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  • July 30, 2021

    Texas Can Intervene In Fla. Challenge To CDC's Cruise Rules

    A federal judge has granted Texas' bid to intervene in Florida's challenge to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's pandemic restrictions on cruise ships, saying it can join the suit based on its claims of suffering financial injuries due to the CDC regulations.

  • July 30, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: DR Horton, MySales, Merchants Capital

    D.R. Horton is reportedly hoping to build 280 townhomes and 97 single-family homes in Florida, MySales is said to have dropped $25 million on a Queens, New York, industrial property, and Merchants Capital has reportedly loaned $13.8 million for a Florida affordable housing complex.

  • July 30, 2021

    5th Circ. Says Boeing Can Shield Some Docs In Max RICO Suit

    The Fifth Circuit said Thursday that Boeing cannot be forced to hand over certain documents that the aerospace giant claimed were protected by attorney-client privilege in a proposed class action accusing Boeing of colluding with Southwest Airlines to keep unsafe 737 Max 8 jets in the air.

  • July 30, 2021

    TC Energy Can't Kill Suit Over Nixed Keystone XL Pipeline

    The fight over the now-defunct Keystone XL pipeline isn't over just because the project's developer has thrown in the towel, a Montana federal judge said Friday in an order denying a motion to dismiss.

  • July 30, 2021

    5th Circ. Nixes Suit Against Railway Co. Over Severed Fingers

    The Fifth Circuit has thrown out claims by a railroad worker against Norfolk Southern Railway Co. over an accident in which he lost three fingers while working at a Norfolk facility, saying he hasn't shown that the company was his employer.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Sends LATAM Plane Deal Dispute To Mediation

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday delayed ruling on a request by LATAM Airlines creditors for permission to sue two major shareholders over a pair of canceled aircraft deals, saying the parties should take the dispute to mediation first.

  • July 30, 2021

    Mass. Dealerships Say Volvo Shorts Them On Service Pay

    A pair of Massachusetts Volvo dealers Thursday accused the Swedish automaker of underpaying them for maintenance they perform under prepaid service plans in violation of a Bay State law designed to level the playing field between dealerships and powerful manufacturers.

  • July 30, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. sue an Indian bank, eight insurers go after British construction giant John Wood, and Visa and MasterCard face new competition claims. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims filed in the U.K.

  • July 29, 2021

    ​​​​​Garland Tears Into 'Unlawful' Texas Migrant Transport Order

    Attorney General Merrick Garland signaled Thursday that the government is prepared to sue Texas after the state's Gov. Greg Abbott issued an "unlawful" executive order restricting transportation of migrants at the southern border as COVID-19 cases begin to soar.

  • July 29, 2021

    Law360's Tort Report: Missouri's Med Mal Cap Stays Put

    A $74 million jury verdict in a suit over a Kentucky motorist's death and a Missouri Supreme Court decision to keep intact the state's cap on certain medical malpractice damages lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • July 29, 2021

    Tesla Inks $1.5M Deal Ending Spat Over Battery Safety Update

    Tesla has agreed to pay $1.5 million to over 1,700 Model S owners and lessees to settle a proposed class action claiming a software update intended to reduce the risk of battery fires also reduces the range of the vehicles, according to a proposed deal filed in California federal court.

  • July 29, 2021

    Crypto Industry Balks At Infrastructure Deal's Tax Measures

    Industry groups are pushing back against proposals to ramp up cryptocurrency reporting and tax enforcement measures to help pay for the White House's $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, arguing that the measures will have unintended consequences across the digital asset ecosystem.

  • July 29, 2021

    House Approves $19B Boost For DOT Budget

    The U.S. Department of Transportation could see its budget bumped up to $105.7 billion to expand safety programs and fund highway, rail, transit and climate-focused infrastructure projects as part of a sprawling spending package the U.S. House of Representatives approved Thursday.

  • July 29, 2021

    Ex-MSC Cruises Crewman Fights Arbitration In Injury Suit

    A former crewman on an MSC Cruises vessel who claims the ship's doctor ignored his kidney condition has told a Florida federal judge that he shouldn't have to go to arbitration, saying conflicting dispute-resolution clauses in his employment and collective bargaining agreements cancel each other out.

  • July 29, 2021

    Full 9th Circ. Won't Hear Challenge To Wash. Sick Leave Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday declined to reconsider a ruling allowing Washington state to enforce its sick leave law against airlines, rejecting an air industry lobbying group's last-ditch effort to get the court to find that federal law trumped the state statute.

  • July 29, 2021

    Travel Site Owner Drops JetBlue Antitrust Suit

    The company behind travel site CheapOair asked a New York federal court to drop its suit accusing JetBlue Airways of blocking access to its flight information in an effort to reduce competition for air fares.

  • July 29, 2021

    Air Taxi Startup Lowers Enterprise Value Of SPAC Deal By $1B

    Archer Aviation and special purpose acquisition company Atlas Crest said Thursday that they were slicing the enterprise value of their merger by $1 billion, in a move that comes as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to ensure SPAC deals are being adequately regulated.

