Construction

  • June 14, 2021

    Sioux Tribes, Army Corps Debate Fate Of Dakota Access Suit

    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes have urged a D.C. federal judge to keep jurisdiction over their challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review, but the agency and the pipeline's operator say the tribes are asking for too much.

  • June 14, 2021

    ​​​​​​​Biden Admin. Asks Justices To Erase Border Wall Rulings

    The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate Ninth Circuit wins for the Sierra Club and states that challenged barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border under the previous administration, citing a sea change in policy.

  • June 14, 2021

    EU May Extend Steel Restrictions For 3 More Years

    Ahead of a closely watched summit with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, European leaders have proposed extending restrictions on foreign steel for another three years, citing a high percentage of imports still swallowing up its market.

  • June 14, 2021

    Developer Can't Pursue Lost Profits From Chicago Law Firm

    An Illinois property developer lacks standing to pursue tens of millions in lost profits from a Chicago law firm he has accused of legal malpractice because those alleged damages were suffered by a corporation that didn't assign him the right to pursue them, an Illinois appellate court held Friday.

  • June 14, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Coinbase, Manuel Mato, Brack Capital

    Coinbase is reportedly subleasing 30,000 square feet in Manhattan, an entity affiliated with investor Manuel Mato is said to have purchased 445 acres in Florida for $69.41 million and Brack Capital Real Estate could reportedly fetch $180 million with the sale of a vacant Manhattan property.

  • June 14, 2021

    Attorney Hit With Criminal Contempt Over Calif. Courts 'Rant'

    In a tone reminiscent of a college lecture hall — or perhaps high school detention — a California appeals court held a Claremont attorney not just in contempt of one court, but apparently in contempt of the entire state court system.

  • June 14, 2021

    BlackRock Closes Infrastructure Debt Fund At $1.67B

    Infrastructure and real estate-focused BlackRock Real Assets said Monday it has wrapped up its first dedicated infrastructure debt fund after collecting more than $1.67 billion.

  • June 14, 2021

    Equinix, GIC To Plug Additional $3.9B Into Data Center JV

    California-based data center operator Equinix, advised by Baker McKenzie, and Kirkland & Ellis-led GIC said Monday that they will pour an additional $3.9 billion into their joint venture focused on developing hyperscale data centers, with the aim of erecting 32 facilities across the globe valued at $6.9 billion in total.

  • June 11, 2021

    DOD Issues $2.2B Building Plan After Canceling Border Wall

    The U.S. Department of Defense plans to use the $2.2 billion remaining after it canceled border wall projects that had been funded with money diverted from the agency to instead fund 66 military construction projects, it announced on Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas Justices Will Hear Chemical Plant Construction Row

    The Texas Supreme Court will hear a construction dispute in which James Construction Group LLC is fighting to overturn a $1.1 million damages award, arguing the lower courts that affirmed the award failed to apply the plain language of a contract that barred Westlake Chemical Corp. from bringing the claims.

  • June 11, 2021

    Biden DOT Eyes Stiff Car Safety Rules And Worker Protections

    The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a regulatory agenda Friday focused on improving vehicle and road safety standards, protecting flight crews and tackling climate change as President Joe Biden also seeks to build momentum for his ambitious infrastructure investment plan.

  • June 11, 2021

    EPA Signals Overhaul Of Chemical And Pesticide Regulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday laid out an ambitious regulatory agenda that includes the rollback of some key Trump-era rules on chemicals and pesticides, and is planning new rules that align with the Biden administration's priorities.

  • June 11, 2021

    Developer Drops $2B Kalama Methanol Refinery Project

    Developers are throwing in the towel on a seven-year effort to build a $2 billion methanol export terminal in Washington state after meeting resistance from state regulators who raised concerns about its emissions, the company announced Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Page, Wafra, KD Properties

    Investor J. David Page is reportedly on the hunt for $14 million of bond financing for a Florida senior housing project, a Wafra Capital venture is said to have landed roughly $500 million in financing for a Manhattan office tower and KD Properties is said to have paid $9.9 million for a Florida industrial building.

  • June 11, 2021

    Construction Co. Says Insurers Must Cover $32.5M Settlement

    A construction company has hit two Zurich units with a coverage dispute in Texas federal court, arguing the insurers should pay for its $32.5 million underlying settlement over a car accident allegedly caused by negligent road work.

  • June 11, 2021

    Feds Restore $929M Calif. High-Speed Rail Grant To End Suit

    The Biden administration will restore a nearly $929 million federal grant for California's beleaguered $77.3 billion high-speed passenger rail line that was canceled under the Trump administration, closing out litigation alleging the federal government's 2019 decision to pull funding was rash and politically motivated.

