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  • 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.

  • July 31, 2018

    Fla. ALJ Says Fracking Outside Scope Of Power Plant App

    An administrative law judge on Monday recommended allowing Florida Power & Light Co. to begin building a new electrical power generation facility, saying concerns that the natural gas pipeline used to transport fuel to the facility is involved with fracking are outside the scope of a review of the company’s application for the construction.

  • July 31, 2018

    BofA Beats NJ Consumer Fraud Claim Over Home Flooding

    A New Jersey state appeals court has upended a consumer fraud ruling and a related $1.8 million fees award against Bank of America in a lawsuit over flooding damage to a house, finding no “causal connection” between the purported misconduct of the bank’s predecessor and the homeowners’ decision to purchase the residence.

  • July 31, 2018

    Calif. Ruling On DQ Appeals May Mean Delays, Miffed Clients

    A recently published California state court decision on attorney disqualifications and resulting pauses in litigation provides some welcome direction for lawyers fighting their removal but also brings some added risk of unhappy clients, experts said.

  • July 31, 2018

    Enviros Take Fight Over Methane Rule Delay To 10th Circ.

    A Wyoming federal court overstepped its authority when it delayed the implementation of certain parts of an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands, a group of environmental advocates and states asserted, urging the Tenth Circuit to vacate the order.

  • July 31, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Carmel Partners, CIM, JKM Developers

    Carmel Partners has reportedly paid roughly $40 million for a development site in Brooklyn, CIM Group is said to have paid $7.5 million for a Chicago site where it plans to build a data center and JKM Developers is said to have landed $28.05 million in financing for a residential and retail project in Florida.

  • July 31, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Block Dominion Power Line Work Amid Appeal

    A D.C. Circuit panel declined Tuesday to halt the construction of electric transmission towers for a Dominion Energy Inc. project while conservationists appeal a lower court decision nixing their challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of the project crossing Virginia's James River.

  • July 31, 2018

    States Want To Kill Water Rule Despite Possible Repeal

    Several states asked a North Dakota federal court to kill an Obama-era rule that defined the reach of the Clean Water Act, saying that, despite possible repeal of the rule, they would not have regulatory certainty until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers measure is struck down.

  • July 31, 2018

    Navistar Competitors Want EPA Docs Kept From Ex-CEO

    Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and other manufacturers urged an Illinois federal judge on Monday not to allow the disclosure of their compliance records with the Clean Air Act in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Navistar International Corp.’s former CEO, saying those documents contain trade secrets.

  • July 30, 2018

    Weyerhaeuser Can't Arbitrate Joist Defect Suit, Court Told

    A Minnesota federal judge on Monday recommended that a home buyer in a proposed class action alleging that defective joists gave off formaldehyde not be forced to arbitrate his row with Weyerhaeuser Co., as he didn't agree to arbitrate the dispute.

  • July 30, 2018

    NJ Builder Sues Borough Over Zoning Targeting Older Buyers

    A builder slapped North Caldwell, New Jersey, with a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging the municipality has unlawfully prevented the company from finishing a 62-home development unless the project is constructed and marketed exclusively for older buyers without children, saying such conditions run afoul of state and federal anti-discriminatory regulations.

  • July 30, 2018

    FERC Seeks Denial Of Enviro Bid To Block $3.5B Pipeline

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday told the D.C. Circuit to reject an environmentalist group's bid to halt construction of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline, arguing that the group's concerns were already addressed in the environmental impact statement.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ill. Court Affirms Builder's Win In Injured Worker's Suit

    A contractor leading a warehouse construction project isn’t responsible for injuries suffered by a subcontracted worker who fell through a roof because it didn’t tell the roofing contractor how to do its work, an Illinois appeals court said Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Extell, Prisma, AW Property

    Extell Development has reportedly landed $530 million in financing for a Brooklyn project, Prisma Properties is said to have picked up a Florida retail building for $7.5 million, and AW Property has reportedly dropped $11.5 million on a Florida medical office building.

  • July 30, 2018

    Contractor Owes $2M From Renovation, Condo Owner Says

    The owner of a luxury condominium development in Houston has launched a $2 million lawsuit in Texas federal court against the contractor hired to renovate the property, saying the company failed to complete the project on time and billed for work already included in the building contract.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • NJ Construction Employers Must Prepare For Crackdown

    Kevin O’Connor

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a new executive order turning up the heat on construction companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors. Moving forward, New Jersey construction firms may face the kind of scrutiny that New York contractors have seen for several years now, say Kevin O'Connor and Joseph Vento of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • What To Know About Proposed Chemical Safety Reg Changes

    Shannon Broome

    Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Negligent Hiring And Supervision Can Be An 'Accident'

    Tyler Gerking

    The California Supreme Court's decision in Liberty v. Ledesma strengthens insureds' rights to coverage under general liability policies and establishes that they are entitled to a defense where the injury alleged was unintended and unforeseen from the insured's perspective, say Tyler Gerking and David Hofmayer of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Protecting Your Construction Site During Hurricane Season

    Gina Lozier

    Builders risk insurance is critically important to building owners and contractors with ongoing construction projects, particularly during hurricane season. While expenses such as the cost to repair or replace loss or damage to physical property, materials and labor are more apparent, soft costs and time element coverage should also be considered, say Gina Lozier and Jeffrey Wertman of Berger Singerman LLP.