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  • January 8, 2019

    Sporting Goods Co. Tries To Undo Asbestos Coverage Ruling

    Sporting goods maker Outdoor Sports Gear Inc. on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court ruling that saddled it with costs for homeowners’ asbestos-related claims, arguing that the lower court should not have departed from a previous order in a coverage fight with the company’s buyer.

  • January 8, 2019

    4th Circ. Says SC Can't Fight Feds' Nuke Facility Closure

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday threw out South Carolina’s bid to block the federal government from closing a nuclear fuel processing facility near the Savannah River, reversing a district judge who had granted the state a preliminary injunction.

  • January 8, 2019

    Climate Policy Will Be A Heavy Lift For New Calif. Gov.

    When Gavin Newsom became the 40th governor of California on Monday, he inherited arguably the most aggressive long-term plans to tackle climate change in the U.S., and Golden State watchers say his administration must clear several regulatory, legislative and practical hurdles to put those plans into action.

  • January 8, 2019

    Condo Developer, Lenders Resolve NYC Loan Fight

    A New York state judge on Monday agreed to end a lawsuit accusing a construction executive of misusing funds meant for a luxury New York City condominium project and failing to repay a related $4 million loan while flaunting his "lavish lifestyle" on Instagram, saying the man and a group of lenders mutually agreed to end the suit.

  • January 8, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: BridgeInvest, WarnerMedia, Galaxy

    BridgeInvest has reportedly loaned $33 million for a Florida hotel, condo, retail and restaurant tower project, WarnerMedia is said to be seeking roughly $2 billion for its Manhattan headquarters and Galaxy Management has reportedly dropped $12 million on a Florida 24 Hour Fitness building.

  • January 8, 2019

    Tesla, Contractor Move To Dump Workers' Visa Fraud Suit

    Tesla Inc. and contractor Eisenmann Corp. urged a California federal judge on Monday to snuff out an amended False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit alleging they participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant.

  • January 8, 2019

    Baker McKenzie Guides Sika's $2.5B Deal For Parex

    Sika AG, a Swiss manufacturer of chemicals for the construction and automotive industries, wants to take over French peer Parex from a fund of CVC Capital Partners in a deal valued at 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.55 billion), with Baker McKenzie LLP steering the prospective buyer.

  • January 7, 2019

    Law Firm Looks To Defeat Insurer's Suit Alleging Bad Advice

    Goodman McGuffey LLP urged a Colorado federal judge Monday to dismiss Clarendon National Insurance Co.’s suit accusing the law firm of giving bad advice about policies issued to construction companies, arguing the insurer’s allegations are vague and don’t support legal malpractice claims.

  • January 7, 2019

    Hoboken Can't Block High-Rise Plans With Zoning Changes

    Hoboken, New Jersey, was dealt another blow in its efforts to block construction of two high-rise residential buildings along the Hudson River after a state appeals court ruled Monday that municipal ordinances could not be retroactively applied to the project.

  • January 7, 2019

    Builder Accuses Travelers Of Bad Faith In Katrina Work Suit

    A Travelers unit acted in bad faith when it sought millions of dollars from a Louisiana construction company after the insurer took over a $47.3 million restoration of a commercial shipping pier damaged during Hurricane Katrina, the builder said Friday.

  • January 7, 2019

    FEMA Supervisor Left Job Too Soon To Keep Harassment Suit

    The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday dodged sexual harassment and retaliation claims by an employee who says she was fired for reporting fraud while deployed for natural disaster aid after an Illinois federal judge found she didn't suffer an adverse action before resigning.

  • January 7, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Ashkenazy, Life Time, Javier Cruz

    Ashkenazy Acquisition has reportedly bought a Brooklyn shopping center for $38.25 million, Life Time is said to have leased 74,000 square feet in Manhattan, and Florida developer Javier Cruz is reportedly seeking to build 144 apartments in Miami-Dade County.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Skips Mass. AG Exxon Probe, Other Enviro Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday passed on reviewing several environmental and energy cases, including Exxon Mobil Corp.'s quest to stop the Massachusetts attorney general's probe into the company's climate change statements and Oklahoma wind farm developers' bid to skip approvals from the Osage Nation for a project.

  • January 7, 2019

    Don't Limit CWA Liability Case, Maui Tells High Court

    Maui County, Hawaii, on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to tackle the entirety of its appeal of the Ninth Circuit's ruling that the Clean Water Act covers pollution that reaches certain waterways via groundwater, rather than merely determining the CWA's scope, as suggested by the Solicitor General's Office.

  • January 7, 2019

    HFF Lands $96.5M Financing For Ore. Luxury High-Rise

    A 20-story multihousing community development in Portland, Oregon’s central business district has received $96.5 million in financing through a loan from real estate finance and investment management firm PCCP LLC, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP said on Monday. 

  • January 7, 2019

    Bridge Worker Hurt In NJ Can't Get Pa. Benefits, Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday that a contractor who was hurt while working on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which connects Philadelphia with New Jersey, was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits from both states for an injury sustained on the New Jersey side of the span.

  • January 7, 2019

    US Seeks First Consult With Peru Under Pact's Logging Rules

    The Trump administration has taken aim at Peru over its recent decision to move an independent agency that oversees illegal logging in Peru into its environmental ministry, the first action taken under the nations’ bilateral trade deal.

  • January 4, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Natixis sue a Nigerian oil refinery, a Qatar Insurance unit lodge a commercial fraud claim, and Allianz Global Investors take on some of the same major banks the institutional investor has already sued for foreign exchange manipulation in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 4, 2019

    Confusion Over 'Fulcrum' Hits Tipping Point In Texas TM Suit

    San Antonio isn’t big enough for two property development companies with "Fulcrum" in their name and similar logos, Fulcrum Property Group Inc. told a Texas federal court on Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Subcontractor Wasn't Wrongly Booted: Calif. Appeals Court

    The Santa Monica Community College District was acting within its authority when it allowed one of its contractors to boot a subcontractor from a construction project, a California appeals court ruled in a decision published Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • The New Water Rule And Its Potential Ripple Effect

    Christopher Thomas

    If the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically reduce the number of U.S. waterways subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction ultimately carries the day it will have a host of cascading consequences, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • Contract Provisions Can Indemnify A Contractor's Negligence

    Keith Broll

    Recent case law shows that some indemnity provisions are enforceable even if a contractor is found to have been negligent or at fault. Contractors should carefully consider any language that may contractually shift liability for their own negligence to other parties, says Keith Broll of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Negotiating Access To Neighboring Properties In NYC

    Jeffrey Reich

    Due to the requirements of state law and properties' close proximity to one another, the need for well thought-out agreements providing license to access adjoining properties is the rule — not the exception — in New York City, says Jeffrey Reich of Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Ohio High Court Enters Debate On Faulty-Work Insurance

    Jonathan MacBride

    In Ohio Northern v. Charles Construction, Ohio's Supreme Court recently went against the prevailing trend of courts being more inclined to find that a subcontractor's faulty workmanship can be an occurrence under a commercial general liability policy, says Jonathan MacBride of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.