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  • October 3, 2018

    Emissions Crackdown Stretches To Small Auto Parts Makers

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal prosecutions of small businesses that make aftermarket auto components that increase vehicles’ pollution are a show of force that experts say clearly indicates it’s not just giants like Volkswagen that need to be careful about their products’ effects on air quality.

  • October 3, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Salvage Co. In Fire Suits, Pa. Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Co. must defend and indemnify vehicle salvage company Hebron Inc. in litigation over property damage stemming from a large fire at Hebron’s facility in 2014, reversing a lower court and holding that a policy exclusion for claims related to business activities doesn’t apply.

  • October 3, 2018

    SEC Enforcement Co-Head Sees Year-End Stats As Overrated

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement co-director Steve Peikin told an audience of government and defense lawyers in New York on Wednesday that focusing on enforcement numbers and penalty amounts can be "counterproductive," instead highlighting the nonmonetary aspects of recent cases.

  • October 3, 2018

    Car Dealer Data Co. Settles With Dealerships In Antitrust Case

    The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has reached a settlement agreement with a group of car dealerships over their claims in multidistrict litigation accusing the company of working with rival CDK Global LLC to monopolize the car dealership data market.

  • October 3, 2018

    British Automaker Aston Martin Snags £1.1B From IPO

    Luxury automaker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. on Wednesday priced its initial public offering below the midpoint of its range, setting its share price at £19 ($24.60), to bring in £1.08 billion for the British car company.

  • October 3, 2018

    Kirkland Steers GM In $2.75B Honda Autonomous Vehicle Deal

    General Motors Corp. on Wednesday said Honda Motor Co. will make a $2.75 billion investment in the company’s efforts to roll out autonomous vehicle technologies on a larger scale, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP guiding the U.S. automaker.

  • October 3, 2018

    US, China Still Sizing Each Other Up In WTO Tariff Dispute

    The United States and China are still in the preliminary phases of Beijing's World Trade Organization case against the Trump administration's tariffs, according to a WTO document published Wednesday that saw Washington eager to question Beijing's retaliatory duties.

  • October 2, 2018

    Concrete Co. Settles Crash Claims After $12M Verdict

    Silvi Concrete has joined Bridgestone in settling a woman’s claims that the companies are responsible for the dismemberment she and her infant daughter suffered in a car crash, days after a Pennsylvania jury hit Silvi with a $11.7 million compensatory damages verdict in the case, the woman’s attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Wells Fargo Auto Insurance Cleanup Not There Yet, Sens. Told

    The head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told senators Tuesday that his agency is working with Wells Fargo leadership on remediation for hundreds of thousands of customers who were forced to buy unnecessary auto insurance but is “not comfortable where we are with them.”

  • October 2, 2018

    Toyota Distributor Wants Out Of Defective HVAC Suit

    Southeast Toyota Distributors has asked a Florida federal judge to drop it from a proposed class action holding various entities of Toyota liable for selling Camrys with defective ventilation systems, as the regional distributor says it neither sold nor serviced the vehicles in question.

  • October 2, 2018

    Workers' Visa Fraud Suit Against Tesla Slashed

    A California federal judge has slashed most of a False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit alleging Tesla and others participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant and other automakers’ job sites.

  • October 2, 2018

    JB Hunt, Drivers Reach $15M Deal In Calif. Wage Suit

    J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. has struck a $15 million settlement with a recently decertified class of about 11,000 drivers to end a decadelong wage suit — a deal the parties told a California federal court Monday is a fair compromise given the likelihood the case would drag on for several more years.

  • October 2, 2018

    Biz Groups Back Uber In Philly Drivers' 3rd Circ. Appeal

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business told the Third Circuit on Monday that Uber drivers are nothing like the employees Congress sought to protect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, so the court should reject a group of Philadelphia drivers’ misclassification claims.

  • October 2, 2018

    Spam Text Suit Defendants Want Nationwide Claims Axed

    The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC jointly asked a Florida federal judge Monday to strike the nationwide class claims from a suit accusing the companies of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited advertising and telemarketing text messages using an autodialer.

  • October 1, 2018

    Musk Twitter Gaffe Shows Need For Stronger Board Oversight

    Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk and his company’s settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve accusations that Musk made misleading tweets regarding his plans to take Tesla private shows the need for company boards to enact stringent disclosure policies across all communications channels, according to legal experts.

  • October 1, 2018

    Justices Refuse To Hear Antitrust Claims Against Uber

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of the Philadelphia Taxi Association's case accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of anti-competitive pricing and alleging its drivers don't comply with the regulations imposed on taxis by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

  • October 1, 2018

    Ex-Uber Execs Must Give Google Confidential Diligence Docs

    A California state appeals court has ordered Uber Technologies Inc. to give Google LLC confidential due diligence reports compiled when the ride-hailing company bought a self-driving car startup, ruling Google may use the information in arbitration proceedings against two former executives accused of stealing trade secrets.

  • October 1, 2018

    Uber Rider's Suit Over Driver Assault Still Fails, Court Told

    Uber has told a Pennsylvania federal court it cannot be held liable in a New Jersey man's amended suit claiming the ride-hailing giant negligently hired a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him "for dead," saying the rider's legal theories still fail.

  • October 1, 2018

    Dollar Rent A Car Beats Class Action Over Toll Fees

    A Florida federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action alleging Dollar Rent A Car deceived consumers regarding an “administrative fee” for each electronic road toll incurred by drivers who opt not to buy a toll package at the start of their contract.

  • October 1, 2018

    What's New In NAFTA: A Law360 Cheat Sheet

    Thirteen months of often-fraught negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded with a marathon session late Sunday as the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to a series of sweeping updates to the 1994 trilateral accord. Here, Law360 fills you in on the changes you need to know about.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Brexit: Bracing For A No-Deal Scenario

    Ross Denton

    Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Peering Behind The Peer Review Curtain

    William Childs

    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals specified peer review as one criterion for evaluating scientific evidence. But not all peer review is created equal, and sometimes additional exploration — whether through discovery into your adversaries’ experts, or early investigation of your own potential experts — may make sense, says William Childs of Bowman and Brooke LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • 6 Tips For Drafting Autonomous Vehicle Contracts

    Jim Jordan

    During the past year, I have been tossed headfirst into the murky water of autonomous vehicle contract drafting, where no well-tested forms exist and negotiating parties often do not know what terms to request. But what is required more than anything is just old-fashioned, common-sense business lawyering, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.