Construction

  • May 14, 2018

    Construction Co. Blasts 49ers Fans' Bid For Class Cert.

    The general contractor for the stadium where the NFL's San Francisco 49ers play urged a California federal judge on Friday not to grant class certification in a suit over accessibility for disabled patrons, saying California law requires a person-by-person legal analysis.

  • May 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: LeBron James, Blackhawk, FoxRock

    LeBron James is reportedly part of a celebrity group that's invested in a New York office building, Blackhawk Properties & Investments is said to have landed a $32.5 million construction loan for a Florida office and retail project and FoxRock Properties has reportedly dropped $22.75 million on a Florida office building.

  • May 14, 2018

    Construction Equipment Co. Escapes Suit Alleging Sham Fees

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed a putative class action accusing an industrial construction equipment renter of misrepresenting the nature of certain fees it attaches to industrial construction equipment rental agreements, saying the agreements were clear-cut and should not be interpreted outside their four corners.

  • May 14, 2018

    Seattle Council OKs Lower $50M Annual Head Tax On Big Biz

    After weeks of controversy during which online retail giant Amazon paused the planning of construction on a major city project, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a scaled-down, nearly $50 million annual head tax on large corporations.

  • May 14, 2018

    Jury Hands Bank $2.2M In Contract Row Over Aruba Hotel

    A federal jury for the District of Columbia on Monday found that Desarrollos Aerohotelco CA owes $2.2 million to Bazarian International Financial Associates LLC because it never paid the  financial intermediary a debt fee owed for arranging financing for the development of a luxury hotel in Aruba.

  • May 14, 2018

    Workers, Foremen Win Conditional Cert. In Contractor OT Suit

    A Maryland federal judge on Monday conditionally certified a collective action of laborers and foremen accusing a construction contractor of stiffing them on overtime pay, ruling the employees had properly alleged they were similarly situated and subject to a companywide overtime policy.

  • May 14, 2018

    Ceiling Tile Co. Execs Must Fork Over Docs In Antitrust Suit

    Three executives of Roxul USA Inc. were ordered to produce documents relating to the acoustic ceiling tile company's decision to enter the U.S. market in its antitrust suit against building supply company Armstrong World Industries Inc., according to a filing in Delaware federal court on Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Atty's Guide To Construction Professional Liability Coverage

    Architects and engineers working on a construction project can face substantial liability if they make design errors or other missteps that lead to building delays, property damage or injuries, so design firms would be wise to have counsel help them obtain a robust professional liability insurance policy to protect against those risks.

  • May 14, 2018

    Justices Seek SG's View On Osage Wind Farm Lease Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on a bid by Oklahoma wind farm developers to overturn a Tenth Circuit decision that said a mineral lease from the Osage Nation and federal approval were required for surface construction on their project.

  • May 14, 2018

    Contractor Says Feds Owe $2M For Dock Repairs

    An engineering firm has sued the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Navy has failed to reimburse it for $2 million in extra costs incurred during repairs to a transportation dock in South Carolina.

  • May 11, 2018

    Low-Profile EPA Air Quality Shift Could Mean Big Changes

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently revealed a significant change in how it assesses air pollution from closely linked facilities in an unpublicized letter to Pennsylvania environmental regulators, and experts say it will result in an easier permitting process for some projects.

  • May 11, 2018

    Atlantic Sunrise Approval By The Book, FERC Tells DC Circ.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to nix several challenges to the construction of the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline by environmental groups and landowners, saying the petitions aiming to overturn various approvals by the agency for the project are either premature or without merit.

  • May 11, 2018

    NY Condo Owner Says Ex-Manager Won't Reduce $10M Lien

    The former construction manager of a New York City condo project refuses to scrap or shrink an allegedly inflated roughly $10.2 million mechanic's lien, putting the entire project in jeopardy, the property owner alleged in New York state court on Thursday.

  • May 11, 2018

    IRS To Clarify Rules On Bonus Depreciation As Early As June

    Regulations to clarify eligibility for full bonus depreciation of property could be issued as early as June, according to an Internal Revenue Service official speaking Friday at an American Bar Association tax conference.

  • May 11, 2018

    Pa. Judge Defends $2M Airport Construction Contract Award

    A judge is urging a Pennsylvania appeals court to uphold her $2.3 million award to the city of Philadelphia for costs incurred remediating a contractor’s work on a massive expansion project at Philadelphia International Airport that did not live up to specifications.

  • May 11, 2018

    Enviros Push To Kill Waiver For New Mexico Border Wall

    Environmental groups asked a D.C. district judge on Thursday to kill the waiver for environmental and other oversight laws granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the quick construction of an approximately 20-mile stretch of border wall, alleging Congress never gave it such wide power.

  • May 11, 2018

    Insurance Row Must Wait For State Court Dispute, Judge Told

    An apartment project subcontractor asked a South Carolina federal judge Thursday to throw out an insurance company’s lawsuit seeking to evade coverage for alleged construction faults, saying a dispute with the project’s contractor in state court must be resolved first.

  • May 11, 2018

    Texas Town's Housing Chief Gets 37 Months Over Bid-Rigging

    The executive director of the La Joya Housing Authority and an associate were sentenced to 37 months and 18 months in prison, respectively, for making fake bids that brought work on federally funded housing projects to the director's construction firm, according to a filing in Texas federal court Thursday.

  • May 11, 2018

    'High-Performance' Building Becoming Easier, Less Costly

    With businesses and governments looking for ways to save money on operating costs in buildings and garner some positive press at the same time, “high-performance” structures that use the latest technology to conserve energy and water have overcome an early reputation for costliness and are becoming a more popular choice.

  • May 10, 2018

    Beverly Hills Rips FTA Analysis Of Proposed Subway Line

    The Federal Transit Administration’s latest environmental analysis of a proposed subway line under Beverly Hills High School is nothing more than a rubber stamp meant to support the government’s preferred plan, the city said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in California federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery

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    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Status Update On 'One Federal Decision' Project Reviews

    Raya Treiser

    Last week, a dozen federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding committing to a more coordinated and streamlined federal review process. But because there have been no changes to underlying statutory requirements, each agency will still have to determine that a project review meets its respective legal obligations, say Raya Treiser and Nathaniel Custer of WilmerHale.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Why Texas Contractors Should Watch Lon Smith V. Key

    Brett Wallingford

    Many Texas contractors offer to handle insurance claims for their homeowner customers, but the Texas Supreme Court is currently considering whether to hear an appeal of a case that could deem such actions illegal, rendering their contracts void and unenforceable, says Brett Wallingford of Zelle LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.