Construction

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

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    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

  • Environmental Policy And The Election: Part 3

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    In the final part of this series, attorneys at Akin Gump look at the presidential candidates' strongly diverging stands on water quality, biodiversity, use of federal lands and environmental justice, and the tool set of executive orders, regulatory rulemakings and permitting decisions they would use to advance their agendas.

  • Opinion

    SBA Change-In-Ownership Guidance Highlights PPP Flaws

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    The lack of clarity in the U.S. Small Business Administration's recent guidance on Paycheck Protection Program requirements for borrowers undergoing ownership changes is an example of how changing the pandemic relief program's rules on the fly could leave borrowers confused and potentially economically vulnerable, says Christine Price at Moritt Hock.

  • Mitigating Pandemic-Prompted Construction Defect Risk

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    The residential construction surge resulting from the pandemic may lead to an increase in construction defect claims, but developers can make use of certain contract clauses, risk-transfer mechanisms and state statutes of limitations to minimize liability, say James Prichard and Megan Picataggio at Ball Janik.

  • Environmental Policy And The Election: Part 2

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    Attorneys at Akin Gump analyze the agendas that both presidential candidates have laid out on domestic energy, air quality and international climate diplomacy, and consider likely policy outcomes.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

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    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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