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  • March 12, 2024

    Judge Questions If Citibank Can Avoid Escrow Theft Burden

    A Washington appellate judge questioned Tuesday if Citibank and a loan servicer could escape liability after a rogue escrow agent stole nearly $1 million from a real estate company's refinancing deals, suggesting during oral arguments that the bank gets loan payments as successor lender and should bear some burden.

  • March 12, 2024

    La. Property Owners, Insurers Settle $5M Hurricane Ida Fight

    Lloyd's of London and other insurers and underwriters have agreed to settle claims by a group of New Orleans-area property owners who allege the insurers wrongly denied more than $5.1 million in claims from Hurricane Ida damage after the insurers demanded the dispute be resolved in arbitration.

  • March 11, 2024

    Corps Says Groups Can't Show Dredging Permit Was Flawed

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an Enbridge Inc. unit told the Fifth Circuit that several groups challenging a permit issued for dredging and construction for the expansion of a major oil terminal on Texas's Gulf Coast may want a different outcome but can't show any permitting decisions were flawed.

  • March 08, 2024

    NY AG And Judge In Trump Case Receive Death Threats

    New York Attorney General Letitia James and the judge who oversaw her civil fraud case against former President Donald Trump each received death threats inside powder-laced envelopes that triggered a massive security response late last month, according to police and court officials. 

  • March 08, 2024

    SEC's Scaled-Back Climate Regs Still Pose Major RE Burdens

    Public real estate companies won't have to track the emissions of tenants under a dialed-down climate rule adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, yet new regulations still create a significant volume of disclosure requirements.

  • March 07, 2024

    $285M Panama Canal Case Must Be Reviewed, Justices Told

    A contractor enlisted on a multibillion-dollar project to widen the Panama Canal is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to ignore an "open conflict" among lower courts over the vacatur standard for evident partiality, as the justices get ready to issue a certiorari decision that will likely come later this month.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Designate 1.1M Acres Of Habitat For Imperiled Fla. Bat

    In a move conservation groups characterized as much welcomed and long delayed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated about 1.1 million acres in southern and central Florida as critical habitat for the endangered Florida bonneted bat.

  • March 07, 2024

    Caribbean Resort Developer Says Partner Undermined Project

    An Aspen, Colorado, developer of a Caribbean golf resort has accused one of his partners in Colorado state court of violating a non-compete provision by working on similar projects that were located too close to the luxury development.

  • March 06, 2024

    Federal Lawmakers Want To Protect 172 Acres For Calif. Tribe

    Legislation introduced by two U.S. senators would place 172 acres into trust for a California tribe in an effort to bring its members back to its reservation where they can develop a permanent home.

  • March 06, 2024

    PacifiCorp Must Pay $42.4M To Oregon Fire Victims, Jury Says

    A Portland jury said Tuesday that electric power company PacifiCorp must pay $42.4 million to compensate another 10 victims of devastating Labor Day fires that burned in Oregon in 2020, with thousands more class members awaiting potential trials.

  • March 06, 2024

    Colo. Panel OKs Conservation Easement Tax Credit Extension

    Colorado would extend its conservation easement income tax credit program through 2032 and increase the statewide caps on the credit under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wash. Court Says Landlord Must Face Tenant's Bias Defense

    A Washington appeals court has ruled that a lower court failed to address a woman's disability discrimination defense during a hearing in her landlord's eviction suit and told the lower court to consider her defense on remand.

  • March 05, 2024

    Court Has No Cause To Deny Casino Land Request, Tribe Says

    A Michigan tribe urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse a lower court's ruling blocking it from acquiring land for two casino developments, arguing there's no dispute it bought the land to generate gaming revenue and that the Supreme Court and Congress have recognized its endeavor.

  • March 05, 2024

    Utah Sues Feds To Reopen 195 Road Miles In San Rafael Desert

    Utah is suing the U.S. government in a bid to toss a Bureau of Land Management decision to close 195 miles of roads in a San Rafael Desert area known as the Red Rock Wilderness, arguing that the closures don't align with an earlier BLM plan.

  • March 05, 2024

    DC Circ. Leery Of Challenges To Nuke Waste Storage Site

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday didn't appear convinced by challenges to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of a temporary nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico.