  • June 11, 2021

    Developer Fights Class Cert. In $100M EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A real estate developer fought Friday against certification of a class of Chinese investors who say they were duped out of $100 million through an EB-5 visa scheme, telling a Florida federal judge that each investor in the case can protect their own interests and doesn't need the class action vehicle.

  • June 11, 2021

    Kilpatrick Adds Greenberg Traurig Disputes Veteran

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has hired a former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney as its global lead for international disputes, adding a practitioner with experience handling matters in a range of sectors from energy to construction.  

  • June 10, 2021

    EPA Proposes Collecting PFAS Manufacturing Data

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed a rule that would require manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to provide information about the amount and type of chemicals they have produced.

  • June 10, 2021

    Trade Court Again Rebukes Gov't For Expanded Steel Tariffs

    The U.S. Court of International Trade handed a victory to steel fastener importers Thursday, doubling down on its earlier ruling that erased an illegal expansion of national security tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

  • June 10, 2021

    Utility Can't Recoup Gas Accident Settlement Under Fla. Law

    A split Florida Supreme Court found Thursday that a state law does not provide grounds for Peoples Gas System to recover money from a construction firm to cover a settlement it paid to one of the firm's workers who suffered injuries when he struck a gas line.

  • June 10, 2021

    Idaho Judge Pauses New Oil Leases In Sage-Grouse Fight

    An Idaho federal judge temporarily blocked new federal oil and gas leasing in an area of Wyoming and Montana that's home to the greater sage-grouse, saying the government failed to adequately consider the impact of those leases on the bird.

  • June 10, 2021

    Feds Tell 9th Circ. Limits On Ex-BLM Head Now Moot

    The federal government wants the Ninth Circuit to vacate an order limiting the authority of former acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management William Perry Pendley, saying there's nothing left to fight over now that Pendley no longer holds the position.

  • June 10, 2021

    Paul Hastings Launches Climate-Focused Energy Team

    Paul Hastings LLP has launched a global energy transition and infrastructure team that it says will bring together M&A, private equity, finance and regulatory attorneys to help companies and investors address an appetite for more climate-friendly business ventures.

  • June 09, 2021

    Mass. Town Must Allow Indoor Pot Farm In Agriculture Zone

    A split Massachusetts appeals panel affirmed on Wednesday that the town of Charlton must permit the development of an indoor marijuana growing facility because it was being constructed primarily for agricultural use.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Road Map To Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    Following President Joe Biden's recent executive order to improve U.S. cybersecurity, Justin Chiarodo and Sharon Klein at Blank Rome highlight how four key elements will particularly affect government contractors and their suppliers, and what contractors should expect as they prepare to operate in a new compliance environment.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • How COVID Could Worsen The US Construction Defect Crisis

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has created market conditions that may aggravate the decadeslong construction defect crisis in the American housing market due to supply chain disruptions, skilled labor shortages and time crunches, say attorneys at Ball Janik.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Insurers Have Cause For Optimism In Labor Cost Rulings

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    Recent decisions from the high courts of South Carolina and North Carolina — holding that embedded labor costs can be depreciated from the replacement cost of property — bolster insurers’ moderate edge in these disputes and point to important implications for both insureds and insurers, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Opinion

    Ill. Noncompete Reform Balances Employee And Biz Interests

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    The noncompete bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature protects due process for workers while preserving employers' ability to guard business assets — a rare political compromise that may reduce noncompete litigation but increase the chances of enforceability in court, say Peter Steinmeyer and Brian Spang at Epstein Becker.

  • Opinion

    Biden's Clean Energy Goals Require Big Hydrogen Push

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    To realize its ambitious renewable energy goals, the Biden administration, along with Congress, must promote the growth of the hydrogen industry using every available tool, including regulations, grants, tax incentives and direct purchases, say Abdon Rangel at Andersen Tax and John Taylor at King & Spalding.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • Siting Authority Is Missing Link In Biden Power Line Initiative

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    The Biden administration's recent proposals to promote high-voltage power line development may aid renewable energy adoption, but the lack of legislation providing national siting authority could mean that transmission projects crossing multiple states may still be difficult to develop, say James Cromley and Katherine Walton at Schiff Hardin.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • What EPA's Environmental Justice Push Means For Cos.

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's increased focus on environmental justice, which will give historically disadvantaged communities more influence over federal environmental policy, means that regulated companies should stay closely engaged with agency policymaking, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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