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  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Question Could Affect Calif. Prevailing Wage Law

    California's prevailing wage law could be expanded or narrowed, depending on how the state's highest court may rule on a question about the payment of workers who transport machinery to and from public construction projects, the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Religious Bias Suit OK'd Over Pfizer's Iffy Arbitration Policy

    Pfizer Inc. can’t enforce an arbitration clause that it never made its employees explicitly agree to, a New Jersey appeals court said Wednesday, clearing a former corporate flight attendant to sue for religious discrimination.

  • January 16, 2019

    Panasonic Avionics Hires New GC Following Corruption Probe

    Panasonic Avionics Corp. has tapped Kimberly Chainey as general counsel after a turbulent, five-year-long government investigation and settlement over alleged corrupt practices relating to foreign government-owned airlines, the in-flight entertainment and communications company announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Schleich, Siemens-Alstom, Salesforce

    Ardian is planning to sell German toymaker Schleich, Siemens and Alstom are mulling bolstering their assets being sold as part of a bid to win European regulators’ approval of their €15 billion proposed rail merger, and Salesforce.com is discussing a deal to snap up ClickSoftware Technologies.

  • January 16, 2019

    High Court Urged To Keep Standing Limits On PTAB Appeals

    Auto parts maker JTEKT Corp. does not have constitutional standing to bring its case challenging rival GKN Automotive Ltd.'s favorable decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board up to the federal courts as the Japanese company would not be injured by the patent, GKN said in its U.S. Supreme Court brief.

  • January 16, 2019

    Lyft Shakes TCPA Suit Over Autodialed Texts For Now

    A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed an amended complaint claiming that Lyft Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unwanted text messages to prospective customers, but said the suit could be amended again in the next 30 days.

  • January 16, 2019

    EU Top Court Reverses Watchdog's Block Of UPS-TNT Merger

    Europe's highest court on Wednesday upheld a lower court order annulling the European Commission's decision to block United Parcel Service Inc.'s failed $6.8 billion merger with Dutch delivery service TNT Express NV.

  • January 16, 2019

    Virgin America Flight Attendants Win $77M In Wage Suit

    A California federal judge awarded $77 million to a class of flight attendants Wednesday after earlier finding that Virgin America Inc. failed to pay for hours worked and shorted their overtime pay, reducing the workers' requested payout by $8 million.

  • January 16, 2019

    Relaxed Rules Offer Little Clarity On Expanded Drone Flights

    The Federal Aviation Administration's loosening of restrictions on certain drone flights won't spur more drones to take to the skies until regulators draft additional rules to track and identify unmanned aircraft, ensuring the regulatory landscape will remain murky as technology continues to outpace the legal landscape, experts say.

  • January 16, 2019

    No Winner, No Loser In Steamboat Trademark Row

    Two boat companies that had fought for years over claims they infringed each other's trademarks found out from a Delaware federal jury Wednesday that their entire fight was for nothing — no one's trademarks were infringed at all. 

  • January 16, 2019

    VW Says Pre-Scandal Car Sellers Have Yet To Show Injury

    Volkswagen AG told a California federal judge that drivers who sold their diesel vehicles before news of the automaker’s massive emissions-cheating scandal broke did not suffer any financial loss and still have not put forth a viable claim for damages linked to the scandal.

  • January 16, 2019

    NY Judge Halts Arbitration Between Shipping Co., Fuel Trader

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ordered a United Arab Emirates marine fuel oil trader to halt arbitration against a Chinese shipping company following a $1.8 million dispute over a fuel delivery, relying on a series of rulings in Singapore concluding there was no arbitration agreement between the parties.

  • January 16, 2019

    EU Veto Of Siemens-Alstom Deal Would Be A Mistake: France

    France's official government spokesperson told reporters Wednesday that the European Commission would be making an economic and political misstep if it blocked Siemens AG and Alstom SA's high-speed railway tie-up.

  • January 16, 2019

    DSV Makes $4B Bid For Swedish Supply Chain Co. Panalpina

    Danish transportation and logistics company DSV A/S on Wednesday confirmed it made a nearly 4.04 billion Swiss franc ($4.08 billion) offer to buy Panalpina after the Swiss supply chain company earlier in the day disclosed the unsolicited offer.

  • January 16, 2019

    Wheeler 'Almost As Extreme' As Former EPA Head, Dem Says

    Senate Democrats harshly criticized acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler for his stances on climate change, auto emissions, mercury pollution standards and other issues at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, with one senator saying the positions "appear to be almost as extreme as his predecessor's."

  • January 16, 2019

    Venezuela Challenges Colombian Fuel Import Rules In WTO

    Venezuela has initiated a dispute in the World Trade Organization that claims Colombia has limited the distribution of imported fuel and given Colombian domestic producers an unfair advantage in violation of global trade accords.

  • January 15, 2019

    Transpo Worker Ruling A Rare Blow To Arbitration Pacts

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Tuesday ruling that transportation workers, regardless of whether they're employees or independent contractors, are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act chipped at the shield some employers have long relied on to insulate themselves from legal attacks, experts say.

  • January 15, 2019

    Drivers At Fault For Their Own Stalled Arbitrations, Uber Says

    Uber told a California federal judge on Monday that drivers requesting an order to force the ride-hailing company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations over a classification dispute are impeding their own progress by seeking the order in federal court and refusing to pay their filing fees.

  • January 15, 2019

    4th Circ. Backs Va. Water Permit For $5B Pipeline

    A Fourth Circuit panel has rejected a petition by a coalition of environmental groups that challenged Virginia’s decision to issue a Clean Water Act certification for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline, saying the state did not act arbitrarily and ignore the project’s risks.

  • January 15, 2019

    Senate Tax Panel Head Open To Renewing Credits For 1 Year

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee told reporters Tuesday that he would be open to retroactively renewing expired tax credits that were included in legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives for a one-year period.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Standing For IPR Appeals

    Charles Macedo

    The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to review the Federal Circuit’s standing jurisprudence in JTEKT v. GKN, and confirm a “dissatisfied” petitioner’s right to challenge an inter partes review decision, as set forth by Congress, say attorneys with Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • A Small Crack In High Court's Pro-Employer FAA Absolutism

    Scott Oswald

    Lately it’s become reasonable to ask: Is there any arbitration provision — however lopsided and unfair — that the U.S. Supreme Court won’t deem enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act? Thanks to Tuesday's decision in New Prime v. Oliveira, the answer is finally yes, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • What To Expect In Environmental Law In 2019

    Forrest Smith

    From a business perspective, the environmental law developments that are likely to have the most immediate domestic consequences in the coming year are air- and water-related litigation and regulations, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Automotive Tech In 2018: Legal Trends And Developments

    David Cavanaugh

    The legal landscape for the automotive sector continued its evolution in 2018 with the development of new technology becoming a focal point for litigation, patenting and regulation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Grapple With Proliferation Of E-Scooters

    David Royse

    As state legislators return to session this year, many face a new issue: the explosion of e-scooters on city streets. Municipal officials scrambling to evaluate the legality of the rental scooters are seeking policy guidance at the state level, says David Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.