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  • December 03, 2021

    Creditors Claim Aeromexico Plan Hands $268M To Insiders

    Grupo Aeromexico's unsecured creditors committee has told a New York bankruptcy judge it will oppose the airline's proposed Chapter 11 plan, saying it gifts corporate insiders with nearly $268 million in equity while shorting other creditors.

  • December 03, 2021

    American Airlines, Pilots Seek Military Pay Info From DOD

    American Airlines and a class of pilots alleging the company shorted military reserve pilots on benefits have jointly requested that a Pennsylvania federal court approve a subpoena for documents from the U.S. Department of Defense that contain compensation data for certain pilots who took short-term military leave.

  • December 03, 2021

    Ford Dealer Fight Should Have Been Stayed, 6th Circ. Says

    A Michigan judge should have paused, rather than tossed, litigation in which a Kuwaiti auto dealer has accused Ford Motor Co. of breach of contract and fraud while the claims go before an arbitrator, the Sixth Circuit ruled on Friday.

  • December 03, 2021

    EPA Promises $44B For Water Projects To States, Tribes

    A $44 billion slice of the recently passed $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package will soon be available to replace lead pipes and ensure clean drinking water nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator told state, tribal and territorial leaders, stressing that disadvantaged communities must get priority.

  • December 03, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: City National, HIG, Century Homebuilders

    City National Bank of Florida has reportedly loaned $34 million for a Florida manufactured housing project, an HIG Realty Partners venture is said to have scored $163.3 million in financing for a New York state industrial project and Century Homebuilders Group has reportedly sold a Miami office property for $47.5 million.

  • December 03, 2021

    Energy M&A Roared Back To Life In 2021

    A rebound in oil and gas prices heading out of likely the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a banner year for energy deal-making, with billions of dollars splashed out for both conventional and renewable energy assets. Here are six energy M&A trends that stood out to attorneys in 2021.

  • December 03, 2021

    Electric Truck Co. Must Face Claims It Inflated Biz Prospects

    A California federal judge has said that electric-truck maker Workhorse Group Inc. must face proposed class claims that it misled investors by overhyping its production capabilities and its prospects for winning a multibillion-dollar contract to revamp the U.S. Postal Service's delivery fleet.

  • December 03, 2021

    More Chinese Companies Expected To Follow Didi's Delisting

    Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Global Inc.'s intention to delist from the New York Stock Exchange months after a high-profile initial public offering further accelerates the divorce between U.S and Chinese capital markets and could spur more companies to follow suit, experts said Friday.

  • December 03, 2021

    3rd Circ. Preview: BLM Masks, $1.4B Award Fight End 2021

    A Pennsylvania mass transit operator, the commonwealth's banking regulator and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are among the entities in December seeking the Third Circuit's input on such issues as thorny constitutional matters and a $1.4 billion arbitral award battle.

  • December 03, 2021

    Spire Pipeline Urges High Court To Undo Permit Revocation

    Spire Inc. on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a D.C. Circuit decision vacating a key permit for the now-completed $286 million, 65-mile natural gas pipeline that serves the St. Louis area, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission saying later in the day the pipeline can remain open for now.

  • December 03, 2021

    Payment Co. Accused Again Of Stiffing Sales Reps On OT Pay

    Fleetcor Technologies has been slapped with yet another proposed collective action accusing it of having a "de facto policy" against honoring overtime despite having settled multiple similar suits in recent years by paying those plaintiffs the wages they alleged they were owed.

  • December 03, 2021

    US Steel Accuses Zurich Of Bad Faith In Injured Trucker Suit

    Zurich American Insurance Co. and a construction company contracted by U.S. Steel must cough up more than $560,000 in settlement and legal costs after a tractor-trailer ran over a trucker attempting to reach a weigh station the contractor built, the steel manufacturer told a Pennsylvania state court.

  • December 03, 2021

    AmEx Business Travel Unit Hits $5.3B Value In SPAC Deal

    American Express Global Business Travel, advised by Skadden and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, will go public at a $5.3 billion valuation by merging with an Apollo Global-backed special purpose acquisition vehicle, advised by Paul Weiss, the companies said Friday.

