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  • September 25, 2018

    Aetna, Benefit Seeker Both Denied Quick Win In Disability Row

    Aetna Life Insurance Co. must face a suit accusing it of wrongly denying long-term disability benefits to a former executive at Four Seasons Solar Products LLC after a New York federal judge rejected two requests to wrap up the case early on Tuesday.

  • September 25, 2018

    Enviros Ask 4th Circ. To Nix Army Corps’ $5B Pipeline Permit

    Environmental groups told the Fourth Circuit on Monday that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers was wrong to grant a permit for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying it is clear the project did not receive requisite state water quality approvals and that certain aspects of construction would take longer than allowed.

  • September 25, 2018

    NJ Housing Agency Can't Shake Whistleblower Suit

    A New Jersey state appellate court on Tuesday partially revived a suit brought by a former employee of the Housing Authority of the City of Passaic who was allegedly terminated in retaliation for questioning the bidding process on two construction projects, finding that the court should have extended time for discovery before ruling.

  • September 25, 2018

    Chancery Nixes Injunction For $7B USG-Knauf Merger Vote

    Delaware’s Chancery Court on Tuesday rejected a preliminary injunction to block a looming vote on a proposed $7 billion merger of drywall producer USG Corp. with Gebr. Knauf KG, turning aside putative class claims that the sale warranted hostile takeover provisions.

  • September 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Tenet, Elie Schwartz, Treo Group

    Tenet Healthcare has reportedly landed $23.5 million in financing for a Florida surgery center project, Nightingale Properties CEO Elie Schwartz is said to have picked up a New York penthouse for nearly $18 million, and Treo Group has reportedly scored a $33 million loan for a Florida retail and restaurant project.

  • September 25, 2018

    Texas LNG Co., Contractor Aim To Trim Pipeline Contract Row

    Wood Group Mustang Inc., formerly Mustang Engineer, told a Texas state court that the fraud claims brought against it by Freeport LNG Expansion LP stemming from a liquified natural gas pipeline project must be tossed because Freeport presented no evidence of damages.

  • September 25, 2018

    Contractor Can't Evade All Claims In D.C. Hotel Bond Suit

    A D.C federal judge on Tuesday threw out several counterclaims by a surety company against a Chicago-area contractor in a dispute over payment of a bond associated with work on a D.C. hotel project, but kept intact others concerning a subcontract linked to the bond.

  • September 25, 2018

    6th Circ. May Push High Court Review Of Groundwater Cases

    The question of whether the Clean Water Act’s reach extends to some groundwater pollution was already a contender for U.S. Supreme Court review, and the Sixth Circuit has improved the odds the high court will weigh in by landing firmly on the opposite side of the Fourth and Ninth circuits on the matter.

  • September 25, 2018

    Construction Co. Fights Copyright Suit Over Sandwich Photo

    Construction company Tocci Building Corp. on Tuesday said a Florida-based photography firm cannot sue Tocci in Massachusetts federal court for allegedly using, without permission, a copyrighted image of a sandwich to encourage employees to bring packed lunches to job sites.

  • September 24, 2018

    NY Developer Owes For Condo Project Work, Contractor Says

    A contractor hired to work on a luxury condominium project in New York City launched a state court lawsuit against the project’s developer Friday, alleging the developer and his companies owe more than $730,000 for work performed under a set of construction contracts.

  • September 24, 2018

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Suits Over Fla. Bridge Collapse

    An insurer sued an engineering firm on Monday in Colorado federal court seeking a ruling that it does not have to provide coverage or defend the company in regard to four lawsuits over the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge it worked on near Miami.

  • September 24, 2018

    Electrical Equipment Co. Wants $16M Power Plant Award Axed

    Dixie Equipment LLC has asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn rulings affirming a $16.6 million arbitration award against it in a dispute over the construction of a power plant in Mexico, telling the justices that because it was not present for the arbitration and because proceedings were not recorded, the award cannot stand.

  • September 24, 2018

    EHealthline.com Says $3.5M Award Row Should Be Paused

    EHealthline.com urged a California federal judge to pause a confirmed $3.49 million award issued to its former joint-venture partners over a failed project to build a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia, saying a separate lawsuit accusing those businesses of stealing trade secrets needs to play out first. 

  • September 24, 2018

    CIT Says Taiwanese Cos. Can Challenge Steel Nail Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday allowed two Taiwanese steel nail producers to proceed with most of their challenge to a hefty penalty tariff imposed on them by the federal government this year, finding the foreign producers did have standing to challenge the results of the government's administrative review. 

  • September 24, 2018

    Enviros Ramp Up Legal Efforts In Fight Against Trump Agenda

    Environmental groups, buoyed by an increase in donations, new pro bono assistance and staff willing to put in long hours amid the Trump administration's rollbacks of environmental regulations, have leveraged those resources to score victories like information requests that contributed to the resignation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator and blocking controversial rule delays.

  • September 24, 2018

    Seafood Co., Insurer Settle Dock Collapse Coverage Fight

    Chubb Custom Insurance Co. and Copper River Seafoods Inc. told an Alaska federal court on Friday that they have agreed to settle a dispute over the insurer’s alleged failure to compensate the seafood company for a building collapse under a policy with a $15 million limit.

  • September 24, 2018

    US-China Fight Shows No Sign Of Stopping As New Tariffs Hit

    The U.S. and Chinese governments installed fresh sets of tariffs on one another’s products Monday, opening a fresh front in a quickly escalating trade standoff that now covers about half of the goods traded between the two economic powerhouses.

  • September 21, 2018

    Dump Truck Co. Can't Dodge NLRB Union Shutdown Ruling

    The Second Circuit on Friday granted the National Labor Relations Board’s petition to enforce a decision that a Brooklyn dump truck company illegally trimmed operations in retaliation for its drivers voting to unionize, later offering to restart if its employees rejected the union.

  • September 21, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a London no dealing desk sue Merrill Lynch for breach of fiduciary duty, more competition claims against Visa and MasterCard and a German shipper bring a suit against Axa and other insurers.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sens. Urge DOJ Watchdog To Probe FBI HQ Project

    A group of Democratic senators has urged a U.S. Department of Justice watchdog to look into the “abrupt” decision to abandon a plan to relocate FBI headquarters, particularly any influence the White House may have had, according to an announcement Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Opinion

    Mass. Bill Would Shift Too Much Control To Condo Boards

    Angel Kozeli Mozina

    Massachusetts' House Bill No. 4325 attempts to vitiate any prerequisite unit owner consent in any and all contexts and essentially throws the baby out with the bathwater. The bill will have a chilling effect on residential condominium developments and the broader need to address housing shortages, says Angel Mozina of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.