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  • January 12, 2024

    Skadden, Fried Frank Guide BlackRock On $12.5B GIP Buy

    BlackRock has agreed to purchase Global Infrastructure Partners for about $12.5 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that aims to capitalize on growing long-term infrastructure investment opportunities and is intended to create "the world's premier infrastructure investment firm," the New York City-based firms said Friday.

  • January 11, 2024

    Colo. Judge Splits Class Cert In HomeAdvisor Fraud Row

    A Colorado federal judge ruled a group of service professionals can't sue HomeAdvisor as a class over claims the online marketplace sent them "bogus" home repair job leads, according to an order that certified a class for other allegations that the site has failed to take down profiles for professionals who are no longer paying members.

  • January 11, 2024

    Tribal Biz Wants Calif. DA Barred From Wrecking Greenhouses

    A business owned by a tribal conglomerate led by the Crow Tribe of Montana asked a California federal judge Wednesday to bar San Bernardino County officials from entering property it acquired and destroying greenhouses based on their use in an illegal cannabis operation run by the tenants of a prior owner.

  • January 11, 2024

    Suit Aims To Protect Candy Darter From Coal Hauling In W.Va.

    Conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service, claiming its decision to let a mining company haul coal and equipment through part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is imperiling an exceptional watershed and endangered species, including a colorfully striped fish, the candy darter.

  • January 11, 2024

    Tenn. Bill Would Boost Ag Land Eligible For Less Property Tax

    Tennessee would more than triple the amount of land within a property tax jurisdiction that may be classified as agricultural, forest or open-space land and subject to a lower tax assessment under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • January 11, 2024

    Fla.'s Shubin Law Expands To Tampa After Co-Founder's Split

    Shubin Law Group PA, formerly known as Shubin & Bass, revealed this week the firm bolstered its South Florida presence by adding a new partner with decades of experience in the region to helm a new Tampa office, shortly after one of its co-founders left to launch another practice of his own.

  • January 10, 2024

    WWII, Vietnam Vets Tell Jury PacifiCorp Fires Razed Homes

    Following a $90 million class verdict against utility PacifiCorp over a cluster of Labor Day 2020 fires in Oregon, jurors heard individual damages testimony Wednesday from a 101-year-old World War II combat veteran and a Vietnam War combat veteran who lost homes in the fires.

  • January 10, 2024

    Ill. City May Be Liable In Own Pollution Suit Against Metal Co.

    An Illinois federal judge has allowed a counterclaim by a scrap metal recycling company to move forward against the city of Aurora, Illinois, seeking to hold the city at least partially responsible for environmental contamination around the recycling operation.

  • January 10, 2024

    10th Circ. Urged To Keep National Monuments Designation

    Native American tribes and environmental organizations have urged the Tenth Circuit to uphold a lower court decision dismissing Utah and other groups' challenge to President Joe Biden's redesignation of large swaths of the state as part of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

  • January 10, 2024

    Wash. Judge Calls Eviction Protection Ruling 'Disturbing'

    A day after a Washington appellate court panel said the CARES Act's eviction notice requirement applies beyond late-rent cases, another judge on the court reviewing a separate eviction suggested Wednesday the ruling could lead to "disturbing" consequences if landlords aren't allowed to quickly evict violent tenants.

  • January 10, 2024

    Native Owners Again Seek To Intervene In ND Pipeline Row

    A group of North Dakota tribal landowners with property alongside a gas and oil pipeline are asking a federal district court to allow them to intervene in litigation over right of way trespassing claims through the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, saying the federal government is only trying to protect its own interests in forthcoming breach of trust claims against it.

  • January 10, 2024

    EPA's Water Leader To Step Down After Busy Tenure

    The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's water office on Wednesday said she'll be stepping down at the end of February, after three years leading the office through a multibillion-dollar infusion and several high profile rulemaking efforts.

  • January 10, 2024

    Montana Camp Must Pay $1M Bond To Stay Tribal Lease Order

    A Montana campground operator must post a $1 million surety bond to allow a stay to remain in place while it appeals a ruling to the Ninth Circuit in favor of the Blackfeet Nation in an ongoing land lease dispute, a federal district court judge said, determining that the company presented a "substantial case for relief on the merits."

  • January 10, 2024

    Md. Real Estate Co. Sued For $10M Over $2.5M Loan

    A lender has hit a Maryland real estate company and two of its officers with a more than $10 million suit alleging that the company misused a $2.5 million loan to pay off debts instead of renovating multiple Maryland properties for resale.

  • January 09, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Splits In Affirming Zillow's Patent Win Over IBM

    A split Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday backed a lower court's finding that a pair of IBM patents were not valid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice test, handing a win to Zillow, which had been accused of infringing the patents with its real estate website and app.

  • January 09, 2024

    71-Year-Old CPA Sentenced To 25 Years In $1.3B Tax Case

    An accountant blamed by federal prosecutors for pioneering the use of conservation easements as illegal tax shelters was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday following his conviction on all counts of a $1.3 billion tax fraud scheme that drew the first criminal prosecution of its kind.

  • January 09, 2024

    Minn. Justices Question Denial Of Housing Charity Tax Break

    The Minnesota Supreme Court questioned arguments by the state's largest county Tuesday that low-income housing owned by a charitable nonprofit was not exempt from property taxation because the occupancy by the tenants did not further the organization's charitable purpose.