  • December 02, 2021

    FERC Can't Claim Authority Over LNG Facility, DC Circ. Told

    New Fortress Energy Inc. on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to undo the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's assertion that it had jurisdiction over the company's liquefied natural gas facility in Puerto Rico, saying the agency wrongly rewrote its own precedent.

  • December 02, 2021

    Alaska Enviro Groups Seek Early Win In Mining Road Fight

    Environmental groups have urged an Alaska federal judge to grant them an early win in their suit seeking to vacate permits for a mining road in a protected wilderness area, saying U.S. government agencies failed to carefully analyze the project when giving it the go-ahead.

  • December 02, 2021

    Southwest Eyes Exit From Pilot's COVID Leave Benefits Suit

    Southwest Airlines encouraged a Maryland federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging it illegally denied employees on military leave the same access to a pandemic-related extended paid leave program as other workers, arguing that the suit is baseless.

  • December 02, 2021

    5th Circ. Overturns Own Precedent In Maritime Liability Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday shot down its own 2012 precedent in a maritime case over a boat crew member's collision injury, saying a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling supersedes previous case law and allows a tugboat company to assert a cap on damages.

  • December 02, 2021

    Blackstone REIT Lands $690M In Financing From 2 Banks

    Wells Fargo Bank NA and United Overseas Bank have provided $690 million in financing to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust for a portfolio of properties that spans multiple states and various asset classes, according to an announcement Thursday from borrower-side broker Jones Lang LaSalle.

  • December 02, 2021

    Spurned Railroad Buyer Gets Chancery Case Fast-Tracked

    A would-be buyer of a freight railroad in Florida who sued in Delaware Chancery Court after the seller promised the railroad to a competitor who bid less got the case expedited Thursday after the court found the buyer's breach of contract claim plausible.

  • December 02, 2021

    Green Group Petitions GSA To Issue Climate Rulemaking

    Environmentalists on Thursday petitioned the U.S. General Services Administration to set ambitious climate change goals, including transitioning all federal buildings to renewable energy by 2025.

  • December 02, 2021

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Meds, Jets, Military Moves

    The government signed new deals for COVID-19 treatments in November and cut loose a contractor that botched vaccine doses, Lockheed landed billions for fighter jet modernization, and the U.S. Department of Defense reawarded a challenged contract for military relocations. Here are Law360's top picks for government contracting in November.

  • December 02, 2021

    Security Experts Say US Can't Afford C-Band Delays

    Further delays in converting C-Band satellite airwaves to wireless spectrum could give potential adversaries like China a technological advantage, national security experts warned the White House in a new letter.

  • December 02, 2021

    How The Pandemic Made This Judge A Zoom Trial 'MacGyver'

    State and federal courts in the Seattle area were pioneers in transitioning to remote proceedings when the COVID-19 pandemic began, and King County Superior Court Judge Matt Williams says there's no turning back now.

  • December 01, 2021

    Amazon Gets Flex Driver Privacy Suit Paused For Appeal

    A California federal judge on Tuesday agreed to stay a proposed class action accusing Amazon of wiretapping Flex drivers' private Facebook groups while the company appeals the denial of its bid to send the dispute to arbitration, finding that "the balance of hardships tips sharply in Amazon's favor."

  • December 01, 2021

    United Airlines Hit With Class Action Over 'Early Out' Benefits

    A retired flight attendant sued United Airlines in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming the airline illegally blocked her and other retirees from accessing benefits and additional pay through "early-out" severance programs, which the airline maintains are actually paid leaves of absence.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Fix Discrimination Issues In SE Power Market Plan

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    While the Southeast Energy Exchange Market recently received regulatory approval to proceed, concerns remain about discriminatory transmission access — but measures can be taken to promote balanced representation and independent oversight, say Carolyn Berry and Galen Erickson at Bates White.

