Construction

  • January 01, 2021

    Environmental Regulations To Watch In 2021

    The new Biden administration will have its hands full attempting to implement an environmental regulatory agenda that in many ways will be the polar opposite of what the Trump administration has accomplished, from finding effective ways to address climate change to ensuring projects can get faster reviews that don't skimp on environmental protections.

  • January 01, 2021

    Transportation Cases To Watch In 2021

    A personal jurisdiction battle affecting the legal exposure of automakers and other product manufacturers, delivery drivers' feud with gig-economy companies over their independent contractor status and clashes over the scope of federal preemption are among the court battles that transportation attorneys are watching in 2021.

  • January 01, 2021

    3 Trends Construction Attys Are Watching In 2021

    With a new administration, an ongoing pandemic and an economy in recession, the U.S. construction industry could face a number of changes in 2021. Here, Law360 looks at three key trends construction attorneys are keeping an eye on in the new year.

  • January 01, 2021

    Transportation Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2021

    Infrastructure funding legislation, autonomous vehicle rules, consumer protection regulations for air travel and proposed reforms to the government's aircraft certification process are some of the transportation industry's top legislative and regulatory priorities to watch in 2021.

  • January 01, 2021

    Environmental Cases To Watch In 2021

    This year will bring a new presidential administration and potentially head-spinning changes to the government's position in pending litigation on crucial issues like Clean Water Act jurisdiction and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, oil and gas operations and power plants.

  • January 01, 2021

    3 Areas Of Real Estate To Watch In 2021

    Much of the focus among commercial real estate experts in 2021 will be on the ways COVID-19 will continue to shape the sector, and lawyers say there are still many unknowns on that front. Here, Law360 looks at three areas of real estate that lawyers will be watching this year.

  • January 01, 2021

    Calif. Real Estate Regulations, Legislation To Watch In 2021

    Efforts to create more affordable housing as well as reform the property tax system are among the areas of real estate legislation and regulation California attorneys will be watching in 2021. Here, Law360 looks at four things to watch in 2021.

  • January 01, 2021

    NY Real Estate Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2021

    Pandemic-induced disputes between landlords and tenants, along with what role the government will play in those situations, will be top of mind for New York real estate lawyers in 2021. Here, Law360 looks at the three areas of New York real estate legislation and regulation to watch.

  • December 23, 2020

    7th Circ. Revives Coverage Battle Over Faulty Valve Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday axed a ruling absolving Federated Mutual Insurance Co. from covering an industrial parts supplier in a suit over faulty pipe valves it sold to a power station, finding that the trial court applied the wrong standard when denying the supplier's bid to introduce new evidence to support its insurance claim.

  • December 23, 2020

    Home Improvement Finance Firm Can Tap $18M Ch. 11 Loans

    Renovate America, a firm that provides home improvement financing services, received permission Wednesday in Delaware bankruptcy court to borrow $18 million in Chapter 11 loans as it seeks to sell its contractor and homeowner loan programs.

  • December 23, 2020

    Roof Co., Compliance Chief Settle SEC Fraud Suit For $2M

    A roofing company and its chief compliance officer have agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit accusing the company of hiding its potential liability in a False Claims Act investigation from shareholders for several months.

  • December 23, 2020

    Top 5 Gov't Contracts Of 2020: Year In Review

    Throughout 2020, the Trump administration injected more than $12 billion into the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, reaffirmed the U.S. Department of Defense's $10 billion IT partnership with Microsoft Inc. and made progress on President Donald Trump's promised border wall. Here are Law360's top five picks for the biggest government contracts of the year.

  • December 23, 2020

    NLRB Official Says No CBA Barring Landscapers' Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has directed a mail ballot election for workers looking to unionize with the Building Concrete Excavating and Common Laborers Local 731, finding that their employer wasn't part of a collective bargaining agreement with another union.

  • December 23, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Comparato, Square Mile, Related

    Investor Robert Comparato has reportedly sold a shuttered Florida golf course for $33.3 million, Square Mile is said to have loaned $205 million for a New York mixed-use property and Related Group is reportedly hoping to build a 40-story office and retail tower in Miami.

  • December 23, 2020

    EPA Can't Use Loophole To Avoid Collecting Asbestos Data

    A California judge instructed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconfigure its chemical data reporting rules to eliminate a loophole for "naturally occurring" chemicals that it has relied on to give some companies a pass when gathering information about the use and import of asbestos.

  • December 23, 2020

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

    This past week in London has seen JP Morgan sue the U.K.'s tax authority, two COVID-19 test makers battle over trademarks, and a Puerto Rican bank prepare for fresh litigation against Venezuela's state-owned oil giant. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 22, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Alta, Rexford, WSC Communities

    Alta Developers has reportedly landed approval for a Miami-area mixed-use project, Rexford Industrial Realty is said to have paid $93.8 million for six Los Angeles-area warehouses, and WSC Communities is reportedly planning to put 23 Santa Monica, California, development sites up for sale in January.

