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Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

As a result of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, multiple lawsuits have been filed in civil court against the project’s construction leaders and other involved part...


NOLA Works on Hard Rock Demo, Cranes

Last weekend, crews carried out demolition services for two damaged cranes that remained at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has lost three important sets of permits, bringing construction to a halt. The permits were suspended in connection with the project’s impact on the envi...


Report: Garden Bridge Risks 'Downplayed'

A new report on the failed Garden Bridge project, authored by the London Assembly and published by the Assembly’s Garden Bridge Working Group, alleges that key stakeholders, which included t...


Tesla Faces Solar Panel-Related Lawsuits

Two lawsuits have recently been filed against energy company Tesla, both pertaining to the solar panel end of the business.


Officials Connected to Fukushima Acquitted

Over eight years since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, three former operating firm executives have been found not guilty of negligence in light of the incident. Japan is also slated to dump ...


Multiple VT Bridges Reported as ‘Non-Compliant’

After a whistleblower alleged that four Vermont bridges were built with “non-conforming construction” practices, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced a full investigation into the ...


Group Sues to Preserve Historic ME Bridge

Working to preserve a historic bridge located in Mane, preservation groups recently filed a lawsuit against Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Bruce Van Not...


Panel Approves $100M Millennium Tower Fix

A panel of independent experts has recently approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco.


Owner of Brentwood Dam Sued to Make Repairs

The Attorney General’s office has recently requested that a Rockingham County Superior Court judge find that dam-owner Brentwood Dam Ventures LLC is in violation of various state laws in rel...


DOL Recovers $6M in Unpaid Construction Wages

In a press release issued by the office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construct...


Firm Refusing to Settle in FIU Case

Companies being sued in light of the bridge collapse at Florida International University, which occurred roughly a year and a half ago, have decided to settle, though one last holdout may de...


Songbird Delays TX Pipeline Construction

The presence of an endangered songbird is blocking another infrastructure project in Texas, according to reports: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of a number of other endangered species li...


Companies Settle in 19-Year-Long CA Lead Case

A nearly 20-year-old court battle ended earlier this month when three manufacturers agreed to a $305 million settlement in a lead paint case out of California.


Vegas Stadium Budget Bumps to $1.9B

The budget for the new Las Vegas stadium—future home of the National Football League’s Raiders—has just gone up by about $40 million, bringing the price tag to $1.9 billion.


PA Contractor Faces Fines for Bridge Collapse

After being cited in January 2016 for serious violations which resulted in the partial collapse of the Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. is now facing $...


TX Judge Lifts Permian Pipeline Block

Construction on the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline will be allowed to proceed, according to a recent ruling by a Texas judge late last month. This means that plans can move forward with...


Funding for Border Wall Blocked

On Friday (June 28), a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding—money that was intended for military use—for building the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Th...


FIU Bridge Designer Testifies

Over a year after the bridge collapse at Florida International University, and a day after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released an investigative report that laid blame ...


PA Cladding Company Named in Grenfell Lawsuit

Survivors of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, along with the families of the more than 70 who died in the blaze, are suing material and product suppliers in a Philadelphia Court of Appeal...


Sham Construction Firms Defraud Feds $346M

Recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced the guilty plea of an Olathe, Kansas-based contractor for defrauding the federal government with respect t...


TX Permian Highway Pipeline Trial Begins

On Tuesday (May 28), Judge Lora Livingston and the 261st State District Court in Austin began listening to arguments to decide the outcome of an anti-eminent lawsuit filed against Kinder Mor...


Contractor Gives NOLA Workers Back Pay

After a recent investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the agency has found Gomez Drywall Construction Inc. guilty of breaking federal rules on overt...


Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding NYSDOT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York recently released information on the sentencing of Nathaniel P. Lorenz, CEO of Acme Powerwashing Inc.


University Sues over Stadium Defects

The University of Akron, located in Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies over faulty concrete railings and cracking at its decade-old InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.


Contractors Shortlisted for Border Wall Work

In the latest update to the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently shortlisted 12 contractors to bid on construction work sometime during the next five years...


ICC Sues Web Startup for Copyright Infringement

A lawsuit filed by the International Code Council has taken aim at a web startup company that aims to make code compliance easier for architects, construction professionals and building owne...


Border Wall Protester Could Stall Contracts

One border wall contract bidder, a company that did not win the nearly $1 billion in contracts from the latest round of national emergency-appropriated funding, recently filed a protest with...


Group Sues Over TX Permian Highway Pipeline

Hill Country, Texas, landowners, along with City of Kyle officials and Hays County, recently filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and the Railroad Commission in regard to the...


Judge Rules in WA Tunnel Boring Case

In a ruling related to a 2013 incident when a buried steel pipe resulted in the breakdown of Bertha, the Seattle tunnel borer used in construction of the State Route 99 tunnel, a judge recen...


FL County Spills Wastewater into Wetlands

Sarasota County is still under fire after a 48-inch diameter pipe burst at the Bee Ridge treatment facility on Dec. 20, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater on site, some of ...


'Leaning' NY High-Rise Sparks Lawsuit

Italy-based general contractor for the Seaport condominium project, Pizzarotti LLC, has recently filed a lawsuit against Fortis Property Group LLC (Brooklyn, New York).


Flintstone House Owner Sued for Prehistoric Eyesores

The town of Hillsborough, California, just outside of San Francisco, is suing one of its residents who has made some landscaping changes to what is colloquially known as the “Flintstone Hous...


Contractors Group Sues MN School Over PLAs

The Minnesota/North Dakota chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors is suing a Minneapolis school district over what it says are unconstitutional project labor agreements.


EPA Finalizes Paint-Stripper Rule

Last Friday, (March 15) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint...


3 NY Painting Companies Charged with Fraud

The United States federal government has recently filed a civil fraud lawsuit against three New York-area painting contractors.


Related, NYC Trades Council Reach Work Deal

After little over a year of back-and-forth, developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York have struck a deal that should end the slew of media w...


6 States Sue OSHA for Recordkeeping Rollback

Six states filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging that the entity’s reversal on the Obama-era electronic recordkeeping ...


