Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday.
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Trump Lays Out New Visa Waiver Traveler Restrictions

Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday. Read more »

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DOT Awards $5M To Bolster Tribal Transit Options

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday said that it has awarded $5 million to help Native American and Alaskan Native governments launch and improve transit offerings on tribal lands, providing financing for three dozen projects in 19 states. Read more »

BART Derails App User's Data-Collection Class Action

A California federal magistrate judge has tossed a putative class action alleging the San Francisco Bay Area's public rail system secretly collected users' personal data with its BART Watch smartphone app, but said the claims could be salvaged in a more thorough complaint. Read more »

Judge Lambasts Attys In Dirty Jeep Engine Row

In a fight over dirty engines in Jeep Wranglers, an Ohio federal judge has found there was indeed something very wrong under the hood of the plaintiffs' case. Read more »

Ex-Frequent Flyer Program Exec Charged With $2M Fraud

An executive for a New York-based global airline frequent flyer alliance was charged in federal court Thursday with defrauding the company of $2.2 million in non-business-related credit card expenses, federal authorities have announced. Read more »

Plane Crash Insurance Fight In Wrong Court, 10th Circ. Says

Alabama-based airplane engine maker Continental Motors Inc. cannot be sued in Colorado federal court just because an airplane repair business subscribed to its online service manual program, the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday, affirming a lower court’s decision that Continental’s limited contacts with Colorado simply weren’t enough to establish jurisdiction. Read more »

Pearson Simon, Burns Charest To Lead German Auto MDL

A California federal judge on Thursday picked attorneys from Pearson Simon & Warshaw LLP and Burns Charest LLP as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation accusing Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and other German automakers of a decadeslong antitrust conspiracy covering car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment. Read more »

Uber Driver Objectors Call $7.5M Deal 'Outrageously Low'

Hundreds of objectors to a $7.5 million deal ending a class action against Uber for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using background checks without applicants’ knowledge to make hiring decisions urged a California federal judge Thursday not to approve the "outrageously low" settlement amount. Read more »

6th Circ. Asked To Ax Tesla Info Grab In Direct Sales Row

Three Michigan auto dealers made moves Friday to get the Sixth Circuit to let them off the hook of having to give Tesla information about their lobbying efforts supporting a state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers. Read more »

Trucking Co. Says Malpractice Led To $32M Jury Verdict

An Illinois-based trucking company on Thursday lobbed legal malpractice claims in state court against the attorneys who helped defend it in a Texas personal injury trial that saw a $32 million jury verdict returned against it, saying the attorneys could have done more to protect it from such a large adverse verdict. Read more »

Uber Atty Downplays Tort Risks For Driverless-Car Fleets

A top lawyer at Uber downplayed concerns that the ride-hailing giant’s planned foray into driverless vehicles will create new hazards in the area of tort liability, saying that fleet operators will have less to worry about than original equipment manufacturers. Read more »

Analysis

The Biggest Environmental Rulings Of 2017

Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses. Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017. Read more »

Analysis

Top Product Liability Cases Of 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a California high court's ruling that 600 nonresidents could pursue claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb over a blood thinner drug heads this year's list of top product liability cases, along with a bankruptcy ruling exposing General Motors to millions of claims not related to its infamous ignition switch. Read more »

Special Master Says Uber Should Have Produced Letter

The special master in Waymo’s self-driving car trade secrets suit against Uber said Friday that a letter detailing an ex-Uber employee’s allegations against the company should’ve been produced during discovery, in a report released the same day the 37-page letter — and its claims of corporate espionage and evidence destruction — was unsealed. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »

Opinion

Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

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 more »

Q&A

A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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