Building on contaminated properties known as brownfields can be an attractive option for developers savvy enough to maximize tax and liability benefits that can accompany such projects and dodge potential stumbling blocks that could lead to unanticipated environmental and community concerns.
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Brownfield Redevelopment Evolving As Savvy Grows

Building on contaminated properties known as brownfields can be an attractive option for developers savvy enough to maximize tax and liability benefits that can accompany such projects and dodge potential stumbling blocks that could lead to unanticipated environmental and community concerns. Read more »

REIT InvenTrust Scoops Up Fla. Retail Center For $88M

Illinois-based real estate investment trust InvenTrust Properties Corp. said on Thursday that it has acquired a 120,000-square-foot retail center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for $88 million from Menin Development Inc. Read more »

Wynn Pays $68M For Chemical Cleanup At Mass. Casino Site

Wynn Resorts Ltd. has shelled out $68 million to remove roughly 1 million tons of toxic sediment from a former chemical plant site where it’s now building the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino, according to a news report. Read more »

NATIONAL

Brand Battles: Anheuser-Busch, Marvel, Microsoft

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Anheuser-Busch cites a Super Bowl ad about its famous German founder, Marvel has trouble registering its upcoming "Cloak & Dagger" television series, and Microsoft gets into a dispute with real estate giant Tishman Speyer over dueling services called "Zo." Read more »

NORTHEAST

Construction Exec Cops Plea Before 'Buffalo Billion' Trial

An executive with Buffalo construction firm LPCiminelli avoided trial on charges of rigging hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of bids connected to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “Buffalo Billion” revitalization initiative, copping Friday to conspiracy and wire fraud and agreeing to testify against his colleagues. Read more »

Goldberg Weprin Accused Of Illegally Holding $1M In Escrow

A real estate holding company has accused a New York City boutique law firm of defying a court order and refusing to hand over $1.15 million it was holding in escrow related to a property sale. Read more »

PACIFIC COAST

Homeowners Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Citi, Chase Fee Fights

Homeowners claiming Citibank NA and JPMorgan Chase & Co. charged them unnecessary fees for property inspections after they defaulted on their loans asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their suits Friday, saying a lower court erred in finding no basis for their racketeering allegations against the banks and inspection companies. Read more »

MID-ATLANTIC

DC Circ. Nixes EPA Superfund Listing Of Polluted Ind. Site

The D.C. Circuit overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s placement of an Indiana site with groundwater pollution on the federal Superfund list, finding Friday the agency ignored evidence contradicting a key conclusion used to justify the listing. Read more »

SOUTHEAST

Tenn. Justices OK Toss Of $146M Mall Flood Coverage Award

Tennessee's highest court denied an appeal by the owner of a Nashville mall claiming insurers owe it $146 million in flood damage coverage. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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Bharara, Rosenstein & Hill On What Law Grads Need To Know

The 2018 law school commencement season is underway, and keynote speakers at academic institutions across the country have sought to impart lasting advice to new grads. ​Here, five high-profile lawyers, including Preet Bharara, Rod Rosenstein and Anita Hill, shared their advice for improving local communities and the world, guidance which even seasoned attorneys may be able to apply to their own careers. Read more »

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3 Things To Know About Congress' New Litigation Funding Bill

A recent bill introduced in the U.S. Senate that sponsors say will discourage gambling by the multibillion-dollar litigation funding industry is far from the first effort to regulate private legal investors. Here, Law360 looks at three things that distinguish the Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018. Read more »

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Volume Of Undecided High Court Cases Raises Eyebrows

Even after issuing five opinions last week, the U.S. Supreme Court still has a whopping 34 cases that need to be decided by the end of the term just over one month away, leaving court-watchers to speculate about what’s been slowing things down on First Street. Read more »

NJ Federal Judge Shortage Continues, Chief Jurist Says

The judicial shortage in New Jersey federal court continues, with no appointments by President Donald Trump on the horizon, leaving a mounting caseload for a short-staffed bench spanning three outposts throughout the state, U.S. District Judge Jose J. Linares told his colleagues on Friday at the state bar association's convention in Atlantic City. Read more »

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The general counsel of Novartis stepped down in the wake of news reports that the pharmaceutical company paid a business owned by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and GCs ranked the firms they think have the strongest brands. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: Is Sports Betting Coming To Your State?

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we tell you what you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting ruling; break down the latest battle in Apple and Samsung’s smartphone patent war; discuss law schools demanding answers from BigLaw about the use of nondisclosure agreements; and talk about a woman who took a painful toilet tumble. Read more »

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