Officials: No Charges for Grenfell Fire Until 2021

Police investigating London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire—a blaze in 2017 that killed more than 70 people—are now saying that they likely won’t be pressing any charges until 2021, after the pu...


Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

The Senate has recently confirmed that former coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.


Construction Official Acquitted in DC Bribery Case

The vice president of a construction firm who was charged with bribing a D.C. Metro official was reportedly found not guilty last week.


OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudu...


Garden Bridge Cost for Taxpayers Revealed

Taxpayers will be covering 81 percent of the 53 million pounds ($69.1 million) spent on the foiled Thomas Heatherwick Garden Bridge project, according to reports. The news arrives on the hee...


Top Contractors Chosen for Clippers Arena

Another stadium could be coming to the Inglewood, California, area as the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers are looking at three contractors to build a new privately funded arena and mixed-use proj...


Feds Sue NJ Contractor for $679K in Delinquent Fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey contractor in an effort to collect $678,053 in past-due fines issued by the Occupational Safet...


Pittsburgh Water Authority Charged Over Lead

On Friday (Feb. 1), Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, alleging that the authority had failed to notify res...


DOJ Settles with Silver Line Concrete Supplier

Late last month, the Department of Jusice announced a $1 million settlement with Universal Concrete Products Corp. and its co-owner and president Donald Faust Jr., for civil allegations rela...


Government Demands Garden Bridge Correspondence

In a move to investigate further into the failed London Garden Bridge project, the London Assembly recently issued a demand for correspondence from Transport for London that was written in c...


TX City Sues Developer Over $1B Project

The city of Rowlett, Texas, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against developer Bayside Land Partners LLC over allegations that the firm defaulted on agreements for a $1.1 billion mixed use...


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


MI Supreme Court Blocks Moroun Family Appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court recently blocked a May appeal from Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, which looked to stop the state’s Department of Transportation from buying land ow...


Former Bloomberg, Turner Execs Face Charges

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced last week the indictments for former Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction Co. executives, as well as several subcontractors and vendors, on ...


Report: Bolt Failures in Cuomo Bridge

A number of steel bolts used in the construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge broke apart during the building process, according to reports. There are also allegations that some in leadership p...


Donors to Sue Garden Bridge Trust Over Project

Wealthy individuals who provided financial donations to London’s Garden Bridge project are now seeking to sue the charity behind the endeavor, with one alleging that the money had been flush...


IN Man Scraps Bridge for Metal

The ownership of a railroad bridge in Hammond, Indiana, is up for debate in an unusual case in which a nearby resident dismantled the decommissioned bridge and sold it across state lines for...


Lawsuit Dismantles IA Wind Turbines

A lawsuit filed by Fairbank, Iowa, residents has resulted in the dismantling of three wind turbines, stemming from a judge’s order that has only happened once before nationally, and is a fir...


Group Sues to Block Historic PA Bridge Replacement

An environmental protection group recently sued to stop the replacement of a historic bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, citing the belief that the span can be reopened for traffic, its o...


EPA to be Sued Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Early last week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ba...


Lawsuit Coming to EPA Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Earlier this week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ...


CA Transit Contractor Sues Owner for $150M

The general contractor joint venture that built the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now suing the structure’s owner—the Transbay Joint Powers Authority—for $150 mi...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in C...


San Francisco Sues Official for Permit Fraud

California construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia and its two cofounders have been accused of camouflaging major excavation work on a few residences, according to a lawsuit from the ...


DC Metro Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Officials are now saying that no major fixes or replacements will be necessary on the concrete panels of the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extensions project. The update comes weeks after early tes...


Silver Line Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Weeks after early test results were revealed, indicating that potential issues with concrete panels on the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extension project may not have been as bad as originally fea...


NYC Contractor Sues Developer for $3.4M

Firms in New York City are embroiled in a $3 million battle over wrongful termination accusations regarding the revamps of a former Long Island hospital.


Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit Dismissed

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Suit Targets Coast Guard Over Line 5

A lawsuit filed last week by an environmental group alleges the United States Coast Guard isn't sufficiently prepared to respond if there were a spill on Enbridge Energy's Line 5 liquids pip...


Judge Dismisses Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Groups Ask SCOTUS to Review CA Lead Case

The Association of National Advertisers and Atlanta Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm, have filed a “friend of the court” brief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lea...


Hudson Yards Reaches Agreement with Carpenters

The developer of the highly touted Hudson Yards project in New York City, The Related Cos., announced last week that it has reached a labor agreement with the New York City District Council ...


Chemical Firm, CEO Indicted Over Harvey Fires

Chemical firm Arkema and two high-level company officials were indicted late last week by a Harris County, Texas, grand jury over a series of exposions and fires at its Crosby plant during H...


Arkema, CEO Indicted for Harvey Incident

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey triggered a series of explosions at an Arkema chemical plan in Crosby, Texas, a Harris County grand jury has indicted the company and two executives for ...


MD Latest State to Enact Contractor Wage Law

The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors.


Firm Pleads Guilty in Deadly NYC Fall

The company that was overseeing a Manhattan construction project where a worker died last fall has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Judge Rules Bridge-Bid Suit May Continue

A suit filed in 2016 in reaction to a bridge-painting contract award in the Philadelphia area will continue, after a federal judge in New Jersey last month denied the Delaware River Port Aut...


Enbridge Sues Tug Firm Over Line 5 Damage

Enbridge Energy, operator of the Line 5 liquids pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, filed suit last week in a federal court against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, the company who...


CA Lead Paint Ballot Measure Scrapped

On the day of the deadline to withdraw initiatives from California’s November ballot, manufacturers involved in a yearslong lead paint dispute did just that last Thursday, spiking plans for ...


$2B Housing Settlement Reached with NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority settled with federal prosecutors last week after a civil complaint was filed arguing that the agency exposed its residents to lead-poisoning risks and lie...


NY Official Pleads Guilty to $750M Bid-Rigging

A top executive of Buffalo, New York, general contracting firm LPCiminelli has pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for his part in an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving hundreds of mill...


Stadium Construction Allegedly Disrupts Business

The recent construction of the Orlando City Stadium has caused some backlash from a nearby business, which claims that the vibrations from the stadium’s construction cost it more than $1 mil...


