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  • December 21, 2018

    Ex-Alstom Exec Jailed On Bribery Charges At London Court

    A former sales executive at Alstom Power Ltd., who was convicted for conspiring to bribe politicians and employees at a Lithuanian power plant to score €240 million ($274 million) in contracts, was jailed at a London court on Friday for four and a half years.

  • December 20, 2018

    Top Gov't Contracts Cases From The 2nd Half Of 2018

    Courts have handed down a number of important decisions for federal contractors in the second half of 2018, with the Federal Circuit having been particularly busy, addressing issues ranging from an important federal preference law to how specific agency corrective action must be.

  • December 20, 2018

    City Of Cleveland's Construction Chief Charged With Extortion

    Cleveland’s construction chief has been charged with extortion and other crimes after allegedly using his position to benefit himself, his engineering firm and its clients, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • December 20, 2018

    Enviros, Tribes Challenge Enbridge Minn. Pipeline Project

    Environmental groups and tribes on Wednesday urged a Minnesota appeals court to overturn the approval of Enbridge Inc.'s multibillion-dollar oil pipeline replacement project in the northern portion of the state, saying state utility regulators haven't shown the project is needed and ignored unacceptable environmental risks.

  • December 20, 2018

    Exporter Didn’t Sell Wood Flooring Below Normal Value: ITA

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that a Chinese exporter of multilayer wood flooring did not sell its product in the U.S. below a normal value, the International Trade Administration said in a notice to be published in the Federal Register on Friday.

  • December 20, 2018

    Pipe Importer Wants Flanges Freed From Anti-Dumping Duties

    A Connecticut-based importer asked the U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday to review the scope of an anti-dumping order that subjected certain cast iron flanges from the People’s Republic of China to duties, telling the court that the decision was not supported by evidence.

  • December 20, 2018

    Crane Co., Pa. City To Move Payment Fight To State Court

    A crane contractor on Thursday agreed to scrap its federal court lawsuit against the city of Washington, Pennsylvania, over unpaid bills for an emergency rescue operation and building demolition, but said the parties agreed the case would be filed again in state court.

  • December 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pinnacle, Mactaggart, Sabal

    Pinnacle Housing Group has reportedly landed $22 million for a senior housing project in Florida, a Mactaggart Family & Partners venture is said to have dropped $22.7 million on three New York apartment buildings, and Sabal Capital II has reportedly provided financing for a Florida apartment complex that recently traded hands for nearly $12.1 million.

  • December 20, 2018

    CIT Sustains Commerce's Duties For Turkish Welded Line Pipe

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday sustained the third version of a methodology used by the U.S. Department of Commerce in calculating anti-dumping duties on certain steel pipes imported from Turkey.

  • December 19, 2018

    Enviros Sue Feds To Halt Colorado Dam Expansion

    Save the Colorado and a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday over its decision to authorize the expansion of a dam in Colorado, arguing the government never seriously considered less harmful alternatives to the project.

  • December 19, 2018

    FTA Awards $16.6M For Transit-Linked Development Planning

    The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a total of $16.6 million to 20 organizations to support the development of areas near public transit projects in more than a dozen states, the agency said Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Texas Plant Subcontractor Can't Barge Into Arbitration: Judge

    A Texas appellate court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling and said a subcontractor can’t force its way into arbitration between the builder of a methanol plant, the plant’s owner and another subcontractor because it isn’t a named party to the contract in question.

  • December 19, 2018

    Wind Farm Cos. Tell Justices Feds Wrong On Tribal Appeal

    A trio of Oklahoma energy developers pressed the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to take up their bid to overturn the Tenth Circuit's ruling that they needed Osage Nation and federal approval for a lease connected with a wind farm project, saying the solicitor general has wrongly argued that the tribe had the right to take part in the circuit court appeal.

  • December 19, 2018

    Contractor Accused Of Using Funds To Buy Home, Trucks

    General contractor Industrial Construction Experts Inc. and its owner were hit with two separate complaints in North Carolina federal court Tuesday alleging that the company walked away from its work on a poultry processing facility while the owner pocketed millions for a new home and several cars and trucks.

