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  • 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.

  • January 12, 2024

    Property Plays: Scale, Rexford Industrial, CMC Group

    Scale Lending has loaned $247.7 million for a pair of New Jersey projects, Rexford Industrial Realty dropped $69.5 million on two California properties, and CMC Group has landed $239 million in construction financing for a Miami project.

  • January 12, 2024

    DOI Rule Aimed At Easing Tribal Land Trust Delays Is In Effect

    A newly implemented rule will streamline the application process for Native American tribes asking the government to take land into trust by extensively cutting down the wait time for a decision and making the entire proceeding less expensive, the U.S. Department of the Interior said.

  • January 12, 2024

    Coalition Sues Feds Over Sediment Diversion Project In La.

    A coalition of oyster fishers and growers and environmentalists is asking a Louisiana federal judge to overturn approvals for a major sediment diversion project that aims to address erosion, subsidence and sea level rise in the Barataria Basin south of New Orleans, claiming federal agencies botched their environmental reviews.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As AI Pricing Tools Evolve, So Does Antitrust Risk

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    As the use of pricing algorithms has given rise to regulatory scrutiny and civil actions, such as RealPage Rental Software Antitrust Litigation in the Middle District of Tennessee and Gibson v. MGM in the District of Nevada, independent pricing decisions and other best practices can help limit antitrust risk, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • 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.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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