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  • January 05, 2024

    Salt Lake City, Lumen Agree To End Removal Fee Row

    Salt Lake City has settled its dispute with Lumen Technologies more than two years after suing the telecom provider for $400,000, saying it had refused to pay up for the cost of moving the company's communications infrastructure from public rights-of-way during a city construction project.

  • January 05, 2024

    NY LLC Transparency Law Set To Lose Public Access Element

    A recently signed New York law that allows the public and law enforcement to look behind the veil of limited liability companies is likely to be gutted of one of its main functions when it goes into effect in a year.

  • January 05, 2024

    Brookfield Buys ATC's India Telecom Portfolio For $2.5B

    A Brookfield Asset Management affiliate will become India's biggest operator of telecommunications towers after agreeing to pay $2.5 billion to acquire the Indian operations of American Tower Corp.

  • January 03, 2024

    Seneca Nation Suit Over NY Thruway Headed For Mediation

    A federal district court judge has agreed to extend the deadlines for motions in a long-running challenge by the Seneca Nation to New York over a portion of the state's thruway that runs through the federally recognized tribe's reservation land after the parties said they have agreed to pursue mediation.

  • January 03, 2024

    Canadian Property Co. Can't Claim Mining Loss, Court Says

    A Canadian real estate company cannot claim tax losses from its predecessor, an insolvent mining company that new investors transformed into a tax shelter while disguising their control, the Tax Court of Canada said.

  • January 03, 2024

    NC Landowner Says Delay Voided Verizon Cell Tower Lease

    A North Carolina landowner asked a federal judge to end a cell tower equipment lease with Verizon Wireless, claiming the three and a half years it took for the company to start work at the site was a delay that voided the deal.

  • January 03, 2024

    Shubin & Bass Co-Founder Launches Miami Boutique

    The co-founder of Miami litigation boutique Shubin & Bass PA is leaving the firm after 30 years to hang his own shingle.

  • January 03, 2024

    Equinor, BP Scrap Offshore Wind Farm Deal With NY

    Equinor on Wednesday said it's terminating its power contract with New York state for its Empire Wind 2 offshore wind farm, just months after state regulators rejected the energy company's plea to receive additional funding to counter macroeconomic headwinds buffeting U.S. offshore wind development.

  • January 02, 2024

    Cole Schotz Names 6 Attys As Members In 3 US States

    Cole Schotz PC said Tuesday that it has kicked off the new year by tapping six of the law firm's attorneys to become members at its Florida, Maryland and New Jersey offices.

  • January 02, 2024

    Fla. Says Tribe Misreads 'Indian Lands' In Water Permit Suit

    Florida has once again urged a federal judge to hand it a win in a tribe's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the state's effort to take over a Clean Water Act permitting program, arguing that the tribe's theory of "Indian lands" is wrong.

  • January 02, 2024

    Pipeline Project Asks Court For Access To Harris County Land

    An energy company constructing a natural gas pipeline through southeast Texas asked a state court Tuesday to appoint several Houston landowners to assess the amount of damages that will be owed through its access to land in Harris County. 

  • January 01, 2024

    Energy Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2024

    While a looming presidential election means that significant Congressional action on energy policy likely isn't in the cards, there are big-ticket regulatory items that are poised to cross the finish line. Here are several legislative and regulatory moves that energy attorneys will be watching in 2024.

  • December 22, 2023

    Property Plays: Seyfarth, Taurus, Sila Realty

    Seyfarth Shaw guided a $98 million sale of two Arizona office buildings, Taurus Investment Holdings has sold a Florida business park for $42.75 million, and Sila Realty Trust has sold a Texas hospital for $258.4 million.

  • December 22, 2023

    PHH Mortgage Loan Officers Win Collective Cert. In OT Suit

    A group of loan officers has won certification as a class in a collective action that alleges PHH Mortgage Corp. violated labor laws by not calculating and paying overtime pay correctly.

  • December 21, 2023

    Zoning Regs Prohibit Gun Club's 'RV Park,' Wash. Judges Say

    A proposed Spokane-area shooting range can't offer overnight parking for recreational vehicles during sporting events, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, agreeing with a neighboring cemetery that county regulations prohibit RV parks within the rural zone encompassing the site.

  • December 21, 2023

    Investment Tax Credit Regs Could Limit Renewable Gas

    The Inflation Reduction Act contained major tax breaks for the biogas industry, but recent proposed rules for the law's investment tax credit could leave producers of renewable natural gas, a refined form of biogas used as transportation fuel, out in the cold.

  • December 21, 2023

    Montana Camp Operator Seeks Stay In Tribal Lease Dispute

    A Montana campground operator is asking a federal district court for a stay on an order that found in favor of the Blackfeet Indian Nation in a decadelong land lease dispute, saying the ruling will likely cause it to liquidate its assets before an appeal on the issue is resolved.

  • December 21, 2023

    Utica Owes Coverage In Slip-And-Fall Suit, Travelers Says

    Travelers told a New York federal court Thursday that the insurer for a subcontractor owes primary coverage to the primary contractor for an underlying suit claiming a pedestrian slipped on wet concrete outside a Bronx construction site.

  • December 21, 2023

    Keep Mortgage Fraudster In Jail While Appealing, Feds Say

    The federal government urged a New York federal judge to not allow a woman convicted of bank and wire fraud out on bail pending her appeal, arguing her reasoning for bail is unsupported and she shouldn't be allowed to walk free. 

