may not be entitled to special priority for reassignment, says Phillip Kilgore at Ogletree.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • Opinion

    Dakota Pipeline Challenge Undermines Permitting Process

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    If Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers succeeds at challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline's environmental permitting more than three years after it came online, other infrastructure projects might also face legal battles long after they are built, says David Hill at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Building Owners Face An Even Stricter NYC Climate Plan

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    New York City building owners and real estate developers should regard the city council's recent vote to expand strict greenhouse gas emissions limits to more buildings as an affirmation of the city's aggressive plans to address climate change, says Raymond Pomeroy at Stroock.

  • What To Expect From US Trade Policy In The Biden Era

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    President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will shift focus away from transactional relationships, focusing instead on multilateralism and rebuilding relations with key allies, even if a number of Trump administration trade initiatives live on, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

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