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Construction

  • May 7, 2018

    Easement Dispute Settled In Tax Court For $2.5M Deduction

    The Illinois-based developer of a former cork factory in Pittsburgh settled its tax dispute in the U.S. Tax Court on Friday by accepting a $2.5 million deduction for a historic easement.

  • May 7, 2018

    Zoning Change Could Stymie Hotel Construction In New York

    New York City wants to require new hotel projects in certain manufacturing zones to obtain a special permit as part of the city's effort to preserve existing properties and encourage more industrial construction, but lawyers on the lodging development side say the change would likely slow new hotel construction and may not jump-start manufacturing.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 2018

    Labor Department Issues Final Rule On Beryllium Exposure

    The U.S. Department of Labor has clarified a regulation that limited workers' exposure to the industrial byproduct beryllium, setting new definitions of beryllium work areas, among other changes, in a final rule published in the Federal Register on Friday.

  • May 4, 2018

    Construction Co. Should Pay $2.3M Arbitral Award: Judge

    A New York magistrate judge on Friday recommended the confirmation of a $2.27 million arbitration award entered against a construction company that allegedly failed to make contributions to a carpenter union’s benefit funds that were required by collective bargaining agreements.

  • May 4, 2018

    Excess Insurer Prevails In Fight Over $2.3M Crash Judgment

    Excess insurer Landmark American Insurance Co. is not liable for any part of a $2.3 million judgment against Deerfield Construction Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the builder's employee caused a crash that injured another driver, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that Deerfield failed to provide prompt notice of the claim to Landmark.

  • May 4, 2018

    NRC Nixes Duke Energy License For Failed $24.7B Plant

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rescinded construction and operating licenses held by Duke Energy Florida LLC related to a $24.7 billion nuclear power plant, putting a lid on the company’s now-failed venture with bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co.

  • May 4, 2018

    Mammoet, NY Wheel Developer Reach Deal On Ch. 11, Project

    Bankrupt Mammoet-Starneth LLC, the entity hired to design and build the world's largest observation wheel in New York City, announced a resolution Friday allowing the developer to transition to a new contractor and get financing to finish the project while allowing the Chapter 11 case to continue in Delaware.

  • May 4, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Nabs Labor, Real Estate Attys In LA, Chicago

    Nixon Peabody LLP has announced two lateral hires: a real estate partner in Chicago from Holland & Knight LLP and a labor and employment partner in Los Angeles from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP.

  • May 4, 2018

    Mohegan Sun To Pay $101M To Control Korean Resort Project

    The operator of the tribal-owned Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut said it will spend $101 million to buy out its South Korean partner’s stake in a "first-of-its-kind, multibillion-dollar," 1,350-room resort and 215,000-square-foot casino planned for development at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul.

  • May 4, 2018

    Insurer's Win In Building Injury Suit Upheld By NY Court

    An insurer is off the hook for charges that it unfairly dragged out its denial of coverage to a general contractor facing a workplace injury suit, after a New York appeals court affirmed that a federal law preempts the state law on which the claims hinged.

  • May 4, 2018

    Cybersecurity Firm Carbon Black Tops 8 IPOs Totaling $733M

    Shares of venture-backed startup Carbon Black Inc. rallied Friday after the cybersecurity software firm raised $152 million in an initial public offering that priced at the top of its upwardly revised range, capping a week that saw eight IPOs raise a total of $733 million.

  • May 3, 2018

    Buchanan Ingersoll Adds 2 Attys In San Diego

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC said Thursday it has hired a former Troutman Sanders LLP partner with experience guiding financial institutions in leveraged financing and other transactions, as well as an employment attorney versed in personal injury, construction and other employer-related matters, bolstering the firm's offerings in San Diego.

  • May 3, 2018

    6th Circ. Says Biker Owed Benefits For Span Of Disability

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday reversed a lower court’s finding that a man who injured his leg in a motorcycle accident wasn’t entitled to disability benefits after a 34-month period following the accident, saying American United Life Insurance Co. must pay out as long as he can prove he's still disabled.

  • May 3, 2018

    Contractor Dodges $17M Verdict Over Worker's Death

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday struck down a $17 million award in favor of the family of a steel worker who drowned while working on a bridge project associated with Baylor University’s football stadium, saying the project’s contractor is protected from the lawsuit by an insurance program established by the school.

  • May 3, 2018

    Construction Co., Architect Not Covered In Injury Suit: Court

    The lack of a direct contract means a pair of insurers do not owe a construction manager and an architecture firm coverage for a 2010 construction accident, a New York state appeals court found Thursday, citing a recent ruling from the state's high court and affirming a lower court's ruling.

  • May 3, 2018

    Akerman Lands LA Real Estate Partner From K&L Gates

    A real estate attorney whose “lender-centric” practice has him advising clients on transactions and leases as well as construction and distressed project financing has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in its Los Angeles office after nearly two decades at K&L Gates LLP, the firm has announced.

  • May 3, 2018

    ND Levee Work Can Resume Amid $2B Flood Project Dispute

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday approved a request to allow construction of flood mitigation measures in North Dakota while a legal dispute regarding the legality of a $2.2 billion project aiming to calm part of the Red River located between Minnesota and North Dakota continues.

  • May 3, 2018

    USDA Contractor Loses Fight For Extra Costs At Fed. Circ.

    A breakwater construction contractor came up short in its quest for $4 million in extra costs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, when a Federal Circuit panel backed an administrative board’s finding that the company should’ve known of changing Gulf Coast conditions that affected its work.

  • May 3, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Eastern Star, Sweetgreen, Pulte Homes

    Eastern Star Development has reportedly bought a New York hotel for $27.5 million and plans to tear it down and build luxury condos, salad fast-food chain Sweetgreen is said to be taking 2,000 square feet at Hudson Yards in New York and Pulte Homes has reportedly picked up 69 acres in Florida for $18.7 million.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Land Use And Entitlement Diligence For Calif. CRE Lending

    Andrew Starrels

    Following the widespread construction boom in most California markets, commercial real estate lenders and their counsel find themselves increasingly asked to evaluate and underwrite the nature of entitlement approvals for development projects, but the state's web of land use regulations and sometimes overlapping jurisdictions can make that task complicated, says Andrew Starrels of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • 7 Major Revisions To Standard Form Construction Contracts

    Brent Meyer

    Every decade, the American Institute of Architects issues revisions to the standard construction contract documents widely used in the industry to delegate various obligations and rights leading up to and during a construction project. Brent Meyer of Husch Blackwell LLP identifies this year’s major revisions and the parties impacted by each change.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • 7 Ways To Take Video Depositions That Your Jury Will Like

    Jeb Butler

    Depositions are all about sound bites. You’ll either play them for the jury on video or use them for sharp, crisp impeachment. Either way, the message must be pithy and concise, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Learning From The Greystone Affordable Development Case

    Ray Jones

    Affordable housing developers face the challenge of developing projects that are pleasing to both tenants and the community, while keeping rents at permissible levels. A South Carolina developer recently demonstrated that renovating low income housing units with the help of multifaceted deal structures is one possible solution, says Roy Jones of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 3 Key Insurance Takeaways From Old Republic V. Kenny

    Matthew Jacobs

    Last month, an Illinois federal court ruled in favor of coverage for a general contractor that had received certificates of insurance demonstrating that it was an additional insured under the subcontractor's policy. This ruling underscores several principles that general contractors should keep in mind regarding insurers' duties to defend and indemnify, say Matthew Jacobs and Sati Harutyunyan of Jenner & Block LLP.