  • January 09, 2024

    NJ Revises Process For Valuation Of Farmland Easements

    New Jersey revised its process for determining the value of farmland and development easements on farmland intended to be acquired for preservation purposes under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • January 08, 2024

    Wash. Marketing Co. Looks To Escape Timeshare Class Action

    A marketing firm connected with financial planning celebrity Dave Ramsey has urged a Washington federal judge to free it from a proposed class action accusing it of falsely promoting a timeshare-exit company, saying a decision in another suit prohibits any judgment against it.

  • January 08, 2024

    Feds Want Decades For Atty, CPA Convicted In $1.3B Tax Case

    An attorney and an accountant found guilty by a jury of selling $1.3 billion in fraudulent tax deductions in connection with conservation easements should spend decades behind bars, federal prosecutors told a Georgia federal court in advance of their Tuesday sentencing hearings.

  • January 08, 2024

    Tulsa Has Interest In Prosecuting Native Crimes, Officials Say

    The city of Tulsa has a strong interest in enforcing criminal law within its boundaries, its officials said, arguing that concurrent jurisdiction with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation over Native Americans who commit crimes within its boundaries is "paramount" to the Oklahoma tribe's safety.

  • January 05, 2024

    Minn. County Accuses Feds Of Illegally Taking Land For Tribe

    A Minnesota county has sued the U.S. government in federal court, claiming the Interior Board of Indian Appeals wrongly allowed it to accept about 3,238 acres of land into trust for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians and has threatened the county's tax revenue.

  • January 05, 2024

    Biden Admin Floats New Natural Resource Damage Rule

    An "inefficient and inflexible" rule intended to facilitate settlements that pay for environmental damage resulting from pollution would be streamlined under a new rule proposed Friday by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • January 05, 2024

    Neb. Bill Aims To Expand Tax Break For Nonprofits' Purchases

    Nebraska would expand a sales and use tax exemption for purchases by nonprofit organizations under a bill introduced in the state's unicameral Legislature.

  • January 05, 2024

    Del. House Bill Seeks Lodging Tax On Short-Term Rentals

    Delaware would apply the state's 8% lodging tax for hotel and motel stays to short-term rentals under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigators Should Approach AI Tools With Caution

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    Artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT hold potential to streamline various aspects of the litigation process, resulting in improved efficiency and outcomes, but should be carefully double-checked for confidentiality, plagiarism and accuracy concerns, say Zachary Foster and Melanie Kalmanson at Quarles & Brady.

  • How Proposed BOEM Regs Will Boost Offshore Wind Projects

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    Newly proposed offshore wind project regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management represent a substantial regulatory shift that will improve transparency around the timing of lease auctions, streamline approval and oversight for projects in development, and provide needed guidance for future projects, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Mapping The Transport Sector's Road To Zero Emissions

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    Transportation companies that hope to lead the multiagency U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization's recently announced transition to zero-emission vehicles and fuels should anticipate a host of commercial and legal issues, say Levi McAllister and Pamela Wu at Morgan Lewis.

  • 5 Ways Attorneys Can Use Emotion In Client Pitches

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    Lawyers are skilled at using their high emotional intelligence to build rapport with clients, so when planning your next pitch, consider how you can create some emotional peaks, personal connections and moments of magic that might help you stick in prospective clients' minds and seal the deal, says consultant Diana Kander.

  • A Look At Lease Expansion Options In A Challenging Market

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    Expansion options can provide a powerful incentive for businesses to sign long-term leases even amid economic uncertainty, but both landlords and tenants must carefully consider the potential rights and terms, says Kris Ferranti at Shearman.

  • 5 Keys To A Productive Mediation

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    Cortney Young at ADR Partners discusses factors that can help to foster success in mediation, including scheduling, preparation, managing client expectations and more.

  • Evaluating The Legal Ethics Of A ChatGPT-Authored Motion

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    Aimee Furness and Sam Mallick at Haynes Boone asked ChatGPT to draft a motion to dismiss, and then scrutinized the resulting work product in light of attorneys' ethical and professional responsibility obligations.

  • 7 Tips To Increase Your Law Firm's DEI Efforts In 2023

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    Law firms looking to advance their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts should consider implementing new practices and initiatives this year, including some that require nominal additional effort or expense, say Janet Falk at Falk Communications and Gina Rubel at Furia Rubel.

  • Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Get Back To Home Base

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Morgan v. Sundance before the U.S. Supreme Court last year, I made the idea of consistency the cornerstone of my case and built a road map for my argument to ensure I could always return to that home-base theme, says Karla Gilbride at Public Justice.

  • New US Waters Definition May Rock The Boat

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    Federal agencies' latest attempt to define "waters of the United States" attempts to avoid previous rules' failings, though it will potentially increase administrative difficulties for regulated entities and also leaves ample ground for litigation, say Christopher Thomas and Andrea Driggs at Perkins Coie.

  • Atty-Client Privilege Arguments Give Justices A Moving Target

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    Recent oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case regarding the scope of the attorney-client privilege appeared to raise more questions about multipurpose counsel communications than they answered, as the parties presented shifting iterations of a predictable, easily applied test for evaluating the communications' purpose, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • 5 Gen X Characteristics That Can Boost Legal Leadership

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    As Generation X attorneys rise to fill top roles in law firms and corporations left by retiring baby boomers, they should embrace generational characteristics that will allow them to become better legal leaders, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • 6 Questions For Boutique Firms Considering Mergers

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    To prepare for discussions with potential merger partners, boutique law firms should first consider the challenges they hope to address with a merger and the qualities they prioritize in possible partner firms, say Howard Cohl and Ron Nye at Major Lindsey.

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