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  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    Enviros Sue Trump Admin. Over Border Wall Exemptions

    A coalition of environmental groups filed suit in D.C. federal court on Thursday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accusing it of improperly waiving a slew of laws and environmental protections so it can build 24.6 miles of border wall in two counties in Texas.

  • October 18, 2018

    Commerce Says Mexican Exporter Evading Steel Rod Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily found that a Mexican exporter has been evading anti-dumping duties on steel wire rod imports by making minor adjustments to the diameter of its wire rods, according to a filing to be published Friday in the Federal Register.

  • October 17, 2018

    Builder Hits SF With $150M Suit Over Terminal Delays

    The general contractor behind the construction of San Francisco's new $2.2 billion transit terminal has slapped the city agency responsible for the project with a $150 million lawsuit in state court, arguing that poor plans and the agency's slow response led to cost overruns.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Firm Accused Of Cornering Landowner Into Bad Deal

    A small California law firm is facing allegations that it tricked a property owner into settling a lawsuit over construction defects for less than it was worth, potentially costing the landowner more than $10 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Enviros Sue FWS To Protect 550,000 Acres Of Bird's Habitat

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to designate about 550,000 acres of critical habitat in nine states for the western yellow-billed cuckoo.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Construction Cos. Claim No Relation To $2.5M Tax Liability

    Global construction company dck international LLC and its affiliates have asked a Florida federal court to reject a $2.5 million demand from the Internal Revenue Service for assessed payroll tax liability, arguing they are not an alter ego of other companies the agency assessed.

  • October 17, 2018

    PTAB Won't Review Insulation Patent In Rival's Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused on Tuesday to review a fiberglass insulation patent owned by Knauf Insulation Inc., finding that rival Johns Manville Corp. had not shown that it would be likely to win on its claims that the patent is too obvious.

  • October 17, 2018

    Zoning Changes Doom NYC Nursing Home Permit, Court Says

    A New York appeals court on Tuesday rescinded a permit approved by the New York City Department of Buildings for the construction of a nursing home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, finding that 2011 amendments to city zoning regulations cause the project to run afoul of certain open space requirements.

  • October 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TPA, Thor, New Wave Loans Residential

    TPA Group has reportedly landed $11.5 million in financing for a Florida warehouse project, a Thor Equities venture is said to have scored a $305 million loan for three New York office and retail properties, and New Wave Loans Residential has reportedly loaned $8.3 million for the recent purchase of a Florida automotive property.

  • October 17, 2018

    Enviros Sue For Info On Massive LA County Development

    The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging Los Angeles County has illegally withheld documents related to the proposed 19,000-home Centennial development, asking a California state court to force the county's hand.

  • October 16, 2018

    Asbestos Trust Rep Beats DOJ Objection In Duro Dyne Ch. 11

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Tuesday firmly overruled objections to the appointment of a future claimants representative in the Chapter 11 case for Duro Dyne National Corp., calling challenges by the U.S. Trustee's office and insurers over disinterestedness "nonsensical" and a "nonstarter."

  • October 16, 2018

    Iranian Businessman Says Feds Have Privileged Docs

    Lawyers for a businessman accused of violating U.S. sanctions by helping an Iranian firm route the proceeds of a housing project in Venezuela through American banks told a New York federal judge Tuesday that they identified several problems with the prosecution's case, including possible breaches of marital privilege and attorney-client privilege.

  • October 16, 2018

    6th Circ. Upholds State Farm's Setback In Labor Costs Row

    A split Sixth Circuit on Monday ruled that State Farm cannot depreciate the costs of labor in determining the actual cash value owed to policyholders whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, affirming a lower court’s refusal to dismiss a proposed class action accusing the insurer of underpaying claims.

  • October 16, 2018

    BASF Offers To Cut Deals On Nylon Buy To Win EU Nod

    Germany’s BASF has made several commitments to the EU in hopes of addressing antitrust concerns stemming from its planned €1.6 billion ($1.85 billion) purchase of Solvay's nylon business, the chemical giant said Monday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Madison Realty, Sard Verbinnen, CBS

    Madison Realty Capital has reportedly loaned $36.1 million for a New York residential and retail project, Sard Verbinnen & Co. is said to be taking 65,000 square feet of space in New York, and CBS is reportedly selling its Los Angeles production studio and may get more than $700 million for the property.

  • October 16, 2018

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Fox Rothschild, Greenberg Traurig, Herrick Feinstein and Venable are among various law firms that have brought on board new real estate or construction lawyers over the past month.

  • October 16, 2018

    NJ Atty Must Face Malpractice Row Over Construction Dispute

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday revived a legal malpractice action against a lawyer for allegedly mishandling a construction billing dispute that ultimately left a condominium owner on the hook for roughly $289,000, finding that a trial court improperly tossed the suit on the grounds that he did not have an attorney-client relationship with or owe a duty to the woman.

  • October 16, 2018

    Enviro Says Gov't Border Wall Docs Not Exempt From FOIA

    An environmental group has asked a D.C. federal court to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to turn over U.S.-Mexico border wall-related records prepared for President Donald Trump's transition team in the group's Freedom of Information Act suit over the records.

Expert Analysis

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • High Court Unlikely To Solve ESA Issues In Frog Habitat Case

    Angela Levin

    After U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments last week in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — questioning whether the FWS can designate land currently unoccupied by the dusky gopher frog as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act — it seems the decision is primed for a 4-4 split, say Angela Levin and Andrea Wortzel of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • How Contractors Can Ring In The New Gov't Fiscal Year

    Aron Beezley

    Understanding the federal government’s fiscal year — in particular, how it affects spending and planning tendencies — can give federal contractors an advantage as Oct. 1 approaches, say Aron Beezley and Sarah Osborne of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.