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  • January 22, 2024

    Holland & Knight Brings On Greenspoon Public Finance Pros

    A pair of former Greenspoon Marder LLP public finance attorneys who both have about four decades of experience in their practice area have jumped to Holland & Knight LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Property Plays: Thorofare, Greystone, Brennan

    Thorofare Capital has loaned $26 million for a San Diego multifamily property, Greystone has provided $40.3 million for a multifamily property in Indiana and Brennan Investment Group has picked up a 263,000-square-foot Cincinnati industrial building.

  • January 19, 2024

    Insurer Says Wash. Judge Must Alter COVID Coverage Ruling

    A Liberty Mutual unit asked a Washington state judge to alter his ruling of this month that the University of Washington established a plausible claim to recover losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that the decision ignores key differences among the university's policies. 

  • January 19, 2024

    Army Corps Escapes Ohio River Tugboat Service Suit

    An Ohio federal judge has let the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out of a construction and asphalt company's suit over an allegedly unauthorized tugboat service on the Ohio River, writing in his opinion that the Corps is not properly a defendant just for owning the land the service is using.

  • January 18, 2024

    Biz, Insurer Settle $10.5M Military School Construction Dispute

    A contractor and its insurer have settled a $10.5 million lawsuit seeking coverage for shoddy construction work on a school on a military base, according to a joint statement Thursday in Maryland federal court.

  • January 18, 2024

    Va. Landlord Charged With Preying On Low-Income Minorities

    A Virginia grand jury has indicted a Hampton-based landlord for an alleged scheme to rake in government housing-assistance payments by exploiting vulnerable African American tenants whom he threatened to evict for late payments using violence and racist remarks.

  • January 18, 2024

    DC Judge Won't DQ Atty In Construction Co. Firing Spat

    A D.C. federal judge has declined to disqualify an attorney from representing a construction company in an employment dispute between the company's two co-founders, finding that the lawyer ceased representing one of the co-founders prior to her retention by the construction firm and therefore no conflict existed.

  • January 18, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preserves $1.8M Jury Award For Resort Shareholder

    The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a $1.8 million jury award for the estate of a doctor who accused a Costa Rican resort of shorting him on timeshare investment income, reasoning that "record evidence" backed the trial verdict. 

  • January 18, 2024

    Title Co. Says It's Owed Defense In $700K Wire Mishap Suit

    A title company told a Florida federal court that Nationwide unit Scottsdale Indemnity Co. wrongfully refused to cover its defense in a suit over nearly $700,000 in property sale proceeds the company is accused of wiring to a third party instead of the seller.

  • January 18, 2024

    Feds Join AgriBiz In Asking 9th Circ. To Upend Land Swap

    The federal government and a global agribusiness with operations in Idaho have urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that favored the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior land transfer for the expansion of a fertilizer plant.

  • January 18, 2024

    Realty Co. Seeks $8.2M For Failed Merger Defense Costs

    A Hartford unit owes over $8.2 million in damages stemming from a merger gone awry between its insured and real estate giant Simon Property Group, the insured said in a complaint removed Thursday to a Delaware federal court, maintaining that it properly exhausted all other limits of coverage.

  • January 18, 2024

    McCarter & English Adds RE Duo From Miami Boutique

    McCarter & English LLP announced this week that it is strengthening the firm's presence in Miami with the addition of a pair of real estate partners joining together from a boutique where they led the real estate transactions team.

  • January 18, 2024

    Judge Denies Bid To Halt 'Cop City' Over Pollution Claims

    A Georgia federal judge is refusing to block Atlanta's construction of a controversial law enforcement training facility dubbed "Cop City" over claims it's polluting a local stream, holding that the city has put forward enough evidence for now to suggest it is complying with permit terms.

  • January 17, 2024

    'Chaos' Warning Resonates As Justices Mull Chevron's Fate

    A conservative-led campaign against the 40-year-old doctrine of judicial deference to federal regulators appeared vulnerable at U.S. Supreme Court arguments Wednesday to predictions of a litigation tsunami, as justices fretted about an onslaught of suits and politicization of the federal judiciary.

  • January 17, 2024

    Thomas Gets Laugh, Agrees Prior Ruling Is 'Embarrassment'

    The specter of a major 2005 telecommunications ruling hung over U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Wednesday as he and his colleagues considered whether to toss the court's decades-old precedent instructing judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

  • January 17, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From Supreme Court's Chevron Arguments

    U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether overturning a decades-old precedent instructing courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes would lead judges to legislate from the bench or diminish the value of Supreme Court precedent — and pondered whether they could "Kisorize" the doctrine rather than doing away with it altogether.

  • January 17, 2024

    Construction Co. To Pay $2.3M Over Solar Farm CWA Claims

    Swinerton Builders will pay $2.3 million to settle claims it breached the Clean Water Act and the environmental protection laws of Illinois and Alabama when it illegally expelled stormwater into waterways while constructing renewable energy project sites throughout the U.S. over five years, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2024

    Trump Org. Pushes Back On Emoluments Allegations

    The Trump Organization repudiated claims by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee that former President Donald Trump's business received at least $7.8 million in foreign payments from at least 20 countries while he was in office.

