Transportation

  • November 21, 2019

    Judge Kills Oil Industry Group's Calif. Oil Spill Claims

    A California federal judge said a group of individuals and businesses in the oil industry didn't have the required "special relationship" with Plains All American Pipeline LP that would allow them to pursue negligence claims against the company stemming from a 2015 oil spill.

  • November 21, 2019

    FERC's Glick Says Pipeline OK Has Whiff Of A 'Rubber Stamp'

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday refused to reconsider its approval for a gas pipeline in Illinois and Missouri, a decision that Commissioner Richard Glick said justifies criticism that the agency acts as a “rubber stamp” for gas projects.

  • November 21, 2019

    10 Firms Vie For Lead Status In Ford Fuel Economy MDL

    Consumers represented by Hagens Berman, Lieff Cabraser, The Miller Law Firm and others are jockeying for lead status in consolidated multidistrict litigation in Michigan alleging Ford overhyped the fuel economy of its F-150 and Ranger pickup trucks.

  • November 21, 2019

    2nd Circ. Says Teamsters Must Arbitrate Airline CBA Fight

    The question of whether the merger of Atlas Air Inc. and Southern Air Inc. means their Teamster-represented pilots must negotiate a joint contract with the combined company should be decided in arbitration, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday, rejecting the union's argument that the dispute belongs before a federal mediation board. 

  • November 21, 2019

    German Auto Giants Hit With €100M Fine For Steel-Buying Plot

    German auto giants BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler formed a cartel to negotiate better prices from steel manufacturers and are getting slapped with €100 million ($110.6 million) in fines because of it, the country’s antitrust watchdog said Thursday.

  • November 21, 2019

    Shipping Co. Buys Mobile Power Plant Lessor In $750M Deal

    Shipping company Seaspan Corp. said Thursday it has acquired mobile gas turbine lessor APR Energy in an all-stock deal worth $750 million including debt.

  • November 21, 2019

    Drone Maker Strikes $1M Deal To End Trade Violation Claims

    A California-based manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems will pay the U.S. Department of State $1 million to end allegations that it illegally exported military equipment in violation of international trade law and regulations, the company announced Thursday.

  • November 21, 2019

    RI Climate Suit Is No State Court Matter, 1st Circ. Told

    A Rhode Island suit seeking to hold 21 fossil fuel companies responsible for the effects of climate change belongs in federal court, the companies told the First Circuit on Wednesday, arguing the nation’s interests are not best served by allowing each state to apply its own laws.

  • November 21, 2019

    NY Ride-Hailing Co. Secures $1M In Ch. 11 Financing

    Bankrupt ride-hailing service Juno USA LP received permission Thursday from a Delaware judge to access $1 million in post-petition financing as it pursues a wind-down of its American operations.

  • November 20, 2019

    UAW President Resigns After Union Moves To Oust Him

    The president of the United Automobile Workers, Gary Jones, resigned on Wednesday after the union moved to oust him from his post amid a bribery and accounting scandal, according to an attorney for the ex-labor leader.

  • November 20, 2019

    FCC's 5.9 GHz Plan Leaves Auto Industry Details Hanging

    The Federal Communications Commission's new plan to introduce Wi-Fi and unlicensed mobile devices into a spectrum band previously dedicated to car safety uses is a win for the wireless industries, but opponents in the auto industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation aren't ready to concede defeat.

  • November 20, 2019

    Pot, Ride-Hailing Taxes Advanced By Chicago City Council

    Plans for increased fees for ride-hailing companies, increased taxes on cloud computing and real estate and new taxes on cannabis in Chicago were advanced Wednesday by the City Council, teeing up the budget package for a final vote next week.

  • November 20, 2019

    EPA Says Regulation Of 'Forever Chemicals' Coming Soon

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it will soon move toward regulating two substances that belong to the family of "forever chemicals" that has sparked waves of litigation across the country.

