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Construction

  • August 3, 2018

    Commerce's Second Look At Pipe Tariff Ruling Gets CIT Nod

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s revised finding that a U.S. company’s imported cast-iron electrical conduit fittings did not fit an anti-dumping duty order on Chinese iron pipe fittings.

  • August 3, 2018

    Arbitration Is Fast, Affordable With The Right Blueprint

    As traditional litigation techniques find their way more frequently into arbitration proceedings, some attorneys have questioned whether the process is still a time- and cost-effective way of handling construction disputes outside the courtroom. Generally, it still is, but a lack of careful planning can minimize its benefits, experts said.

  • August 3, 2018

    Seyfarth Steers $110M Brooklyn Property Loan

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP represented Benefit Street Partners Realty Operating Partnership LP in connection with roughly $110 million in loans to Bushwick Realty Holdings LLC for an apartment building project in Brooklyn, according to various mortgage documents made public in New York on Friday.

  • August 3, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Baker, Davies, Foley

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, BHP Billiton LLP sells off oil and gas assets to BP and Merit Energy Co. for $10.8 billion, Fortive snaps up Genstar Capital portfolio company Accruent for $2 billion, and Brookfield Asset Management buys Enercare Inc. for $3.3 billion.

  • August 3, 2018

    Tutor Perini Unit Lands $121M Calif. Water Tunnel Project

    Tutor Perini Corp. said on Friday that one of its subsidiaries has been named by the Los Angeles County Water Department as the low bidder for a $121 million tunnel project.

  • August 3, 2018

    Consumers Settle Suit Claiming Wood Shingles Were Faulty

    Consumers pursuing a putative class action against California-based Maibec Inc. for its allegedly defective wood shingles have reached a settlement, according to a filing in New Jersey federal court on Thursday.

  • August 2, 2018

    DOD Beats Enviros' Challenge To Japanese Base Relocation

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected for the second time environmental groups’ long-running challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense’s proposed replacement base in Okinawa, Japan, saying the DOD had adequately considered the potential effect on the endangered Okinawa dugong.

  • August 2, 2018

    NJ Township Wins Restoration Of Complex's Age Restrictions

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday reinstated the township of South Brunswick’s mandate that a proposed housing project must be reserved for senior citizens, ruling that the developer didn't prove special circumstances that warranted an exception to the age restriction.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fee Committee Blasts DQ Bid In 'Never-Ending' Drywall Fight

    The fee committee in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Chinese drywall on Wednesday blasted Parker Waichman LLP's motion to disqualify the chair and co-chair, telling a Louisiana federal court the bid has little to do with any conflicts and instead is the just the latest in a string of "scorched earth" attempts to cause havoc in the “never-ending” dispute over legal fees.

  • August 2, 2018

    Bowles Rice's $10M Coverage Bid Halved In Insurance Row

    Bowles Rice LLP’s professional liability insurer is on the hook for at most $5 million, not $10 million, to cover underlying claims that the law firm cost a title insurer tens of millions of dollars in a troubled power plant build, a federal judge in West Virginia has ruled.

  • August 2, 2018

    EU Watchdog To Probe Copper Merger On Antitrust Worries

    The European Commission on Wednesday opened an investigation into a proposed merger of two German rolled copper manufacturers, based on competition concerns, the second such tie-up to get an in-depth look in the last two weeks.

  • August 2, 2018

    Pittsburgh, Ex-Mayor Seek To Toss FCA Suit Over Housing

    Pittsburgh and a former mayor asked a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to dismiss a long-simmering false claims lawsuit alleging the city misspent federal housing money, arguing that the housing agency had years to weigh if the spending was proper but had still kept the money coming.

  • August 2, 2018

    Construction Co. Settles Patent Infringement Suit

    The holders of three highway construction patents and the construction company that allegedly infringed them during two Miami-Dade highway projects have reached a confidential settlement, according to a filing in Florida federal court on Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Enviro Group Loses Bid To Revive State Pipeline Challenge

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday that an environmental group was too late to challenge the PennEast pipeline project to a state board, saying that ongoing confusion over whether the appeal of the pipeline’s state permits belonged in federal or state court was no excuse.

  • August 1, 2018

    Canadian Real Estate Investor's $74M Mexico Claim Trimmed

    An international tribunal has trimmed a Canadian lender's claim against Mexico, now worth more than $74 million, over the allegedly unlawful cancellation of defaulted loans for certain real estate development projects, according to a decision released Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    SF Lawmakers Propose Ban On Tech Worker Cafeterias

    Two San Francisco supervisors have introduced an ordinance that would ban the construction of employee cafeterias in new office developments for technology companies now pouring into the city from Silicon Valley, saying the legislation would help support the local restaurant industry by prohibiting nonretail eateries from opening in the new buildings.

  • August 1, 2018

    Construction Co. Says Deceptive Fees Tolled Class' Claims

    Tartan Construction LLC told an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday that an equipment renter’s allegedly misleading and deceptive scheme caused it to pay additional fees, claiming the statute of limitations in its putative class action did not begin simply because it knew of the fees but rather when it realized it had been wronged.

  • August 1, 2018

    Brookfield Infrastructure Inks $3.3B Deal For HVAC Co.

    Brookfield Asset Management’s publicly traded infrastructure arm has agreed to buy Canadian water heating, HVAC and plumbing company Enercare Inc. in a deal valued at CA$4.3 billion ($3.3 billion), including debt, the companies announced together on Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    4th Circ. Backs Water Permit For Mountain Valley Pipeline

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Virginia regulator’s decision to grant a crucial water quality permit for the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, ruling the state's review ensured that the project would not cause undue environmental harm.

  • August 1, 2018

    UK Construction Co. Can Limit Access To Insurance Trial Docs

    The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has sided with construction company Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd. in its challenge to an order granting an asbestos victims support group access to documents from a trial where insurers pursued claims over payouts to individuals who had mesothelioma from contact with Cape products made with asbestos.

Expert Analysis

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Opinion

    Mass. Bill Would Shift Too Much Control To Condo Boards

    Angel Kozeli Mozina

    Massachusetts' House Bill No. 4325 attempts to vitiate any prerequisite unit owner consent in any and all contexts and essentially throws the baby out with the bathwater. The bill will have a chilling effect on residential condominium developments and the broader need to address housing shortages, says Angel Mozina of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • 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.