A Florida appeals court on Friday revived a suit seeking to hold a construction company liable for injuries a subcontract worker sustained after he fell into an uncovered drain at a parking garage construction site, saying the trial judge erred in tossing the suit because the drain was an "open and obvious" hazard.
A Ninth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Friday of a New Jersey insurance company's efforts to toss under California's anti-SLAPP law an engineering firm's bad faith counterclaim in litigation over San Francisco's notorious sinking Millennium Tower, asking the insurer, "Why didn't you just fight the thing on the merits?"
The First Circuit blocked construction Friday on part of a controversial $1 billion clean energy development that would connect New England to Canadian hydroelectric power, just a day after the Trump administration granted the project a key cross-border permit.
Manhattan's district attorney has subpoenaed records from three New York towns, seeking information about a Trump Organization property called Seven Springs Estate, which is already under scrutiny by the state's attorney general, according to a news report Friday.
IQHQ is reportedly planning a 565,000-square-foot Boston-area project, Beyond Meat is said to have leased roughly 280,000 square feet in the Los Angeles area and C-III Capital has reportedly dropped $64 million on a Florida apartment complex.
Several current and former executives of mall owner CBL & Associates will get a 90-day reprieve from a federal stockholder lawsuit, after a Texas bankruptcy court judge extended the stay on litigation during CBL's Chapter 11 reorganization.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday released the final environmental impact statement for a land swap that would allow for copper mining on lands sacred to the Apache tribe in Arizona, as indigenous advocates continue to fight the project.
A California judge has rejected a bid by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation to undo his ruling that the tribe breached a 2012 agreement with JW Gaming Development related to a botched casino, saying new evidence the tribe put forward doesn't add up.
This past week in London has seen China's Huawei facing a patent fight, oil trading giant Mercuria sue a petroleum company and a spread-better file a claim against real estate tycoon Robert Tchenguiz. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
California restaurant owners say they shouldn't face fees for liquor licenses and health permits when state and county officials won't allow them to operate, the federal government can continue requiring in-person clinic visits to obtain abortion-inducing medication, and a cannabis farm is the latest to be hit with claims it fired workers who complained about workplace conditions amid the pandemic.
The Trump administration cut corners in its rush to give Florida rare control over the Clean Water Act's Section 404 permitting requirements in the state despite considerable questions about the environmental impacts that remain, environmental groups said Thursday.
Delaware investor Christopher Martorano has reportedly flipped four Florida gas stations for $15 million, LXG is said to have purchased a Chicago Holiday Inn and D.R. Horton has reportedly picked up 26.66 acres of land in Florida.
The full D.C. Circuit bench said it won't reconsider a panel's order last year allowing House Democrats to challenge President Donald Trump's diversion of $8.1 billion for a border wall, a rebuke coming less than a week before the Trump presidency comes to an end.
An Ohio construction excavator machine company must pay an employee for overtime hours he did not actually work due to a collective bargaining agreement violation, after a federal judge in the state said an arbitrator was right to issue the award for the payment.
Federal Insurance Co. urged an Oklahoma federal judge to grant it an early win in a suit in which pipeline company T.D. Williamson Inc. is seeking over $5 million in coverage for a former director's suit, arguing the policy's "insured versus insured" exclusion applies.
New York City asked a state court to compel an insurance company to defend it in two personal injury lawsuits stemming from alleged asbestos contamination at a Brooklyn courthouse, court documents show.
A New Jersey law that requires public works contractors to be affiliated with an apprenticeship program is an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of businesses and a giveaway to unions, a trade association said in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court.
A Boston-based telecom tower company asked a Maine federal court to hold a city and its planning board in contempt for failing to comply with a court order, claiming officials have repeatedly refused to grant it the zoning relief necessary to build a 120-foot-tall cell tower alongside a busy coastal highway.
The Navajo Nation said Wednesday that it had reached a $10 million settlement with two mining companies it sued over the 2015 Gold King Mine waste spill that poisoned waterways used by the tribe.
Apache Stronghold, a San Carlos Apache nonprofit, has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Arizona federal court to block a land swap that would allow Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton to mine copper and allegedly dump toxic waste near land sacred to the Apache tribe.
A metal manufacturer told a California federal judge that COVID-19 is not an "act of God" in a suit seeking to compel its debtor, a green-tech company, to pay over $4 million in debt and damages after the company tried to invoke a "force majeure" provision in the parties' contract to allegedly avoid payment.
The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about convenience store group Casey's $580 million plan to pick up rival gas station chain Bucky's and its fuel distributing owner, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
JP Morgan Investment Management has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $91.7 million, F45 Training is said to be leasing 44,000 square feet south of downtown Austin and Silverstone Senior Living is reportedly hoping to rezone a property in Wellington, Florida.
The general contractor for a Best Western hotel was shorted nearly $925,000 for its work after its contract was wrongly terminated, the builder told a Florida federal court.
The Trump administration on Wednesday released a plan to significantly reduce conservation land in the California desert, in a last-minute, largely symbolic attempt to alter a sprawling renewable energy and conservation plan that prioritizes development on federal land.
Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.
With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.
After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.
Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.
Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.
President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign proposals provide a useful guide to his administration’s priorities and some of the changes government contractors can expect, regardless of whether Biden’s legislative efforts are hindered by a Republican-led Senate, say Joseph Berger and Thomas Mason at Thompson Hine.
While some of President-elect Joe Biden's climate-oriented transportation priorities can be accomplished through executive action and regulations, others will require congressional authorization — and strong bipartisan interest in passing surface transportation reauthorization creates a window for significant progress, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidance on the U.S. Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund decision on permits for indirect groundwater discharges leaves technical questions on when and how to perform evaluations unanswered, making it of little practical value, says Marcia Greenblatt at Integral Consulting.
To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.
In the near term, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recently issued final environmental impact statement asserting that incidental killings of migratory birds are not illegal will provide companies with more regulatory certainty, but the Biden administration may seek to reverse course, say Peter Whitfield and Aaron Flyer at Sidley.
New York leads the nation in its efforts to confront climate change, but to fully realize the state's environmental ambitions, policymakers must update laws that encourage continued fossil fuel consumption, say Justin Gundlach at New York University School of Law and Elizabeth Stein at the Environmental Defense Fund.
The COVID-19 pandemic is already adding new complexities to damages calculations used in lost-profit claims litigation, even in cases in which the coronavirus is not the direct cause of the breach, say Neil Ashton and Michael Yachnik at StoneTurn.
Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.
Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland look at Eleventh Circuit opinions from the past five years to determine the odds of a spoliation finding, and how risks in the federal appeals court compare to those in the federal district and state courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.