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  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Workers Fight Home Depot's Move To Ax 401(k) Suit

    Home Depot Inc. workers fired back Thursday at their employer's attempt to torpedo a proposed class action over 401(k) plan management, telling a Georgia federal judge the retail giant sat back and watched as the plan underperformed and workers paid excessive fees for algorithm-generated investment advice.

  • October 12, 2018

    What Construction Attys Must Know To Avoid Software Pitfalls

    New software and updates for existing programs roll out so often that it's important for construction lawyers to stay informed about what's running on clients' projects in order to minimize cybersecurity risks and avoid problems, including confusion about access rights and notice requirements.

  • October 12, 2018

    Drywall Cos. In Price-Fixing MDL Still Face Bid For Quick Win

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday ruled that a year-old appellate antitrust decision doesn’t force him to rethink denying a summary judgment motion in the last case in long-running multidistrict litigation over price-fixing allegations regarding domestic drywall, tossing one of two motions lobbed by construction product suppliers in the case. 

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas LNG Co., Contractor Settle Pipeline Contract Row

    Wood Group Mustang Inc. and Freeport LNG Expansion LP have tentatively settled their contract dispute stemming from the construction of a pipeline feeding Freeport's liquefied natural gas terminal in Texas, according to a Friday filing in Harris County District Court.

  • October 12, 2018

    Pa. Utility Contractor Cited For Electrocution Incident

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has slapped a Pennsylvania utility contractor with more than a quarter-million dollars in fines after several workers suffered electric shocks, one fatally, at a job site in April, the agency said Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Vanbarton, Mill Creek, Cornell Realty

    Vanbarton Group has reportedly paid $148 million for an apartment complex in Hollywood, Mill Creek Residential is said to be buying a Miami church property and hopes to build apartments and retail at the site, and Cornell Realty Management has reportedly leased 40,500 square feet of interior space in Brooklyn.

  • October 12, 2018

    Manning Gross, Kurowski Shultz To Join Forces In January

    National litigation firms Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP and Kurowski Shultz LLC have announced they will join forces starting next year.

  • October 12, 2018

    Insurance Co. Fights Coverage Over Malibu Home Defects

    Insurer Houston Casualty Co. launched a lawsuit in California federal court against companies involved in the construction of an oceanfront Malibu home, saying it does not have to protect them from a state court lawsuit alleging various issues with the house, including the use of hazardous chemicals.

  • October 12, 2018

    New Polsinelli Group Eyes Opportunity Zone Deal Work

    Polsinelli recently launched a practice group devoted to helping clients do transactions in opportunity zones — state geographic investment areas that have come about thanks to last year's federal tax overhaul — and lawyers at the firm say clients are lining up to do deals, despite lingering questions.

  • October 11, 2018

    Contractor Can’t Undo Freeze During Aussie Arbitration Fight

    The Supreme Court of Western Australia, Court of Appeal on Thursday shot down a bid by a subsidiary of Spanish construction and engineering firm Duro Felguera SA to undo a AU$20 million ($14.2 million) asset freeze, finding a strong possibility that the company would be unable to meet meet potential payment obligations with respect to ongoing arbitration proceedings if the freeze is lifted.

  • October 11, 2018

    Disney Nixes Anaheim Hotel Amid Minimum Wage Ballot Row

    Disneyland Resort has announced it is canceling its Anaheim luxury hotel plans over the California city’s perceived unstable business climate, as debate continues over whether the company will need to comply with a referendum requiring tax subsidy recipients to pay an increased minimum wage.

  • October 11, 2018

    Hanover Insurance Loses Bid To Block Contractor From Spending $2.3M

    Hanover Insurance Co. lost a bid Wednesday for an order blocking Oryx Oilfield Holdings LLC from spending $2.3 million the insurer says the contractor wrongfully obtained after allegedly lying to a Texas city that the money belonged to the contractor and not in an account for the insurer.

  • October 11, 2018

    Dilworth Paxson Settles Homeowner's Frivolous Suit Claim

    Dilworth Paxson LLP has inked a settlement to end claims that a former attorney pursued knowingly frivolous litigation on behalf of a developer to intimidate a Philadelphia homeowner into dropping her objections to a condominium project next to her house.

  • October 11, 2018

    AIG Unit Owes $24M For TVA Plant Work, Subcontractor Says

    A boiler and mechanical subcontractor involved in a project sanctioned by the Tennessee Valley Authority launched a lawsuit in Tennessee federal court Wednesday, claiming a general contractor’s failure to pay under the contract puts an AIG unit on the hook for $24 million.

  • October 11, 2018

    CIT Affirms Commerce's Calculation Methods For Nail Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld the decision-making and methodology used by the U.S. Department of Commerce in determining that Stanley Black & Decker and a related entity should pay anti-dumping duties on nails originating from China.

  • October 10, 2018

    Faulty J-M Pipes Will Cost Cities $15M, Bellwether Jury Told

    Several cities and water utilities that bought J-M Eagle plastic pipes told a California jury Wednesday that roughly a third of the pipes would fail ahead of schedule and asked for around $15 million in damages plus penalties potentially worth millions more during opening statements in a bellwether trial in the sprawling False Claims Act dispute.

  • October 10, 2018

    In Reversal, Injured Texas Worker Told He Can't Depose CEO

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday reversed a panel ruling on a bid to depose the CEO of a construction company in a suit over a fall at a work site, saying the so-called apex deposition was unwarranted since the worker failed to prove the CEO had unique knowledge relevant to the suit.

  • October 10, 2018

    Navillus Navigates Through Ch. 11, Sees Plan Confirmed

    Navillus Tile Inc., a significant player in major New York City construction projects, received bankruptcy court approval Wednesday to fulfill a plan of reorganization that will allow the contractor to emerge from Chapter 11 intact and placate its once-adversarial union workforce.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The EPA Isn’t Putting Asbestos Back Into Buildings

    Andrew Knudsen

    This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sparked public outrage with its proposed "significant new use" rule addressing certain commercial uses of asbestos. But the EPA’s proposed action would actually impose substantial new prohibitions on the listed uses of asbestos — which currently are not regulated by the EPA at all, says Andrew Knudsen of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • OSHA Guidance Clarifies Respirable Crystalline Silica Rules

    Bradford Hammock

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new set of 53 frequently asked questions provides guidance to construction employers and employees regarding OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard, and makes important clarifications regarding medical surveillance, says Bradford Hammock of Jackson Lewis PC.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.