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  • November 13, 2018

    Toyota Drivers Seek to Keep Distributor In Faulty HVAC Suit

    Drivers in a proposed class action have asserted in Florida federal court that Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC knew its cars had defective ventilation systems but said nothing, an act of omission that should keep it on the hook despite its attempts to get out of the case.

  • November 13, 2018

    Uber Board Wasn't Conflicted Before Otto Deal, Chancery Told

    Attorneys for Uber and its directors told a Delaware vice chancellor Tuesday that stockholders who challenged the company’s disastrous, $680 million deal to buy self-driving truck startup Ottomotto failed to show that company directors were too conflicted to assess failures and pursue damages.

  • November 13, 2018

    Top Securities Atty Ditches Tesla In The Wake Of SEC Deals

    One of Tesla Inc.'s top securities lawyers has left the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker, less than two months after Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $20 million apiece to resolve securities fraud claims.

  • November 13, 2018

    No Decision Yet On Keeping Nordam Ch. 11 Docs Under Seal

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge delayed a decision on a request by aviation company The Nordam Group Inc. to keep certain information in its Chapter 11 case, including compensation and benefits for senior managers, under seal, stating she will consider doing so pending confirmation of the plan.

  • November 13, 2018

    DC Circ. Asked To Nix Airlines' Suit Over Portland Airport Fees

    The Federal Aviation Administration asked the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to reject a suit from an airlines trade group challenging Portland International Airport’s use of airport revenue to pay off city utilities, saying the disputed charges are allowed since they count as airport “operating costs.”

  • November 13, 2018

    Hertz Say Consumer's Words Discredit Suit On Rental Fees

    The Hertz Corp. is asking an Illinois federal judge to end a proposed class action claiming the rental car company uses misleading names for some of its rental surcharges, saying the consumer has admitted she did not see the names used for the charges before she rented her car.

  • November 13, 2018

    EPA Rolls Out 'Cleaner Trucks' Initiative

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday announced a future rulemaking that will “further decrease” nitrogen oxide emissions for certain heavy-duty trucks and engines while promising to also ensure regulatory certainty for industry.

  • November 13, 2018

    Contractor Denied Win In Row With Afghan Ex-JV Partner

    A Tennessee federal court judge on Tuesday denied an American man’s bid for a quick win in a breach of contract suit brought against him by an Afghan national with whom he partnered on a joint venture in Afghanistan, saying there was insufficient proof the contract at issue was superseded by another agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-Grubhub Driver Asks 9th Circ. To Undo Contractor Ruling

    A former Grubhub Inc. driver asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reverse a finding that he’s an independent contractor and not an employee, insisting the worker classification standard set by the California Supreme Court's Dynamex ruling upended it.

  • November 13, 2018

    FERC Using Outdated Rate For Pipeline Fees, DC Circ. Hears

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission used outmoded data to compute the initial shipping rates for three major gas pipelines in the works, opening the door to overcharges down the road, two state utility regulators told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Jury Awards $260M After Man's Death In Crash

    A Texas jury has awarded $260 million over an accident in which a man was killed when his van ran into the side of a tractor-trailer positioned across all four lanes of a highway, according to the victim's parents' lawyers.

  • November 13, 2018

    VW Investors Challenge Bid To Toss Antitrust Stock-Drop Suit

    Volkswagen AG shareholders have pushed back against the carmaker's bid to escape antitrust and securities fraud charges in a proposed class action, telling a New York federal court that they properly backed their argument that the German automaker engaged in illegal conduct.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Reject Southwest Worker's FMLA Retaliation Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from a former Southwest Airlines worker who said colleagues were upset he took federally protected medical leave and got him fired by concocting claims that he threatened to bring a gun to work.

  • November 13, 2018

    JetBlue Upgrades Atty To General Counsel Seat

    JetBlue Airways Corp. has appointed an in-house attorney as its next general counsel and corporate secretary, the company announced Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Amazon Unveils $5B Plan For NY, Va. Headquarters

    Amazon Inc. said on Tuesday that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters, laying out a plan that would see the e-commerce giant invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 full-time jobs across the two locations.

  • November 13, 2018

    Japan Cries Foul On S. Korean Shipbuilding Support At WTO

    The Japanese government has filed a new World Trade Organization case against South Korea, asserting that Seoul has been illegally propping up its shipbuilding sector with subsidies and other financial support, according to a WTO document published Tuesday.

  • November 9, 2018

    What To Know After Court Dumps Keystone XL Approval

    A Montana federal judge on Thursday vacated the presidential, cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and halted work on the controversial project until the U.S. Department of State crafts an environmental review that complies with federal law, casting fresh doubt on the project's future. Here are four key takeaways from the court's ruling.

  • November 9, 2018

    VW Slams Drivers' Bid To Revive Suspension Defect Claims

    Volkswagen said Friday that a Florida federal judge properly dismissed multiple counts from a proposed consumer class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects, so there’s no need to grant consumers’ motion to revisit the ruling. 

  • November 9, 2018

    Tesla's $55B Musk Pay Deal Unfair, Investor Tells Chancery

    A 10-year Tesla compensation plan offering founder and CEO Elon Musk as much as $55.8 billion cannot avoid Delaware Chancery Court’s tough entire fairness review standards, despite director claims that more-permissive standards apply, an investor who challenged the deal argued Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    MTC Urges Supreme Court To Take Ala. Railroad Tax Case

    The Multistate Tax Commission on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a more than decadelong dispute between a transportation company and the Alabama Department of Revenue by taking a case involving an exemption for water carriers from sales and use tax on fuel.

Expert Analysis

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Evaluating Obesity As An Impairment At Wash. High Court

    Tina Tellado

    The Washington Supreme Court's eventual decision in Taylor v. Burlington Railroad Holdings is likely to have far-reaching effects that will inform how employers and employees approach weight-based discrimination issues in the workplace and during the prehiring process, say Tina Tellado and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • 2 Possible High Court Approaches To Tribe Tax Dispute

    Catherine Munson

    Based on last week's oral arguments in Washington v. Cougar Den, it's likely that the outcome will turn on whether the U.S. Supreme Court considers Washington's fuel tax to be on the possession of fuel, or on the Yakama Nation's importation of fuel, say Catherine Munson and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • San Francisco Starts Down Road To Autonomous Vehicle Tax

    Benjamin Ebbink

    California Assembly Bill 1184, passed in September, authorizes a new tax on privately owned autonomous vehicles. This is likely the first of many pieces of similar legislation across the nation as policymakers grapple with the impact of automated technology on the economy and the job market, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher & Phillips LLP.