Construction

  • April 25, 2018

    Enviros Take FERC Pa. Pipeline Approval Fight To DC Circ.

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Kinder Morgan unit's $144 million pipeline project in Pennsylvania, which the green group claims was based on a flawed environmental analysis.

  • April 25, 2018

    Architecture Co.’s Error Cost $12.6M, NY Building Owner Says

    The owner of a midtown Manhattan building has launched a lawsuit in New York state court against architecture firm Goldstein Hill & West Architects LLP, seeking $12.6 million for the company’s alleged missteps on an ultimately unsuccessful plan to transform the property from commercial to residential space.

  • April 24, 2018

    Wireless Tower Builder Says Competitor Poached Employees

    A wireless infrastructure construction company sued a competitor in Illinois federal court on Monday, accusing the company of "systematically" poaching its employees and subcontractors and inducing them to violate their noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements in order to gain access to confidential information and trade secrets.

  • April 24, 2018

    Neb. Appeals Court Revives Ironworker's Injury Suit

    A Nebraska appeals court on Tuesday revived an ironworker's negligence claims against a general contractor, his employer and an insurance carrier, finding that the trial court analyzed his claims based on the wrong theory of liability.

  • April 24, 2018

    Madison Realty Loans JDS $137M For Miami Condo Project

    Madison Realty Capital has loaned JDS Development Group $137 million as part of the final funding for a South Beach, Miami, condominium project, the New York-based companies, steered respectively by Kriss & Feuerstein LLP and Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, said Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    White House Steeling For Trade Talks With China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would dispatch two of his top economic advisers to China “in a few days” to discuss the two countries’ escalating trade tensions over steel and aluminum tariffs, technology policy and intellectual property enforcement.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cement Buyers Look For Cert. In Deceptive Fee Suit

    Customers suing a cement company over alleged price increases disguised as environmental fees and fuel surcharges asked a Florida federal judge Monday to certify a pair of classes in the case, saying the thousands of proposed class members all suffered the same fate.

  • April 23, 2018

    Pa. Judge Gives OK To Tear Down 19th-Century Buildings

    A state judge cleared the way Friday for the demolition of a series of Philadelphia properties with rich histories if not protected historic status, as the court shot down a local preservation group’s many arguments for why the properties’ owner should not have been granted permits to proceed with redevelopment.

  • April 23, 2018

    Bowles Rice, Title Insurer Spar Over $41M Settlement Payment

    Bowles Rice LLP told a federal court on Friday that First American Title Insurance Co. can't prove the timeline at the heart of its argument that the law firm, which helped it during underwriting, owes money for the $41 million settlement of a title policy claim linked to a coal plant project. 

  • April 23, 2018

    Construction Firm Leads 4 IPO Launches Totaling $468M

    A private equity-backed road construction firm focusing on the southeastern U.S., joined by a cybersecurity provider and two life sciences startups, launched initial public offerings on Monday that are projected to raise about $468 million total, sustaining the recent momentum of the IPO market.

  • April 23, 2018

    BALCA Denies Roofing Co.'s Bid For 14 Foreign Workers

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Friday denied a Texas roofing company’s application to hire 14 temporary foreign workers after the business failed to prove that it had a temporary need for the laborers.

  • April 23, 2018

    Construction Firm Says German Solar Panel Co. Has NJ Ties

    A construction firm seeking to enforce a $1.9 million arbitration award against German solar panel supplier Recom AG urged a New Jersey federal judge Monday to block the company’s effort to avoid paying the award, saying Recom AG has sufficient ties to the district and the underlying contract in the case.

  • April 23, 2018

    McDermott Snubs $2B Acquisition Bid, Focuses On CB&I Buy

    Houston-based engineering and construction company McDermott International Inc. on Monday said its board rejected Subsea 7 SA's roughly $2 billion acquisition offer, reiterating its commitment to buy Chicago Bridge and Iron NV in an all-stock deal that boasts a roughly $6 billion enterprise value.

  • April 20, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Sewage Not Pollution In Insurance Row

    The Eleventh Circuit upheld an Alabama federal court's ruling that a pollution exclusion in an insurance policy doesn’t apply to property damage and injuries from a sewage leak, saying Friday the lower court rightly drew comparisons to a past case that reached the same conclusion.

  • April 20, 2018

    NY Wheel Dismissal Ruling Put Off For Renewed Mediation

    A Delaware judge on Friday put off until next week ruling on the dismissal of the Chapter 11 case of the bankrupt design and build team for the proposed New York observation wheel, after attorneys for the team said they had restarted negotiations with the project’s developer.

  • April 20, 2018

    Health Hires: Goodwin, Shook Hardy, Michael Best, Orrick

    The latest firms to expand their life sciences and health care abilities are Goodwin Procter LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Eversheds Sutherland and Cole Schotz PC.

  • April 20, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a contract dispute erupt between Russia's Sberbank and a fellow state-controlled bank in Azerbaijan, Greece's Alpha Bank sue more than a dozen Lloyd's syndicates, and underwriters and Lit Securities take on Morgan Stanley.

  • April 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Taking Claim Fails In Katrina Flooding Fight

    The federal government can’t be held liable for damage caused by Hurricane Katrina-related flooding under the Fifth Amendment based on lackluster maintenance of a navigation channel, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday, reversing a U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision.

  • April 20, 2018

    Black & Decker Licensing Suit Filed Too Late, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive an antitrust suit accusing Black & Decker Corp. and a host of other table-saw makers of conspiring not to license technology from SawStop LLC, saying SawStop had waited too long to sue.

  • April 20, 2018

    Court Nixes Hospital's $115M Bonds To Build Outside District

    A Florida judge has denied Halifax Hospital Medical Center's validation request for $115 million in bonds, finding the issuance unlawful because it is for a project outside of the special taxing district's geographical bounds, a decision that could have a big impact on other taxing districts in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • New Remedial Actions For Tax-Advantaged Bonds And P3s

    Travis Gibbs

    Under an IRS revenue procedure issued on April 11, 2018, issuers of tax-advantaged bonds have new remedial actions available to them to cure unqualified uses that previously would result in loss of tax-advantaged status. Attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP explain the new procedures.

  • Update For Gov't Contractors On Settled Suit Cost Recovery

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    Since the Federal Circuit's 2009 decision in Geren v. Tecom, the allowability of government contractor settlement costs incurred in just about any type of third-party lawsuit has been unclear. But this month the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had the opportunity to analyze the Tecom standard in Bechtel v. U.S., say Steven Masiello and Tyler Thomas of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Status Update On 'One Federal Decision' Project Reviews

    Raya Treiser

    Last week, a dozen federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding committing to a more coordinated and streamlined federal review process. But because there have been no changes to underlying statutory requirements, each agency will still have to determine that a project review meets its respective legal obligations, say Raya Treiser and Nathaniel Custer of WilmerHale.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Why Texas Contractors Should Watch Lon Smith V. Key

    Brett Wallingford

    Many Texas contractors offer to handle insurance claims for their homeowner customers, but the Texas Supreme Court is currently considering whether to hear an appeal of a case that could deem such actions illegal, rendering their contracts void and unenforceable, says Brett Wallingford of Zelle LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.