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  • January 16, 2019

    Wheeler 'Almost As Extreme' As Former EPA Head, Dem Says

    Senate Democrats harshly criticized acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler for his stances on climate change, auto emissions, mercury pollution standards and other issues at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, with one senator saying the positions "appear to be almost as extreme as his predecessor's."

  • January 16, 2019

    Keep Antitrust Suit Against Caterpillar, Equipment Co. Says

    International Construction Products LLC urged a Delaware federal court Tuesday not to toss its suit accusing Caterpillar Inc. and other manufacturers of keeping it out of the construction equipment market, saying it provided the court with enough evidence of antitrust violations.

  • January 16, 2019

    PE Firm Says Bond Losses Clearly Due To Odebrecht’s Bribes

    An investment firm and two of its funds asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to block Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA’s bid to escape the firm’s lawsuit related to an alleged wide-ranging bribery scheme, saying its complaint clearly demonstrates how the company’s false and misleading statements exposed investors to risk.

  • January 15, 2019

    Justices Mull Class Action Removal In Home Depot Appeal

    U.S. Supreme Court justices grappled with Home Depot's call to close what it views as a loophole in the Class Action Fairness Act's removal protections during oral arguments Tuesday in a case that started out as a debt-collection suit between a bank and a North Carolina man.

  • January 15, 2019

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds 3 Partners To Dallas Office

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three new partners to its Dallas office, allowing the firm to continue strengthening its corporate litigation, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices.

  • January 15, 2019

    4th Circ. Backs Va. Water Permit For $5B Pipeline

    A Fourth Circuit panel has rejected a petition by a coalition of environmental groups that challenged Virginia’s decision to issue a Clean Water Act certification for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline, saying the state did not act arbitrarily and ignore the project’s risks.

  • January 15, 2019

    CWA Shift Pushes Calif., States Toward Stricter Water Regs

    California is close to finalizing new protections for its wetlands in response to the Trump administration's proposal to redefine which waters are subject to federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, leading the way for like-minded states that could use their considerable authority to counteract a new definition they see as inadequate.

  • January 15, 2019

    Hunton Andrews DQ Bid Under Fire In Crash Coverage Suit

    Ranger Construction Industries Inc. slammed Allied World National Assurance Co.'s bid to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly using inadvertently disclosed confidential documents in a pending case, saying Tuesday the insurer is trying to turn its own errors into a "reason to rob Ranger of its chosen counsel."

  • January 15, 2019

    Minn. Construction Co. Still On Hook For $4.7M Injury Award

    A Minnesota appeals court on Monday affirmed a $4.7 million verdict for a driver who was seriously hurt when a rock from a construction company’s truck smashed into his vehicle, and said the lower court needs to consider putting punitive damages back on the table.

  • January 15, 2019

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Clifford Chance US LLP, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA, Blank Rome LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP were among various law firms that made real estate, construction or hospitality hires over the past month.

  • January 15, 2019

    Boston Harbor Blasting Project Stalled After Eversource Balks

    A planned blasting project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Boston Harbor was stalled Tuesday just a day before it was set to begin after Eversource Energy made a pitch to a federal judge that the blasting could impact a power cable it has to install on a court-ordered timeline.

  • January 15, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Nexi Group, Arconic, Katerra

    Nexi Group’s owners have reportedly tapped Evercore to counsel the company on potential plans to go public, Apollo Global Management is getting close to dropping more than $10 billion to buy Arconic, and SoftBank’s Vision Fund is expected to helm a $700 million funding round for Katerra.

  • January 15, 2019

    Construction Co., Family Want Out Of Wis. Shareholder Fight

    Shareholders and constituent companies of a road construction company on Monday looked to escape allegations that they are offering an unfair price to family members looking to sell their own shares, telling a Wisconsin federal judge that the lawsuit challenges the decisive findings of a state court action and long-settled company bylaws.

  • January 15, 2019

    McDermott Int'l Sued After Stock Drops 60% Post-Merger

    Houston-based engineering and construction company McDermott International Inc. has been hit with a proposed shareholder class action in Texas federal court alleging its failure to disclose the true cost of acquiring Chicago Bridge and Iron NV resulted in the company's stock price plummeting more than 60 percent.

  • January 15, 2019

    Medici Living, W5 Group Investing $300M In Co-Living

    Co-living brand Quarters' parent company, Medici Living Group, and private equity shop W5 Group have reached a deal to invest a combined $300 million over the next three years to develop 1,300 co-living units in the United States, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Travelers Settles $1M Row Over Army Drone Facility In Israel

    A Travelers unit and an Israeli construction company have settled a dispute over $1 million worth of work the builder said it wasn’t paid during U.S. government work on a drone facility in Israel, a Connecticut federal judge said Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    'National Emergency' Would Be Rife With Legal Challenges

    President Donald Trump would face a tangle of property, contract and environmental obstacles if he followed through on his proposal to circumvent Congress and authorize the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency, experts say.

  • January 14, 2019

    House Intelligence Wants Details About Wall Justification

    The House Intelligence Committee hasn’t received any recent information from the Trump administration corroborating its “inflammatory claims” about the need for a wall on the Mexican border, the chairman said, asking the White House and the Intelligence Community to turn over the purported evidence behind the demand.

  • January 14, 2019

    Don't Confirm EPA Head During Gov't Shutdown, Enviros Say

    Nine environmental and left-leaning groups on Friday urged Republican Senate leaders to halt the confirmation process to promote acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to permanent status while the government is still shut down.

  • January 14, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Overseas Union, Amazon, Two Roads

    Overseas Union Enterprise is reportedly looking to get roughly $700 million for US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, Amazon is said to be close to leasing roughly 10,000 square feet at the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, and a Two Roads Development venture has reportedly scored a $24.5 million loan for a Florida condo tower project.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Opinion

    Only Congress Can Fix The Waters Of The US Whirlpool

    Jeff Porter

    If anything is clear amid the ongoing chaos of competing Clean Water Act judicial decisions and agency actions, it's that Congress should have acted long ago, says Jeff Porter of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    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 Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Opportunity Zones: Whose 'Opportunity' Is It Really?

    Ronald Fieldstone

    Opportunity zones provide enticing tax breaks for investors, but questions remain as to how much they will improve the quality of life for those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods once development starts to pour in, says Ronald Fieldstone of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • 2 Circuits Clear Up NGA Questions For Pipeline Cos.

    Arthur Schmalz

    Recent decisions from the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits address several common procedural issues in a manner favorable to pipeline companies seeking immediate possession in Natural Gas Act condemnations, says Arthur Schmalz of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.