An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted certification to pilots accusing United Airlines and Continental Airlines of denying sick and vacation time, as well as full pension payments, to employees on military leave, saying that after the airlines merged, some pilots were allegedly treated differently and that could be enough to prove a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. 
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United Pilots Win Cert. Over Military Benefits Denial

An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted certification to pilots accusing United Airlines and Continental Airlines of denying sick and vacation time, as well as full pension payments, to employees on military leave, saying that after the airlines merged, some pilots were allegedly treated differently and that could be enough to prove a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  Read full article »

EPA Missing Deadlines On SO2 Enforcement, Enviros Say

A trio of environmental groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it failed to take action on state plans to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution to levels that would comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards set in 2010. Read full article »

Purina, Attys Sanctioned For 'Gamesmanship' In Cat Litter Suit

An Illinois federal judge has sanctioned lawyers for Nestle Purina Petcare Co. for “gamesmanship” during the deposition of a key witness in its cat litter patent fight against a competitor. Read full article »

IN-DEPTH

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The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.) Read full article »

LITIGATION

Holding Co. Wants $437K Fees Cemented In Arbitration Row

A Bermuda holdings company urged an Illinois federal judge to disregard the state's bid to either toss or pause a request by the company to confirm an arbitration award that includes $437,000 in attorneys' fees, saying the state is mistaking its action for a lawsuit. Read full article »

Uber Gets Car Crash Negligence Suit Sent To NY

An Illinois federal judge has transferred to the Southern District of New York a negligence suit filed by a Chicago man who was paralyzed when his Uber ride crashed, saying most of the case's "material events" happened in the Big Apple. Read full article »

PEOPLE

National Security Prosecutor Returns To DLA Piper As Partner

DLA Piper has added a former federal prosecutor who focused on cybercrime, terrorism and trade sanctions back to the roster in its Chicago office, this time as a partner, the firm announced. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc. Read full article »

Q&A

A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Chief Justice Defends Court's Integrity After Kavanaugh Row

Alluding to the recent political firestorm surrounding Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s monthslong nomination process, Chief Justice John Roberts tried to assure the public that the U.S. Supreme Court would remain an independent and collegial institution. Read full article »

4th Circ., Fla. Court Picks Glide Through Sparse Hearing

President Donald Trump's choices for a Fourth Circuit seat and district court seats in Florida and Alabama cruised through a sparsely attended nominations hearing Wednesday, after Democrats objected to holding the hearing at all. Read full article »

ABA Says Attys Must Inform Clients After A Data Breach

The American Bar Association unveiled ethics rules Wednesday that require attorneys to notify current clients in the event of a data breach and to keep clients updated on the findings of any investigation into the breach. Read full article »

Baker McKenzie Chooses Florida For New Legal Services Hub

Baker McKenzie plans to launch a global service center in Tampa, Florida, to build on the success of its existing hubs in the Philippines and Northern Ireland, the global law firm said Wednesday. Read full article »

Lieff Cabraser, Others Want $90M In State Farm Judge Case

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Clifford Law Offices PC and several other firms have asked for $90 million in fees and expenses for their work representing a class of State Farm customers who settled claims the insurance giant rigged an Illinois judicial election for $250 million. Read full article »

Q&A

Law Firm Leaders: Loeb & Loeb's Kenneth Florin

Loeb & Loeb LLP's new chairman, Kenneth R. Florin, recently spoke with Law360 at the firm's Manhattan office to discuss the ways in which Loeb & Loeb and the legal profession at large have evolved and why he thinks some of the most significant changes are still to come. Read full article »

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