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  • November 25, 2022

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

    The past week in London has seen the SFO bring legal action against a Lebanese bank with alleged ties to Hezbollah, a Mancunian Blockbuster-themed cocktail bar sued by the video rental shop for copyright infringement, and IGT hoping for the luck of the draw in a fresh procurement claim against the Gambling Commission. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 25, 2022

    Low-Cost Norwegian Airline Raises $30M For UK Operation

    Norwegian airline Norse Atlantic said on Friday that it has raised $30 million through a sale of new shares to a group of existing investors, which will be used to buffer its U.K. subsidiary following a demand for money by Britain's air authorities.

  • November 23, 2022

    Judge Says Lear Was Negligent, Not Intentonial, In Email Loss

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday declined to sanction Lear Corp. after auto parts supplier NHK claimed the company intentionally deleted emails that would have proved Lear violated on-sale patent rules, saying Lear was at most negligent in preserving files.

  • November 23, 2022

    GM Escapes Suit Over Engines' Oil Problems

    A Georgia federal judge has thrown out a proposed class action alleging General Motors hid oil issues in pickup engines, ruling that a driver waited too long to file his suit and couldn't back up engine defect allegations with an expert.

  • November 23, 2022

    1st Circ. Revives Evenflo Buyers' Claims In Car Seat MDL

    The First Circuit has revived a multidistrict deceptive-marketing suit against Evenflo Co. Inc. over its safety statements about a booster seat, finding that alleged overpayment for the product gives purchasers standing.

  • November 23, 2022

    Army Corps Sued Over Tugboat Service On Ohio River

    A construction and asphalt company along the Ohio River is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Ohio federal court, claiming one of their lessees is operating an unauthorized tugboat fleeting service that is causing the plaintiffs to pay penalty fees and lose contracts with shippers.

  • November 23, 2022

    Subaru Can't Arbitrate Driver's Suit Over Safety Camera

    Subaru of America Inc. lost its bid to compel arbitration Monday in a proposed class action filed by a driver who said her vehicle's safety-feature camera unlawfully gathered her biometric data, after an Illinois federal judge ruled the arbitration provision the driver signed was with a non-party, Grand Subaru LLC. 

  • November 23, 2022

    Travelers Says Judge Should Rethink Plane Crash Ruling

    With new facts coming to light, Travelers Indemnity Co. of Connecticut asked a Louisiana federal court Tuesday to reconsider a ruling that the insurer can't rely on a policy's aircraft exclusion in an attempt to preclude coverage of costs related to a fatal 2019 airplane crash.

  • November 23, 2022

    Passenger Targets United's Gate Photo Kiosks In BIPA Suit

    United Airlines has been hit with a lawsuit in Illinois state court claiming the airline violated passengers' rights under the state's biometric privacy law when it collected their facial geometry for identity verification purposes before they were allowed to board United flights.

  • November 23, 2022

    AutoZone Can't Get Lawyer Kicked Off Retaliation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to disqualify a former AutoZone worker's lawyer in his suit alleging the company tried to block unemployment benefits to punish him for making a disability bias complaint. The judge rejected the car parts retailer's argument that disqualification was necessary after a previously secret settlement was disclosed in the worker's complaint.

  • November 23, 2022

    Ropes & Gray-Led Electric Aircraft Co. Lilium Lands $119M

    German electric aircraft developer Lilium NV, guided by Ropes & Gray LLP, announced Wednesday that it had closed a $119 million capital raise from a group of investors that includes industrial technology conglomerate Honeywell, among others.

  • November 23, 2022

    Goldberg Segalla Adds Transportation Atty To Newark Office

    Goldberg Segalla LLP has announced the hire of a special counsel from Voss Nitsberg DeCoursey & Hawley who focuses on civil litigation around the transportation industry and will work out of the firm's Newark, New Jersey, office.

  • November 23, 2022

    Mishcon Lands Arbitration Pro From Eversheds Sutherland

    Mishcon de Reya LLP has continued to build its international arbitration team with the hire of a specialist in construction, energy and transport disputes from Eversheds Sutherland.

  • November 22, 2022

    3 Firms Steer $573M SPAC Merger For UK EV Startup Zapp

    Special-purpose acquisition company CIIG Capital Partners II Inc. and U.K.-based electric bike company Zapp Electric Vehicles Ltd. announced Tuesday that they had reached an agreement to merge in a deal that implies an enterprise value of $573 million for the combined company and was put together by three law firms.

  • November 22, 2022

    4th Circ. Scraps Expert Opinion In Motorcycle Crash Case

    Expert testimony stating a defective Triumph motorcycle was responsible for Virginia man's fatal crash was highly speculative and can be discarded, the Fourth Circuit found Tuesday, confirming the company's summary judgment win.

  • November 22, 2022

    TC Energy Balks At $3B Damages Bid In Pipeline Merger Suit

    Canadian energy company TC Energy Corp. pushed back Tuesday on a suggestion from former Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. shareholders that Delaware's Chancery Court should award them $3.02 billion in rescissory damages stemming from an allegedly unfair $13 billion merger with TC Energy's predecessor TransCanada Corp.

  • November 22, 2022

    White House Unveils Final Climate Environmental Justice Tool

    The White House on Tuesday unveiled the finished version of a tool intended to help identify disadvantaged communities that the Biden administration has said should receive 40% of the overall benefits of new climate, clean energy and other related projects, but it still doesn't factor in race.

