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  • March 21, 2019

    Plaintiffs Bar Cheers High Court's Pass On Class Cert. Review

    The plaintiffs bar is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's choice this week to leave intact a Sixth Circuit decision that endorses a little-used path to class certification, a ruling experts say is likely to result in more successful class actions, especially toxic torts, across the country.

  • March 21, 2019

    Commerce Hit With FOIA Suit For Auto Tariff Report

    A conservative nonprofit on Wednesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Commerce to turn over a copy of the agency’s findings from its probe into whether imported cars threaten U.S. national security interests.

  • March 21, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ax Of Hybrid Vehicle Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating a claim of a hybrid vehicle patent owned by Paice LLC, rejecting the tech company's contention that the board wrongly relied on inconsistent testimony from Ford Motor Co.'s expert.

  • March 21, 2019

    Enviros Sue NHTSA For Docs To Fight Emission Rule Rollback

    An environmental and wildlife conservation group asked a District of Columbia federal court Thursday to order the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fork over public documents the group requested in its challenge to proposed slackening of greenhouse gas emission standards.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tesla, Contractor To Face Trafficking Claim In Visa Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dumped most of an amended suit alleging Tesla and its contractor committed visa fraud to illegally import low-cost foreign labor, but allowed one of the plaintiffs' human trafficking claims to survive.

  • March 21, 2019

    Tesla Says Ex-Worker Wrote 'You Sly Dog' As He Stole Info

    Tesla has accused four former employees of stealing company trade secrets and taking them to a competitor, telling a California federal court that one even emailed himself confidential information with the note, "you sly dog you."

  • March 20, 2019

    Tesla Investor Wants Records On Handling Of Musk's Tweets

    An investor filed a complaint Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court seeking access to records detailing Tesla Inc.’s handling of CEO Elon Musk's "false and misleading statements" including his Twitter posts.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Honda Buyers Seek Transmissions Cert. After Appeal Win

    Honda buyers who won an appellate fight to revive their class certification row urged a California judge Wednesday to grant class certification on claims that Honda falsely advertised reliable vehicles while selling cars with defective transmissions.

  • March 20, 2019

    Workers Can Sue Labs For Shoddy Drug Tests: SC Justices

    Laboratories that conduct drug tests for employers have a legal duty to the workers they test to perform them accurately, the South Carolina Supreme Court held Wednesday, saying a former BMW employee who was fired for failing a drug screening can sue the lab that tested him over a purported false positive.

  • March 20, 2019

    Auto Dealers' Ch. 11 Can't Stop Deceptive Ad Suit, FTC Says

    The Federal Trade Commission argued Wednesday that its false advertising suit against a group of related automobile dealers in Arizona and New Mexico near the edge of the Navajo Nation's borders shouldn't be paused for the dealers' bankruptcy.

  • March 20, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler Wants Texas Drivers' Faulty Fuel Pump Suit Axed

    Fiat Chrysler asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to slash a proposed class action alleging it sold diesel vehicles with defective fuel injection pumps that weren't compatible with American fuel standards and led to engine failure, saying the drivers' claims are short on facts.

  • March 20, 2019

    Auto Financier, Consumers Seek Final OK On $4M TCPA Deal

    A class of consumers suing an auto loan financier for allegedly "bombarding" them with unwanted robocalls asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to approve a $4 million settlement in the case, with $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and expenses going to Sergei Lemberg and Stephen F. Taylor of Lemberg Law.

  • March 20, 2019

    Calif. Lighting Co. Smuggled Hazardous Headlights, Feds Say

    The federal government on Tuesday filed suit against a California lighting distributor allegedly caught smuggling illegal high-intensity car headlights into the country, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that the company should pay up to nearly $2 million in penalties.

  • March 20, 2019

    Subcontractor Claims It's Owed $2.9M For NC Bypass Project

    A West Virginia highway contractor on Tuesday sued Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in North Carolina federal court over nearly $2.9 million in unpaid work on a highway bypass project in the state.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    From Showdowns To Hotlines, Frazzled Judges Get Creative

    Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.

  • March 19, 2019

    Carmakers' Bid To Slip Emissions Claims Unworthy: Drivers

    A group of drivers urged a New Jersey federal judge Monday to deny a request by Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Daimler AG and Robert Bosch LLC to file an early appeal of his decision last month not to dismiss civil anti-racketeering claims they knowingly sold cars equipped with emissions test-evading devices.

  • March 19, 2019

    Nissan Unit To Pay $2.2M To Put TCPA Class Claims To Bed

    A unit of Nissan handling car loans has agreed to shell out $2.2 million to potentially thousands of individuals to end a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit brought by a group of consumers alleging they received unsolicited, automated calls from the company.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • If There, Then Here: How Gov't Probes Help Antitrust Plaintiffs

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    Private plaintiffs seeking to bolster their price-fixing complaints by citing government investigations or guilty pleas concerning different markets should consider instructive decisions from the Auto Parts, Generic Drugs, and SRAM and Flash Memory litigations, say William Reiss and Dave Rochelson of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • The Future Of The USMCA: 3 Possible Scenarios

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    The Trump administration would like Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by June, but progress has been slow. The deal's fate will depend on cooperation from Democrats, support from Republicans and the strategy pursued by the president, says Robert Kyle of Hogan Lovells.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.