Legal


Houston's 10-Year, $7B Project Put On Hold After Lawsuit

HOUSTON (AP) A federal lawsuit was filed to stop a massive $7 billion highway widening project in Houston that local officials and community advocates say won't improve the area's traffic congestion and will disproportionately impact minority residents who would be displaced by the proposed construction....


Court Reverses Its Decision on Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal appeals court on Aug. 5 reversed a judge's order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge "did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief." But the appellate court declined to grant Energy Transfer's motion to block the review, saying the company had "failed to make a strong showing of likely success." The appeals court said it expects the parties to "clarify their positions" in the lower court....


Court Ruling Puts Keystone Pipeline Construction on Hold

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on July 6 by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental project permit....


Owner-Operators Struggle With Strict Rules of AB5

When the California Supreme Court signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) into law, things began to look grim for California owner-operators working for trucking companies. AB5, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, puts strict rules into place regarding the independent contractor status....


States Urge SCOTUS to Allow Pipeline Work to Continue

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) Attorneys general from 18 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office will lead the coalition....


U.S. Heads to Court to Build Trump Border Wall in Texas

Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize private land in Texas to build a border wall. Trump's signature campaign promise has consistently faced political, legal and environmental obstacles in Texas, which has the largest section of the U.S.-Mexico border, most of it without fencing....


Tappan Zee Constructors Files Lawsuit Against NYS Thruway Authority

Tappan Zee Constructors LLC (TZC) and its law firm, Peckar & Abramson P.C, have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) concerning the release of certain documents related to the Governor Mario M....


Massachusetts Court Makes Important Ruling for General Contractors

In a case closely watched by the construction industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reecently overturned a Superior Court's decision barring any recovery by the general contractor G4S (the "general") against the project owner because the general had intentionally and falsely certified that subcontractors had been timely paid when they had not....


Gulf Shores Town Weathers Legal Storm for Project

Situated at the water's edge of Biloxi Bay on the southernmost flank of the United States, Ocean Springs, Miss., is a community of 17,000 people and two beaches. Since 2010, East Beach — the smaller of the city's sand-and-water recreational areas — has been embroiled in a legal challenge over the building of a sidewalk....


New Lawsuit Seeks to Block Providence Skyscraper Project

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A new lawsuit from a real estate appraisal firm and a nonprofit is seeking to block construction of what would be Rhode Island's tallest building. The widely-anticipated lawsuit was filed Jan....






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