CA Lead Paint Case Reaches Partial Settlment

One of the three companies in an ongoing legal battle in California has settled a lawsuit involving lead paint. NL Industries Inc., formerly known as National Lead Co., reached a $60 million...


Des Moines Ordered to Pay Contractor $1M

A bridge-construction firm has won a yearslong court battle with the City of Des Moines, Iowa, stemming from the company’s three-year suspension from city contracts after a 2013 project that...


NYC Firm Allegedly Stole $10M from Workers, State

A New York City construction firm was recently indicted on charges that it stole more than $1.7 million in wages from its workers and swindled the state out of another $8 million.


WI Shipyard Settles First Lead Exposure Suit

A Wisconsin shipyard has settled one of a number of lawsuits filed in the past two years by workers alleging they were exposed to lead hazards in violation of workplace-safety regulations.


Another Lawsuit Surround NYC Hudson Yards

A group of unions recently added to a batch of lawsuits in New York City surrounding development firm Related and its Hudson Yards project.


Bridge Contractor Settles for $10M Over Blackout

The firm that was working on building the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina when crews severed a major electric transmission line last July has prelimi...


Architect Pays $1.6M for School Design Flaws

Ohio-based DNK Architects Inc. is to pay $1.6 million for design flaws associated with a school building project completed in 2006, which was negatively impacted by a botched roof installati...


Shipyard Firm Bankrupt After Failed SF Deal

A Washington state-based shipyard owner has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of its failed purchase of San Francisco’s Pier 70 shipyard, as the Port of San Francisco begins seeking a new ope...


3 More Plead Guilty in WI Fraud Case

Three more people are pleading guilty in a $200 million case out of Wisconsin that accuses a contracting firm of creating fake minority and veteran-owned businesses in order to win federal c...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


Paint Companies Accused of Dodging Lead Claims

Milwaukee’s mayor and an attorney representing more than 100 children are accusing paint companies of trying to dodge the blame for the city’s lead poisoning cases and the millions of dollar...


Contractor Hit with Slew of Project Lawsuits

Hunt Construction Group is being hit with an eighth lawsuit regarding its Florida Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, this one coming from North Carolina-based CCK Construction Services for $1.2 m...


Border Wall Contract Award Raises Questions

A contractor hired to rebuild a 2-mile-long stretch of border wall in Calexico, California, is under scrutiny after media reports revealed it is connected to a contractor of a different name...


Hudson Yards Files Suit Against Union Organization

Even as progress is made on Manhattan's $25 billion Hudson Yards complex, the developer is suing the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York for allegedly trying to incl...


Moroun Hits Another Roadblock in Bridge Challenge

Lawyers representing Manuel “Matty” Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Michigan with Canada, were recently denied their request to revisit Moroun’s attempt to block an ag...


Turner Construction Targeted in Kickback Investigation

An investigation that officials say could lead to unearthing $100 million in construction fraud is underway in New York City.


FL Subcontractor Sues Over Irma-Snapped Cranes

A Florida subcontractor is suing a Pennsylvania crane company in the fallout of last fall’s Hurricane Irma damage.


CA High Court Refuses Review of Lead Case

In an ongoing saga out of California, a high court judge once again rejected requests from paint companies that have been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove lead paint ...


Construction Firm Suing WA Transit for $12.5M

Puget Sound’s regional transit authority, Sound Transit, could now find itself in hot water. Earlier this month, New York-based Turner Construction filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against...


Business Owners Sue State Over Oroville

Dozens of local farmers and other business owners are suing the California Department of Water Resources over last year’s crisis at the Oroville Dam, just weeks after the City of Oroville it...


NV Construction Firm Sues Union for Defamation

A Las Vegas-area construction firm is filing a defamation lawsuit against a local union, claiming the group’s secretary impersonated a county official and is intentionally spreading false cl...


CA Voters Could Be Paying for Lead Remediaton

Despite a state appeals court decision last November, Californians’ fight over who would pay for lead paint remediation is far from over. That’s because the three companies who were ordered ...


Edie Laquer Files Suit Over Protective Coatings

An allegedly defective coating is to blame for a lawsuit between famed real estate broker Edie Laquer and Florida-based protective coatings company Glass-On Solutions.


City of Oroville Sues State Over Dam Crisis

The City of Oroville, California, has moved to sue the state’s Department of Water Resources in the wake of last year’s failure at the Oroville Dam, alleging mismanagement as well as a toxic...


MD Company to Pay $450K in Lead Paint Case

The office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Monday (Jan. 8) that it had reached an agreement with a company accused of misleading consumers into taking cash buyouts in exch...


Bahamas Developer Sues Contractor for $2.25B

A Bahamas developer is suing China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages in relation to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort, charging the firm with submitti...


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


Brooklyn Contractor Settles $600K EEOC Case

Prominent New York City contractor Laquila Group was recently handed a $625,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after multiple workers reported having to end...


FTC Challenges Titanium Dioxide Merger

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission moved last week to challenge a proposed $1.67 billion merger between two major suppliers of titanium dioxide.


Titanium Dioxide Merger Challenged by FTC in US

Last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission moved to challenge a proposed $1.67 billion merger between two major suppliers of titanium dioxide.


FL Contractor Arrested for $1M in Scam

Florida’s Department of Financial Services announced earlier this month the arrest of a contractor who is accused of defrauding an insurance company of more than $1 million.


FEMA Rethinking Aid to Churches Amidst Lawsuit

Three Texas churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey have filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency, putting more pressure on the organization’s stance on aiding da...


Railway Sues Contractor Over Tie Coating

One of the United States’ largest railroads has sued a contractor in federal court, alleging that the firm failed to apply the correct protective coating to wood railroad ties, bringing abou...


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

A construction worker who suffered a broken neck from a work site accident settled his lawsuit last week for $17 million.


OSHA Fines CA Companies for Fatal Wall Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation of a construction site wall collapse in April that killed one worker and injured another is complete, officials say, and the...


Court Upholds Damages Over Bridge Job Delays

A Michigan appeals court ruled last week that nearly $2 million in damages issued to a bridge-painting firm over delays on a 2008 job are appropriate, despite the contractor’s contention tha...


