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  • December 14, 2017

    Expanded Drone Registry To Spark More Enforcement Action

    A legislative fix signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday reinstated a mandate for recreational drone users to register with the federal government, a move that experts say paves the way for more enforcement actions related to privacy, safety and national security.

  • December 14, 2017

    BREAKING: Senate Confirms Trump's EPA GC, Water Chief Picks

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Matthew Leopold of Carlton Fields as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's general counsel, and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross as the EPA's water office chief.

  • December 14, 2017

    Maker Of Plastic Car Parts Seeks CIT Review Of Tariffs

    Certus Automotive Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking review of the tariffs imposed on some of the interior and exterior plastic auto parts it imports, after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied Certus' request for agency review.

  • December 14, 2017

    FERC Won't Reconsider Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Project OK

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday stood by its approval of the Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project in New York and New England, rejecting arguments from environmentalists and local municipalities saying that its environmental review was flawed.

  • December 13, 2017

    Al Dotson Elected Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg

    In its nearly 20-year history, Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has had just one managing partner, but that changed Wednesday as the firm's partners voted to elevate government relations and public-private partnerships pro Al Dotson to the position.

  • December 13, 2017

    Waymo-Uber IP Suit Sparked DOJ Probe, Letter Reveals

    Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation in the wake of Waymo’s California federal lawsuit alleging Uber stole self-driving car trade secrets from the Alphabet subsidiary, according to a U.S. Department of Justice letter to U.S. District Judge William Alsup unsealed Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Musk's Control Of Tesla Takes Central Role In Chancery Suit

    Whether business magnate Elon Musk actually controls Tesla Inc., the electric carmaker he had a hand in founding, took center stage Wednesday in the Delaware Chancery Court as the company pushed to have a shareholder challenge to its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp. thrown out.

  • December 13, 2017

    Uber Board Shirked Duty In OK'ing $680M Otto Buy, Suit Says

    An Uber shareholder on Wednesday launched a derivative lawsuit against the ride-hailing app’s founder, Travis Kalanick, and other directors in Delaware state court, claiming the top brass got Uber into legal trouble by recklessly approving the $680 million acquisition of a company founded by a former Google engineer.

  • December 13, 2017

    State Can't Block Millennium Pipeline Project, NY Judge Says

    Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC on Wednesday won another court battle in its effort to build a 7.8-mile gas pipeline in southern New York, convincing a federal judge to stop the state’s environmental watchdog from blocking construction based on a water quality permit dispute.

  • December 13, 2017

    Contractor Sues Gov't To Stop Military Tire Contract

    A small supply chain management company on Tuesday hit the federal government with a suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to stop a government contract for a global military tire program, saying a contracting officer used the wrong standard for it.

  • December 13, 2017

    The Biggest Energy Rulings Of 2017

    Climate change played a starring role in major energy rulings this year, as courts ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to more closely study pipeline greenhouse gas emissions, backed states' use of nuclear plant subsidies to decrease GHG emissions and thwarted the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate-friendly energy and environmental regulations finalized during the Obama administration. Here are the biggest energy-related rulings from 2017.

  • December 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Says Subaru Ad Didn’t Infringe 'Heart on Hand' TM

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that automaker Subaru’s “Share the Love” slogan didn't infringe a California woman’s “A World of Love, for You and Those You Love” trademark, concluding that the only similarities between the two phrases was the generic word “love.”

  • December 13, 2017

    Card Processor Says IRS Owes $2.7M For Airfare Tax Refund

    The IRS owes $2.7 million to a credit processing company for excise taxes it repaid to passengers for airline tickets after the airline filed for bankruptcy, the company alleged in a complaint filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court.

  • December 13, 2017

    River Cruise Co. Settles EEOC Suit Over Illegal Firings

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and American Queen Steamboat Co. asked a Tennessee judge on Tuesday to sign off on their joint settlement of an EEOC lawsuit against a river cruise line executive over the allegedly retaliatory firing of two employees.

  • December 13, 2017

    Eaton Investor Beefs Up Claims In Suit Over Merger Tax Info

    An Eaton Corp. shareholder has asked a New York federal judge not to toss a proposed class action alleging the company defrauded it and others about the risks involved in a spinoff, saying it had fixed the deficiencies in an earlier complaint.

  • December 13, 2017

    Avionics Co. Sues Ex-Partner For $100M In Trade Secret Row

    Avionics maker Rogerson Aircraft Corp. sued Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. in Texas state court on Tuesday seeking more than $100 million in damages, contending Bell is trampling its trade secret rights and disseminating confidential information after turning to a new supplier.

  • December 13, 2017

    Lufthansa Backs Off Air Berlin As EasyJet Takes Some Routes

    Lufthansa said Wednesday it is bowing to concerns raised by antitrust authorities and scrapping its plans to purchase one of two subsidiaries from bankrupt Air Berlin, one day after watchdogs approved easyJet's purchase of some of the airline's Berlin operations.

  • December 13, 2017

    DOT 'Like,' Retweet Violated Anti-Lobbying Law, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Department of Transportation violated a government anti-lobbying law when it retweeted and liked a tweet from Forbes Chairman Steve Forbes in July urging followers to “tell Congress to pass" pending legislation to overhaul the nation’s air traffic control system, a congressional watchdog said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Rubber Co. To Pay $12M To End Auto Parts Price-Fixing Suit

    A Japanese rubber company has agreed to pay a group of automobile dealerships $11.9 million to settle claims of price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts market, according to a deal that was preliminarily approved by a Michigan federal judge Tuesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Gives Enviros 2nd Shot To Fight $2.2B Pipeline

    The Sierra Club will be allowed to refile a suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission aiming to stall construction on the $2.2 billion Nexus pipeline after the nonprofit had to pull its initial petition, the D.C. Circuit said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Autonomous And Connected Vehicles: The Year In Review

    Lawrence Hamilton

    During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.