  • December 21, 2023

    Finnish Asset Manager Sells 17 Properties For €100M

    A unit of Finland's eQ Group agreed Thursday to sell 17 healthcare properties to an affiliate of Danish real estate investment company Nrep for roughly €100 million ($110 million) in a deal aimed at improving efficiency for its Helsinki operations.

  • December 21, 2023

    Feds, Osage Nation See Win In Wind Farm 'Mining' Row

    A federal judge in Oklahoma largely granted summary judgment to the U.S. government and Osage Nation in their long-running wind farm dispute with Enel Green Power North America Inc. and two subsidiaries, and ordered the ejectment of 84 wind turbines after the companies failed for years to get a required mineral lease.

  • December 21, 2023

    How Miami Law Firms Combined To Meet Condo Law Demand

    To help meet a spike in the demand for condominium and construction law expertise in South Florida, Haber Law recently brought on the entire seven-attorney team from boutique Gursky Ragan PA, which specializes in construction and condominium law. Law360 Pulse recently caught up with the founders of the two firms to learn more about the combination and the market for their services in the Sunshine State.

  • December 20, 2023

    9th Circ.'s 1st Hidden Rain Damage Ruling Favors Insurers

    Taking up the matter of hidden water damage for the first time, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed that former insurers of a Washington condo don't have to cover more than $8.9 million in wind-driven rain damage because the claims came decades too late.

  • December 20, 2023

    Biden Admin Tells 10th Circ. To Uphold Monument Rulings

    The Biden administration is urging the Tenth Circuit to back a pair of lower court rulings finding its two proclamations redesignating large swaths of southern Utah as part of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments do not exceed presidential limits under federal law.

  • December 20, 2023

    DOJ, CFPB Hit Texas Lender With 1st Predatory Lending Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have brought a precedent-setting predatory lending suit against a Texas real estate developer and lender, alleging that it participated in a "bait and switch land sale scheme" that targeted Spanish-speaking borrowers. 

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For Adding Value To Legal Clients' Experience In 2023

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    Faced with a potential economic downturn this year, attorneys should look to strengthen client relationships now by focusing on key ways to improve the client experience, starting with a check-in call to discuss client needs and priorities for the coming year, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Unpacking The Interim Guidance On New Stock Buyback Tax

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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service's recent notice on applying the newly effective excise tax on stock repurchases provides much-needed clarity on the tax's scope, which is much broader than anticipated given its underlying policy rationale, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Legal Standing For Nature: The Road Not Taken

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    Fifty years have passed since former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas asked whether natural objects like trees and rivers should have standing — and while the high court has since narrowed access to the courtroom for potential environmental plaintiffs, Douglas' vision is worth revisiting, says Ninth Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown.

  • Where ESG And Director Fiduciary Duty Overlap

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    Despite ideological arguments to the contrary, directors and officers' fiduciary duties do not preclude their consideration of environmental, social and governance principles in corporate decision making, say Luis Fortuño at Steptoe & Johnson and Evan Slavitt at Paper Excellence.

  • Proposed FERC Backstop Siting Rule May Speed Grid Plans

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposed rule to implement its legislatively reinvigorated backstop siting authority — which allows it to grant permits for electric transmission lines when states refuse to do so — could serve as a subtle warning to state commissions, and encourage approval of important grid infrastructure, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • 10 Environmental And Energy Issues To Watch In 2023

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    After a year of transformative changes in the environmental and energy space, 2023 promises more big developments — including greenwashing litigation, finalized environmental, social and governance regulations, further scrutiny of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and an ongoing focus on environmental justice, say attorneys at ArentFox.

  • What Will Keep Legal Talent Professionals Up At Night In 2023

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    Hybrid work environments, high demand for lateral hires and a potential slowdown of the economy defined 2022 in the always-busy marketplace for legal talent, and as BigLaw looks at the year ahead, there are five major sources of concern for the teams charged with securing and retaining that talent, say advisers at Baretz+Brunelle.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2022

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from the "great resignation" to potential expansion of attorney-client privilege.

  • The Future Of Legal Ops: AI Has Important Role To Play

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    Though the debut of OpenAI's ChatGPT has prompted some fears about negative impact on lawyers, artificial intelligence technology can be a powerful tool for legal operations professionals if used effectively to augment their work, say Justin Ben-Asher and Gwendolyn Renigar at Steptoe, and Elizabeth Matthews at TotalEnergies.

  • 4 Proactive Strategies For 'Rocket Docket' Discovery In SDNY

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    With more than half of Southern District of New York judges now allowing four or fewer months for fact discovery, civil litigators in this aspiring "rocket docket" jurisdiction should prioritize case management methods that make the most of this compressed timeline, say Jaclyn Grodin and Nicholas Cutaia at Goulston & Storrs.

  • Increasing Law Firm Polarization Will Degrade Rule Of Law

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    As evidenced in recent instances of law firms separating from attorneys who represented certain industries or espoused certain views, firms and the legal practice itself have grown troublingly polarized and intolerant of dissent, says Rebecca Roiphe at New York Law School.

  • How To Deal With Difficult Clients, Practically And Ethically

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    Meredith Stoma at Lewis Brisbois discusses common obstacles for counsel working with difficult clients and provides guidance on ethically managing or terminating these challenging relationships — as, for example, counsel for Ye have recently done.

  • What Maine Offshore Wind Road Map Will Mean For Industry

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    Maine's offshore wind road map, expected to be released in early 2023, should offer valuable insights for the industry and other stakeholders into the opportunities and challenges that may arise as wind development advances in the Gulf of Maine, says Joshua Rosen at Foley Hoag.

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