President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday picked the head of North Carolina's environmental department to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where big challenges await, from helping redirect the agency toward fulfilling Biden's climate change goals to addressing environmental justice concerns.
Home Depot has agreed to pay a $20.75 million penalty to end the federal government's claims that it sent unqualified contractors to hundreds of customers' homes for projects that potentially disturbed lead paint, according to a consent decree filed Thursday.
Plymouth Industrial REIT has reportedly picked up 28 industrial buildings in the Memphis area for $86 million, JDS Development is said to have paid $23 million for two Miami development sites and Deka Immobilien has reportedly bought a downtown Los Angeles office tower for $196 million.
An Illinois federal judge denied on Tuesday a Chicago attorney's bid for favorable judgment over allegations that he perpetuated an $88 million EB-5 investment scheme, ruling that the attorney did not assert any new defenses against the legal malpractice claim.
The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals tossed a construction company's challenge of a decision canceling their warehouse construction contract following delays, despite accusations that the Army Corps of Engineers antagonized the company from the start.
A New York state appeals court on Thursday reduced a $14 million verdict to $5.6 million in a suit seeking to hold a New York City apartment owner liable for injuries a resident suffered when her roof collapsed, saying awards for medical expenses and future pain and suffering were excessive.
Cole Schotz represented Invictus Real Estate in connection with its $89.5 million loan to Hill Wallack- and Chiesa Shahinian-counseled private equity shop Eastone Equities for a mixed-use project in Harrison, New Jersey, Cole Schotz announced Thursday.
KKR said Thursday it sold two student housing developments in the Netherlands for a combined €190 million ($233 million), with law firm Loyens & Loeff NV guiding on the sale of a 700-unit development.
Schiff Hardin attorneys served as outside counsel to the owners of a $6 billion mega-development in Chicago and negotiated contracts for environmental remediation on the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in New York City, earning the firm a spot on Law360's 2020 Construction Groups of the Year.
The energy project development story of this past year was a tale of two sectors, as clean energy developers powered through a global pandemic that helped slow or stop most oil and gas projects in their tracks. Here, Law360 breaks down four significant energy project finance trends of 2020.
Britain's antitrust watchdog said Thursday that it has fined two companies that supply materials to the construction industry a total of £15 million ($20 million) for illegally colluding to reduce competition and to keep their prices up.
A team of Weil attorneys representing a South African chemical company has accused investors' attorneys from Hagens Berman of submitting false accounts from confidential witnesses to prop up their claims in their multibillion-dollar securities suit.
Dozens of current and former members of Congress told a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday that the Trump administration's effort to narrow the Clean Water Act's regulatory reach was wrong and contrary to science, while industry groups said the new policy approach was sound.
President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly picked a slate of experienced leaders with proven records for addressing climate change issues to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and serve in the White House, underscoring the new administration's stated commitment to clean energy and addressing climate issues.
A Texas appellate court on Wednesday questioned whether landowners and municipalities could revive claims that Kinder Morgan's $2 billion Permian Basin-to-Gulf Coast natural gas pipeline needs more oversight when the pipeline has already been completed in their area.
Starwood has reportedly sold four Florida buildings for $78.42 million, Dwight Capital is said to have loaned $44.5 million for an Oklahoma City redevelopment project, and Fairfield Residential has reportedly paid $13.4 million for a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, development site.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP helped contractor Kiewit overturn its bid protest loss at the GAO for a $39 million contract, and won a precedential opinion from the Fourth Circuit to enforce the terms of Turner Construction's agreement with a subcontractor in a spat over work on an FBI facility, helping it earn a place among Law360's 2020 Construction Groups of the Year.
Keystone XL pipeline developer TC Energy's argument that the vacatur of a nationwide permit will cause construction delays and extra costs isn't enough to merit reinstating the permit, environmental groups have told the Ninth Circuit.
Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Co. shouldn't have to cover claims that its policyholder did shoddy work on a $2.3 billion construction project, since the damages were discovered before the builder took out the insurance policy, the insurer told an Alabama federal court.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday revived part of data services company Digiport Inc.'s lawsuit accusing a real estate development company of using trade secrets to build a data center in Miami, ruling that the question of whether Digiport's business concept is a trade secret should go to a jury.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a construction company can pursue a suit alleging that a client's home insurance carrier lowballed her claim for storm damage, finding that the client was permitted to assign the builder her right to sue the insurer for breach of contract.
