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  • July 13, 2018

    Enviros Look To Nix Permit For Refinery Near National Park

    A trio of environmental groups launched a lawsuit in North Dakota state court Thursday challenging a decision by the state’s Department of Health to award an air pollution control permit to Meridian Energy Group Inc. for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

  • July 13, 2018

    Stinson Leonard Street Adds Construction Pro In Kansas City

    A veteran attorney in all aspects of the construction industry has joined Stinson Leonard Street LLP in the firm’s Kansas City office after spending more than 30 years at Lathrop & Gage LLP.

  • July 13, 2018

    NJ's McElroy Deutsch Co-Founder Dies At 71

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP co-founder James M. Mulvaney, who helped grow his two-man operation in Morristown, New Jersey, to 300 attorneys spanning offices in nine states, has died at the age of 71.

  • July 13, 2018

    Bid To Expand States' NEPA Review Power Is A Mixed Bag

    While the Trump administration’s proposal to expand National Environmental Policy Act authority to states likely won’t draw much excitement from states with shrinking budgets and limited staff, industry observers say, the proposal will allow many others to speed up critical transportation infrastructure projects.

  • July 13, 2018

    DOI Tells 4th Circ. To Reject Atlantic Coast Pipeline Block

    Environmental groups on Friday continued dueling with the National Park Service over a bid to delay the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, pushing back against the government's contention an injunction blocking construction would overstep the Fourth Circuit's jurisdiction.

  • July 12, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The EPA's Water Rule Rollback Notice

    One of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first acts under the Trump administration was to propose rolling back an Obama-era rule that defined the federal government’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, and a new legal analysis published Thursday is intended to beef up the case for rescission in anticipation of legal challenges, experts said.

  • July 12, 2018

    49ers Dispute Need For New Stadium Inspection In ADA Suit

    The San Francisco 49ers have urged a California federal judge to reject stadiumgoers' latest demand in a proposed Americans with Disabilities Act class action to inspect how the team sets up security checkpoints and entrances at its home venue, arguing they had ample opportunity to inspect the stadium earlier this year.

  • July 12, 2018

    Union, Funds Want $2.4M Award Against Contractor Upheld

    A carpenters union, a related nonprofit and a group of funds have urged a New York federal court to uphold a more than $2.43 million arbitration award in their favor against a New Jersey general contractor over deficient contributions.

  • July 12, 2018

    Enviros Blast Mountain Valley After-Hours Pipeline Work Bid

    Environmental activist group Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday that it should reject a request by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC to extend construction hours beyond the scope allowed in the $3.5 billion project’s final environmental impact statement.

  • July 12, 2018

    Enviros Look To Halt Road In Alaska Land Swap Suit

    A coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday looked to earn a victory in their lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of a land swap deal that would facilitate the construction of a road across a national wildlife refuge, arguing the agency failed to follow proper review procedures and adhere to environmental impact requirements.

  • July 12, 2018

    Ex-SUNY Prez Guilty Of 'Buffalo Billion' Bid-Rigging

    A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday convicted former State University of New York Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros and three real estate and construction businessmen on charges of rigging upwards of $600 million in development projects in Buffalo and Syracuse.

  • July 12, 2018

    CEO Who Defrauded EB-5 Investors Hit With $4M Default

    The chief executive officer of a Pasadena, California, company must fork over $4 million to a group of Chinese investors who sought EB-5 visas, after a federal court on Wednesday found that he intentionally defrauded the investors and caused them to lose $500,000 each and their chances of obtaining green cards.

  • July 11, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Class Suit Over Fla. Nuke Costs

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action aimed at Duke Energy Florida LLC and Florida Power & Light Co. over a state law allowing the utilities to recoup costs for nuclear power plant projects, ruling the state law is not preempted by federal law.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Gearing Up For Kavanaugh Vetting Fight

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already begun what will be a lot of heavy lifting to get ready for a confirmation hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could come before September, by staffing up and preparing to review hundreds of thousands of documents.

  • July 11, 2018

    What Civil Rights Rulings Could Look Like Under Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record on immigration, employee rights and health care suggests he could side more closely with high court conservatives than civil rights advocates would like, paving the way for closely watched rulings on some of the nation's most controversial issues.

  • July 11, 2018

    Insurer Needn't Cover Crushed Rock Cleanup, Court Says

    A Texas federal judge Tuesday found Great American Insurance Co. does not have to pay to remove crushed rock accidentally dumped in a stream from a New Jersey quarry, saying the rock does not escape the policy's pollution exclusion by being useful and nontoxic.

  • July 11, 2018

    New EPA Chief Signals Change In Tone But Not Substance

    The new, acting head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday extended an olive branch to staffers and journalists — many of whom tangled with Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former leader of the EPA — and indicated he will continue to carry out the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Tax-Friendly Docs Can Lower Renewable Energy Project Costs

    David Burton

    Many developers of renewable energy projects have experienced higher than expected transaction costs. One all-too-common reason is project documents that cause tax tensions, says David Burton of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • EPA Rule Changes Signal Divergence Of Federal, State Regs

    Benjamin Patton

    Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule rolling back Obama-era requirements for facilities handling hazardous substances. Some western states, meanwhile, have strengthened their own regulations in this area. Companies now contend with accident prevention and process safety regulations that are inconsistent, say Benjamin Patton and Mary Balaster of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • New, Improved Rules For 'High Volatility' Real Estate Loans

    Martin Taylor

    The new Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act reforms widely unpopular rules relating to high volatility commercial real estate loans, making it easier to reclassify loans as non-HVCRE acquisition, development and construction loans, say Martin Taylor and Jon Nomura of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • How Trump Will Finance Federal Real Property Projects

    Peter Terenzio

    President Donald Trump plans to facilitate much-needed federal real property projects in part through a $10 billion “mandatory revolving fund.” Although it would provide a viable mechanism for agencies to fund certain infrastructure projects, there are aspects of the revolving fund that are unknown and should be considered, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Will The Robots Who Replace Us Also Pay Income Tax?

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    Modern information technology, intelligent algorithms and production robots are strongly influencing the working world in the 21st century. This article, by attorneys at CMS Francis Lefebvre, provides an overview of the future labor market as well as the impact of artificial intelligence on labor law and tax issues.