Construction

  • January 29, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Told Duty Expansion Was Based On Wrong Sources

    An automotive supplier pressed the Federal Circuit to free its heat-treated aluminum imports from tariffs targeting Chinese aluminum, arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce incorrectly relied on a nonpublic source to pull its imports under the duties' umbrella.

  • January 29, 2024

    ​​​​​​​China Evergrande Ordered In Hong Kong To Liquidate

    A Hong Kong court on Monday ordered the liquidation of Chinese real estate giant China Evergrande Group and appointed Alvarez & Marsal Asia Ltd. to handle the matter.

  • January 26, 2024

    Nelson Mullins' Rates Spark Coverage Spat Over Builder's Suit

    An insurance policy battle between an exterior building product manufacturer and its insurer over who should pay for a law firm's services in a separate lawsuit spilled into Ohio federal court this week after the insurer removed the company's case from state court to the federal arena.

  • January 26, 2024

    Trump Org. Monitor Flags Financial 'Errors' As Ruling Looms

    An independent monitor overseeing the Trump Organization's finances amid the New York attorney general's civil fraud suit reported Friday she found multiple errors and misstatements in disclosures sent to third-party lenders, including underreporting the organization's liabilities by millions of dollars and hiding $40 million recently sent directly to the former president.

  • January 26, 2024

    Biden Stokes LNG Uncertainty With Export Review Pause

    The Biden administration's pause of its approvals of liquefied natural gas exports to countries that don't have free-trade agreements with the U.S. will delay several projects and have potential customers question whether their supply agreements can ultimately be honored.

  • January 26, 2024

    SunPower Top Brass Concealed Weak Controls, Suit Claims

    Executives and directors of solar power equipment company SunPower have been hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging they concealed and failed to properly address the company's weak financial controls, which led to share declines.

  • January 26, 2024

    Paxton Says Barclays Can't Participate In Texas Bond Market

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday announced that Barclays is no longer allowed to underwrite the state's municipal bonds after the bank failed to respond to requests from the attorney general's office for information about its stated carbon emission commitments.

  • January 26, 2024

    Trade Judge Keeps Case Challenging CBP Duty Mistakes Alive

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has wiped the liquidated status off batches of Canadian lumber, rejecting U.S. Customs and Border Protection's contention that an exporter's failure to protest CBP's admitted mistake of erroneously deeming them liquidated had foreclosed the exporter's lawsuit.

  • January 26, 2024

    Real Estate Authority: A New Tallest Tower?

    Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. This week brought key developments in California, Florida and New York — as well as a pitch for a 1,900-foot tower, which would unseat One World Trade Center as the tallest tower in the United States.

  • January 26, 2024

    ComEd Can't Slash $1.3M Live-Wire Bench Trial Judgment

    Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison has lost its bid to convince an Illinois state appellate court that it should nix most of an apartment developer's $1.3 million bench trial award in a trespass suit targeting a live power line that delayed construction for nearly two years.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-LA Pol Huizar Gets 13 Years For Taking Bribes, Tax Evasion

    A California federal judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilor Jose Huizar to 13 years in prison Friday for a yearslong "pay-to-play" scheme that raked in nearly $2 million in bribes from developers in return for approving projects, describing his conduct as "outrageous" and criticizing the politician for showing little remorse.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurer Sues Engineering Firm Over $5M Quarry Flood

    An engineering firm's two predecessor entities negligently designed two ponds in a quarry and the embankment separating them, causing more than $5 million in damages to a construction company's equipment following a catastrophic embankment failure, the construction company's insurer has told a Florida federal court.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-Allied World Exec Denies Feds' $1.5M Fraud Charges

    A former vice president at Allied World National Insurance Co. who was recently ordered to pay $2.9 million to the company in its civil case accusing him of embezzlement has pled not guilty to federal prosecutors' 10 wire fraud charges against him in his parallel criminal proceedings.

  • January 26, 2024

    Colo. Metal Workers Sue Boss For Unpaid Wages

    The owner of a now-bankrupt Colorado metal fabrication and construction company has not been paying workers their wages, a group of current and former employees said in a proposed class action filed in federal court alleging their checks started bouncing in 2023.

  • January 26, 2024

    Biden Admin Pauses LNG Reviews Over Climate Concerns

    The Biden administration on Friday said it would pause its approvals of liquefied natural gas exports to countries that don't have free-trade agreements with the U.S., and revise its export policy to greater account for LNG's impacts on climate change and energy prices.

  • January 26, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Sainsbury’s Supermarkets face patent proceedings over a specific type of mandarin, Alexander Nix, the former chief of Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in further proceedings with Dynamo Recoveries, the sports management arm of Warner Bros raise a red card against crypto exchange Next Hash, and EY targeted in a libel claim by a consultancy firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 25, 2024

    Judge Rejects Late Concession, Despite Possibly Absurd Trial

    A Colorado federal judge on Thursday rejected a joint venture's last-minute bid to concede liability on a $5 million claim ahead of a trial next week over a state toll lanes expansion, concluding his hands were tied even though it may be silly to forge ahead with trying the claim.

