Construction

  • January 06, 2021

    Peckar & Abramson Forms International Construction Alliance

    New York-based construction law firm Peckar & Abramson is teaming up with firms in France and Germany in an effort to strengthen legal services offered to businesses involved in multinational infrastructure and construction projects.

  • January 06, 2021

    Zinc Recycler Inks $14.75M Deal To End Investor Suit

    Investors in metals processor American Zinc urged a Delaware federal judge to approve a $14.75 million settlement ending claims that the company executives' misrepresentations about a recycling plant inflated its stock price.

  • January 05, 2021

    Trump, Iran Trade Barbs As US Prepares For New Admin.

    U.S.-Iran relations crumbled further Tuesday, with the U.S. Treasury Department blacklisting 13 players in Iran's steel sector and announcing the seizure of $7 million in Iranian assets while Tehran renewed its call to arrest President Donald Trump.

  • January 05, 2021

    Lack Of Wetland Impacts Info Dooms Mich. Mine Permit

    A Canadian exploration company has been denied an essential permit for a proposed gold and zinc mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after a state administrative law judge said the permit request didn't include enough information about the project's environmental impacts.

  • January 05, 2021

    Tenn. Manufacturers Not Liable For Asbestos Additions

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that companies that manufactured equipment later fitted with third-party asbestos-containing parts can't be held liable under the state's products liability law for diseases those parts allegedly caused.

  • January 05, 2021

    COVID-19 Surge Springs Boston City Hall Aide Early

    A former Boston City Hall aide who admitted to taking a bribe to help a developer was granted an early release from his 40-month prison term Tuesday, as a federal judge ordered he serve two years in home confinement due to his age, health and surging COVID-19 case numbers.

  • January 05, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Despite difficulties surrounding the coronavirus vaccine rollout in some areas, including a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of intentionally spoiling 500 doses, the new year ushered in the first round of inoculations for Illinois veterans in long-term care facilities as well as plans to administer the vaccine to first responders in Massachusetts. 

  • January 05, 2021

    Texas Justices Mull Whether Houston Law Falls Under Zoning

    The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned whether the city of Houston ran afoul of the Texas Zoning Enabling Act and its own charter by enacting a historic-preservation ordinance.

  • January 05, 2021

    Trump Admin. Sews Up Policy Shift On Migratory Bird Killing

    The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a policy eliminating criminal penalties for incidental migratory bird deaths under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a move it says will provide more certainty for industry but critics argue will undermine the century-old law.

  • January 05, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Spear, Dominguez

    Lennar has reportedly bought 5.17 acres in Florida and could build 25 homes there, Spear Physical Therapy is said to be leasing 2,700 square feet in Manhattan that Duane Reade vacated in 2019 and developer Luis Dominguez is reportedly hoping to build 234 apartments in Florida.

  • January 05, 2021

    Real Estate Lawyers On The Move

    Mayer Brown, Allen & Overy and Norton Rose are among the law firms that have made recent real estate or construction hires.

  • January 04, 2021

    Trump Admin. Consolidates Secretary Review Of Visa Appeals

    The Trump administration is moving to fast-track a rule that would allow the U.S. secretary of labor to personally review the visa applications of nonagricultural immigrant workers, according to a Monday announcement.

  • January 04, 2021

    Property Managers Seek Win In Evanston Coverage Suit

    A group of property management companies said Evanston Insurance Co. must continue to defend and indemnify them in a $12.5 million underlying lawsuit, arguing Monday that Evanston has already waived its right to deny coverage during its last five years of providing defense.

  • January 04, 2021

    Machine Maker Wants New Trial After $4M Worker Injury Award

    A maker of road construction equipment has asked a Texas federal judge for a new trial after a jury awarded more than $4 million to a worker over a life-altering leg injury, saying the trial was tainted because the county agency that employed the worker was not also included as a defendant.

  • January 04, 2021

    DOJ Says Concrete Supplier To Pay $20M For Fixing Prices

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that Georgia-based ready-mix concrete producer Argos USA LLC has agreed to pay a $20 million criminal penalty after admitting it worked with rivals to fix prices, rig bids and divvy up customers.

  • January 04, 2021

    Turner Wants Insurer To Cover Worker's Injury At Time Inc. HQ

    Turner Construction Co. sued Utica Mutual Insurance Co. on Monday in a bid to compel the insurer to defend the contractor in litigation alleging that a construction injury occurred during its work at Time Inc.'s new headquarters in lower Manhattan.

  • January 04, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: One Water Marine, Office Properties, IMC

    One Water Marine Holdings has reportedly dropped $30.4 million on a Florida marine center, Office Properties Income Trust is said to have paid $35.1 million for a South Carolina development site and IMC Equities has reportedly picked up more than 200 residential units in Florida for $37.56 million.

