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Construction

  • December 18, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Builder In Defective Fla. Condo Suit

    A Florida federal judge granted homebuilder KB Home an initial win Tuesday in a dispute with Southern Insurance over coverage for underlying claims relating to alleged construction defects in a 270-unit condo project.

  • December 18, 2018

    10th Circ. Won't Rethink Pipeline Ruling Protecting Tribal Land

    The Tenth Circuit won't reconsider its mid-November decision denying a natural gas pipeline company the right to take control of land that's partially owned by a Native American tribe, the court said in a short order.

  • December 18, 2018

    GSA Must Widen Search For Docs In FBI Headquarters Suit

    A D.C. federal judge has denied the U.S. General Services Administration’s bid to escape a watchdog group’s suit seeking documents regarding an abandoned plan to relocate the FBI's headquarters, instead telling the agency to expand its search for documents.

  • December 18, 2018

    The Court Battle That Could Topple Trump's Metal Tariffs

    Attorneys will gather in the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday morning for oral arguments in a case that could wipe out the Cold War-era statute used by President Donald Trump to impose sweeping steel and aluminum duties and provide the first legal check on the administration’s robust trade enforcement push.

  • December 18, 2018

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Greenberg Traurig LLP, K&L Gates LLP and Gould & Ratner LLP are among the various law firms that recently made new real estate or construction lawyer hires.

  • December 18, 2018

    Sears Gets Approval For $60M Home Improvement Biz Sale

    Sears Holding Corp. on Tuesday won approval from a New York bankruptcy judge for the sale of its home improvement business for $60 million, while telling the judge it is going ahead with the sale of the rest of its assets without a stalking horse bidder.

  • December 18, 2018

    Architect Hit With $12.5M Suit By NYC Hotel Developer

    A development company that spent more than $23.5 million acquiring condominium units in New York’s garment district is seeking at least $12.5 million in damages from an architect and his firm for allegedly failing to give proper advice regarding the restrictions on building a new hotel in a neighborhood under the New York City Zoning Resolution, according to a complaint filed in New York state court.  

  • December 17, 2018

    2 Judges Rule Against Weyerhaeuser In Formaldehyde Suits

    Weyerhaeuser Co. should continue to face claims that some of its wood products emitted harmful formaldehyde gas, federal judges in Pennsylvania and Colorado said Friday.

  • December 17, 2018

    Miami Builder Evades Multimillion-Dollar Suit Before Trial

    Miami-area developer Edgardo Defortuna avoided a trial Monday in a lawsuit accusing him of fraudulently directing funds for an oceanfront condominium tower to affiliated entities while stiffing investors and lenders, but his accusers vowed to fight a decision they said was based on technicalities.

  • December 17, 2018

    Civilian Contract Appeals Board Tackles Predecessor Conflicts

    The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has addressed for the first time how it will resolve clashing predecessor board precedents, disavowing one board’s precedent in favor of another board’s as part of a dispute over appeal rights on a terminated U.S. General Services Administration construction contract.

  • December 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms Safeco's Win In Corps Project Row

    The Second Circuit held that a lower court was right in concluding that Safeco Insurance Co. of America is entitled to indemnification from a construction contractor for losses suffered under bonds issued for Army Corps of Engineers projects, finding no merit to claims that the insurer flouted its contractual obligations or acted in bad faith.

  • December 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Revives Enviro's CWA Suit Against Recycler

    The Second Circuit on Monday revived the Sierra Club's lawsuit seeking to stop a New York construction waste recycling company from discharging polluted stormwater, ruling that the company's activities could be subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

  • December 17, 2018

    Port Authority Hit With Tax Suit Over Parking Permits

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has been forcing private parking garages at area airports into permit contracts the garage owners say amount to illegal taxation and anti-competitive business practices, according to a suit filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • December 17, 2018

    Design Firm Challenges H-1B Denial For Database Manager

    A Seattle-based global design and architecture firm has sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in federal court over the agency's decision to deny an analyst's bid for an H-1B specialty occupation visa, accusing the agency of ignoring evidence and acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

  • December 15, 2018

    Interior Head Zinke Exits Amid Ethics Investigations

    U.S. Department of the Interior head Ryan Zinke has resigned from the agency amid several ethics investigations, leaving a legacy of support for increased domestic energy production and greater access to federal lands for industry and hunters, along with big rollbacks of environmental and endangered species protections.

  • December 14, 2018

    Ky. High Court Reverses Appellate Panel On Sewer Contract

    A Kentucky appellate court improperly dumped the entire dispute resolution process detailed in a municipal sewer construction contract, the state’s Supreme Court said Thursday, finding that state law allows courts to selectively remove illegal contractual provisions while keeping everything else.

  • December 14, 2018

    FWS Evaluation Of Bald Eagle Impacts Fell Short, Judge Says

    A Colorado federal judge has tossed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit that allowed construction on an apartment complex even though it could disturb a nearby bald eagle nest, deciding that the government’s environmental assessment did not consider the impact of the finished building.

  • December 14, 2018

    Louis Berger Hit With OT Suit Over Post-Maria Recovery

    A Louis Berger Group Inc. unit was slapped Friday in New Jersey federal court with class claims the company improperly failed to pay overtime to workers involved in government-funded recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

  • December 14, 2018

    PennEast Can Take NJ Land For $1B Pipeline, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge said Friday that developers of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline can immediately seize over 100 Garden State properties along the project's route, saying they've satisfied the requirements for pursuing eminent domain under the Natural Gas Act.

  • December 14, 2018

    Chinese Fintech, Tiny House Maker Raise $99M Total In IPOs

    Chinese online consumer lending platform 360 Finance Inc. on Friday said it raised more than $51 million in an initial public offering, the same day Texas-based manufactured-home maker Legacy Housing Corp. said it raised $48 million in its own public offering.

Expert Analysis

  • Spotlight On Produced Water Management Options Intensifies

    Lydia González Gromatzky

    With various areas of the country experiencing water scarcity concerns or limitations on injection capacity, stakeholders have expressed interest in not only expanding produced water management options, but also allowing produced water to be returned to the hydrologic cycle, says Lydia González Gromatzky of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • The New Water Rule And Its Potential Ripple Effect

    Christopher Thomas

    If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • Contract Provisions Can Indemnify A Contractor's Negligence

    Keith Broll

    Recent case law shows that some indemnity provisions are enforceable even if a contractor is found to have been negligent or at fault. Contractors should carefully consider any language that may contractually shift liability for their own negligence to other parties, says Keith Broll of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Negotiating Access To Neighboring Properties In NYC

    Jeffrey Reich

    Due to the requirements of state law and properties' close proximity to one another, the need for well thought-out agreements providing license to access adjoining properties is the rule — not the exception — in New York City, says Jeffrey Reich of Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.