No Criminal Charges in Ohio Fair Incident

Prosecutors announced last week that they will not pursue criminal charges related to July’s fatal incident at the Ohio State Fair, in which corrosion is being blamed for a ride breaking apa...


Paint Company Sued Over Former NJ Plant

Late last month, a group of New Jersey residents filed a class-action suit against The Sherwin-Williams Company, accusing the paint manufacturer of contaminating the soil and water around a ...


NJ Residents Sue Over Former Paint Plant

A group of New Jersey residents filed suit last week in a federal court, accusing paint manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company of contaminating the soil and water around a former manufact...


Paint Companies Argue Lead Paint Appeal

Three current and former paint-industry companies are arguing their appeal in hopes of reversing a $1.15 billion judgment in the state of California that would require an abatement of contam...


WI Shipyard Faces More Lead-Exposure Suits

The fallout from the 2016 lead exposure incident at a Wisconsin shipyard continues, as new lawsuits were filed Wednesday on behalf of 43 workers.


Work on World's Skinniest Skyscraper Halted

Construction has halted on the world’s skinniest skyscraper, and it may not begin again any time soon.


AG, Attorneys Debate Lead Paint Settlements

The Maryland attorney general’s office and attorneys for 100 people injured by lead paint went head-to-head in a hearing on Tuesday to decide who could get the lead-paint victims the restitu...


OSHA Reporting Site Planned Despite Rule Status

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, despite still working on changes to the already delaye...


OSHA Reporting Site Near Despite Rule Status

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday afternoon that it plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, even as the agency says it’s working ...


Architect Sues Over Alleged Stolen Design

The president of Qube Architecture LLC, Jeehoon Park, has accused major architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP of falsely claiming design credit for the 104-story One World Trade C...


Date Set for Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

A Detroit billionaire’s latest appeal to stop the construction of an international bridge now has a court date.


CO Shifts, Backs Developers

The combined movements of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Supreme Court have effectively shifted the attitude toward developers when it comes to construction defects.


CA Shipyard Shuttered Amid Dispute

The Port of San Francisco is seeking new operators to assume ownership of a once-thriving business at the West Coast’s largest shipyard, as a squabble between two factions threatens to shutt...


Fresno Residents Sue Over Pipe Corrosion

A second group of citizens has filed suit against the City of Fresno, California, alleging that the local government did not protect them from corrosion and the leaching of lead and other co...


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

A panel of federal judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that while the Delaware River Port Authority was remiss in rejecting a bridge-painting bid from contractor A...


Revamp of CO Construction Defects Law a Go

Developers and homeowners alike are seeing a glimmer of hope in Denver after the Colorado state House passed a bill that would give the two sides the right to work out any defect problems on...


3M Sues Over Spray Gun Equipment Patents

Global adhesives and auto products manufacturer 3M has filed suit against a China-based manufacturer and a California-based auto refinish products retailer over what it calls patent copyrigh...


Trump Company Owes $300K in Painter Lawsuit

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by one of President Donald J. Trump’s companies to get out of paying a Miami paint store chain more than $300,000 in owed mo...


Tilting Tower Suit Seeks Fix

The Millennium Tower (San Francisco) saga continues with the largest legal action yet; the sinking and tilting building’s homeowners association is suing the developer and others for more th...


Spray Paint Claims Spur Suit

Rust-Oleum now faces a proposed class action lawsuit one year after an advertising industry watchdog took aim at the company over ad claims about one of its consumer spray paint product line...


Judge Denies Bridge Owner’s Challenge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun seems to have lost another bid to block the construction of the proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge, between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario...


Architect Says Landmark Design Was Stolen

As Dubai inches toward completion of its latest landmark structure, The Frame, the architect behind the unique picture frame design has filed suit, claiming copyright infringement.


Judge: Guam Shipyard Workers May Sue

A group of shipyard workers laid off suddenly when Guam Shipyard lost a military contract in 2013 will get to proceed with a class-action suit against the shipyard, after a judge gave the cl...


Governors Island Group Sues Contractors

The group spearheading a major renovation of Governors Island, in New York City, is reportedly suing a major contractor and a marine engineering consultant over alleged errors in the plannin...


No Delay in Silica Rule Challenge

The legal challenge against the new federal respirable silica rule remains on schedule, despite a recent attempt to delay proceedings.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


$227M Settlement in Philly Building Collapse

In a settlement reached last week, $227 million will be paid to family members of the seven people who died and 12 who were injured in the June 5, 2013, building collapse in downtown Philade...


Engineer Testifies in Sinking Tower Saga

A San Francisco government oversight committee conducting hearings to determine what went wrong at the sinking Millennium Tower has heard from an engineer involved in early stages of the pro...


Bridge Owner Sues to Stop Gordie Howe

The owners of a major bridge on the U.S.-Canada border have filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to stop the construction of a new bridge nearby.


Construction Near Nest Sparks Suit

Two office buildings under construction and a pair of eagles are at the center of a controversy in Manassas, VA.


University to Collect $6.9M Over Floor Slabs

The University of Oregon will receive $6.9 million in a settlement with the architect, engineer and contractor of a residence hall with cracking concrete floor slabs.


Court: Firms Liable for Take-Home Asbestos

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court has established that companies are liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


Green School Razed Due to Leaks

A U.K. school lauded as a “sustainable” specimen at the time of its completion in 2010 has been demolished just six years later due to pervasive roof leak issues.


LA Metro to Pay I-405 Contractor $300M

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority will pay nearly $300 million more to the contractor on a highway-widening project that took five years and already cost more than twice its ori...


Halt to Overtime Rule Comes Under Appeal

Stakeholders on both sides of the controversial new overtime-pay rule that would make overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers continue to hash out its future in the court system.


Overtime Rule Roadblock Under Appeal

The future of a new overtime-pay rule that would have made overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers is uncertain due to a federal court ruling in Texas.


Suit Aims to Help Lead Paint Victims

A national structured-settlement-factoring company has once again been accused of swindling lead-based paint poisoning victims into signing away future settlements in exchange for significan...


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

Just days after the two-year anniversary of a bridge collapse during construction on Wake Technical Community College’s Raleigh, NC, campus, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the workers...


Millions at Stake in Leaky Cladding Case

More than 1,000 property owners in New Zealand are getting their day in court as a $250 million ($176 million USD) class action suit moves forward against international building products man...


