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Construction

  • December 7, 2018

    Corps, Dakota Access Say Tribes Didn't Obey Order

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC said that several Native American tribes had failed to follow a D.C. federal judge’s order to spell out what claims they plan to continue with in their challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, as the tribes contended that the record in the case should be fleshed out first.

  • December 7, 2018

    NY Builder Gets 3 Years For Bribery, 'Buffalo Billion' Fraud

    The former president of COR Development Co. was sentenced to three years in prison Friday, following his conviction for bribing a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his role in a scheme to rig bids for hundreds of millions of dollars in state development contracts.

  • December 7, 2018

    Pipeline Contractor Says EQT Skipped Bill On Spill Cleanup

    A pipeline construction contractor filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court Thursday claiming that EQT Gathering LLC is refusing to pay a nearly $2 million bill for cleaning up another company’s spill on its construction site.

  • December 7, 2018

    Live Nation, Ticketmaster Settle ADA Suit Over 49ers' Stadium

    San Francisco 49ers fans leading a class action in California federal court alleging the team's stadium does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards have settled their claims against Ticketmaster and Live Nation after three months of arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Construction Litigator Joins Gordon Rees In SF Office

    Construction-focused litigator Lisa M. Cappelluti has joined Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP as a partner in its San Francisco office, more than a decade after she opened a Northern California office for Lorber Greenfield & Polito LLP.

  • December 7, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide 5 IPOs Led by Tencent Music's $1.1B Deal

    Eight law firms will guide five initial public offerings that could potentially raise more than $1.5 billion combined during the week of Dec. 10, possibly the last wave of IPOs for the year, led by an estimated $1.1 billion offering from streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

  • December 7, 2018

    Fla. Justices Want Tougher Sanction For Judge's Hotel Stays

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday said a proposed 30-day suspension was not enough to sanction a Miami-Dade County judge who failed to disclose hotel stay bribes her husband allegedly received while directing Miami Beach’s Building Department.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: LV Lending, Taconic, GLL

    LV Lending has reportedly provided a $10 million loan for a Florida retail project, a Taconic Investment venture is said to have bought a New York property for $269 million with financing from MetLife, and German fund GLL Real Estate Partners has reportedly sold a Florida office building for $25.1 million.

  • December 7, 2018

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

    The last week has seen an African import-export bank sue Nigerian airline Airik, Jaguar and several major insurers sue an auto shipping specialist and a Brazilian energy executive lodge a claim against a unit of Swiss bank Rothschild. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 6, 2018

    NY Developer Gets 2 1/2 Years For 'Buffalo Billion' Bid-Rigging

    A founder and former general counsel for upstate New York developer COR Development Co. LLC on Thursday was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his role in an alleged scheme to rig bids for upwards of $600 million in development projects including in the state's "Buffalo Billion" program.

  • December 6, 2018

    EPA's Coal Gift Hints At Broader Climate Policy Challenge

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Thursday rollback of Obama-era coal plant carbon dioxide emission regulations is intended to help revive the struggling industry and contains a hint that the administration is considering how to challenge or circumvent an earlier finding that CO2 endangers human health, experts said.

  • December 6, 2018

    8th Circ. Upholds Homeowners' Cert. In Row With State Farm

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s order certifying a class of Arkansas homeowners who say State Farm illegally deducted “labor depreciation” from their home insurance payouts, finding that class treatment is warranted because the plaintiffs’ claims revolve around a common legal question.

  • December 6, 2018

    Enviros Blast BLM Revamp To Sage-Grouse Plan

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday unveiled revisions of an Obama-era plan to protect greater sage-grouse and their habitat that environmental groups immediately denounced as a giveaway to oil and gas developers and other industries that threatens the bird's future.

  • December 6, 2018

    Builder Stuck With Trimmed Fraud Suit Over Illinois Homes

    NVR Inc. can’t shake a proposed class action by Illinois homeowners who accuse the builder of installing lower-quality materials than advertised, according to an Illinois federal judge who found on Wednesday that the buyers' claims about cabinets and shingles were specific enough to survive dismissal.

  • December 6, 2018

    Pa. Justices Won't Hear Sunoco Pipeline Land-Grab Appeal

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania refused to hear an environmental group’s allegations that a Sunoco Inc. unit abused its eminent domain power assembling land for the controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, according to an order made public Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Odebrecht Says Bond Fraud Suit Can’t Continue Further

    Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA and two subsidiaries on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to toss a fraud suit related to a far-reaching bribery scheme, arguing that the investment firm and funds suing them have not remedied defects that plagued the suit’s previous iterations.

  • December 6, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Williams Partners Unit Can Quickly Take Land

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Williams Partners LP unit’s move to quickly access landowners’ property and build a pipeline, aligning itself with other circuits by agreeing that pipeline companies can be given immediate access to property after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission greenlights the project.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    St. Regis Response To Foul Odor Fails Smell Test, Owner Says

    Something other than the sea breeze is in the air in an oceanfront penthouse at the St. Regis Condominium and Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida, and the response by Marriott and property owner Seldar Holding stinks, the unit's owner claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court in Miami.

Expert Analysis

  • Negotiating Access To Neighboring Properties In NYC

    Jeffrey Reich

    Due to the requirements of state law and properties' close proximity to one another, the need for well thought-out agreements providing license to access adjoining properties is the rule — not the exception — in New York City, says Jeffrey Reich of Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Ohio High Court Enters Debate On Faulty-Work Insurance

    Jonathan MacBride

    In Ohio Northern v. Charles Construction, Ohio's Supreme Court recently went against the prevailing trend of courts being more inclined to find that a subcontractor's faulty workmanship can be an occurrence under a commercial general liability policy, says Jonathan MacBride of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • High Court's Frog Decision May Limit ESA Determinations

    Paul Weiland

    Two holdings from the U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Weyerhaeuser v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday are likely to limit the service’s interpretation of its authorities and provide the regulated community with the ability to challenge critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act, say Paul Weiland and Svend Brandt-Erichsen of Nossaman LLP.

  • What To Watch Out For When Deconverting Illinois Condos

    Daniel Bronson

    In Illinois, purchasing all the units in a condo building requires understanding some uncommon real estate issues, including compliance with Section 15 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act, and the relationship between the unit owners and the existing condominium association, say Daniel Bronson and Courtney Mayster of Much Shelist PC.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.