  • January 17, 2024

    Prologis Pulls In Profits In 2023 Despite Broader Uncertainties

    Prologis earned over $3 billion last year and $630 million in 2023's fourth quarter, continuing the logistics giant's post-pandemic strong streak as broader economic strain stretches the larger commercial real estate market thin, company executives announced Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2024

    Wis. Town Ignores Right-Of-Way Act In Road Dispute, Feds Say

    A northern Wisconsin town is ignoring the Indian Right-of-Way Act when it claims the right to use roads within the exterior boundary of a reservation, the federal government said in a bid to have the town's suit against it thrown out.

  • January 16, 2024

    6 Opinions To Read Before High Court's Chevron Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to overturn a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes, arguments in which nearly two dozen of the justices' prior writings may be used to persuade them to toss the controversial court precedent.

  • January 16, 2024

    Brownfields To Brightfields: Landfills Are Primed For Solar

    The phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is proving quite literal in the world of brownfields, where many capped landfills generally devoid of redevelopment opportunities have finally found their niche.

  • January 12, 2024

    Mich. Township Blocked 'Green' Burial Forest, Couple Says

    A Michigan couple says Brooks Township enacted an unconstitutional ban on opening cemeteries in efforts to block their plans for a "green" burial site on their forested property.

Expert Analysis

  • How State Laws Are Taking On Clean Energy Project Protests

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    By enacting legislation that streamlines siting and permitting for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects, states like Illinois, New York and California are keeping approval processes out of the reach of "not in my backyard" opponents and increasing the probability of meeting ambitious climate goals, says Bo Mahr at Husch Blackwell.

  • Practical Skills Young Attorneys Must Master To Be Happier

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    For young lawyers, finding happiness on the job — with its competitive nature and high expectations for billable hours — is complicated, but three skills can help them gain confidence, reduce stress and demonstrate their professional value in ways they never imagined, says career counselor Susan Smith Blakely.

  • Evaluating The Legal Standing Of Natural Elements

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    Wednesday's observance of World Water Day invites questions about anthropocentric or ecocentric approaches to the rights of natural elements as thinking shifts about the legal standing of such resources, say Susan Lutzker at Lutzker & Lutzker and Thomas Wallentin at Kunz Wallentin.

  • ABA Opinion Should Help Clarify Which Ethics Rules Apply

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion provides key guidance on interpreting ABA Model Rule 8.5's notoriously complex choice-of-law analysis — and should help lawyers authorized to practice in multiple jurisdictions determine which jurisdiction's ethics rules govern their conduct, say attorneys at HWG.

  • How Crypto-Friendly Bank Failures Will Change Tech Industry

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    The recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and Silvergate Capital are likely to result in significant shifts in how the global tech industry and its financial partners address legal, compliance, regulatory and business risks, says Erin Bryan at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • 4 Ways To Reboot Your Firm's Stalled Diversity Program

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    Law firms that have failed to see real progress despite years of diversity initiatives can move forward by committing to tackle four often-taboo obstacles that hinder diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, says Steph Maher at Jaffe.

  • What To Expect From A Litigation Finance Industry Recession

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    There's little data on how litigation finance would fare in a recession, but a look at stakeholders' incentives suggests corporate demand for litigation finance would increase in a recessionary environment, while the number of funders could shrink, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Insureds Must Prep For Drought-Related Service Interruptions

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    Amid the ongoing U.S. water crisis, corporate policyholders must prepare for the emerging risk of service interruption property damage and time element loss, including through careful examination of their current and renewal property policies, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes Boone.

  • How To Select The Right Arbitrator For A Construction Dispute

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    In construction disputes, selecting an arbitrator is a critical decision with many nuances to consider, as different types of potential panelists all come with their own experiences, views and possible biases, says Edward Gentilcore at Blank Rome.

  • Liquefied Natural Gas Outlook: Industry Under Pressure

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    While last year saw a remarkable turnaround in the liquefied natural gas market, with strong demand for U.S. LNG projects, the industry must now confront problems including increased credit and construction costs, and the possibility of fewer LNG conversions due to higher prices, say Monica Hwang and Silvia Smith at O'Melveny.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Lessons For Joint Ventures

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Alissandra McCann at MoFo examines recent decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims of particular significance to joint ventures, concerning past performance evaluation and misrepresentation, and registration in the System for Award Management.

  • Justices Leave Questions Open On Dual-Purpose Atty Advice

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent dismissal of In re: Grand Jury on grounds that certiorari was improvidently granted leaves unresolved a circuit split over the proper test for deciding when attorney-client privilege protects a lawyer's advice that has multiple purposes, say Susan Combs and Richard Kiely at Holland & Hart.

  • India's Budget Proposals May Ease Entry For Certain Sectors

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    India’s recently released budget includes proposals to facilitate doing business in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City and moderate thousands of compliance requirements, opening up new opportunities for foreign businesses in the digital infrastructure, manufacturing and renewable energy sectors, say Mukesh Butani and Seema Kejriwal at BMR Legal.

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