Leaks, Mold Mar Disney-Built ‘Utopia’ Town

Celebration, FL, was built by Disney 20 years ago in the shadow of its Magic Kingdom theme park, but based on residents’ complaints about the condition of their homes, the town may be far fr...


Condo Builder, Subs Settle $36M Dispute

After six years of litigation, a large Southeastern U.S. builder and more than a dozen of its subcontractors have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit involvin...


House Attempts to Stall Overtime Rule

With the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule set to be enacted in just two months, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week intended to delay its start by six mon...


Overtime Rule Outrage: New Bill, Lawsuits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday (Sept. 29) to stall the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule for six months—the latest volley in the dispute over the rule that aim...


Feds Intervene in Defective Rebar Suit

The U.S. government has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a global supplier to the nuclear power industry defrauded the government.


Chemical Companies Face $90B Suit

A whistleblower lawsuit, seeking $90 billion, alleges that four of the largest global chemical manufacturers have concealed information about dangerous chemicals from the government.


Chemical Giants Face $90B Suit

Four major chemical manufacturers are facing a $90 billion lawsuit in which a large U.S. law firm claims they concealed information about dangerous substances from the American government.


CA Governor OKs Contractor Reporting Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will provide the state’s Contractors State License Board with more information about contractors, and require contractors to report an...


NJ Court: Insurance Pays for Subs’ Flubs

New Jersey’s highest court has ruled in case stemming from water infiltration and leaks that reportedly plagued a Hoboken condominium complex.


PA Bridge Bid Spurs Suit

A bridge-painting firm from Baltimore is suing a government agency that it says wrongly passed it over in favor of another contractor.


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. obtained immunity in order to testify against two contractors in the criminal case surrounding a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, ...


9/11 Museum Suit Dismissed

A New York appeals court has sided against a steel company that claimed it lost millions in its work on the National Sept. 11 Museum.


NYC Supertall Moves Forward After Suit

Plans for a new skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan are moving forward after spending nearly a year in legal limbo.


Trump Continues to Face Contractor Suits

As he campaigns for votes in the battleground state of Florida, real estate developer and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump continues to fend off suits in that state from contr...


U.S. Steel Settles DOL Retaliation Suit

To settle a Department of Labor lawsuit filed on behalf of injured workers, a U.S. steel-production giant has agreed to return unpaid wages and retract the injury reporting policy that was a...


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


Architect Accused of Copying Mansion Design

A federal lawsuit accuses a New Jersey architecture firm and New York couple of accessing copyrighted drawings of a New York mansion and planning a replica close by without the original home...


Architecture Group Faces $3M Lawsuit

The leaders of a now-defunct U.S.-based humanitarian architecture and design group face a $3 million lawsuit alleging the mishandling of donated funds, according to various reports.


AG Sues Owner Over Lead

The Illinois Attorney General has accused an apartment building owner of failing to fix cracked and peeling lead-based paint after a young child living there had an elevated blood lead level...


TransCanada Serves U.S. a $15B Bill

After having filed suit against the U.S. government in January, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now formally seeking $15 billion in damages in response to th...


Casino, Builder Settle Defect Case

A five-year lawsuit over allegations of shoddy work at a casino project in Colusa, CA, has ended in a $20 million settlement.


Shareholder Files Suit in Valspar Deal

A Valspar Corp. shareholder has filed a suit against the company, alleging that aspects of its pending sale to The Sherwin-Williams Company constitute a breach of fiduciary duty.


Tampa Housing Authority Fires Builder

Allegations of “poor project management” and “ridiculous” change orders have led the Tampa Housing Authority to fire the builder in charge of a $25.6 million apartment project, according to ...


Drywall Issues Spur Suit

The joint venture in charge of building a $1.05 billion mixed-use development in Miami has sued a drywall subcontractor for alleged substandard work.


Worker Sues Shipyard for Lead Exposure

Alleging exposure to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter, a shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin facility where work was performed earlier this year.


Top Builder to Pay for Condo Defects

A Florida jury has ordered America’s largest homebuilder to pony up $9.6 million to remove and replace defective stucco, roofs and windows in a 240-unit complex in Jacksonville.


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Concrete Contractor Settles 1 WTC Case

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to hand over $12.3 million to settle an ongoing dispute with a One World Trade Center contractor, according to various reports.


Paint Shop Builder Sues Tesla

A worker brought in from overseas to help construct a high-volume paint shop for Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA, reports he was paid as little as $5 per hour without overtime.


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Suit Targets Lead Paint Settlements

Maryland’s attorney general has sued several companies, accusing them of duping at least 100 lead-paint poisoning victims out of millions of dollars in settlement funds.


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Costs Balloon for Reef Paint Cleanup

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters is continuing her fight to have toxic paint residue removed from the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, even as the costs of su...


Final UK Blacklist Cases Settled

Eight contractors implicated in a blacklisting scheme in the U.K. will pay a total of £75 million (about $108.2 million) in compensation and legal fees, according to media reports.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Contractor Settles Row over Termination

After being kicked off a $1.4 billion expansion project for the Washington State Convention Center and filing a lawsuit, joint venture Skanska-Hunt Construction Group reports the issue has b...


‘Love It or List It’ Homeowners File Suit

A reality TV renovation turned into a nightmare for one North Carolina couple, a new lawsuit contends.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


Injunction Stops Contractor Replacement

A Washington judge has ordered an injunction in an ongoing dispute involving the planned $1.4 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.


Workers Win $3.4M in Race Case

A federal jury has ordered a Bridgeport, CT-based striping company to pay more than $1.5 million each to two former employees who filed a racial discrimination and hostile work environment l...


Associations File Suit Over Silica Rule

A coalition of construction industry associations taking issue with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rule are taking their concerns to a federal appeals court.


Groups Seek Silica Rule Review

Several construction industry groups are petitioning a federal appeals court to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule regulating silica dust exposure.


Trial Begins in Bridge Worker's Death

The trial concerning the alleged wrongful death of a worker who drowned in early 2014 during construction of a bridge on the Baylor University campus was set to open Tuesday (March 29), a lo...


