After nearly a decade on the run from authorities, a former executive for Netherlands-based Martinair Holland NV has pled guilty to federal criminal charges related to her role in an international air-cargo price-fixing ring, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
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Ex-Air Cargo Exec Cops To Price-Fixing After 10 Years On Lam

After nearly a decade on the run from authorities, a former executive for Netherlands-based Martinair Holland NV has pled guilty to federal criminal charges related to her role in an international air-cargo price-fixing ring, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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Chicago Dodges Uber's Bike-Share Contract Spat For Now

Uber’s bike-share company Jump cannot sue Chicago for renewing a $65 million contract with a rival bike-share company owned by Lyft Inc., an Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying Uber can’t challenge a procurement process it didn’t participate in.

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NJ High Court Nixes FedEx Driver's Slip-And-Fall Claim

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday upended a state appellate ruling that a property owner may be held liable for a FedEx driver's fall on the icy driveway of the car dealership that rents the property, saying a lease agreement made clear that the dealership was responsible for maintaining the premises.

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Union Pacific Preserves Win In Suit Over Calif. Teen's Death

A California state appeals court has cleared Union Pacific Railroad Co. in a suit blaming it for causing the death of a teen hit by a train at a railway crossing, saying the railroad did not own or manage the crossing and its employees were not negligent.

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AUTOMOTIVE

Auto Parts Makers Get EU, DOJ Nod For $7B Merger

German auto parts maker ZF was cleared on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday to buy American rival Wabco, with unconditional clearance from European antitrust authorities and a conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Justice predicated on the divestiture of Wabco's steering parts business in North America.

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O'Rielly Suggests FCC Could Ink 5.9 GHz Rules By Summer

Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly told reporters and members of the auto industry on Thursday that he hopes the agency can ink new rules governing the 5.9 GHz spectrum band by midyear, allowing WiFi to share the band with auto-safety applications.

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LOGISTICS

Shipper Faces New Trial Over Damaged Pipe Delivery

A new trial is required after a court improperly limited a Texas shipping company's liability in a $400,000 dispute with Zurich American Insurance Co. over a shipment of damaged pipe, a Texas appeals court held Thursday.

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MARITIME

Royal Caribbean Wants 11th Circ. To Slash $3.4M Death Award

Royal Caribbean on Thursday asked the Eleventh Circuit to slash a Florida federal jury's $3.4 million verdict over a Wisconsin man's heart attack death, saying the trial court should have applied Wisconsin law that would have barred noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.

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Fla. Cruise Line Hit With TCPA Suit Over Alleged Robocalls

A Florida cruise line on Wednesday was hit with the latest in a series of proposed class actions accusing travel companies of robocalling consumers who say they never gave the company the go-ahead to call them.

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ENERGY

States Tells Justices $7B Pipeline Can't Cross Trail

A slew of states on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find that the $7 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline should not be given a right-of-way to cross the Appalachian Trail.

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Enviro Claims FERC Approved Unneeded $286M Pipeline

The Environmental Defense Fund is asking the D.C. Circuit to invalidate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a proposed $286 million, 65-mile gas pipeline in Illinois and Missouri, arguing that the agency did not adequately evaluate the project before issuing its decision. 

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FERC Commissioner McNamee Won't Seek New Term

Bernard McNamee, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Thursday that he won't seek another term at the agency when his current term expires June 30, which raises the possibility that the agency will lack a quorum of commissioners for the second time in three years.

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PEOPLE

Baker Botts Adds Oil & Gas Partner From Thompson & Knight

Baker Botts LLP has hired a Thompson & Knight LLP partner experienced in advising midstream and upstream oil and gas clients on mergers and deals to the firm’s global projects department in Austin, it announced Wednesday.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

What To Know As Alphabet Hits 'Search' On A New CLO

Google's parent company is on the hunt for a new top lawyer after its embattled chief legal officer announced he would leave next week. Experts say there are lessons others can learn as the tech giant hits the search button.

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Analysis

Breaking Down Michael Avenatti's Nike Extortion Trial

Once plastered all over cable news screens, Michael Avenatti will soon be making his first of several planned appearances before a different audience: federal jurors. The embattled attorney and former Trump sparring partner will be facing an uphill battle next week in New York as he fights charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

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Ex-Trump Counsel Battling Subpoena Says Clients Call Shots

Former White House counsel Don McGahn told a New Jersey audience Thursday that it’s the client, not the attorney, who decides if a lawyer will testify in a legal matter, giving insight into his fight to kill a subpoena connected to the impeachment trial underway.

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California Bar Mulls Licensing Nonlawyer Professionals

California State Bar leaders took another step Thursday toward opening up the regulation of legal services in the state, launching the assembly of a task force to explore a licensing scheme under which paraprofessionals would provide certain legal services and advice to consumers.

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Ground Rules For Live-Video Testimony Spelled Out In NJ

A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday said judges should consider the substance of witness testimony, among other factors, in deciding whether someone can testify via live video at a civil trial, ending at least eight years of uncertainty about the parameters of testimony permitted by the state Supreme Court but unaddressed in state court rules.

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Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Shaw Keller is a legal lion this week for helping Teva Pharmaceuticals score the earliest generic license for Allergan's Linzess, while The Bloom Firm landed among the legal lambs after a judge declined to sanction a billionaire after a trial on a former employee's sexual battery claims.

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Podcast

Law360's The Term: The Larger Battle In A Montana Tax Case

On this week’s episode of The Term podcast, we explain the arcane insult that Chief Justice John Roberts reintroduced on his first day — and night — overseeing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and then bring on a special guest to dissect the high-stakes arguments in a Montana tax case questioning church and state boundaries.

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