  • January 25, 2024

    Excess Insurers Win In Construction Defect Coverage Suit

    A residential developer wrongly tapped into certain excess insurance, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that the $3.2 million its primary insurer spent on defense costs in underlying construction defect litigation didn't count toward triggering a $10 million excess policy.

  • January 25, 2024

    Insurer Says Contractor Not Covered In Oil Refinery Fire Suits

    A petrochemical contractor is not entitled to coverage for a number of suits over an incident at an Arkansas oil refinery in which a hazardous substance was released and caught fire, an excess insurer told a Texas federal court Thursday, saying the contractor's two-year delay in providing notice bars coverage.

  • January 25, 2024

    Feds Say Contractor Overcharged DOE Thousands Of Hours

    The federal government has taken up a whistleblower's claims that the primary mission support contractor for the decommissioned Hanford nuclear site overcharged the U.S. Department of Energy for tens of thousands of unworked hours on a $4 billion contract.

  • January 25, 2024

    FERC Won't Halt Work On Texas LNG Export Terminal

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said it won't pause authorized construction on a liquefied natural gas export terminal on the South Texas Gulf Coast, a decision a dissenting commissioner said perpetuates and magnifies injuries to environmental justice communities and ignores evidence of harm to public health and the environment.

  • January 25, 2024

    Wash. Justice Doubts Legislative Contradiction In Wage Suit

    Washington Supreme Court justices challenged an argument Thursday that an updated prevailing wage law for public works projects is unconstitutional because it conflicts with a previous law dictating how the wage is determined, with one justice saying they should not assume that the Legislature "meant to contradict itself."

  • January 25, 2024

    Investors Call Prison 'The Only Solution' For Collection Bid

    EB-5 investors who've been chasing settlement and sanction judgments for years in an Illinois federal fraud case are arguing that imprisonment "is the only bullet left in the court's gun" against real estate developers who've consistently played "a shell game" to avoid paying up.

  • January 25, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Maryland U., Cohen & Steers, Marriott

    Maryland University of Integrative Health is said to have sold 12.5 acres of land and a two-story building for $8.3 million, a venture of Cohen & Steers and the Sterling Organization has reportedly bought a Texas shopping center for $42 million, and a Marriott hotel in Philadelphia is believed to have traded hands for $32.7 million.

  • January 25, 2024

    Caps, Wizards Owner Defends Plan To Move Teams To Virginia

    Billionaire Ted Leonsis defended his plan to move the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals from the District of Columbia to a sprawling entertainment district planned for Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, stressing that the move will not alienate fans or impose new economic burdens.

Expert Analysis

  • Mass. Bill May Alter Deals Involving Both Goods And Services

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    Massachusetts' proposed H.B. 1112 would adopt several model Uniform Commercial Code amendments, including a new rule for hybrid transactions that could affect risk assessments made by lenders in determining whether to make loans that involve materials and equipment, especially in the context of construction projects, say attorneys at Barclay Damon.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. GHG Disclosure Law Will Affect Companies Worldwide

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    California's Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which will require comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions disclosures from large companies operating in the state, will mean compliance challenges for a wide range of industries, nationally and globally, as the law's requirements will ultimately trickle out and down, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • New DOJ Roles Underscore National Security Focus

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent creation of two new leadership positions signals to the private sector that federal law enforcement is pouring resources into corporate investigations to identify potential national security violations, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What Panama Canal Award Ruling Means For Int'l Arbitration

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    As the prevalence of international arbitration grows, the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in Grupo Unidos v. Canal de Panama may change how practitioners decide what remedies to seek and where to raise them if claims are rejected, says Jerry Roth at FedArb.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • EB-5 Investment Period Clarification Raises More Questions

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent clarifying guidance for EB-5 investors, specifying that the statutory investment period begins two years from the date of investment, raises as many questions as it answers given related agency requirements and investors' potential contractual obligations, says Daniel Lundy at Klasko Immigration Law Partners.

  • A Look At Competition Enforcers' 2026 World Cup Game Plan

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    Ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, competition authorities of the host nations, the U.S., Mexico and Canada, have recently launched a joint initiative to police collusive schemes, setting an example for other countries' cross-border collaboration — so companies pursuing tournament opportunities should take note, say Carsten Reichel and Will Conway at Norton Rose.

  • Extreme Weather And Renewable Project Insurance Coverage

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    The regularity and severity of extreme weather events driven by climate change are putting renewable energy projects increasingly at risk — so project owners, contractors and investors should understand the issues that can arise in these situations when seeking recovery under a builder's risk insurance policy, say Paul Ferland and Joshua Tumen at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Unpacking OMB's Proposed Uniform Guidance Rewrite

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    Affected organizations, including state and local governments, should carefully review the Office of Management and Budget's proposed overhaul of uniform rules for administering over $1 trillion in federal funding distributed each year, and take the opportunity to submit comments before the December deadline, says Dismas Locaria at Venable.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Leveraging Municipal Bonds For Green Energy Finance

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    The U.S.'s transition to renewable energy will require collaboration between public and private capital sources — and that means that lawyers used to working in corporate finance must understand how the municipal bond market functions differently, due to its grounding in the U.S. Constitution, says Ann Fillingham at Dykema.

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