A New York federal judge has reopened a General Motors ignition switch case to allow a lien for attorney fees despite what he called "serious" professional lapses by the plaintiff's former and current counsel.
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Atty Lien Allowed In GM Ignition MDL Despite 'Serious' Lapses

A New York federal judge has reopened a General Motors ignition switch case to allow a lien for attorney fees despite what he called "serious" professional lapses by the plaintiff's former and current counsel.

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JB Hunt Transport Drivers Ink $6.5M Misclassification Deal

A proposed class of J.B. Hunt truck drivers on Monday asked a California federal judge for preliminary approval of a $6.5 million settlement to end a lawsuit accusing the trucking company of misclassifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.

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Consumers Rip Tesla In Sudden Acceleration Defect Suit

Tesla's dogged pursuit of electric-vehicle innovation has compromised safety, resulting in defectively designed cars that could abruptly accelerate without warning, according to a revamped 54-count proposed class action filed in California federal court Monday.

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Pilot May Get Back Pay Boost In American Airlines Suit

American Airlines failed to promptly welcome back a pilot who took time off to serve in the Air Force Reserve, and an unanswered question about whether it offered him a position that was comparable to his old job may put the airline on the hook for additional back pay, the Fourth Circuit has ruled.

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10th Circ. Keeps Colo. Climate Suit In State Court

The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's ruling that a Boulder, Colorado, suit seeking climate change-related infrastructure damages from Exxon Mobil Corp. and Suncor Energy Inc. belongs in state court.

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AVIATION

Boeing Says 90% Of Claims Settled In Lion Air Crash Suit

Boeing told an Illinois federal court Tuesday that it has inked deals to resolve more than 90% of wrongful death claims stemming from the October 2018 Lion Air crash involving the now notorious 737 Max 8 model airplane, which killed all 189 passengers on board.

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DC Circ. Kills Residents' Challenge To Ga. Airport Expansion

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday tossed a challenge by a small Georgia airport's neighbors who fought the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the airport's expansion, deciding that the residents could not show they had been injured by the government's actions.

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AUTOMOTIVE

Alleged Accomplices To Ghosn Escape Can't Nix US Arrests

A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday shot down a bid to invalidate the arrests of a Green Beret and his son who face extradition to Japan for allegedly helping Carlos Ghosn escape the country while on bail over criminal financial misconduct charges.

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Chancery Won't Halt GPB Capital Mismanagement Suit

A Delaware vice chancellor Tuesday refused to halt a derivative lawsuit filed against GPB Capital Holdings LLC and its officers alleging mismanagement of a general partnership that invests in automobile dealership groups, despite a call to stay the case as similar actions proceed elsewhere.

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TRUCKING

Drivers Fight Trucking Cos.' Bid To Nix Antitrust Claims

A proposed nationwide class of truck drivers has urged a California federal judge to reject a request to toss their antitrust claims against four trucking companies, saying Monday that the companies' bid was already rebuffed by the court.

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LOGISTICS

Australia Logistics REIT Drops $121M On Pair Of Properties

Dexus Australian Logistics Trust has acquired a pair of industrial properties in Australia for AU$173.5 million ($121 million), according to an announcement from the company on Tuesday.

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ENERGY

Judge Won't Delay Dakota Access Shutdown Order, For Now

A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday refused to put an immediate halt to his order shuttering the Dakota Access Pipeline and draining it of oil but said he would consider the developer's additional arguments on the matter.

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PPP Life Raft Will Soon Deflate For Oil Field Service Cos.

Scores of oil field service companies in Texas and other oil and gas states have stayed afloat with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, but experts say the prolonged industry slump will eventually sink their financial life rafts.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Are Your Slack Communications Primed For E-Discovery?

With the increasing use of channel-based platforms such as Slack, Messenger and Teams in the work-from-home era, companies should assume they may be compelled to produce channel-based data in litigation and take proactive steps to protect sensitive information, say Jessica Brown and Collin James Vierra at Gibson Dunn.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Chief Justice Hospitalized In June, Supreme Court Confirms

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized last month after injuring himself in a fall, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday, confirming a report in the Washington Post.

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Analysis

Molotov Cases Prosecuted Like Terrorism In All But Name

Brooklyn federal prosecutors have stopped just short of invoking the legally and politically fraught term “terrorism” against the defendants, including a now-suspended Pryor Cashman associate, in alleged Molotov cocktail attacks on NYPD vehicles.

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Black Leaders Call Out Diversity 'Excuses' Law Firms Make

Despite decades of efforts to create a more equal and inclusive legal profession, more change is urgently needed, a panel of top Black attorneys said on Tuesday, pointing to several "excuses" law firms tend to make when failing to hire and promote Black lawyers.

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Midyear Report: The Biggest Legal Ethics Moments So Far

With the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the headlines and just about everything else this year, there has still been plenty happening in the world of legal ethics, from the culmination of an unusual probe into a lawyer fee award to a major court setback for New York’s new prosecutor watchdog group.

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Oyez! High Court's 1st Female Marshal, Reporter Are Retiring

U.S. Supreme Court Marshal Pamela Talkin and Reporter of Decisions Christine Luchok Fallon, the first women to serve in those roles, are retiring this year after nearly 50 years of combined service at the court.

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Hughes Hubbard Lays Off Associates Amid Pandemic

Despite claiming a small business loan as part of the federal government's COVID-19 relief efforts, New York law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP confirmed Tuesday that it had laid off an undisclosed number of associates and staff to weather the pandemic.

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NYC Grand Juries To Return To State Courthouses In August

Grand juries will begin to reconvene in New York City state courts starting on Aug. 10, and some criminal matters that have been heard remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be heard in person, the New York State Unified Court System announced Tuesday.

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Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

The uptick in the spread of COVID-19 reenergized an emphasis on face coverings this past week, leading to a public awareness campaign in California and a new law in Texas. And in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf shared World Health Organization research in an effort to get commonwealth citizens to cover up. 

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Seyfarth Opens Seattle Office With Labor, Real Estate Focus

Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Tuesday announced the launch of a new Seattle office with a focus on real estate and labor law, with the firm saying it decided to move ahead with the planned expansion into the Pacific Northwest despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Firm Must Produce Email Allegedly Used To Blackmail Judge

A Florida judge ordered Tripp Scott PA on Tuesday to produce an email sent to one of its former attorneys allegedly containing nude photographs of a Palm Beach County judge that the judge says were later used by a prominent Fort Lauderdale attorney to blackmail her.

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Ex-National Economic Council Deputy Joins Mayer Brown

Former White House economic adviser Andrew Olmem has returned to Mayer Brown LLP, joining the firm's public policy, regulatory and political law practice after taking part in the development and coordination of U.S. economic policies in various sectors.

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