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  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 23, 2018

    Another UAW Exec Takes Plea Deal In FCA Corruption Case

    Another defendant in the federal case against officials from the United Automobile Workers and Fiat Chrysler pled guilty to a conspiracy charge in Michigan federal court on Monday and may face more than a year behind bars under the terms of her plea deal.

  • July 23, 2018

    GM Seeks Toss Of Ignition Bellwether Suits

    General Motors LLC on Friday asked the New York federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation pertaining to allegedly defective ignition switches to nix bellwether suits brought by drivers in California, Missouri and Texas, saying they have not demonstrated economic harm from the alleged defect.

  • July 23, 2018

    Texas Jury Awards Rain-X Maker $1.3M In False Ad Row

    A panel of jurors in federal court in Houston on Monday afternoon found that Rust-Oleum Corp. had put out false advertisements in its bid to market its car windshield water-repellent product against leading competitor Rain-X, returning with a $1.3 million verdict in favor of Rain-X's maker, Illinois Tool Works.

  • July 23, 2018

    Calif. Auto Dealer Charged with Bank Fraud, ID Theft

    A car dealership owner pled not guilty in California federal court to a nine-count indictment alleging he defrauded banks in a scheme that involved at least 48 vehicles and more than $2 million in stolen funds and goods, prosecutors said.

  • July 23, 2018

    Man's Internship Not Enough To Nix Disability Benefits Bid

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Monday reversed a Michigan federal judge’s decision to deny a paralyzed man retroactive Social Security disability benefits because he worked a paid summer internship when he was 22, saying the judge’s decision relied on a more rigid legal framework than the law requires.

  • July 23, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Defeats Ex-Worker's Bias Suit At 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit has affirmed an early win for Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit from a former employee alleging he was subjected to discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment because of a disability in violation of federal and state law.

  • July 23, 2018

    Tesla Salespeople Defend $1M Deal In OT Fight

    Former Tesla Inc. salespeople asked a California federal judge Saturday to sign off on a $1 million deal to end their proposed class action alleging the electric-car maker denied them proper overtime and meal and rest breaks, saying they've addressed the judge's concerns about the deal.

  • July 23, 2018

    Is The Grass Greener On The Solo Side?

    Long hours. Financial stress. Unpredictable clients. These lawyers say they've found their calling.

  • July 23, 2018

    Kia Wants 9th Circ. To End Allstate's 'Drivewise' TM Suit

    Kia is pressing the Ninth Circuit to reject a lawsuit that claims the automaker’s “Drive Wise” brand infringed Allstate’s “Drivewise” trademark, calling the insurer’s appeal “an extended struggle” against the facts of the case.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Truckers Fight Calif.'s New Independent Contractor Standard

    A nonprofit trade association representing some 6,000 trucking operators has filed suit in California federal court asking a judge to find that federal law supersedes a recent landmark state Supreme Court ruling redefining employees versus contractors that some observers say could devastate the industry.

  • July 20, 2018

    Texas Court Limits Info Toyota Must Disclose In Seats Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday ordered a trial court to dial back its overbroad discovery order against Toyota in a suit launched by the parents of two children who were injured by front seats in a Lexus that collapsed backward in a rear-end collision.

  • July 20, 2018

    11 Firms To Steer IPOs Topping $3B In Busy Summer Stretch

    Eleven firms will steer initial public offerings by 11 companies that are projected to raise more than $3.3 billion during the week of July 23, led by an estimated $1.5 billion offering from a Chinese e-commerce giant, potentially setting up a furious finish for the month.

  • July 20, 2018

    Baltimore Sues Chevron, Others Over Climate Change

    The city of Baltimore on Friday added its name to a growing list of local governments that have filed suit against Chevron, BP and a slew of other energy companies accusing them of contributing to climate change that is causing sea level rise, extreme weather and other problems of concern to a city with 60 miles of waterfront.

  • July 20, 2018

    Atty DQ'ed Over Presuit Talks In Allstate Insurance Fight

    A Montana federal judge ruled Thursday that the attorney for a woman in a car insurance dispute with Allstate could not serve as trial counsel due to his presuit communications with the insurance company, finding the attorney may have to testify over information he provided about his client’s demands.

  • July 20, 2018

    NHTSA Probes Alleged Stalling, Overheating Of Ford Escapes

    Documents posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website on Friday state that the agency has opened an investigation into complaints that some 2013 model Ford Escapes are overheating and suddenly losing power at highway speeds.

  • July 20, 2018

    Steel Importers Ask CIT For Quick End To Trump's Tariffs

    A coalition of steel users urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to hand it a quick win in its efforts to knock down the Cold War-era trade law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, reiterating its claims that the law is unconstitutional.

  • July 20, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Freshfields, Kirkland

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Phillips Edison took over a real estate investment trust that it manages in order to create a $6.3 billion business, Linde AG offloaded parts of its business interests in North America to a joint venture between Messer Group GmbH and a CVC Capital Partners fund for $3.3 billion, and Asahi Kasei Corp. agreed to buy Sage Automotive Interiors from Clearlake Capital Group for $700 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Right Of Way And Property Rights In A Driverless World

    Michelle Rudd

    With much land in today's cities currently designated right of way, broad use of autonomous vehicles may provide opportunities to repurpose some of this property. But first, decision-makers will need to understand the nature of the ownership interests in the property, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.

  • Defining A Shareholder's Bankruptcy Veto Power

    Sarah Borders

    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Franchise Services of North America should give comfort to investors that seek to negotiate consent rights with respect to a bankruptcy filing. The fact that an investor also holds a claim against the company will not, in and of itself, invalidate a bankruptcy consent provision, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • El Pollo Loco Verdict Hinges On Good Faith, Fair Dealing

    Steven Yatvin

    Last month, a California court awarded an El Pollo Loco franchisee over $8 million after a company-owned restaurant was established near his operation. The case suggests that, regardless of any contractual agreements, franchisors should consider how a neutral third party would view their dealings with franchisees, says Steven Yatvin of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Jonathan Feczko

    Autonomous vehicles promise to change the way we commute, work and even plan cities. But equally dramatic may be the way they change how we prepare and try litigation following motor vehicle accidents. Exploring how autonomous vehicle litigation might look will help practitioners better prepare for the wave to come, say Jonathan Feczko and Zachary Adams of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.