A “civil war” is brewing within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the union's top brass agreed to a bargaining contract covering about a quarter-million UPS drivers, sorters and clerks even though most of the rank-and-file workers who voted on the deal rejected it.
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Division Sown By UPS Contract Rift May Bode Ill For IBT

A “civil war” is brewing within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the union's top brass agreed to a bargaining contract covering about a quarter-million UPS drivers, sorters and clerks even though most of the rank-and-file workers who voted on the deal rejected it. Read full article »

4th Circ. Wants Redo Of United's $30K Fee Award In Bias Suit

The Fourth Circuit refused Friday to revive a former United Air Lines captain’s suit alleging he was discriminated against because he is African-American, but ordered the trial court judge to better explain a $30,000 sanction she ordered his attorneys to pay the airline because of sloppy litigation work. Read full article »

Ex-Uber Drivers Ask 9th Circ. To Revive 2014 Data Hack Suit

Two former Uber drivers have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their amended proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing company lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised their personal information, insisting they have shown an immediate, credible risk of fraud or identity theft from the hack. Read full article »

Cos. Urge High Court To Review Toxic Tort Class Action

Four companies have asked the Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision to approve the certification of certain issues for classwide treatment in a group of Dayton, Ohio, residents’ lawsuit accusing the companies of groundwater pollution. Read full article »

Chief Justice Pauses Kids' Climate Suit Ahead Of Trial

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29. Read full article »

AUTOMOTIVE

GreenTech Auto Fetches $50M Ch. 11 Stalking Horse Bid

An electric car company co-founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to name a Chinese investment firm as the $50 million stalking horse bidder for its assets. Read full article »

Duane Morris Wins $850K Cut Of $3.1M Auto Parts MDL Deal

Duane Morris LLP on Thursday saw a fee request granted by the Michigan federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation surrounding an alleged conspiracy to stifle competition in the auto parts industry, scoring just under $850,000 from a $3.1 million deal cut with Robert Bosch GmbH and others. Read full article »

Ex-Lobbyist Accused Of Hindering Investment Fraud Probe

A former lobbyist from South Carolina has been arrested on charges he tried to impede an investigation into a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that has already led to 10 others facing criminal charges, federal authorities announced Friday. Read full article »

ENERGY

Analysis

FERC Redo Of Grid Rate Reviews May Pull Plug On Disputes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent overhaul of how it will determine acceptable investor returns for electricity transmission companies could reduce the number of rate disputes the commission must referee by significantly raising the jurisdictional bar for would-be challengers, experts say. Read full article »

EQT Seeks Quick Win In Ex-Exec's Suit Seeking Severance

EQT Corp. told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that a former executive shouldn't be able to get severance benefits he argued he was wrongly denied, saying that he voluntarily left the company. Read full article »

DEALS

Three Firms Guide Launch Of $508M In IPOs

A software company, a genome editing company and an electric scooter manufacturer priced initial public offerings late Thursday that raised a combined $508 million, with help from DLA Piper, Ropes & Gray LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Read full article »

Deals Rumor Mill: Swiss Re, CPPIB, Nestle

Swiss Re discussed investing in Anbang Insurance Group Co., the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is getting ready to bid for a stake in Gatwick Airport, and Nestle has tapped advisers related to a potential deal to sell its skincare business. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals. Read full article »

Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

BigLaw Firms Quiet About Lobbying Ties To Saudi Arabia

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP is the only major U.S. law firm to walk away from its lobbying relationship with Saudi Arabia after growing condemnation of its alleged involvement in a journalist's death, as five other major law firms are keeping quiet about their ties to the Middle Eastern kingdom so far. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Gets 7th Circ. As High Court Shuffles Assignments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order handing over Justice Elena Kagan’s Seventh Circuit assignment, which she had held since 2010, to newly confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Read full article »

Feature

Chancery Closes Gender Gap, National Courts Moving Slowly

Delaware lawmakers caused a small stir earlier this month when they confirmed two veteran female attorneys to the state’s Court of Chancery, expanding the nationally important court by two seats while roughly closing the gender gap among its now-seven members for the first time. Read full article »

Interview

GCs Should Take Hack Issues To The Feds, DHS Official Says

Jeanette Manfra, a top cybersecurity and communications official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tells Law360 why she's inviting general counsel to trade information about cyberthreats with her office and discusses the department's plan to secure the upcoming federal and state elections. Read full article »

Labaton Says 1/3 Of Its Open Cases Include Referral Fees

Nearly one-third of Labaton Sucharow LLP’s open cases came to the firm through referral arrangements, according to a filing Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, offering a peek behind the curtain as the firm faces scrutiny for a payment to a Texas attorney uncovered in the ongoing State Street settlement fee fight. Read full article »

Philly Atty Says Neighboring Starbucks Flooded His File Room

A Philadelphia attorney sued his landlord and Starbucks Corp. in state court Thursday over a 2016 flood — allegedly caused by a pipe clogged with coffee grounds from a neighboring coffee shop — that destroyed archived client files kept in the lawyer’s basement storage room. Read full article »

Atty Urges Justices To Hear Suit Over Defamatory Yelp Review

A personal injury lawyer and her firm have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's split ruling that reverses an order requiring Yelp Inc. to take down defamatory reviews that a former client posted on the customer review site. Read full article »

Feature

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Three separate surveys published recently identified the four firms that general counsel fear the most, revealed one in four professional women working in the legal industry experienced some form of sexual harassment or misconduct in the past five years and showed legal industry has a serious problem with bullying. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: No 11th-Hour Judicial Picks For Fla. Gov.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that Republican Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t pick three new high court justices in his final hours in office, capping off a strange judicial showdown in the Sunshine State. Carolina Bolado, our senior Florida reporter, joins us on the Pro Say podcast to break it all down. Read full article »

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