Builders File Suit After Dismissal

After being terminated from building the $1.4 billion Washington State Convention Center expansion project in Seattle, the contractors have sued to block officials from hiring another builde...


CA ‘Bullet Train’ Wins Judge’s Ruling

Long in the works, California’s high-speed rail project has gotten the green light to proceed as planned following a state superior court judge’s dismissal of a five-year-old lawsuit intende...


Dow to Settle $1B Urethanes Case

The Dow Chemical Company plans to settle a $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit which dates back to 2005, according to company officials.


Dow to Settle $1B Class Action Suit

American multinational corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced it is settling the 11-year-old, $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit it has contested since a federal jury a...


Los Angeles Sues Developer after Fire

The City of Los Angeles has filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of a seven-story apartment under construction that was destroyed in a massive blaze on Dec. 8, 2014.


Court OKs Modern Home on Historic Block

An appeals court has ruled in favor of the architect owner of a controversial modern home situated in a historic neighborhood in Raleigh, NC—a likely end to a three-year long legal row.


Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”


Fatal Balcony Collapse Leads to Inspections

Balconies throughout a California town may be some of the safest in the country now that all of them have been inspected in the wake of a balcony collapse last year that killed six.


Contractor Admits to Bilking Elderly

A Washington state contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered contracting after taking more than $37,000 from an 87-year-old woman in one month.


Judge: Ark Builders Get Tax Break

Calling it a victory for freedom of religion, a creationist group in Kentucky is celebrating a judge’s decision that the state cannot prevent the group from collecting sales tax incentives j...


PPG Settles Employee Pay Lawsuit

PPG Industries will pay $5 million to settle claims filed by current and former employees who said they were misclassified as exempt while performing paint-related sales work at Home Depot s...


Sinkhole Delays Seattle Tunnel Project

Following a lengthy repair period, Bertha went back into service at the end of December, getting the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project going forward again, P...


Contractor Sues Architects for Overruns

A general contractor who worked on a multi-million dollar renovation of a city-owned auditorium in Charleston, SC, has accused three design firms and a project management company of negligen...


Feds Help Flint in Water Crisis

The National Guard is delivering bottles of water in a Michigan community that has been plagued with lead coming out of its taps, a problem that could cost more than $1.5 billion to fix.


Keystone XL Owners Sue US Government

The Canadian company that expected the U.S. to approve a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has filed one of the largest trade appeals ever brought against the federal government, accor...


Tank Company Settles OSHA Case

Following a propane explosion that injured six employees and seriously burned four of them as they were prepping a propane tanks for repainting, a company has settled with the federal agency...


City, Roofer Spar Over Water Leaks

When it comes to the condition of roofs installed on two community centers in Charleston, WV, an Ohio-based contractor has said the city’s allegations in its lawsuits are literally for the b...


Retailer Changes Vinyl Flooring Policy

Lumber Liquidators has teamed up with a chemical safety campaign to ensure it sells vinyl flooring made without reprocessed plastic.


Flint Families Sue over Toxic Water

Four families have filed a lawsuit against 14 Michigan officials claiming they replaced safe water with water that was “dangerous, unsafe and…inadequately treated.”


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


Contractor Settles DBE Fraud for $2.6M

A New York contracting company has agreed to pay the federal government $2.6 million for violating the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program on a highway bridge project.


Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.


Third Lawsuit Filed in Ship’s Sinking

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the family of one of the crewmembers of the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during a hurricane.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


BP Settles Deepwater Disaster for $20B

BP will pay more than $20 billion to settle claims against it for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010.


Caltrans Seeks Damages from Builder

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is ending its contract with the main contractor of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Court Denies ‘Not an Architect’ Argument

A botched renovation project in the Bahamas has left the designer behind it claiming he is “not a professional.”


Oil Spill Takes 17 Years to Resolve

Although industry experts say neither oil spills nor their corresponding settlement agreements are uncommon in Texas, waiting 17 years to come up with a consent order for one is.


Jury Awards Dying Painter $17M

A former commercial painter who was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos has received a $17 million award from a Miami jury.


Talks Ongoing in Building Envelope Suit

Settlement negotiations continue in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in May that pits a leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products against a magazine publi...


NV Contractor Gets 15 Years for Fraud

A former construction company owner will spend more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive $58 million scheme to gain control and defraud Las Vegas-area homeowners’ associations.


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


OSHA Offers 'Clarity' in Injury Reporting

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a proposed rule to aimed at clarifying employers' recordingkeeeping obligations.


OSHA Rule ‘Clarifies’ Injury Reporting

In what it says is a rule that clarifies an existing practice, a federal agency has notified U.S. employers that it will cite them for up to five years for failing to document work-related i...


After 13 Years, Worker Wins $3M

SEATTLE--A Washington State jury has awarded $2.59 million in damages to an immigrant worker who was severely injured after falling 30 feet from an improperly constructed scaffold in 2002.


Oldcastle Files ‘Building Envelope’ Case

DALLAS--A leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products has filed suit to protect its company name, which is built on the common term for architectural enclosures.


Contractors to Pay in Collapse Settlement

DORAL, FL—A college in Florida has reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of a parking garage that collapsed more than two ye...


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

MILPITAS, CA—A California jury has convicted a construction company owner and project manager for causing the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas.


CEO Quits Embattled Flooring Giant

TOANO, VA—Lumber Liquidators Inc. president and CEO Robert M. Lynch has unexpectedly resigned his position, leaving greater turmoil at the company that is already the target of multiple inve...


7 Share $2.6M Chinese Drywall Payoff

NEW ORLEANS—In an about-face, a Chinese manufacturer of contaminated drywall has paid more than $3 million in a suit by seven Virginia families whose homes were damaged by the material.


Landowners Sued for Pipeline Surveys

Do pipeline companies have the right to access a homeowner's property for their corporate purposes? Several of them think so and have gone to court to prove it.


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

"Nearly cut in half" when a building fell on him, a former Florida construction worker has been awarded more than $64 million in damages by three different companies.


New Book Details Concrete Legal Issues

Like other high-stakes industries, concrete construction invites a fair share of litigation—liabilities and outcomes explored in a new book available through the American Concrete Institute.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


Judge Clears Painter in Fatal Fall

Despite federal fall-protection lapses that proved fatal, an Ohio painting contractor will not be held civilly liable for the accident, an appeals judge has ruled.


