A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.
A Michigan federal judge has given early approval to a $3.1 million settlement that truck and equipment dealers struck with manufacturers Robert Bosch GmbH and three other companies, which would put to rest dealers' allegations of a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition in the auto parts industry.
A Michigan federal judge ruled Monday that Fiat Chrysler must face amended class claims that its employee evaluation policy disparately affected workers aged 55 and older, saying most of the allegations sufficiently linked the policy to older workers being denied promotions and bonuses, put on probation or fired.
The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of taxi companies' claims that Florida's Miami-Dade County violated the takings clause and equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution as a result of a 2016 ordinance legalizing ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.
A California federal judge on Tuesday gave the preliminary OK to a $1.05 million deal ending a suit alleging limo company BostonCoach denied a class of chauffeurs overtime and rest breaks in violation of California law.
Saying it’s the latest in pre-trial “gamesmanship” designed to “hamstring” their case, automobile dealerships and end payors suing auto parts makers for alleged price-fixing asked a federal judge in Michigan on Tuesday to reject KYB Corp. and Showa’s attempt to scrap an evidence-sharing timetable.
Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that consumers alleging it outfitted Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating devices are uncertifiable, as the automaker ratchets up its efforts to dismantle multidistrict litigation in California accusing it of fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations.
The former CEO of Navistar International Corp. urged an Illinois federal judge Monday not to allow seven heavy-duty engine manufacturers to intervene in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against him, saying their interests in protecting their compliance records with the Clean Air Act don’t require intervention.
The European Union has pledged to help financial services companies continue trading with Iran after rules designed to allow a wider range of European firms to bypass reimposed U.S. sanctions entered into force on Tuesday.
A California federal judge on Friday tossed a suit accusing the California Public Utilities Commission of creating a licensing scheme for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft that two drivers claimed was preempted by federal transportation law and violated their equal protection rights.
The San Diego airport authority has intervened in a case brought by Hertz and Enterprise against the city’s Port District, asking the Superior Court of California to invalidate a user fee on car rental companies, block the port from charging any additional fees on airport property and compel the port to return all fees collected on its property.
American Traffic Solutions Inc. urged a Florida federal court to toss a putative class action over convenience fees the company charged motorists who used credit cards to pay red-light tickets it processed for North Miami Beach, arguing the suit fails to state a viable claim.
A New York federal judge said Monday that Ford Motor Co. must face putative class allegations it failed to warn consumers of faulty door latches in its F-150 pickup trucks, saying a technical service bulletin that Ford circulated among dealerships may back claims that Ford knew of the defect.
Companies may be liable for failure to warn about the risks of asbestos-containing components or replacement parts in their products even if they did not build or distribute those parts, a New Jersey state appeals court said Monday in a published opinion reviving a product liability action against Ford Motor Co. and other businesses.
A Ninth Circuit panel was right to find that Seattle’s law letting for-hire drivers, like those from Uber, form quasi-unions is vulnerable to an antitrust challenge, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday in a brief urging the full court not to rethink a ruling reviving parts of the business group’s suit.
The Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran’s aircraft, automotive and metals sectors as it completes its exit from the Obama administration’s historic nuclear disarmament deal, vowing to apply “unprecedented” economic pressure on Tehran.
General Motors LLC and a group of vehicle owners sparred this week over what precedent GenOn Energy Inc.'s bankruptcy sets for GM's dispute over whether a class needs to be certified before a Chapter 11 settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits can be approved.
The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled JTEKT Corp. doesn't have standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding part of a patent that the auto parts maker has said poses a risk to its development of a drivetrain product.
Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday it has hired the vice chair of Covington & Burling LLP's securities and capital markets group to serve as an associate general counsel, bolstering its in-house legal team ahead of a highly anticipated initial public offering in 2019.
A New York federal judge on Thursday partly agreed to quash subpoenas Fiat Chrysler issued for documents and deposition testimony from two investigators for a certified class of investors alleging the automaker lied about using emissions-cheating devices in vehicles and complying with safety recalls.
While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.
Last week, in Martin v. Behr Dayton Thermal Products, the Sixth Circuit affirmed an Ohio federal court’s certification of a so-called “issue class” under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(4). The ruling may serve as persuasive authority for future toxic tort plaintiffs who seek to certify a class without establishing a defendant’s liability to any individual class member with common proof, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.
The recent focus on pay equity and employers’ pay practices has heightened the need to consider equal employment opportunity outcomes in performance ratings systems. Lisa Harpe and Sarah Gilbert of DCI Consulting Group discuss the current legal environment and proactive steps to examine performance ratings in the context of evaluating pay equity.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.