A Dallas jury on Friday found that defective front seats in a Lexus caused two children’s severe injuries during a rear-end collision and awarded the youngsters and their parents roughly $242 million in damages, holding Toyota bore the vast majority of the blame for their injuries.
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Toyota At Fault In $242M Verdict Over Kids' Crash Injuries

A Dallas jury on Friday found that defective front seats in a Lexus caused two children’s severe injuries during a rear-end collision and awarded the youngsters and their parents roughly $242 million in damages, holding Toyota bore the vast majority of the blame for their injuries. Read full article »

Katten's Head Of Real Estate Eyes Lone Star State Expansion

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has assembled a broad real estate practice in New York, across the country and internationally and as the firm looks for additional growth, Katten is eyeing the Texas market, the firm's national real estate department head Timothy Little told Law360 in a recent wide-ranging interview. Read full article »

LITIGATION

5th Circ. Asks Texas High Court To Decide On Dealers Act

The Fifth Circuit has asked the Texas Supreme Court to determine whether a Texas law governing contracts for wholesale equipment sales applies to agreements signed before the law took effect, and if so, whether the law, known as the Dealers Act, violates the state constitution. Read full article »

Dallas Says Gov't Immunity Stops Stericycle Wastewater Suit

The city of Dallas has urged a Texas state court to toss a suit from Stericycle Environmental Solutions Inc. seeking to block the city from shutting down the company’s access to the Dallas sewer system to discharge treated wastewater, saying governmental immunity blocks the suit. Read full article »

Investors Must Arbitrate $3.2M Row With Burial-Alternative Co.

A group of Texas investors who allege they were duped into sinking $3.25 million into a now defunct company that offered an eco-friendly alternative to cremation and burial were ordered by a federal judge on Friday to arbitrate their dispute with the company's Irish CEO. Read full article »

Aviation Co. Gets Emergency Award OK'd In Contract Row

A Texas federal judge has confirmed an emergency arbitration award for multinational aviation company Starlite Investments Ireland Ltd. stemming from a dispute with a Fort Worth-based helicopter manufacturer relating to a U.S. government contract for military operations in Afghanistan, saying the court has the authority to do so. Read full article »

Insurance Co. Must Cover Contractor In Sports Complex Row

A Texas federal judge has ordered Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. to cover a contractor in a lawsuit alleging a breach of contract in the construction of a sports complex, ruling that the policy's exclusions don't free the insurer because a subcontractor may be responsible for the alleged damage. Read full article »

NLRB Dems Fight Post-Epic Review Of Wage Suit Ruling

Republican members of the National Labor Relations Board have wiped out an April ruling that a Texas restaurant group illegally fired a worker who brought a wage suit against it, drawing objections from the board’s Democrats. Read full article »

DEALS

Taxation With Representation: Akin Gump, Wachtell, Kirkland

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Diamondback snapped up Energen for $9.2 billion, Federal Street Acquisition Corp. bought Universal Hospital Services for $1.7 billion, Cabot Microelectronics Corp. bought KMG Chemicals for $1.6 billion and Best Buy acquired GreatCall for $800 million. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Health Hires: Dorsey & Whitney, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, DLA Piper, Epstein Becker Green, Spencer Fane LLP, Minerva Neurosciences and Carlton Fields are among the latest firms to boost their health and life sciences offerings with new hires.  Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense. Read full article »

Feature

3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts. Read full article »

Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Partners Can't Duck Fee Arbitration

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP reiterated on Thursday in New York court that its former partners who launched Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot escape arbitrating a dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm. Read full article »

Stinson Leonard Grows In St. Louis With IP Boutique Tie-Up

Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued its expansion streak Thursday, announcing plans to acquire 28-strong St. Louis intellectual property boutique Senniger Powers LLP, following up on two new office openings earlier this year. Read full article »

Feature

3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a foreign language may seem daunting, but the challenge can offer big rewards, including career opportunities and personal satisfaction, for attorneys willing to take it on. Here, Law360 looks at three reasons why lawyers should learn languages other than their own. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The Sixth Circuit ruled the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t on its own thwart arbitration agreements, consumer groups fought back against industry attempts to amend a hastily enacted landmark privacy law in California and British police warned of an increase in cryptocurrency fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Disabled Attys Fight For A Place In BigLaw

The legal profession can be a lonely place for attorneys with disabilities. They are often overlooked in diversity discussions, and may feel pressure to downplay their disability out of fear of facing bias and stigma. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we dive into these challenges and highlight how disabled attorneys are fighting for their place in the law.  Read full article »

Kavanaugh Will Meet With Top Senate Opponent

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his opposition Monday as he sits down with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lawmaker leading the fight against his confirmation. Read full article »

Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys. Read full article »

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Carlton Fields

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Latham & Watkins

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Morrison & Foerster

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Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

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Quilling Selander

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Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Rimon PC

Robins Kaplan

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Sills Cummis

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

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Airbnb Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Archdiocese of Washington

Bank of America Corporation

Best Buy Co.

CBOE Holdings Inc.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

Consumer Federation of America

Diamondback Energy Inc.

Doosan Corporation

EMD Serono Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Energen Corporation

Ennis Inc.

Epic Systems Corp.

GTCR LLC

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Google Inc.

GreatCall Inc.

HSBC Holdings PLC

Hansen Medical, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KMG Chemicals, Inc.

Kelly Services, Inc.

Monsanto Co.

NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.

NBCUniversal Inc.

National Governors Association

New York University

Novartis AG

Pfizer Inc.

Quicken Loans Inc.

Robert Half International Inc.

Stallergenes Greer PLC

State Bar of California

Stericycle, Inc.

The American Law Institute

The ERISA Industry Committee

Thomas H. Lee Partners LP

Toyota Motor Corporation

Universal Hospital Services Inc.

Villanova University

WeWork LLC

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