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Construction

  • August 16, 2018

    Fired Contractor Sues NY Condo Owner For Unpaid $4.15M

    The owner of a New York City condo improperly blamed a construction company for numerous problems on a renovation project, fired the contractor and has refused to pay it roughly $4.15 million dollars, the contractor alleged in New York state court on Wednesday.

  • August 16, 2018

    Georgia-Pacific Affiliate’s Ch. 11 Slammed As ‘Sham’

    Georgia-Pacific affiliate Bestwall LLC’s bankruptcy is a “sham” and a “farce” designed to wall off its parent company from exposure to asbestos claims, a committee of asbestos claimants said Wednesday in seeking to get the case dismissed.

  • August 16, 2018

    NY Construction Cos. Stiffed Workers On Wages, Suit Says

    A group of 10 construction workers filed a collective action in New York federal court Thursday alleging that their employers at a Manhattan construction site, RSK Construction Inc. and Real Innovative Construction LLC, stiffed them on overtime wages and cut their wages without any explanation.

  • August 16, 2018

    Insurer Seeks To Duck Lumber Liquidators' $36M Settlement

    St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. sued policyholder Lumber Liquidators on Wednesday over coverage for $36 million worth of recently proposed settlements regarding defect claims, including over allegedly formaldehyde-laden wood flooring.

  • August 16, 2018

    JPMorgan Lends $138M For Miami Condo Tower Project

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has loaned $138.1 million to Two Roads Development for a Miami luxury condo tower project, according to an announcement on Thursday from Walker & Dunlop Inc., which arranged the financing.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    State Dept. Must Do New Study For New Keystone XL Route

    A Montana federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of State to supplement an environmental review it submitted for an old version of the Keystone XL pipeline’s planned route through Nebraska, while declining to vacate the permit of approval issued by President Donald Trump.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs Jury Instructions In Hurricane Repair Row

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s jury instructions and evidentiary rulings in a trial between two condo associations and an insurance agent over a construction bond needed to repair hurricane damage, rebuffing the associations’ argument that the trial court cost them a larger verdict.

  • August 15, 2018

    Mintz Levin Snags Ex-Jeffer Mangels Enviro Pro In Calif.

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC strengthened its San Francisco office with the hire of a former Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP attorney who will bring to the firm his experience in dealing with California’s prevailing wage statute in addition to environmental and land use law.

  • August 15, 2018

    Insurer Off Hook In Texas Employment Appeal

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday blessed the win of insurer Texas Mutual in an underlying dispute over coverage for a policyholder whose employee sued after being injured in the course of railroad work.

  • August 15, 2018

    WTO Appellate Body Faults Indonesian Steel Duty

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Wednesday affirmed a panel’s decision that Indonesia flouted global trade rules with a duty on imports of certain flat-rolled iron or steel products, agreeing that the tariff wasn’t applied evenly.

  • August 15, 2018

    Minn. High Court Nixes City's Development Infrastructure Fees

    The Minnesota Supreme Court said Wednesday that a Twin Cities suburb could not impose a $1.4 million charge for roadway infrastructure in relation to a proposed residential community, saying the city lacks the authority to charge fees for road construction or improvement related to the future subdivision and development of the area.

  • August 15, 2018

    NY Tunnel Rehab Contractor Dodges Some Race Bias Claims

    The general contractor on a New York City tunnel rehabilitation project on Tuesday dodged claims brought under city, state and federal civil rights laws in a suit alleging it was racially motivated when it scrapped a contract with an African American-owned business.

  • August 15, 2018

    Housing Agency Must Face New Yorkers' Suit Over Lead Paint

    The New York City Housing Authority, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials must face allegations that they flouted federal housing law by failing to inspect or fix lead paint in public housing, but not claims that they violated the residents' constitutional rights, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pipeline Operator Seeks Easements For $220M Project

    Spire STL Pipeline LLC filed a complaint in Illinois federal court against various property owners and mortgage holders on Wednesday, asking the court to grant it easements to allow construction on its 65-mile natural gas pipeline for the St. Louis market that is expected to cost $220 million.

  • August 15, 2018

    Penn National Must Cover Defense In Construction Death Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted Liberty Mutual’s bid to force another insurer, Penn National, to defend a Pittsburgh masonry company in a suit over a construction worker’s death, citing Penn National’s coverage of a construction subcontractor hired by the masonry company.

  • August 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lewis Swezy, Ford Motor Credit, WeWork

    Developer Lewis Swezy has reportedly landed $36 million in financing for a Miami apartment complex, Ford Motor Credit is said to have loaned $14.48 million for a Lincoln dealership project in Miami, and WeWork is reportedly leasing nearly 70,000 square feet in New York.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Italian Engineering Co. Must Arbitrate Power Plant Row

    A New Jersey federal judge ordered an Italian engineering contractor to arbitrate its defamation lawsuit against a U.S. manufacturer of steam condensers, rejecting arguments that the dispute stemming from a power plant project fell outside an underlying arbitration clause.

  • August 14, 2018

    NJ Gov. Signs Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships

    New Jersey expanded its public-private partnership capabilities beyond the education sector Tuesday, as Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that allows any government entity within the Garden State to team up with private companies on projects that will benefit the public.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • NY Commercial Division Backs Technology-Assisted Review

    Elizabeth Sacksteder

    Neither the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure nor most state procedure codes expressly address whether, in what circumstances, or how a party may use technology-assisted review to fulfill its disclosure obligations. A new rule introduced last week by the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court aims to fill that gap, say Elizabeth Sacksteder and Ross Gotler of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Flood Of MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered and denied a petition for an MDL proceeding to centralize flood insurance claims arising from recent hurricanes. The decision shows the careful line the panel must walk when considering petitions featuring cases with a variety of circumstances, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Time For Sunshine On 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Mary Novacheck

    On July 1, Wisconsin became the first state to require disclosure of third-party litigation financing contingent on the outcome of cases. Individual states' and courts' efforts to shed more light on such funding arrangements are an inconsistent patchwork. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be revised to require such disclosure nationwide, says Mary Novacheck of Bowman and Brooke LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.