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  • September 30, 2018

    NAFTA Remains Intact As US, Canada Strike Deal

    U.S. and Canadian trade officials concluded a marathon negotiating session late Sunday with a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement along with Mexico, overcoming a series of contentious sticking points that had threatened to unravel the accord.

  • September 28, 2018

    Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: 8 Cases To Watch

    With D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fate as the ninth justice still hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday without a case of blockbuster proportions. But there are several bread-and-butter business issues filling out the docket.

  • September 30, 2018

    Musk To Pay $20M In Settlement Over Going-Private Tweets

    Elon Musk has agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla Inc. and pay a $20 million fine as part of settlements unveiled by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Saturday, two days after the agency sued Musk for allegedly having posted misleading Twitter messages about taking Tesla private.

  • September 28, 2018

    Lyft Drivers Shift Claims, Tell 1st Circ. Terms Were Obscured

    Lyft drivers fighting to revive a class action over their employment status have shifted arguments at the First Circuit in light of two recent court rulings, moving from holding that a class waiver violated their right to organize to saying Lyft Inc. hid its terms in an online scroll box.

  • September 28, 2018

    Calif. Defies EPA Plan To Reduce Auto Emissions Standards

    The California Air Resources Board on Friday took defiant action against a Trump administration plan to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards, saying automakers who hope to sell vehicles in California will still need to comply with the state's stricter fuel economy rules.

  • September 28, 2018

    Volvo Sunroof Class Takes Another Shot At Certification

    A proposed class of Volvo drivers who alleged the carmaker didn’t disclose a sunroof defect has renewed its certification bid, telling a New Jersey federal judge Friday it set a defined class period in order prevent an endless outpouring of drivers seeking relief.

  • September 28, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a Toys R Us property unit sued by the firms behind its £263 million bridge loan, XL Catlin lodge a claim against a commercial motor insurance specialist and an action on behalf of Lloyd's underwriters against QBE Insurance.

  • September 28, 2018

    Ill. Panel Ends Malpractice Suit Against Quarles & Brady

    An Illinois state appeals court affirmed Quarles & Brady LLP’s bench trial win over a former car dealership owner’s claims that the firm's malpractice cost him roughly $2 million in a buyout deal, ruling the firm's failure to bring a breach of contract claim didn't make a difference in the suit.

  • September 28, 2018

    Avis Can't Assert New Defenses In E-Toll Hidden Fee Row

    Avis lost its bid to raise additional defenses in a class action alleging the rental car giant secretly charged customers for an electronic toll-payment service after a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday that the company should have asserted those claims earlier in the nearly seven-year-old case.

  • September 28, 2018

    NJ Justices To Weigh Revival Of Car Dealer Fraud Claims

    Two car dealers have convinced the New Jersey Supreme Court to take a second look at a published state appellate decision that revived separate consumer fraud actions against them on the grounds that trial courts improperly directed the cases into arbitration, according to orders filed Friday.

  • September 28, 2018

    Honda Expands Recall Over Air Bags Ahead Of Schedule

    Honda said Friday it was recalling about 1.4 million Honda and Acura cars in the U.S. to replace potentially deadly Takata air bags, several months ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's schedule.

  • September 28, 2018

    NYC Taxis Pushed To Settle With Uber After 2nd Circ. Ruling

    U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein pitched a $150,000 payment Friday to New York City taxi drivers who claim they are exploited by Uber, after counsel for the high-tech ride service pointed to recent appellate guidance that suggests the drivers aren't employees eligible for overtime or minimum wage pay.

  • September 27, 2018

    Atty's Misconduct Sinks Cert. In Ford Sex Harassment Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday denied class certification for female Ford Motor Co. plant workers allegedly subjected to rampant sexual harassment, saying the lead attorney is inadequate to be class counsel due to misconduct in a previous class action that led to disciplinary sanctions and malpractice suits.

  • September 27, 2018

    States Stake Claim To Privacy Role With Uber Breach Pact

    State attorneys general demonstrated their disdain for blatant failures to report data security incidents in hitting Uber with a record $148 million penalty for attempting to cover up a 2016 breach, solidifying their role as active and aggressive privacy enforcers at a time when efforts to codify a national framework threaten their powers, attorneys say. 

  • September 27, 2018

    Chrysler Dealership Faces 2nd Loss This Week At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel dealt a San Jose, California, car dealership its second defeat in as many days Wednesday, this time snubbing allegations that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV hurt local competition by offering better incentives to rival dealerships.

  • September 27, 2018

    Full 9th Circ. Mulls Saving $97M Kia, Hyundai Fuel Deal

    Hyundai, Kia and car owners urged an en banc Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday to save their $97 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging the automakers overstated their vehicles' fuel efficiency, arguing a three-judge appellate panel should not have thrown out the nationwide deal over differences in various state consumer protection laws.

  • September 27, 2018

    Uber Can't Wipe Slate Clean With Driver Pay Deal, Judge Says

    A California federal judge Thursday refused to preliminarily approve Uber's class action deal with about 4,600 drivers who say they were underpaid in breach of contract, saying he's "not going to let Uber get away with wiping the slate clean on claims that are not at issue in this case."

  • September 27, 2018

    Dealership Hit With $5.8M Verdict For Selling Lemon Ferrari

    An Arkansas federal jury on Wednesday slammed a Mercedes-Benz dealership with $5.8 million in punitive damages for defrauding a man who bought a $90,000 Ferrari from them, finding the dealership’s employees lied when they said the car was in excellent condition.

  • September 27, 2018

    SEC Sues Tesla CEO Elon Musk Over Going-Private Tweets

    The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday in New York federal court for allegedly making a baseless assertion last month that he was prepared to take his company private at a significant premium to its stock price at the time.

  • September 27, 2018

    Calif. Judge Gives Initial OK To $1M Tesla Overtime Deal

    A California federal judge has preliminarily approved a $1 million settlement of a class action alleging that showroom workers for electric car maker Tesla were wrongfully being classified as exempt-from-overtime employees and being denied required overtime pay as well as meal and rest breaks.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • What If The Auto Loan Securitization Market Crashes?

    Albert Fowerbaugh

    With memories of the Great Recession still fresh, fears that the auto loan securitization market is headed for a crash similar to the ill-fated residential mortgage backed securities market are on the rise. Albert Fowerbaugh and Julie Rodriguez Aldort of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP consider the types of claims that various participants might assert if the market veers off course.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.