  • July 29, 2021

    Skanska Must Face Joint Venture Partner's Fiduciary Claims

    The leader of a joint venture constructing a $2.3 billion highway project in Florida can't escape claims it breached its fiduciary duty to its partner in part because it failed to offer evidence to back up its arguments, a Florida federal judge found Thursday.

  • July 29, 2021

    4 Areas EPA Could Expand With House's 23% Budget Boost

    With the House approving its biggest budget boost in a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is potentially poised to go on a hiring spree, increase its funding for programs at the state and tribal level, ramp up enforcement efforts and expand its commitment to environmental justice issues.

  • July 29, 2021

    FedEx, Others Must Give IRS Panama Offshore Account Info

    A federal judge will allow the IRS to obtain from couriers and financial institutions, including FedEx and Bank of America, records of individuals who may have used Panamanian offshore service providers to hide assets, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

  • July 29, 2021

    Battery Maker Clarios Delays $1.7B IPO, Citing 'Volatility'

    Vehicle battery manufacturer Clarios on Thursday delayed its $1.67 billion initial public offering due to "market volatility," roughly a week after starting its roadshow.

  • July 29, 2021

    Energy Cos. Expand Arguments For RI Climate Suit Removal

    Major energy companies targeted in a Rhode Island climate change liability suit have expanded their arguments before the First Circuit that the case belongs in federal court, months after the Supreme Court breathed new life into their effort to stay out of state court.

  • July 29, 2021

    Nikola Founder Charged In NY With Lying To Raise Billions

    The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office unveiled fraud charges against Nikola Corp. founder and onetime chairman Trevor Milton on Thursday, accusing him of lying to investors about his company's ability to build an electric- and hydrogen-powered truck, dubbed the Badger, and unlawfully raising billions of dollars.

  • July 28, 2021

    Biden To Create Cybersecurity 'Goals' For Critical Sectors

    President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered federal agencies to create cybersecurity "performance goals" for the energy, water and chemical industries in a bid to boost defense standards within critical infrastructure months after a cyberattack hit one of the nation's largest fuel pipelines.

  • July 28, 2021

    Senate Votes To Debate $1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

    The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to move forward with debate on an estimated $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal after a bipartisan group of senators reached a deal earlier in the day on major outstanding issues in a scramble to finalize legislation comprising key parts of President Joe Biden's economic agenda.

Expert Analysis

  • White House Vision For Carbon Capture Faces Obstacles

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    A recent White House Council on Environmental Quality report suggests policies that could bolster carbon capture and storage projects in the U.S., but federal and state regulators and the private sector will face red tape, environmental justice concerns and other challenges in expanding CCS infrastructure, say Ethan Shenkman and Sarah Grey at Arnold & Porter.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • 6 Ways To Excise Xinjiang Forced Labor From Supply Chains

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    As the U.S. increases scrutiny of China's Xinjiang province and considers legislation to bar all goods produced, mined or manufactured there unless the importer can prove the absence of forced labor, importers can take steps to ensure supply chain compliance, say Rachel Alpert and Grace Signorelli-Cassady at Jenner & Block.

  • Green Investments Are Not Immune To ESG Scrutiny

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    As investment informed and motivated by environmental, social and governance considerations accelerates, companies and investors in the green technology sector must keep in mind that regulators, consumers and communities will not grant them free passes on the full range of ESG concerns, say Michael Murphy and Kyle Guest at Gibson Dunn.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Methane Rule Changes Add Complexity For Oil And Gas Cos.

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    President Joe Biden's recent move to reinstitute regulation of methane under the federal New Source Performance Standards, thus rolling back changes made by the prior administration, creates additional compliance challenges for oil and gas transportation and storage companies, say Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton at Bracewell.

  • Opinion

    Florida's Vaccine Query Ban Threatens Economy, Free Speech

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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' attempts to ban private businesses, including cruise lines, from asking customers if they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 is hurting the Sunshine State's economic recovery, and may violate the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause and the First Amendment, says David Singer at David W. Singer & Associates.

  • Recent SPAC Settlement Signals SEC Enforcement Wave

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent settlement with special purpose acquisition company Stable Road — and its sponsor, CEO and proposed merger target — over false representations to investors illustrates the agency's heightened focus on policing SPAC transactions and should prompt participants to ensure adequate due diligence, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • Gov't Contractor Input Vital After Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    The Office of Management and Budget's upcoming recommendations for improving U.S. cybersecurity defenses, following President Joe Biden's recent executive order, could create burdensome obligations for government contractors, so it's important for the government to actively engage with the industry during the rulemaking process, say executives at Leidos.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Justices' Biofuel Exemption Ruling Boosts Small Refineries

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining v. Renewable Fuels Association, enabling the revival of lapsed exemptions from biofuel requirements under the Clean Air Act, gives small oil refineries added flexibility, says Scott Press at Goldberg Segalla.

  • 4 Steps To Creating Successful Dual-Branded Hotel Projects

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    Developers can maximize revenue by putting two hotels on one property, but the dual-branded hotel business presents both benefits and challenges, and requires strict attention to brand choice and standards, design, and franchise agreements, says Robert Braun at Jeffer Mangels.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

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