Painter Not Liable in Worker Death

An Ohio painting firm is not responsible for an employee's fatal fall, despite violating federal fall protection regulations, an appellate court has ruled.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.


NV Tightens Construction Defect Law

Nevada has become the first U.S. state to overhaul its construction defects law to reduce the number of homeowner lawsuits brought against builders.


$1.6M Suit Caps 400-Question Project

A Maryland contractor that completed a $14 million, award-winning fire station in Charlottesville, VA, has filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against the city, alleging hundreds of points of confu...


$3.7M Suit over Crosswalk Paint Revived

The City of Portland, OR, will have to answer in court for degraded markings at a crosswalk where several people have been killed.


Developer Sees Red over Trendy Hue

A red-hot paint job in Santa Ana, CA, has sparked a legal dispute between property owners.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Worker Wins $62M in Fall Case

A New York jury has awarded $62 million—the largest such verdict for a single plaintiff in Queens—to an immigrant construction worker permanently disabled in a 20-foot fall.


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


RPM to Close $800M Book on Asbestos

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Carboline and other leading coating brands will again be whole—and far more profitable—under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved this week.


Prison for Asbestos Tycoon Overturned

Igniting a public furor, Italy's Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and prison sentence of a Swiss billionaire whose factories had been linked to the deaths of about 3,000 people.


3rd $1M+ Lead Verdict Returned

For the third time in six weeks, a Baltimore City jury has awarded more than a million dollars to an adult who claimed permanent damage from lead-paint exposure in a childhood home.


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

The CEO of a California construction company has returned to the United States to face manslaughter charges stemming from a trench collapse that buried an employee alive.


Suits Halt Modular Record Breaker

Work on what would be the world’s tallest modular building has ceased amid bitter litigation between its contractor and developer.


City Targets Construction Defect Law

Taking aim at an increasingly unpopular state law, a Colorado city has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce lawsuits over construction defects and increase development of affordable housi...


Landlord to Pay $1.6M to Lead Victim

A Baltimore landlord has been ordered to pay $1.6 million to a 21-year-old who suffered permanent health problems from lead-paint exposure as a young child.


Jury Awards $2.1M in Lead Paint Suit

A Baltimore jury has awarded more than $2 million to a 17-year-old youth who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


Saga’s Toll: 5 Years, $1.6M+, 1 Apology

A Pennsylvania construction contractor once reviled by prosecutors as "despicable" and falsely accused of felony theft from a church has finally cleared his name and settled the five-year ca...


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


Painter Accused of Intimidating Workers

Federal authorities have obtained a "rare and extraordinary" court order to prevent a New Hampshire painting contractor from retaliating against employees during a long-running wage dispute.


Paint Maker Accepts $90K Fine

A New York manufacturer has agreed to settle federal citations resulting from the discovery of more than 100 leaking, corroded drums of paint during a fire at the plant.


Poor Paint Storage Draws $90K Fine

A New York paint company will pay $90,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations after a fire investigation revealed over 100 improperly stored, corroded paint drums, federal officials...


USACE Agrees to Reveal Dam Pollution

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start disclosing how much oil pollution its largest dams in Oregon and Washington send into waterways—information it has never been forced to give up.


'Racial' Paint Names Spark Lawsuit

A former Benjamin Moore manager is accusing the company of a "toxic" and discriminatory work environment that includes the use of "appallingly racial" paint color names.


FL Home Restorer Gets Prison Term

A Tampa businessman will serve four years in prison for lying about millions of dollars worth of contracts in an effort to defraud investors, authorities say.


Ex-Worker Sees Racism in Paint Names

A fired African American employee of Benjamin Moore has accused the paint maker of discrimination in using two brown color names that resemble his own.


Ohio Targets Contractor, Roofer

An Ohio concrete contractor and roofer are facing thousands of dollars in civil penalties for allegedly violating the state’s consumer protection laws.


Comex Sues over Derailed Sherwin Deal

Shareholders of Mexico’s largest coatings producer are accusing Sherwin-Williams of “dishonor” in failing to complete its $2.34 billion takeover of the Latin American supplier, reports say. ...


Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

Mexico’s largest coatings producer has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams, blaming the Cleveland paint maker for the implosion of its plan to buy the Latin American supplier, Reuters report...


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Homeowners Sue Reality Show for $2.8M

A new Spike TV reality show that aims to right the wrongs of shady contractors is accused of letting 200 gallons of raw sewage into the home of a California family and refusing to clean it u...


Contractor to Pay $928K in SBA Case

A large, 96-year-old Utah-based construction company will pay $928,000 to settle allegations that it fraudulently obtained access to contracts set aside for small businesses, federal authori...


Housing Groups Allege Pittsburgh Fraud

Four housing organizations are accusing the City of Pittsburgh and its former wunderkind mayor of systematically defrauding the federal government of tens of millions of dollars in low-incom...


Decision Tossed in Navy Housing Suit

In a case closely watched across the building industry, a Hawaii construction contractor has won a major victory on appealing a contract suit against the government.


WWII Plant’s Legacy Dogs S-W in Suit

A former U.S. munitions facility where Sherwin-Williams Defense Corp. once painted bombshells is now the subject of a $3.7 million legal demand for cleanup costs.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over $3.7M Cleanup

Insurance giant AIG is demanding that the federal government and Sherwin-Williams pony up more than $3 million for cleanup reimbursement at a former munitions plant where bombs were painted ...


Global Decking Maker Settles $8.3M Suit

Trex Company Inc.—a global producer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing products—will pay up to $8.25 million to settle a national class-action lawsuit alleging that the...


Judge Hikes Lead Tab to $1.15B

A California judge has added $50 million to his earlier $1.1 billion judgment against Sherwin-Williams and other former manufacturers of lead paint in finalizing his ruling this week.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


Judge Says Lead Paint Makers Must Pay

A California judge has ordered Sherwin-Williams and other former producers of lead-based paint to pay $1.1 billion to replace or contain lead paint in millions of homes.


U.S. Dismisses $117M Shipyard Bid Suit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has thrown out a lawsuit by a Virginia shipyard protesting the Navy's rejection of its $117 million ship maintenance bid—the highest, by far, of eight propos...