  • Avoiding Audit Disaster After Receiving A Disaster Grant  

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    Erin Greten and Thomas Barnard at Baker Donelson offer tips to help entities that received COVID-19-related federal assistance navigate complex audit processes, stay in compliance with spending requirements, and avoid civil liability or criminal prosecution.

  • Opinion

    Climate Change Lawsuits Are Not 'The New Tobacco'

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    Plaintiffs filing suits against energy companies over climate change are hoping for a reprise of the tobacco litigation of two decades ago, but recent decisions in opioid cases that repudiated expansive use of public nuisance theories spell trouble for similar climate claims, says Donald Kochan at George Mason University Law School.

  • The Implications Of COP26 For Legal Practitioners

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    Developments at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference will create both opportunities and risks for lawyers — with many new laws, regulations and industry best practices to track, and a growing pipeline of new energy and infrastructure projects to facilitate, say Caroline May and Charles Winch at Norton Rose.

  • Without Leadership Buy-In, Law Firm DEI Efforts Stand To Fail

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    A law firm's diversity, equity and inclusion strategies need the full attention and support of its top leadership to succeed, and requiring the firm's key decision makers to join the DEI committee can make the difference, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Self-Advocacy Tips For Attys

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    Female lawyers and lawyers of color have historically not been privy to the rules of the origination credit game, but they can employ various strategies to increase the chances of receiving the credit they are due, such as enlisting allies for support and tracking inequity patterns, says Marianne Trost at The Women Lawyers Coach.

  • As Climate Litigation Heats Up, More Cos. Face Liability Risk

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    The number, pace and sophistication of climate change-related suits are steadily increasing, both in the U.S. and abroad, and while plaintiffs face substantial hurdles under existing law and evidentiary burdens, liability risks to industry, and the scope of potential defendants, are also growing, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • A Real-World Guide To Staying Discovery In Federal Court

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    Pleas for stay of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are often rejected when motions to dismiss are pending due to a tenacious tangle of case law, imposing financial and administrative burdens on parties, but some unambiguous rules of thumb can be gleaned to maximize the chances of a discovery stay, says Amir Shachmurove at Reed Smith.

  • Infrastructure Act Measures Could Affect Holiday Shipping

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    While some measures in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will take time to have an impact on shipping, other aspects of the law have the potential to help ease supply chain snarls quickly enough to expedite the movement of goods for the holiday shopping season, say Samuel Basch and Joseph Goldberg at Cole Scott.

  • 3 Cases Could Influence Electric Vehicle SPAC Litigation

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    Several ongoing lawsuits concerning electric vehicle special purpose acquisition companies could eventually map out liability standards for forward-looking statements on issues such as green energy projections, say attorneys at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Record Award Shows Claims Court's Rising Role In IP Matters

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    The Court of Federal Claims' recent damages award of over $100 million in SecurityPoint Holdings v. U.S. — its largest-ever patent infringement award against the government — highlights the court's increasing importance in patent litigation, as well as its special jurisdiction requirements and fee standards, say Ranganath Sudarshan and Adam Mitchell at Covington.

  • Mitigating Inflation's Impact On Commercial Contracts

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    As accelerating inflation threatens to turn many commercial contracts unprofitable for sellers, lessors and lenders, prospects of court relief are slim, but certain contract clauses and revisions can help, says Jonathan Hugg at Schnader Harrison.

  • Auto Cos. Must Prep For State AG Action On Fuel Efficiency

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    State attorneys general continue to demonstrate their active interest in fuel efficiency standards, so automotive companies should monitor state AGs' statements and activity to respond quickly to new regulatory and enforcement initiatives, say James Koukios and Nathan Reilly at MoFo.

  • How Infrastructure Act May Spur New Transmission Projects

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    The recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a major step in a new direction: direct funding for electric transmission investments, and rule changes that could serve to speed the often winding road to the successful construction of major transmission projects, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How DOD's Climate Focus Will Affect Gov't Procurement

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    Attorneys at Arnold & Porter discuss effects of the Biden administration’s climate change policies on U.S. Department of Defense procurement, why government contractors should comment on related changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation while they can, and risks and opportunities to watch for now that these policies are likely here to stay.

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