Tool manufacturer Matco Tools Corp. urged a California federal judge on Tuesday not to certify a former distributor's proposed class action accusing the company of misclassifying operators as independent contractors, saying the lead plaintiff doesn't have the same interests as the class members he seeks to represent.
King & Spalding LLP tackled major deals including a $20 billion gas project in Mozambique, while taking on legal fights with a powerful team of construction and arbitration lawyers, making it a Law360 2020 Construction Group Of The Year.
Britain's highest court cleared the runway on Wednesday for London's Heathrow Airport expansion plans, ruling that the government had appropriately considered the country's global climate change commitments.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged the D.C. Circuit to reject a bid by several tribes to stop construction on President Donald Trump's border wall in California, saying the evidence doesn't back the tribes' claims the project will damage sacred sites.
To properly meet the U.S. Department of Justice's latest corporate compliance expectations and adapt to the current remote working environment, consider collaborating with a client on an e-learning solution tailored to its employees, says Alexander Holtan at Eversheds Sutherland.
Sarah McLean at Shearman & Sterling looks at how attorneys and law firms can partner with nonprofits to leverage their collective resources, sharpen their legal skills and beat the unique pandemic-induced challenges to providing free legal services to low-income individuals.
Apologists who defend President Donald Trump as having shrewdly exploited legal loopholes by deducting dubious consulting fees from his taxes are ignoring major badges of fraud that would have led the Internal Revenue Service to investigate any other taxpayer, says Daren Firestone at Levy Firestone.
In this era of fully remote depositions, attorneys must carefully consider whether they want to deliver exhibits to opposing counsel in advance or on the day of the deposition, and think creatively about the technological resources available to them, say Helene Wasserman and Nathaniel Jenkins at Littler.
Although the pandemic, widespread protests and West Coast wildfires have presented significant challenges for the homebuilding industry, shifting preferences and a steady appetite for new homes continue to drive a strong industry outlook, say Rick Rubin and Will Soper at Fox Rothschild.
The struggle to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises the question whether U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are able to separate their political beliefs and world views from their judicial opinions, with studies in political science and social psychology providing clear answers, says Drury Sherrod at Mattson and Sherrod.
Law firm leaders and marketers should consider several fundamental questions as they develop their corporate social responsibility programs amid the pandemic with reduced available time, money and personnel, including identifying a realistic charitable spending budget and seeking input from firm lawyers, clients and nonprofit partners, says Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett's prolific opinion writing on the Seventh Circuit reveals a clear picture of what we can expect from this jurist on issues such as state court personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants, Article III standing and the application of federal law in diversity actions, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.
The Arizona Supreme Court's recent decision to eliminate prohibitions on nonlawyer ownership of law firms may show that the organized bar's long-standing rhetoric that such rules are essential to protecting the legal profession's core values is overblown, say Anthony Sebok at Cardozo School of Law and Bradley Wendel at Cornell Law School.
Best practices that can help litigators write convincing discovery motions include thinking about the audience, addressing a few key questions, and leaving out boilerplate from supporting briefs, says Tom Connally at Hogan Lovells.
Congress has multiple means to take the politics out of federal judicial nominations and restore the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court — three of which can be implemented without a constitutional amendment, says Franklin Amanat at DiCello Levitt.
While courts sometimes hold retailers liable for injuries caused by products they sold but did not manufacture — as a California appeals court did recently in Bolger v. Amazon — retailers can implement a number of strategies to reduce product liability litigation risk, say Alexandra Cunningham and Elizabeth Reese at Hunton.
For the last 20 years, at the insistence of both parties, U.S. Supreme Court nominations have been fierce ideological battles — which is bad for the country and bad for the public's perception of the legitimacy of the court, say Judge Eric Moyé, Judge Craig Smith and Winston & Strawn partner Tom Melsheimer.
Current privilege logging practices to identify what information is being withheld from discovery often lead to costly disputes, so practitioners should adopt a system based on trust and good faith, similar to the presumptions embedded in the business judgment rule for corporate directors and officers, say Kevin Brady at Volkswagen and Charles Ragan and Ted Hiser at Redgrave.
A little-noticed memo recently issued by the Trump administration in response to the pandemic, directing federal agencies to provide greater due process to individuals and companies under regulatory investigation, represents a long-overdue sea change in the way justice is carried out in enforcement proceedings, say Joan Meyer and Norman Bloch at Thompson Hine.