A Delaware federal judge on Sunday dismissed a shareholder derivative suit that accused KBR Inc.'s board of directors of faltering in its oversight of the company’s financial reporting, saying the complaint did not adequately allege that the directors disregarded “red flags” about problems with KBR's internal controls.
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared deeply conflicted about whether to agree with the Fifth Circuit's finding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had discretion to protect 1,500 acres in Louisiana for an endangered frog species that does not currently live there.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers satisfied its obligations under federal environmental and historic preservation laws in reviewing and allowing a Dominion Energy Inc. electricity transmission project to cross the James River in Virginia, the agency told the D.C. Circuit on Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the appeal of a property owner whose $30 million “takings” verdict against a small northeastern Florida town was thrown out by an appeals court because it disagreed with the methodology used to assess the takings claim.
A coalition of Pittsburgh community groups has insisted in Pennsylvania federal court that the city failed to meet the requirements of two federal Housing and Urban Development funding programs, saying the fact the city kept receiving the funds year after year was not enough to merit dismissal of the long-running false claims suit.
A D.C. federal court agreed with Statoil Wind US and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that a challenge by seafood industry groups and others to a $42.5 million lease awarded to the company for a wind farm off the coast of New York was brought too soon.
With D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fate as the ninth justice still hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday without a case of blockbuster proportions. But there are several bread-and-butter business issues filling out the docket.
A Connecticut federal court on Friday granted a quick win to a group of insurance companies in a suit brought by First State Insurance Co. alleging the other insurers failed to pay their fair share to cover a plumbing piping company named in various asbestos suits, finding that the claims were time-barred for some insurers and exceeded policy limits for others.
A group of landowners suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission went to the wrong place in their attempt to stop two pipeline development companies from taking control of private land along the projects’ routes, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday, finding that the lawsuit should’ve been filed elsewhere.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs correctly rejected the lowest-priced bidder for a construction project at one of its medical facilities because the company's bond didn't meet the agency's liability requirements, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Friday.
A proposed class of 383 current and former workers for a heating and plumbing supply company has urged a California federal judge to greenlight a $1.44 million settlement over claims that the company shorted them on overtime by not including profit-sharing pay in the rate calculation.
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC has added a former Fox Rothschild LLP attorney as a shareholder in in the four-office firm's real estate practice in Red Bank, New Jersey, where she will draw from her experience serving international clients to focus on the local market.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that it will weigh in on Home Depot’s fight to keep in North Carolina federal court class action claims originally asserted against the home improvement retailer as counterclaims in a state court collection action initiated by Citibank.
Two Louisiana attorneys must still face legal malpractice claims because an August order disposing of those allegations did not in fact eliminate all of them, an Arkansas construction company said Wednesday in litigation linked to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a lower court’s ruling in favor of Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. in a row over a multi-terrain loader that severed a construction worker's finger, finding that the loader is a danger under state doctrine.
A Florida country club hit by Hurricane Irma sued Zurich American Insurance Co. in federal court on Wednesday, claiming the insurer has paid only $2.8 million of its "eight figure" claim for property damage and business interruption losses stemming from the storm.
A construction joint venture dodged a claim Wednesday that it improperly made significant changes to a U.S. Army project subcontract because it had agreed to those changes with an electrical subcontractor after a fire.
Rail carrier Rock & Rail LLC on Wednesday urged a Colorado federal judge to prevent a group of Colorado businesses and property owners from using local laws to dismantle a $70 million intermodal rail facility, arguing that federal, not state law, governs the facility's operations.
The owner of several floors in a downtown Chicago high-rise sued the Travelers Indemnity Co. in Illinois federal court on Thursday, claiming the insurer breached its contract when it paid out just $300,000 on a more than $8 million claim for water damage.
A Turkish construction company asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to confirm an arbitration award of approximately $16.6 million, plus interest, against the Kyrgyz Republic and its transportation ministry for delays related to a road rehabilitation project.
Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
New York City's Voluntary Inclusionary Housing Program can help create or preserve affordable housing, but it requires careful coordination between an affordable housing owner, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the preservation project lender and air rights purchasers, say Patrick O'Sullivan Jr. and Michael Smith of Herrick Feinstein LLP.
As buildings incorporate increasingly advanced features, the risks associated with technology failures — and resulting defect claims against those involved in the buildings' design and construction — become greater. Owners and contractors presenting these technologies to end users should explore nontraditional approaches in contracts and insurance to better mitigate these risks, says Gary Brown of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
With the finalization of the Massachusetts housing bond bill at the end of last month, the brownfield tax credit is now available for an additional five years to certain taxpayers who clean up qualifying sites. This article, from attorneys at Goulston & Storrs, provides a brief summary of the Massachusetts brownfields tax credit and the requirements to obtain it.