  • December 22, 2020

    Concrete Co. Loses Challenge To £25M Cartel Fine

    The U.K.'s Competition Appeal Tribunal on Tuesday rejected construction supply firm FP McCann Ltd.'s challenge of a £25 million ($33.4 million) fine levied by the country's competition enforcer for participating in a cartel to fix prices for precast concrete drainage pipes.

  • December 22, 2020

    Hana Financial Drops $669M On Stake In Seattle Building

    South Korea-based Hana Financial Group picked up a 95% stake in a Seattle office property from developer Skanska for roughly $669 million, according to an announcement from Skanska on Tuesday.

  • December 22, 2020

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

    Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday became the second to receive emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a development that came as state governments issued progress updates on the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine and unveiled plans to deliver the new one, with front-line health care workers prioritized.

  • December 22, 2020

    Bannon Must Testify In FTC Cambridge Analytica Inquiry

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday ordered former top White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon to answer questions under oath before Federal Trade Commission investigators about his involvement in the harvesting of personal information from millions of unwitting Facebook users by his now-defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

  • December 22, 2020

    Embattled Home Finance Biz Renovate America Hits Ch. 11

    Home improvement financing company Renovate America sought Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying tightened legislation, a wave of lawsuits and the COVID-19 pandemic had crippled its business.

  • December 21, 2020

    Energy Savings Contractor Settles With Gov't For $11M

    A government contractor that was hired to install a variety of energy-saving upgrades in federal buildings has agreed to pay $11 million after admitting it inflated the cost of the services through a kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • December 21, 2020

    SEC Says SiliconSage Targeted South Asians In $119M Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued California real estate developer SiliconSage Builders LLC and its owner Monday, alleging they targeted South Asians in the state and tricked hundreds of investors into pouring $119 million into a business weighed down by costly and unsuccessful projects.

  • December 21, 2020

    FTC Rips Bannon's 'Bluster' In Avoiding Data Harvest Hearing

    Allowing former White House adviser Steve Bannon to continue turning to "bluster" in his bid to avoid testifying about his role in the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal is not in the public interest, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Study Of Virtual Reality's Courtroom Applications

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    Virtual reality technology can transport jurors to a scene without their leaving the courtroom, but expert witnesses and counsel must carefully weigh 3D technology's limitations compared to conventional media and the richness of human perception, say consultants at Exponent.

  • 8 Tips For Effective Oral Advocacy In Virtual Court Hearings

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    Jim Lofton at Lofton Legally Speaking explains why tightly constructed arguments, the right camera angle and good online behavior are crucial to a powerful virtual courtroom presentation.

  • Growth And Challenges For Life Sciences CRE Amid COVID-19

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    Life sciences commercial real estate has grown during the pandemic due to life sciences companies' resiliency and low turnover rate, though investors looking to enter the market should be aware of unique challenges this market presents, says Dawn Saunders at Crosbie Gliner.

  • A GC's Blueprint For Improving Legal Industry Diversity

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    General counsel are in a unique position to ensure that their partner law firms are giving significant case assignments to underrepresented attorneys, and to help future generations of lawyers access meaningful opportunities early in their education or careers, says Laura Schumacher, chief legal officer at AbbVie.

  • Perspectives

    Book Review: Did The High Court Cause Mass Incarceration?

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    William Pizzi's argument in "The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration" that the U.S. Supreme Court is responsible for the high rate of incarceration is compelling, but his criticism overlooks the positive dimensions of the criminal procedure decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

  • The Potential Post-Election Fate Of Trump Enviro Orders

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    Meghan Smith and Alex Prochaska at Jones Walker highlight three executive orders from President Donald Trump on environmental regulations and policy and examine how they may be amended or revoked if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is elected.

  • How The Environmental Justice Landscape Is Evolving

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    The concept of environmental justice has risen to prominence recently, and converging trends signal further legislative and litigation developments, with potential for exponential amplification by the presidential and congressional election outcomes, say Julius Redd and Hilary Jacobs at Beveridge & Diamond, and consultant Stacey Halliday.

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

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    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • How Fla. Homebuilders Can Protect Pre-Closing Deposits

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    In light of Florida developers' recent success in negotiating for homebuilders to release deposits while some closing conditions remain unfulfilled, there are some ways homebuilders can safeguard their payments, but none of them are easy, says Gary Kaleita at Lowndes Drosdick.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • CEQA Suits Can Be Mooted By Construction

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    The California Court of Appeal's recent decision in Parkford Owners for a Better Community v. Placer clarifies that a California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit does not preclude a development project approval recipient from proceeding to complete its project — and if they proceed far enough without an injunction, the case may become moot, says Arthur Coon at Miller Starr.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

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