  • March 05, 2024

    8th Circ. Affirms Ax Of Tribe's Drilling Approval Challenge

    The Eighth Circuit upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's approval of eight drilling applications on Tuesday, rejecting the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's argument the drilling sites violated a tribal "setback" regulation barring drilling within 1,000 feet of Lake Sakakawea.

  • March 04, 2024

    What To Know About 9th Circ. Ruling On Tribe's Sacred Site

    A split Ninth Circuit ruling that a sacred tribal site in Arizona's Tonto National Forest can be transferred to a copper mining company is certain to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by the San Carlos Apache Tribe, which contends that the decision effectively bulldozes a long-held worship site and ultimately denies the tribe's freedom of religious expression, despite the panel's skepticism of that claim.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Says $100M Royalties Row Belongs In Fed. Court

    The Fifth Circuit has vacated a Texas federal court's remand of a $100 million suit in which a proposed class of mostly Texas property owners is accusing Devon Energy Production Co. of underpaying oil and gas royalties, ruling that the Class Action Fairness Act's "local controversy" exception does not apply.

  • March 04, 2024

    Sullivan & Cromwell-Led United Rentals Paying $1.1B For Yak

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is representing equipment rental giant United Rentals in a new agreement to buy the Yak roadway matting business from Morgan Lewis-guided Platinum Equity for $1.1 billion, United said in a statement Monday. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Judge Doubts Public Was Shut Out Of Shelter Plan

    A Washington state appellate judge on Friday asked opponents of a plan to turn a hotel near Seattle into a shelter for homeless people why a pair of community meetings weren't enough to meet King County's obligation to listen to public feedback. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Enviro Group Loses Challenge To NJ Wind Farm Plan

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a challenge by a Garden State advocacy group and its founder to two offshore wind projects, including Orsted A/S' now-scrapped plan, ruling that the group failed to show how it is actually injured.

  • March 01, 2024

    Conn. AG Tells Lawmakers To Ban MV Realty's 'Scam Deals'

    Connecticut's attorney general urged state lawmakers to protect vulnerable homeowners by passing legislation banning a business model used by MV Realty to rack up thousands in junk fees on people who sign their 40-year exclusive listing agreements.

  • February 29, 2024

    Veil Shouldn't Be Pierced To Decode Contracts, Panel Says

    The doctrine of piercing the corporate veil shouldn't be used to interpret disputed contract terms, a split Colorado appellate panel ruled Thursday, reversing a trial court's award of more than $600,000 in a real estate fight between two longtime friends.

  • February 29, 2024

    STB, CSX Tell Justices To Reject Norfolk Southern Appeal

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has taken its contentious battle to have itself declared immune to a rival's antitrust suit to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the competitor that's suing it and the regulator who declared it not exempt are both asking the justices to leave well enough alone.

  • February 29, 2024

    Munck Wilson Adds IP Lawyer From Wood Smith

    A former Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP attorney has made the move to Munck Wilson Mandala LLP in Los Angeles, bringing with her a history of working on intellectual property litigation and other commercial matters.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • Industry Takeaways From OMB's Final Buy America Guidance

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    The Office of Management and Budget's recently released guidance on "Buy America" requirements for federal infrastructure projects provides clarity in certain areas but fails to address troublesome inconsistencies with state laws and international trade agreements, so manufacturers and suppliers will need to tread carefully as agencies implement the changes, say Amy Hoang and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth Shaw.

  • Texas Produced Water Ruling Helps Clarify Oil, Gas Leases

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    A Texas state appeals court's recent opinion in Cactus Water Services v. COG Operating, holding that the mineral lessee under an oil and gas lease owns the water extracted during oil and gas production, is a first step toward clarity on an issue that has divided the midstream industry, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Pa. Case Highlights Complexity Of Oil And Gas Leases

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    A Pennsylvania state court's recent decision in Douglas Equipment Inc. v. EQT Production Co. is a reminder that oil and gas leases are rather strange creatures — morphing from something akin to a traditional surface lease to a mineral property conveyance the moment oil and gas is produced, says Christopher Rogers at Frost Brown.

  • Calif. Protected Species Law Changes: Real Fix Or Red Tape?

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    California's recent amendments to its "fully protected species" statutes create a temporary permitting regime intended to accelerate the building of renewable energy, transportation and water infrastructure in response to climate change — but the new legislation could become another obstacle to the projects it purports to benefit, says Paul Weiland at Nossaman.

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