  • December 19, 2018

    Trade Court Grapples With Trump's Security-Based Tariffs

    A U.S. Court of International Trade panel posed tough questions Wednesday regarding President Donald Trump’s authority to impose tariffs based on national security, with at least one judge voicing skepticism about the scope of the law he used to set levies on steel and aluminum earlier this year.

  • December 19, 2018

    Ohio City Seeks To Overturn $2B Nexus Pipeline Approval

    The Ohio city of Oberlin along with a fellow opponent of the $2 billion Nexus pipeline told the D.C. Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was wrong to approve the project, saying its need was overstated and it was not in the public interest.

  • December 19, 2018

    Sens. Say Metal Tariff Exclusion Process Needs Sharpening

    The U.S. Department of Commerce should continue to streamline the process that businesses must undergo to request exclusions from a set of double-digit tariffs on steel and aluminum put in place this year by the Trump administration, the heads of the Senate Finance Committee say.

  • December 19, 2018

    London Jury Convicts Ex-Alstom Exec Of Bribery In SFO Win

    A London jury on Wednesday convicted a former Alstom Power Ltd. sales executive of conspiring to bribe politicians and employees at a Lithuanian power plant to score €240 million ($274 million) in contracts, the latest conviction in a corruption probe that has cost the French rail giant £18 million ($22.8 million) in penalties.

  • December 19, 2018

    Goodwin, Foley Drive $375M Sale Of Pool Products Maker

    Pamplona Capital Management has agreed to buy a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products Inc. from Wynnchurch Capital LLC for $375 million, the companies said Wednesday, in a deal steered by Goodwin Procter LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • December 18, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Builder In Defective Fla. Condo Suit

    A Florida federal judge granted homebuilder KB Home an initial win Tuesday in a dispute with Southern Insurance over coverage for underlying claims relating to alleged construction defects in a 270-unit condo project.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Resolution Can Streamline Construction Disputes

    Stephanie Chaissan

    Alternative dispute resolution schemes, such as those set forth in Florida law, present an efficient resolution mechanism for construction conflicts. Furthermore, two recent cases in North Carolina and Maryland have reaffirmed courts' preferences for arbitration, says Stephanie Chaissan of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • An In-Depth Guide To The Opportunity Zone Guidance: Part 2

    Marc Schultz

    Last month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released proposed regulations for the new opportunity zone program. In the concluding part of this series, Marc Schultz of Snell & Wilmer LLP analyzes the guidance as it pertains to opportunity zone businesses and opportunity zone business property. 

  • Putting The Brakes On Construction Defect Suits In Texas

    Pierre Grosdidier

    In conjunction with Texas' litigation-curbing measures introduced in 2015, a state appellate court's recent decision in Mosaic v. 5925 Almeda, denying a condo owners association standing to sue for construction defects, may reduce the number of such lawsuits, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • An In-Depth Guide To The Opportunity Zone Guidance: Part 1

    Marc Schultz

    On Oct. 19, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released proposed regulations, a related revenue ruling and Form 8996 pertaining to the new opportunity zone program. In this two-part article, Marc Schultz of Snell & Wilmer LLP analyzes material portions of this highly anticipated guidance and highlights where guidance is still necessary.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Law Supports Airport Leasing

    John Schmidt

    Provisions in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization significantly enhance the ability of U.S. public entities to obtain the operational and financial benefits of private airport management by leasing airports to private airport operators, says John Schmidt of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Tampa Construction Contracts Must Address Labor Shortages

    Gary Schaaf

    Due to the serious construction labor shortage in Tampa, Florida, owners and contractors need to ensure that their written contracts account for the possible effects of debilitating labor shortages upon the rights of parties and the health of their projects, says Gary Schaaf of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Potential Shift On OSHA Multi-Employer Policy At 5th Circ.

    Jon Paul Hoelscher

    With its upcoming decision in Acosta v. Hensel Phelps Construction, the Fifth Circuit could overrule a 37-year-old decision that made the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s multi-employer policy unenforceable, imposing far-reaching impacts on risk allocation and safety programs, says Jon Paul Hoelscher of Bradley Arant Boult Cumming LLP.