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Construction

  • 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.

  • July 30, 2018

    Whiteford Taylor & Preston Lands 2 Litigation Pros In Va.

    Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP said on Monday that it had added as partners two former LeClairRyan attorneys with experience litigating banking disputes, construction and bankruptcies, and representing sports agents and athletes, in its Richmond, Virginia, office.

  • July 30, 2018

    State Dept. Gives New Keystone XL Route Environmental OK

    The U.S. Department of State on Monday gave a preliminary environmental thumbs-up to a proposed alternative route through Nebraska for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a route that is currently being challenged by landowners and other project opponents in the Nebraska Supreme Court.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    Solar Investors Seek To Enforce €112M Award Against Spain

    A D.C. federal court petition filed Friday seeks to enforce an over €112 million ($130.7 million) arbitral award won by units of private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners over Spain's revocation of economic incentives for renewable energy producers, claiming confirmation is appropriate even though the country has requested the rectification of purported errors.

  • July 27, 2018

    Calif. Court Clears Pepper Hamilton In Mediation Breach DQ

    A trial court’s removal of Pepper Hamilton LLP from a dispute over a road project was unwarranted because the law firm didn’t break a confidentiality deal penned in a failed mediation, a California state appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Green Groups, Pa. Settle Row Over Sunoco Pipeline Permits

    Three environmental groups on Friday announced a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concerning their challenge to construction-related permits the state agency issued for a Sunoco Inc. unit's controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.

  • July 27, 2018

    Insurer Can’t Use Policy To Duck Sandy Payout, NYU Says

    New York University on Friday told a New York federal judge that it deserves more than the $40 million paid out by Factory Mutual Insurance Co. to cover damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the school's Langone Medical Center network, saying the insurer cannot hide behind policy limits to avoid payment.

  • July 27, 2018

    4th Circ. Nixes Forest Service, BLM OKs For W.Va. Pipeline

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday struck down U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management approvals for portions of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley pipeline, giving a win to environmentalists who said the government improperly deferred to the pipeline developer without explaining itself.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ore. Utility Settles Power Plant Construction Row For $130M

    Portland General Electric Co. said Friday that it's reached a $130 million settlement with two sureties to resolve a dispute stemming from a $640 million power plant construction project, ending related arbitration that had been initiated by the Spanish multinational Abengoa SA.

  • July 27, 2018

    Insurer Can’t Duck $1.3M Construction Defect Coverage Row

    A Florida federal court on Thursday rejected Hartford Fire Insurance Co.’s motion to dismiss indemnification claims brought by a construction company as a result of a $1.3 million settlement in a construction defects suit, saying Hartford had submitted additional documents the company needed a chance to respond to.

  • July 27, 2018

    Insurer Can Bring Suit Over Construction Accident Defense

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday allowed Scottsdale Insurance Co. to go forward with its suit saying it does not have a duty to defend construction companies being sued in state court over a worker’s fatal accident under a policy exclusion — but tossed as premature the insurer's claims that it doesn’t have to indemnify the companies.

  • July 26, 2018

    BLM Wildlife Protection Shift Opens Door To Lawsuits

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s recent decision to stop requiring developers like oil and gas companies to undertake projects to protect wildlife in exchange for permission to use public land could translate to a rise in litigation as nature and industry collide, experts say.

  • July 26, 2018

    Builder Settles False Payment Claims With USAID For $2.5M

    A Michigan construction company and one of its executives have agreed to pay almost $2.5 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false claims for payment under a U.S.-funded construction contract covering 16 schools in Jordan, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    EPA Changes Tune As FERC Pipeline Comment Window Ends

    The public comment period on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's potential revision of its 20-year-old gas pipeline approval policy ended Wednesday, and highlights of the last-day submissions include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backtracking on earlier recommendations of tools FERC could use to evaluate the climate change impacts of projects.

  • July 26, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: HFZ, FirstBank, CareerBuilder

    HFZ Capital has reportedly bought a New York development site for $29.8 million, FirstBank is said to have loaned $20 million for various Miami residential construction projects, and CareerBuilder is reportedly close to a deal to lease more than 100,000 square feet in Chicago.

  • July 26, 2018

    Construction Arbitration & Litigation: Picking The Right Path

    Arbitration and litigation are two well-trodden paths for those navigating construction disputes, but each is better suited for a different type of traveler. To be a good guide, lawyers need to know which to choose, as the wrong choice can spell disaster.

  • July 26, 2018

    Novelis Buys Private Aluminum Product Co. Aleris For $2.6B

    Atlanta-based aluminum rolling and recycling giant Novelis Inc. on Thursday said it agreed to buy privately held rolled aluminum product supplier Aleris Corp. for around $2.6 billion, including debt, in a deal steered by Latham & Watkins LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • 5 Crucial Contract Provisions For Mature Construction Cycles

    Colby Drew

    The construction industry is currently in a mature cycle, meaning construction skills and costs are very high, but contractor availability is low. A properly worded contract reflecting the cycle's unique benefits and challenges will greatly enhance the prospects of successful project completion, says Drew Colby of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • ​GAO Clarifies Rules For Conflict Of Interest Waiver Protests

    Aron Beezley

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision this month in ARES Technical Services Corporation provides useful guidance to GAO protesters on where they should — and should not — focus their organizational conflict of interest waiver challenges, says Aron Beezley of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • The Rise Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In Construction

    Kenneth Suzan

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are gaining popularity in the construction industry, as they are useful for inspections, security and surveillance, among other functions. However, companies using them need to consider a number of legal risks and issues, including conflicts between state laws and federal aviation laws, says Kenneth Suzan of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.