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  • December 08, 2023

    Insurer Can't Keep Info Secret In Ga. Church Fire Damage Suit

    A Georgia federal judge shot down an insurance company's bid Friday to keep certain information confidential in a dispute over fire damage suffered by a Conyers, Georgia, church in 2022.

  • December 08, 2023

    Wis. Expands Tax Breaks For Farmland Preservation

    Wisconsin is expanding eligibility for farmland preservation tax credits and increasing the amounts of credits that eligible landowners can receive for qualifying acres, under a bill signed by the governor.

  • December 08, 2023

    No Shortage Of Action For Energy Deal-Makers In 2023

    A fresh wave of oil and gas industry consolidation, stiff macroeconomic headwinds for renewable energy development and the Inflation Reduction Act's growing influence are just some of the highlights of what's been an eventful 2023 for energy sector deal-makers. Here are the transactional trends that stood out to energy attorneys this year, as well as how they expect those trends to carry over into next year.

  • December 07, 2023

    Advocates For Homeless Fail In Challenge Of Wash. Initiative

    A Washington state appeals court sided with the city of Spokane on Thursday in a suit brought by a homeless advocacy group seeking to invalidate a ballot initiative regulating homeless encampments.

  • December 07, 2023

    NJ Bills Would Allow Lower Tax Rate On Land Improvements

    New Jersey would allow some municipalities to impose a lower property tax rate on improvements to land than on the land itself and would propose a state constitutional amendment to allow for the lower rate under measures introduced in the state Assembly.

  • December 07, 2023

    Pfizer Unit Agrees To Construct Floodplain At Superfund Site

    The federal government is urging a New Jersey federal court to greenlight a settlement under which a Pfizer Inc. unit would fund the construction and maintenance of a floodplain, billed as compensation for contamination the company has previously paid $263 million to remediate.

  • December 07, 2023

    Insurer Asks Court To Name Appraiser In Wind Damage Fight

    Owners Insurance Co. asked an Alabama federal court to appoint a neutral umpire to oversee an appraisal in its more than $500,000 tornado coverage dispute with a museum association concerning wind damage to a historic Selma mansion.

  • December 06, 2023

    PacifiCorp To Pay $300M Over 2020 Southwest Oregon Fires

    PacifiCorp will pay nearly $300 million to resolve litigation brought by more than 400 people who were impacted by a series of wildfires in southwestern Oregon in 2020, the electric services utility announced Tuesday.

  • December 06, 2023

    Study Will Focus On Indian Reorganization Period, DOI Says

    A new collaborative study by Indigenous tribes and the National Park Service will focus on the Indian Reorganization Period to help broaden understanding of the era and allow for a possible list of properties to examine for future National Historic Landmarks, the Department of Interior said on Wednesday.

  • December 06, 2023

    Texas Drops Eminent Domain Bid As Park Proves Too Pricey

    The state of Texas gave up its quest to use eminent domain to buy a 5,000-acre property that includes a recently shuttered state park from a developer after a court-appointed commission estimated the land's value at $418 million.

  • December 06, 2023

    States Seek To Void CWA's Expanded Permit Powers Rule

    Eleven states and three industry groups are challenging a Clean Water Act rule revision that allows states and tribes to block projects over potential impacts on water resources, saying it increases their environmental agencies' workloads and forces them to defend in court why they didn't consider every potential hazard.

  • December 06, 2023

    Wyo. County Properly Assessed Land, State High Court Says

    A Wyoming county tax assessor properly assessed 115 vacant lots for four tax years, inspecting them all and using the correct assessment method, the state Supreme Court ruled. 

  • December 05, 2023

    Roberts Declines To Freeze Virginia Pipeline Construction

    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declined Tuesday to pause construction of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, allowing work to continue on the natural gas pipeline while Virginia landowners challenge the constitutionality of land seizures related to the project.

  • December 05, 2023

    Gas, Oil Pipeline REIT To Appeal Stock Exchange Delisting

    CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc. says it plans to appeal the New York Stock Exchange's decision to delist the company's stock, as the real estate investment trust faces looming debt and concerns over its ability to stay afloat.

  • December 05, 2023

    NY Gov. Wants Former Prison Turned Into Affordable Housing

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul revealed on Tuesday a proposed mixed-use affordable housing project that will invest more than $90 million in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood by converting the former Lincoln Correctional Facility into 105 affordable housing units.

  • December 05, 2023

    Groups Want To Halt Fla. Development Over Species Concerns

    Environmental groups have asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to block two Clean Water Act permits issued by Florida officials for residential and commercial developments, saying these projects underscore that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should not have granted the state permitting power.

  • December 05, 2023

    Paralegal Patent Owner Pushes Back Against Del. Court Order

    A Texas paralegal facing fines for not showing up at a hearing over litigation generated by a patent licensing outfit she ostensibly owns has told the Federal Circuit that disclosure requirements from Delaware's top federal judge have left her "living in a sense of fear and intimidation."

  • December 05, 2023

    Atlanta, Residents Spar Over Standing In 'Cop City' Row

    The city of Atlanta and a group of non-city residents filed opposing briefs with the Eleventh Circuit this week on the issue of standing in a case that hinges on the ability to collect signatures to force a referendum on construction of a $90 million police training center known as "Cop City."

  • December 05, 2023

    Utah Groups File Suit Over Plan For World's Longest Gondola

    Two conservation groups in Utah claim the state's transportation department conducted a flawed environmental review for its pitch to build a record-setting gondola that would carry skiers and snowboarders from the outskirts of Salt Lake City up through the scenic Little Cottonwood Canyon to two popular ski resorts some eight miles away in the Wasatch Mountains.

  • December 04, 2023

    Feds Say 5th Circ. Must Pause NM Nuke Storage Site Fight

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reiterated that the Fifth Circuit should pause a dispute over licensing for a temporary nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico until the appeals court decides whether to reconsider a decision that the agency lacks the authority to license another temporary facility in Texas.

  • December 04, 2023

    Feds Must Rethink Army Water Plans In Ariz., 9th Circ. Says

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army can't count on a conservation easement's questionable water savings to conclude that Fort Huachuca's water usage in southeastern Arizona's San Pedro River Basin doesn't jeopardize protected plant and animal species, a Ninth Circuit panel said Monday.

  • December 04, 2023

    Tribes Are Trying To Redraw Jurisdictional Map, Alaska Says

    Two Native American tribes are attempting to redraw Alaska's jurisdictional map already set by Congress decades ago by taking a small parcel of land into trust in downtown Juneau, the state says, adding that their claims to the contrary defy logic. 

  • December 04, 2023

    Title Insurer Settles Coverage Dispute Over Lost Land Value

    A real estate company and a title insurer notified a Texas federal court that the parties finalized a settlement, ending a coverage row alleging that the company's land diminished in value and was subject to unforeseen development restrictions.

  • December 04, 2023

    House Panels Probe Contentious FBI Headquarters Decision

    Leaders on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees have launched a probe into the General Services Administration's contentious decision to choose a Maryland site for the FBI's new headquarters, citing allegations that the underlying process had been "politicized."

  • December 01, 2023

    Texas Firm Can't Duck Fla. Estate Planning Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has shot down a Texas law firm's bid to toss a malpractice lawsuit alleging it bungled property transfers that ended up increasing its former client's property taxes.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Steps Lawyers Can Take Following Involuntary Terminations

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    Though lawyers can struggle to recover from involuntary terminations, it's critical that they be able to step back, review any feedback given and look for opportunities for growth, say Jessica Hernandez at JLH Coaching & Consulting and Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub.

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