  • November 20, 2019

    $12.4M NYC Bus Crash Award Slashed On Appeal

    A New York appellate court on Wednesday cut a $12.4 million jury verdict to $3.6 million in a suit accusing a New York City Transit Authority bus of negligently hitting a motorist and causing his spinal cord injuries, saying an award for pain and suffering was too high.

  • November 20, 2019

    TPG Co. Drops $71.3M On Atlanta-Area Business Park

    A company owned by TPG Real Estate has purchased a 981,720-square-foot industrial and business park in Georgia from Sperry Equities for $71.25 million, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Sperry’s broker Jones Lang LaSalle.

  • November 20, 2019

    Kyrgyzstan, Construction Biz Fight Over $25M Bill For Road

    The Kyrgyz Republic and a Turkish construction company have teed up in a D.C. federal court to decide how a $25 million bill the country’s transportation ministry ran up should be paid, a month after a federal judge approved the award.

  • November 20, 2019

    Pembina Gets Antitrust OK For $3.3B Kinder Morgan Unit Buy

    Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc. said Wednesday that Canadian antitrust regulators have cleared Pembina's proposed CA$4.35 billion ($3.28 billion) purchase of Kinder Morgan Canada and part of Kinder Morgan's Cochin pipeline, bringing the deal one step closer to completion.

  • November 20, 2019

    IP Fight Over Tire Repair Kit Settles Before Trial Redo

    TEK Global and Sealant Systems International have reached a settlement in their long-running fight over a patent on tire repair kits sold to General Motors and others, just months after the Federal Circuit ordered a new trial on the validity of TEK's patent.

  • November 20, 2019

    GM Hits Fiat Chrysler With RICO Suit Over UAW Bribes

    General Motors has accused Fiat Chrysler of bribing senior auto workers’ union officials for a decade to corrupt the collective bargaining process, bolster its own negotiating power and disadvantage rival carmakers like GM, according to a bombshell Michigan federal court suit filed Wednesday.

  • November 19, 2019

    Biz Groups Want Tariff Reform Bill To Erase Metal Duties

    As Congress works on a bill to curb the White House's authority to impose national security tariffs, a collection of business groups on Tuesday pressed for the legislation to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminium the Trump administration has already put in place.

  • November 19, 2019

    Boustani Denies Bribes, Says He 'Tangoed' With Mozambicans

    Privinvest Group executive Jean Boustani readily acknowledged at his fraud and money laundering trial Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court that he arranged to pay a Mozambican agent and a Credit Suisse banker millions, but declined to call them bribes or kickbacks.

  • November 19, 2019

    NY Ride-Hailing Co. Files For Ch. 11, Shuts Down Operations

    New York-based ride-hailing company Juno USA LP filed for Chapter 11 protection Tuesday, less than 24 hours after it shut down its operations and blamed new, burdensome regulations imposed by New York City for its financial troubles.

  • November 19, 2019

    Pilot Can Sue Bankrupt OneJet Over Nauseating Jet Exhaust

    The federal bankruptcy court overseeing the dissolution of defunct airline OneJet gave the go-ahead Monday for an ex-pilot to sue the company over alleged maintenance issues that he said caused two jets' cabins to fill with sickening exhaust and carbon monoxide.

  • November 19, 2019

    Pizza Hut Ignored 'No Delivery' List, Robbed Driver Claims

    A Pizza Hut delivery man who says he was beaten and robbed after his employers ignored a "do not deliver" list has sued parent company Yum Brands Inc. and a Mississippi franchise in federal court.