  • January 04, 2021

    Tribes Pile On Resistance To $2.9B Enbridge Pipeline Project

    Two tribes seeking to stop a $2.9 billion Enbridge pipeline project have taken their fight to federal court, arguing that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't adequately consider the effects of potential oil spills before approving the project

  • January 04, 2021

    Investor Seeks Records In $1.37B Takeover Of Building Co.

    A pension fund demanded records detailing the $1.37 billion private equity takeover of building materials company Foundation Building Materials, telling the Delaware Chancery Court that it wants to determine whether the deal was fairly valued.

  • January 04, 2021

    Steel Installers Lose Bid To Organize Without Co-Workers

    Workers at a Michigan steel company who do on-site installations cannot unionize separately from shop workers because the shared interests of the field and shop employees outweigh their differences, a National Labor Relations Board regional official ruled Monday.

  • January 04, 2021

    Berkshire Hathaway Unit Sues Vent Maker Over Hotel Fire

    A Berkshire Hathaway unit is suing a ceiling vent manufacturer, saying it installed a defective bathroom exhaust fan at a Georgia Red Roof Inn that caused a fire in July, resulting in more than $1 million in damages and other expenses.

  • January 04, 2021

    Jones Day, DLA Piper Lead Bally's $120M Pa. Casino Project

    Casino chain Bally's said Monday it has partnered with a private equity investor to shell out roughly $120 million to open a new gambling venue in Pennsylvania, with guidance from Jones Day and DLA Piper.

  • January 04, 2021

    Army Corps Gets Chance To Fix 'Cancer Alley' Plant Permit

    Rather than consider in court alleged permit defects for a plant in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley," a federal judge will allow the U.S. government to fix things on its own despite attempts by environmental groups to keep litigating.

  • January 01, 2021

    Energy Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2021

    The new Biden administration will drastically shift U.S. energy policy from the previous four years under President Donald Trump, but continued division on Capitol Hill means most major moves will come via regulation and executive action rather than legislation. Here, Law360 breaks down four regulatory and legislative issues energy lawyers should keep tabs on in 2021.

  • January 01, 2021

    Energy Cases To Watch In 2021

    Climate change once again dominates the list of court cases that the energy industry will be closely watching in 2021, including the U.S. Supreme Court wading in on the future of climate torts against fossil fuel companies and legal battles over greenhouse gas emissions regulations for power plants and vehicles. Here are five energy-related cases to watch in the new year.

Expert Analysis

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • Opinion

    Dakota Pipeline Challenge Undermines Permitting Process

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    If Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers succeeds at challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline's environmental permitting more than three years after it came online, other infrastructure projects might also face legal battles long after they are built, says David Hill at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Building Owners Face An Even Stricter NYC Climate Plan

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    New York City building owners and real estate developers should regard the city council's recent vote to expand strict greenhouse gas emissions limits to more buildings as an affirmation of the city's aggressive plans to address climate change, says Raymond Pomeroy at Stroock.

  • What To Expect From US Trade Policy In The Biden Era

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    President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will shift focus away from transactional relationships, focusing instead on multilateralism and rebuilding relations with key allies, even if a number of Trump administration trade initiatives live on, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Biden Independent Contractor Plan Sends Confusing Message

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    President-elect Joe Biden’s inconsistent campaign plan for independent contractors supports enforcement of existing laws against intentional worker misclassification while also proposing a challenging-to-meet federal classification standard modeled after California’s A.B. 5, says Richard Reibstein at Locke Lord.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Rulings Show Limits Of Federal Agency Vacancy Law

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    Recent court decisions applying the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to invalidate improper presidential appointments of acting federal agency heads have had little evident impact, highlighting shortcomings in the law that could become more acute if the presidency and Senate are controlled by different parties, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

  • Forum Selection May Be Viable For Fla. Consumer Claims

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    As Florida state appellate and federal courts remain split on when a forum selection clause applies to Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act claims, two recent federal court decisions suggest a trend toward enforcement and validation of such provisions, say Aaron Weiss and Michael Zilber at Carlton Fields.

  • Navigating Inability-To-Pay Claims With DOJ Amid COVID-19

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    It's likely to get harder to argue that a company is unable to pay penalties resulting from a U.S. Department of Justice prosecution during the pandemic, but using contemporaneous documentation can help ensure continued viability, say Shari Schindler at StoneTurn, and Ryan Rohlfsen and Jordan Harvey at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Must Drop The Billable Hour To Improve Diversity

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    Implementing pay structures that compensate attorneys for achieving clients' goals rather than measuring success based on hours billed is a necessary first step to keeping underrepresented attorneys in BigLaw, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital.

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