Project Finance

  • June 27, 2017

    George Lucas' Museum Gets Go-Ahead From LA City Council

    The Los Angeles City Council made it official with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, voting unanimously Tuesday to approve his $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and giving it a home in the City of Angels after years of litigation and negotiation with Chicago and San Francisco.

  • June 27, 2017

    Gorsuch And Thomas Becoming Fast Friends At High Court

    In Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas seems to have found a U.S. Supreme Court justice after his own heart. The court’s newest member and its most silent one cast identical votes in case after case this year, at times taking positions deemed more conservative than those of their fellow Republican appointees on the court.

  • June 27, 2017

    Dykema Cox Adds 3 Attys To Its Dallas Office

    Dykema Cox Smith has added to its ranks, announcing recently that three attorneys have joined its Dallas office as senior counsel, bolstering both the commercial litigation and corporate finance practice groups.

  • June 27, 2017

    Commerce Seeks Input On Review Of Protected Waters

    The Department of Commerce published a rule in the Federal Register on Monday asking the public for input on its review of the status of 11 national marine sanctuaries and monuments, which is being done in response to an executive order President Donald Trump signed in April.

  • June 27, 2017

    5 High Court Concurrences That Read Like Dissents

    “Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.

  • June 27, 2017

    The Sharpest Dissents From This Supreme Court Term

    While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.

  • June 27, 2017

    Ex-Pipeline Co. CEO Sued For Racketeering Over Kickbacks

    A pipeline installation company serving the oil, gas and telecommunications industries has launched a racketeering lawsuit against its former CEO in New Jersey state court over an alleged scheme in which a subcontractor overbilled the business for its services to pay kickbacks to the onetime executive.

  • June 27, 2017

    State Law Prevails In Fla. Eminent Domain Case, Judge Says

    Property owners whose land will be taken in order to build the Sabal Trail Transmission LLC’s natural gas pipeline should be compensated under Florida’s more generous law instead of under federal rules, a Florida federal judge decided on Tuesday, declining the pipeline company’s bid for a quick win on the issue.

  • June 27, 2017

    Pruitt Unsure If EPA Has 'Tools In The Toolbox' For CO2 Regs

    A Tuesday Senate hearing about the White House’s proposed 30 percent funding cut for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turned into an inquiry of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s views on climate change, with the cabinet official saying he’s not sure the EPA has the “tools in the toolbox” to regulate carbon dioxide.

  • June 27, 2017

    House Committee OKs Bill For Alaska Land Exchange

    The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources announced on Tuesday it has passed through a bill that would authorize a land-swap deal to allow the construction of a road between two remote Alaska communities, breathing new life into the proposed road that would traverse a wildlife refuge.

  • June 27, 2017

    Calif. Cap-And-Trade Fight Still A Live Issue, Foes Say

    California air regulators can't downplay the potentially sweeping changes to state tax law unleashed by an appellate court's endorsement of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program and the auction of emissions allowances underpinning it, the program's challengers told the California Supreme Court on Monday.

  • June 27, 2017

    EPA, Army Corps Move To Sink Clean Water Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed Tuesday to rescind an Obama-era rule defining the federal government’s permitting jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, a measure that has drawn fire from critics who say it improperly expanded the agencies’ authority.

  • June 27, 2017

    License Covered Fiber-Optic Work, Contractor Tells 9th Circ.

    A telecommunications contractor that had sought to recover more than $18 million it said it was owed has told the Ninth Circuit that a California federal judge was wrong to rule that the company wasn't properly licensed to dig trenches to install a fiber-optic cable network.

  • June 26, 2017

    Oil Cos. Blast Enviros' Bid To Block NM Drilling Permits

    The oil industry urged a federal court Friday to reject environmental groups’ bid for a quick win in their challenge to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s approval of more than 350 permits to drill in New Mexico’s Mancos Shale formation.

  • June 26, 2017

    Tatneft Fights Stay Of $112M Enforcement Suit During Appeal

    Russian energy company PAO Tatneft asked a D.C. federal court on Monday not to pause its suit to enforce a $112 million arbitral award during an appeal in France, saying a stay would ensure the nearly decade-old dispute drags on for years to come.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

  • June 26, 2017

    Enviros Can't Score Win Against Exxon In Chemical Plant Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge on Friday refused to confirm that an environmental group has the right to pursue its lawsuit alleging Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Baton Rouge chemical plant violated the Clean Air Act, saying she needs more information before deciding the question.

  • June 26, 2017

    Feds, Colorado Accuse Energy Co. Of CAA Violations

    The federal government and the state of Colorado on Monday hit PDC Energy Inc. with a lawsuit alleging unlawful emissions from storage tanks in the state in violation of the Clean Air Act.

Expert Analysis

  • The Changing Economics Of Sports Stadiums And Arenas

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    In this short video, Scott Zolke of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses sports stadium and arena economics, explaining why it’s more important than ever that professional sports teams have the opportunity to build and own their own stadiums and arenas, and the group dynamic among team owners, leagues and local municipalities.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • The Risks Of Releasing Privileged Investigative Reports

    Nicholas Goldin

    The recent D.C. federal court decision in Banneker Ventures v. Graham underscores the close analysis that should accompany a decision to publicly disclose even a summary of an internal investigation that was conducted under the attorney-client privilege, say Nicholas Goldin and Yafit Cohn of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • How Pennsylvania Made Water System Sales Easier

    Thomas Wyatt

    The capital costs and regulatory requirements of providing safe and reliable water and wastewater service continue to increase. Pennsylvania's Act 12 provides a valuable new tool for municipalities wishing to monetize those assets and redeploy the proceeds, and the recent sale of New Garden Township's wastewater system is a case in point, say attorneys with Dilworth Paxson LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Roundup

    FERC At 40

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    In 1977, the Federal Power Commission was replaced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. energy system entered a new era. This series takes stock of FERC's past, present and future.

  • Texas Steel Bill Raises Questions For Construction

    Brian Gaudet

    Texas Senate Bill 1289 requires the use of domestic iron and steel for public infrastructure projects in the state. But given the higher price of U.S.-sourced steel, the bill would increase project costs significantly, likely resulting in fewer capital improvements, and possibly impacting construction-related jobs, say Brian Gaudet and Traci Donatto of Coats Rose PC.