A California wage dispute against North American transportation logistics giant J.B. Hunt and a duel at the nation's highest court over whether trucking company New Prime can enforce an arbitration clause in its independent contractor agreement are among the court battles that trucking industry attorneys are watching in the second half of this year.
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Trucking Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2018

A California wage dispute against North American transportation logistics giant J.B. Hunt and a duel at the nation's highest court over whether trucking company New Prime can enforce an arbitration clause in its independent contractor agreement are among the court battles that trucking industry attorneys are watching in the second half of this year. Read more »

Ex-Apple Engineer Denies Stealing Self-Driving Car IP

A former Apple employee accused of illegally downloading the tech giant's proprietary information related to self-driving cars before taking a job with a Chinese self-driving car company pled not guilty in California federal court Monday to trade secret theft. Read more »

Ford Agrees To $300M Deal To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

Ford Motor Co. on Monday agreed to a $299.1 million deal that allows the company to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags and accelerates the removal of dangerous air bag inflators from 6 million affected vehicles. Read more »

NY Man Admits Hacking Uber Drivers' Bank Accounts

A 22-year-old high school graduate told Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday that he worked with a crew to loot the accounts of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers, admitting to a role in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar identity theft and fraud scheme targeting the ride-hailing service and its Lyft Inc. rival. Read more »

4th Circ. Axes Va. Buyers' Hyundai False Ad Suits

The Fourth Circuit snuffed out two proposed class actions from Virginia consumers alleging Hyundai Motor America Inc. misrepresented the fuel economy of its Hyundai Elantra cars, saying the consumers already missed their chance to plead facts to back up their allegations. Read more »

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EPA Biofuel Regs Fight Is Baseless, DC Circ. Hears

Refiners can't provide a valid reason why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have shifted some of the burden for blending renewable fuels into the country's transportation fuel supply from refineries to fuel blenders, ethanol and petroleum industry groups told the D.C. Circuit on Friday. Read more »

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Japanese Airline Blasts Expert's Fares In Price-Fixing MDL

A Japanese airline has urged a California federal judge to utterly disregard the prices set by an expert to bolster allegations that it conspired with other airlines to fix prices on long-haul flights to Asia-Pacific destinations, arguing that the numbers simply don't add up.  Read more »

AUTOMOTIVE

Mitsubishi Settles Another Piece Of Car Parts MDL For $7M

Two Mitsubishi units are settling out of another piece of a sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing auto parts manufacturers of a price-fixing conspiracy, with a class of car buyers and drivers moving for preliminary approval Friday of their $6.84 million deal in Michigan federal court. Read more »

Drivers Drop $60M Suit Against Data Co. Over Selling Info

Drivers have dropped their $60 million proposed class action lawsuit against data company National Recall & Data Services alleging their motor vehicle records were accessed and wrongly sold to advertisers, telling a federal judge in Texas the company doesn't have the funds it would need to pay a judgment. Read more »

FCA, Bosch Want RICO Claims Axed In Emissions MDL

Fiat Chrysler and Bosch asked a California federal court Friday to dismiss claims brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in multidistrict litigation over alleged evasion of emissions testing, saying the purported misconduct harmed regulators rather than the drivers making the claims. Read more »

Delivery Co. Fights Couriers' Suit Seeking Fees As Tips

A courier service that uses a mobile app to pair bicyclists and drivers with people who request a delivery argued Monday that its workers operate under federal, not Massachusetts, labor laws and must lose their class action seeking a piece of the company’s delivery fees. Read more »

RAIL

Pa. Court Rules Workers Can't Sue Fla.-Based CSX In Philly

A Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that railroad workers from Kentucky and Maryland can't sue their Florida-based employer CSX Transportation Inc. in Philadelphia, challenging the notion that the Federal Employers' Liability Act lets plaintiffs pick any venue. Read more »

MARITIME

Weather Forecast Co. Fending Off Suit Over Sunken Ship

A Florida federal judge on Monday gave insurers one more shot at amending their suit accusing weather forecasting system provider StormGeo Corp. of being liable for the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which left its 33 crew members dead and all the vessel's cargo destroyed. Read more »

ENERGY

FERC Rollback Of GHG Analysis Challenged At DC Circ.

Opponents of a Dominion Energy Inc. pipeline in New York on Monday asked the D.C. Circuit to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to grant the project a construction and operation certificate, alleging the agency shirked its duty to consider the pipeline’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly. Read more »

Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Global 20: Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells established a new office in Boston and helmed major legal victories with international implications, including securing a landmark patent decision at the U.K. Supreme Court and winning an uphill battle against “Putin’s banker,” earning the firm a spot once again on Law360’s Global 20 list. Read more »

ABA Ex-Employee Stole $1.3M, Doc Shows

A now-former employee took an estimated $1.3 million from the American Bar Association over "a period of multiple years" leading up to 2017, the organization said in a tax document made public Friday. Read more »

Red-State Dems Targeted By New Pro-Kavanaugh Ad Blitz

The Judicial Crisis Network is pressuring vulnerable Democrats across the country to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a $1.4 million ad buy launched Monday, targeting a crucial demographic that could determine whether President Donald Trump secures his second appointee to the nation’s top bench. Read more »

Ex-King & Spalding Atty's Counsel Seeks Exit Over Unpaid Bill

An ex-King & Spalding LLP associate who says he was fired for reporting ethical red flags about partners in a case involving ZTE Corp. is refusing to pay his legal bills, his lawyer told a New York federal court on Friday. Read more »

Interview

15 Minutes With Blackstone Group's General Counsel

In the roughly eight years since he joined Blackstone Group, John Finley has overseen a significant expansion of the firm’s legal and compliance department while also handling the many responsibilities that come with being the top lawyer for a major private equity firm. Read more »

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