  • November 19, 2019

    Ex-Executives Ran JFK Airport Bribery Scheme, NY AG Says

    A former British Airways executive and the former chief of an airport ground-services company were indicted on bribery and money laundering charges over an alleged kickbacks-for-contracts scheme at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York State Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Ways US Cos. Can Take Advantage Of Tariff Exclusions

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    As the U.S. and China continue their protracted negotiations over trade agreements, there are actions U.S. businesses can take today in an effort to mitigate damages arising out of the latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports, says Katie Roskam at Varnum Riddering.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling May Affect Eligibility Of Life Sciences Patents

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    In view of the Federal Circuit's recent decision in American Axle v. Neapco and the turbulent state of Section 101 case law generally, to increase their odds of patent eligibility, applicants in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical industries should claim their inventions at various levels of detail, say David Ludwig and Ted Mathias of Axinn.

  • Okla.'s New Facility Audit Law Offers Limited Protections

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    Oklahoma's new Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act is designed to encourage voluntary compliance with environmental and occupational health and safety laws, but businesses should understand the limited scope of the immunity and privilege it offers, say Ashlyn Smith and Jake Krattiger of GableGotwals.

  • FAA Efforts Aim To Reduce Drone Jurisdictional Disputes

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    Local and state laws concerning drones are widespread, but so, too, are confusion and disagreement over the extent of federal jurisdiction in this area. The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming remote identification rules may help resolve some of these conflicts, says Mark Dombroff of Fox Rothschild.

  • How To Hire Lateral Partners More Effectively

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    Although lateral partner hiring is the preferred method of inorganic growth among law firms, the traditional approach to vetting does not employ sufficient due diligence by the hiring firm, says Michael Ellenhorn at executive search firm Decipher Competitive Intelligence.

  • France Pollution Verdict Increases Business Litigation Risk

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling against France for excessive carbon dioxide pollution shows that European authorities will strictly interpret environmental legislation, which could invite increased litigation against businesses, says Sylvie Gallage-Alwis of Signature Litigation.

  • Aviation Watch: No Winners In Boeing-Airbus Trade Feud

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    Recently announced U.S. tariffs against a range of European products are just the latest negative consequence of a 15-year trade dispute centering on subsidies to Boeing and Airbus — a conflict that has proven disastrous for all involved, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • What To Know Before Moving Your Supply Chain Out Of China

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    U.S. companies moving their supply chains to avoid Chinese tariffs should be aware of the complexities of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol country-of-origin determinations and the scope of U.S. Department of Commerce authority to impose tariffs on Chinese goods that originate outside of China, say attorneys at Covington.

  • 7th Circ. Rulings Clarify ADA Obesity Standard For Employers

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    While the Seventh Circuit’s recent Americans with Disabilities Act decisions in Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority and Shell v. BNSF Railway make clear employers may consider weight when evaluating a worker’s fitness for a position, they don't provide free rein to make hiring decisions based on obesity, say Jennifer Froehlich and Andrew Fiske at Holland & Knight.

  • Texas Could Take Page From Mass.'s Judicial Selection Book

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    As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McKeown Reviews 'Conversations With RBG'

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    Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.

  • How Pipeline Cos. Should Respond To EPA Pigging Alert

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently took aim at air emissions from "pigging," a natural gas pipeline maintenance procedure. Midstream oil and gas operators must balance the need for internal emissions reviews and the legal and compliance issues they can produce, says David McSweeney of Hunton.

  • Opinion

    In A Trade War, Everyone Loses

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    While some countries may temporarily benefit from bilateral trade disputes, in the long term, the Trump administration's protectionist strategy puts at risk the enormous achievements of the last decades, both in the U.S. and globally, says Anahita Thoms at Baker McKenzie.

  • Aviation Sector Must Confront Airport Cyber Risks

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    While attempts to hack planes and airline databases have grabbed the headlines, aviation industry members and their insurers must also focus on the numerous serious cyber vulnerabilities presented by airports, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Can Business Conduct Establish A Partnership In Texas?

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    After hearing arguments last month, the Texas Supreme Court is poised to decide whether Energy Transfer Partners and Enterprise Products Partners entered into a partnership based on their conduct and statements. The case emphasizes the need to draft preliminary agreements carefully, says Ladd Hirsch of Winstead.