Developer Sues Architect for Overruns

Who should be on the hook when a redevelopment project runs wildly over budget projections?


Lining Maker Loses Bid to Block Inspector

A Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker is barking up the wrong legal tree in its effort to head off a federal health and safety inspection at its facility, a federal judge has found.


OSHA in Standoff with Pipe Lining Maker

Federal health and safety authorities have gone to court to obtain a warrant to carry out their inspection of a Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker that stores a highly flammable resin.


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Sherwin-Williams’ Finish Called Copycat

The Mississippi manufacturer of a durable wall coating sold for years through Lowe's and other stores has filed suit against the Sherwin-Williams Co., alleging infringement of the product’s ...


‘Superman Building’ Damage Spurs Suit

Crumbling façades and other issues marring the so-called “Superman Building” in Providence, RI, have led to a $23.7 million dispute between the building owner and a former tenant.


Painter Loses in Sherwin-Williams Case

A Missouri commercial painting contractor who accused the Sherwin-Williams Company of negligently misrepresenting one of its products has lost again in court.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Oregon DOT Sued over Bridge Deal

A structural fabricator has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, alleging the company got a raw deal in a mitigation agreement meant to compensate it for negative impacts of the pro...


Bridge Deck Defects Spark Legal Storm

A bridge deck in Oregon is coming apart just a year after completion, triggering a coast-to-coast legal showdown over who is to blame.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


High-Stakes Verdict Looms in Paint Case

Attorneys for five former producers of lead-based paint and 10 California jurisdictions have rested their cases to end a landmark trial 13 years in the making and potentially worth $2 billio...


Lead Lawsuits Push Firm to Bankruptcy

Soaring legal expenses from more than 70 active lead-paint cases and previous judgments have driven a large affordable-housing management business in Maryland to file for bankruptcy.


Baltimore Housing Pays $6M Lead Tab

Baltimore’s public housing authority has paid more than $6.7 million to lead-poisoning victims in six lead-based paint cases, according to officials.


Experts Testify in CA Lead Suit

Expert testimony about poisoned children and pricey cleanups has dominated the country’s last public nuisance case against five former makers of lead-based paint.


Former Lead Paint Makers on Trial in CA

Ten California cities and counties want paint manufacturers to pay nearly $1 billion to strip lead paint from millions of older California homes in a case that dates back to 2000.


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

A former executive with one of the nation’s largest construction contractors is accused of orchestrating a kickback scheme that drained more than $4.8 million from his company during a proje...


Akzo Cries Foul on New Dow Patents

AkzoNobel is accusing Dow Chemical Co. of sidestepping an R&D partnership by attempting to single-handedly patent coating products that the companies developed together.


Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has filed suit against Dow Chemical Co., accusing the raw materials maker of misusing confidential information gained from a partnership to apply unilaterally for tw...


Construction Giant on the Brink

One of Canada’s most powerful construction moguls and his companies are facing more than 900 charges of tax fraud that could carry millions of dollars in fines.


Paint Makers Push Regulatory Overhaul

Stand and challenge “sue and settle” and other means of regulatory overreach, the American Coatings Association is urging Congress.


ACA Supports New Regulatory Legislation

Coating makers are urging Congress to lighten up on new regulations and hunker down against a regulatory pressure tactic known as “sue and settle.”


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Wal-Mart to Pay $81M in Hazardous Waste Cases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has admitted to improperly disposing of paints, aerosols, pesticides and other hazardous waste at its stores across the country and will pay more than $81 million to res...


Court Battle Pits Elcometer, TQC-USA

Global coatings instrument maker Elcometer Inc. is locked in federal-court litigation with a former employee and distributor over allegations of unlawful marketing tactics designed to steal ...


Suit: Contract Foul Play Reaped Millions

A national education company is accused of defrauding the federal government and workers by failing to pay required wages on hundreds of federally funded playground construction contracts ov...


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Architect Warned Against New Mall Roof

Owners of the doomed Algo Centre Mall considered building a roof over the leaking rooftop parking deck, but an architect advised them that the plan would not work, according to testimony Tue...


Paint Makers Told to Pay $10M Lead Tab

Although they prevailed after the longest civil jury trial in state history, paint manufacturers must cover their own multimillion-dollar legal bills in the case, the Rhode Island Supreme Co...


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


OH Roofer Target of Illegal Worker Case

An Ohio roofing company and its owner are at the center of an ongoing federal investigation involving the alleged use of illegal workers.


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

The many victims of New Orleans’ “tragically flawed” levees cannot prove that the Army Corps of Engineers caused the system’s failure during Hurricane Katrina—but even “if the levee was desi...


$3,600 Home Draws $115K Settlement

City officials in Kalamazoo, MI, have agreed to pay $115,000 to a homeowner to settle her claim that the city failed to disclose lead-based paint information in violation of federal law.


Contractor’s Widow Loses $1.2M Award

A federal appeals court has thrown out a $1.2 million award to the widow of a contractor who was fatally struck by a poorly installed gutter while working at a military base.


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


Nuke Firm to Pay $18.5M in 10-Year Scam

A decade of “systemic” time-card fraud charged to a $2.6 billion nuclear tank cleaning contract will cost global engineering firm CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. $18.5 million in penalties and rest...


Razing Begins at Iconic Gettysburg Site

Workers have commenced demolition of the Cyclorama building at Gettysburg National Military Park, concluding a controversial drama that dates to 1999.


Ex-Teacher Sues Over Classroom Color

A legal dust-up over yellow classroom walls has a former teacher demanding green and school district officials seeing red in Texas.


Coating Allegedly Ruined $40M Deal

Shipping container manufacturer Sea Box Inc. has filed suit against the Valspar Corp., accusing the coating maker of supplying defective paint for a $40 million container coating project for...


Russian Billionaire Sues NY Contractor

A Russian billionaire senator is accusing his Manhattan contractor of overbilling him and attempting to extort a multimillion-dollar contract for work at his $16 million Time Warner Center a...


Jury to Decide Dow Price-Fixing Case

Eight years after the suit was filed, Dow Chemical Co. is preparing to defend itself before a federal-court jury over allegations that it participated in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy w...


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


 
 
   

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