Construction

  • December 17, 2020

    Atty's Bid To Defeat EB-5 Malpractice Suit Denied

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    Construction Co. Can't Revive Canceled Army Corps' Contract

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    NY Court Slashes $14M Verdict In Apartment Collapse Suit

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    3 Firms Steer $90M New Jersey Construction Loan

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    KKR Sells 2 Netherlands Student Housing Projects For €190M

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    Construction Group Of The Year: Schiff Hardin

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    Clean Energy Projects Dodge Pandemic's Wrath In 2020

    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.

  • December 17, 2020

    Antitrust Watchdog Fines Construction Supply Cartel £15M

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Weil Says Hagens Berman Faked Witness Claims In Stock Suit

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Lawmakers, Industry Groups Clash Over Trump Water Rule

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Biden's Energy Picks Put Climate Front And Center

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Texas Judges Weigh Kinder Morgan Pipeline Oversight Suit

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Starwood, Dwight Capital, Fairfield

    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.

  • December 18, 2020

    Construction Group Of The Year: Bradley Arant

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Green Groups Ask 9th Circ. Not To Restore XL Pipeline Permit

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Insurer Says Policy Excludes Damage To $2.3B Condo Project

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Fla. Court Revives Suit Over Copycat Commercial Data Center

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Okla. Justices Allow Builder's Storm Repair Coverage Suit

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Tool Co. Says Plaintiff In Classification Suit Doesn't Fit Class

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Construction Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    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.

  • December 16, 2020

    Top UK Court Clears The Way For Heathrow Expansion

    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.

  • December 15, 2020

    DHS Urges DC Circ. To Rebuff Tribes' Bid To Stop Border Wall

    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.

  • December 15, 2020

    Biden To Pick Pete Buttigieg As Transportation Secretary

    President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a source familiar with the matter and media reports.

  • December 15, 2020

    Trump Org Must Turn Over Documents, NY Judge Orders

    A New York state judge Tuesday ordered the Trump Organization and others to hand over to the state attorney general's office records and communications related to a probe into whether the president's businesses inflated asset values of a New York estate.

  • December 15, 2020

    Segal McCambridge Continues Growth With Shareholder Trio

    Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd. capped off a year of nationwide growth by adding three former Patton & Ryan LLC partners, including an ex-managing partner, to its flagship Chicago office as shareholders.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Retailers Can Mitigate Product Liability Litigation Risk

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    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.

  • Opinion

    The Case For A Nonpolitical Federal Judiciary

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    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.

  • The Keys To A Better Privilege Logging Paradigm

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    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.

  • White House Due Process Memo Could Reform Enforcement

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    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.

  • Law Firm Hiring Considerations In A COVID-19 Economy

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    Financially robust law firms are entering the recruiting market aggressively knowing that dislocations like the COVID-19 crisis present rare competitive opportunities, and firms that remain on the sidelines when it comes to strategic hiring will be especially vulnerable to having their best talent poached, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Lessons From Md.'s Purple Line For Public-Private Contracts

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    Recent litigation over the Purple Line light rail project in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., illustrates why unambiguous contracts are a must when private and public entities enter into a partnership to develop critical infrastructure, says Laura Fraher at Shapiro Lifschitz.

  • Streamlining Power Transmission Siting To Help Renewables

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    It can take years and cost millions of dollars to secure state regulatory approval for electric transmission system upgrades needed to facilitate clean energy development, so it is important for states to create abbreviated siting processes for projects with limited anticipated impacts, says Andy Flavin at Troutman Pepper.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Act To Preserve Democracy This Election

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    COVID-19 concerns and glaring gaps in registration threaten to dampen voter turnout in the 2020 election, so attorneys should take on the problem by leveraging their knowledge and resources in seven ways, says Laura Brill at Kendall Brill.

  • Opinion

    State AG Enforcement Is Important For Workers' Rights

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    A recent increase in state attorney general labor and employment enforcement — including a challenge that prompted a New York federal judge to strike down the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employer rule last week — sends an important message that worker protections are not easily revoked, says Catherine Ruckelshaus at the National Employment Law Project.

  • How To Effectively Defend Witnesses In Remote Depositions

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    When a witness is isolated from the defending lawyer during a remote deposition, carefully planning the logistics and building witness confidence are critical to avoiding damaging admissions, say Jessica Staiger at Archer Daniels and Alec Solotorovsky at Eimer Stahl.

  • Whether And How To Compel Remote Arbitration

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    As the pandemic delays in-person arbitration hearings, mediator and arbitrator Theodore Cheng provides arbitrators with a checklist to examine the rationale and authority for compelling parties to participate in remote hearings.

  • The Unique Challenges Of Protecting A Law Firm Brand

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    Recent law firm trademark disputes highlight how the tension between legal ethics rules and trademark law can make it difficult for firms to select brands that are distinctive and entitled to protection, say Kimberly Maynard and Tyler Maulsby at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Now Is The Time To Engage With NY Climate Reg Process

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    New York state is rapidly mobilizing to implement the extraordinary greenhouse gas emission reductions required by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, so stakeholders must engage quickly to influence how the law's broad mandates are turned into enforceable regulations, say Kevin Healy and Philip Karmel at Bryan Cave.

  • Liability For Incidental Migratory Bird Killings Still In Flux

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    Following a New York federal court's recent opinion vacating the U.S. Department of the Interior's move to weaken migratory bird protections, industry players must be mindful of potential liability for incidental killings until the DOI clarifies the issue in a forthcoming rule, say Peter Whitfield and Aaron Flyer at Sidley.

  • Why Texas Developers Should Monitor School Tax Changes

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    Large Texas taxpayers building capital-intensive projects need to account for recent school district tax legislation because projects with property tax incentive agreements under a popular state economic development program may be impacted as elements of the new school finance regime are applied for the first time, say Matt Larsen and Bucky Brannen at Baker Botts.

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