  • November 22, 2022

    Norfolk Southern Inks $1.6B Deal For Cincinnati Southern

    Cincinnati agreed to sell the Cincinnati Southern Railway, a 337-mile railroad linking Ohio and Tennessee, to a Norfolk Southern Corp. affiliate for $1.62 billion in a deal guided by Sidley Austin LLP.

  • November 22, 2022

    XL Fleet Still Stuck In Muddy Waters In Del. SPAC Suit

    A critical Muddy Waters Research report on SPAC-born XL Fleet Corp. once again haunted the company Tuesday as company attorneys argued for the dismissal of a six-count class suit seeking damages from an allegedly deceptive acquisition from late 2020.

  • November 22, 2022

    Mass. Enviros Sue School Bus Co. Over Idling, Pollution

    An environmental group filed a suit in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging a school bus company that uses diesel buses is allowing its fleet to idle beyond what is allowed by law, thus emitting harmful pollutants with vulnerable people and children nearby.

  • November 22, 2022

    Paul Hastings, Kirkland Lead $600M Hyperloop Biz SPAC Deal

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will merge with a special-purpose acquisition company led by former Disney executives in a deal that values the development business at $600 million, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • November 22, 2022

    Hacker Who Testified Against Uber Exec Cops To Slack Heist

    A convicted hacker who testified for the government in a recent criminal trial against ex-Uber security chief Joseph Sullivan pled guilty in California federal court Tuesday to an additional criminal charge for using stolen Slack credentials to monitor corporate executives' communications and steal more than $4 million in Ethereum cryptocurrency.

  • November 22, 2022

    John Deere Says Tractor Explosion Suit Filed Too Late

    Farm equipment maker John Deere has told a Georgia federal court that a liability suit alleging that a hydraulic line in one of its tractors exploded, severing a man's right leg and intestines, was filed seven years too late under Georgia law.

  • November 22, 2022

    Mass. Sick Leave Law Causes Havoc For Airlines, Judge Told

    A federal judge heard dueling narratives Tuesday over how Massachusetts' sick-time law impacts airlines, with an industry group arguing that employee abuse of the law causes cascading travel issues and the state attorney general countering that delays are simply "a fact of life."

  • November 22, 2022

    Mich. Tribunal Reinstates Auto Supplier's Property Tax Break

    Michigan's tax department was wrong to rescind a personal property tax exemption for an affiliate of a Spanish automotive supplier over a payment the department said was late, a state judge ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Cyber Risk Should Rocket To Top Of Space Sector's Priorities

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    The ease with which security experts have been able to hack into orbiting satellites and the absence of laws to determine liability for space collisions illustrate the need for private sector technologists to educate policymakers and help shape an updated regulatory framework that can keep up with the rapid commercialization of space, says John Bennett at Kroll.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Cos. Should Start Thinking About IP Protection For Quantum

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    Matt Marrone at McAndrews Held discusses intellectual property and business considerations around the cutting-edge quantum computing technology that is set for explosive growth, as the rules are decided in real time.

  • How A Michigan Case Could Upend Auto Part Contracts

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    MSSC v. Airboss Flexible Products is testing Michigan's long-standing auto industry supply chain contract principles — and the state supreme court's upcoming ruling in the case could transform contracting for component suppliers and purchasers, say Alexis Chandler and Sarah Rathke at Squire Patton.

  • Anticipating The New Congress' Private Sector Investigations

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    With Republicans claiming a new majority in the House of Representatives in the upcoming Congress, corporates and individuals should expect a sea change in Congress' investigative priorities and areas of focus — and private sector entities can take prudential steps in the near term to best prepare for and mitigate risk, say attorneys at Latham.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • ESA Listing Change Shows Conservation Partnership Benefits

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to narrow the range of the gopher tortoise’s Endangered Species Act status demonstrates that public-private voluntary conservation partnerships can help leverage landowners' knowledge of their working lands to the benefit of species, the ecosystem and the landowners, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • State AG Consumer Protection Shift Isn't An Election Fad

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    We are starting to see the first signs of a new state attorney general consumer enforcement paradigm emerge — with creative use of most favored nation clauses as structural tools — and that is unlikely to end when the last ballot is counted for the 2022 election, says O.H. Skinner at Alliance for Consumers.

  • High Court Animal Cruelty Case May Affect Laws Nationwide

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    In National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a California animal welfare ballot initiative unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce. The eventual ruling could put other state laws that rely on a similar framework at risk and trigger further animal welfare regulations, say Richard Mann and Paula Pastuskovas at Keller & Heckman.

  • Keys To IRA Tax Breaks For US Green Energy, EV Production

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    The Inflation Reduction Act includes three powerful tax incentives for domestic production of renewable energy projects and electric vehicles — but there are key questions that investors and manufacturers must ask when evaluating whether they can take advantage of these incentives, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • A Recovery Option For Lenders With Planes Stuck In Russia

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    For aircraft lessors considering insurance coverage litigation to recover for losses of equipment leased to Russian airlines, negotiating an assignment of rights may provide a faster pathway to recovery, say David Klein and Jose Lua-Valencia at Pillsbury.

  • How The IRS May Define 'Clean Hydrogen'

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    The Internal Revenue Service is still taking comments on how to define "clean hydrogen" for purposes of Inflation Reduction Act tax credits, but developers can look to the IRA's legislative history — as well as the European Union's struggle to define "green hydrogen" — as guideposts, says Ben Reiter at Nixon Peabody.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

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