Construction

  • January 29, 2024

    Military Contractor Pays $16M In Wages After DOL Probes

    A disaster management company and 61 subcontractors cheated about 2,800 workers out of approximately $16 million in wages and almost 25,000 hours of paid sick time while they provided aid to Afghan refugees at a New Jersey military base, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Locke Lord Accused Of Playing 'Cat And Mouse' To Avoid Suit

    An oil company suing Locke Lord LLP for malpractice over a refinery financing project gone wrong has told a New Jersey state court that it has jurisdiction over the Texas-based firm and asked to add an unauthorized practice of law claim.

  • January 29, 2024

    Kennedys Brings On 7 Marshall Dennehey Construction Attys

    Kennedys continued its recent growth with a seven-member construction litigation team from Marshall Dennehey in New York and New Jersey made up of one partner, who was also the former co-chair of Marshall Dennehey's maritime litigation practice, one special counsel and five associates.

  • January 29, 2024

    Fla. Law Firm Escapes Contractor's Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to toss a storm damage contractor's more than $1 million lawsuit centering on an acrimonious breakup with its former law firm, but allowed the contractor a chance at refiling its legal malpractice claims.

  • January 29, 2024

    Trump Assails Fraud Monitor For 'Misleading' Final Report

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump denounced the independent monitor overseeing his businesses on Monday, accusing her of seeking to extend her term and get more money by bolstering the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as a decision looms.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Mitigating Costs And Delays In The Energy Transition

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    Achieving net-zero will require constructing a massive amount of new wind, solar and energy storage infrastructure — and while cost overruns and delays are to be expected, contractors and owners can proactively address these problems in their project documents, say Christopher Ryan and Jesse Sherrett at Shearman.

  • NY Co-Ops Must Avoid Pitfalls When Navigating Insurance

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    In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Mass. Ruling Shows Value Of Additional Insured Specifics

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    A Massachusetts court’s recent D.F. Pray v. Wesco Insurance decision demonstrates that blanket additional insured endorsements can create issues with personal jurisdiction, so those named as additional insureds should require their lower-tier contractors to use specific endorsements, say Thomas Dunn and Sheya Rivard at Pierce Atwood.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • What To Consider When Converting Calif. Offices To Housing

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    In light of California legislators' recent efforts to expedite the process for converting offices into residential buildings, developers should evaluate both the societal upsides, and the significant economic and legal hurdles, of such conversions, says Steven Otto at Crosbie Gliner.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • 3 Action Items For Contractors Facing A Gov't Shutdown

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    Federal contractors can help ensure they are well situated to endure a potential government shutdown by reviewing project funding levels and contractual stop-work clauses, and communicating with contracting officers and subcontractors about their respective obligations, says Derek Mullins at Butzel Long.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

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