Transportation

  • June 27, 2017

    Lyft Wins Bid To Arbitrate User's Toll Overcharge Suit

    A New York federal judge sent a Lyft user’s proposed class action alleging the ride-hailing app unlawfully charges inflated toll prices to arbitration Tuesday, citing an arbitration agreement included in an updated terms of service contract the user accepted after the suit was filed.

  • June 27, 2017

    DOJ Says Challenge To Trump’s 2-For-1 Order Is Premature

    U.S. Department of Justice lawyers representing President Donald Trump said in a court filing Monday that a lawsuit challenging Trump’s executive order to repeal two federal regulations for each new one is premature since it has not yet caused injury to any parties.

  • June 27, 2017

    CSX To Pay $1.9M Over Train Engineer's Injury

    A Georgia federal jury on Monday awarded $1.875 million to a former CSX Transportation Inc. train engineer who permanently injured his leg in May 2014 when a locomotive cab door failed to fully open, causing him to hit his leg on the door’s frame.

  • June 27, 2017

    5 High Court Concurrences That Read Like Dissents

    “Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.

  • June 27, 2017

    La. Man Settles SEC's Claims He Helped Fudge Financials

    A Louisiana man agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that he participated in a fraudulent scheme to use subsidiary sales to gussy up the books of a motor freight business and a beverage firm, according to a judgment entered Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • June 27, 2017

    VW Aims To Toss Securities Row Over Diesel Emissions Cheat

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to end the securities portion of sprawling multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scheme, saying the complaint hadn't properly alleged the embattled automaker knowingly misled investors when it said the scandal — which cost the company billions — would cost it just €20 million.

  • June 27, 2017

    American Airlines Pilots' Seniority Suit Dismissed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday threw out a proposed class action by a group of American Airlines Inc. pilots contesting the seniority agreement reached after the company’s merger with US Airways, ruling the agreement was not arbitrary, discriminatory or reached in bad faith.

  • June 27, 2017

    The Sharpest Dissents From This Supreme Court Term

    While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.

  • June 27, 2017

    Avis To Maintain Waymo’s Self-Driving Cars In Phoenix

    Avis Budget Group Inc. has reached a multiyear agreement with Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC to provide maintenance and parking for Waymo’s fleet of autonomous vehicles at certain Avis and Budget car rental locations in Phoenix.

  • June 27, 2017

    State Law Prevails In Fla. Eminent Domain Case, Judge Says

    Property owners whose land will be taken in order to build the Sabal Trail Transmission LLC’s natural gas pipeline should be compensated under Florida’s more generous law instead of under federal rules, a Florida federal judge decided on Tuesday, declining the pipeline company’s bid for a quick win on the issue.

  • June 27, 2017

    Pruitt Unsure If EPA Has 'Tools In The Toolbox' For CO2 Regs

    A Tuesday Senate hearing about the White House’s proposed 30 percent funding cut for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turned into an inquiry of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s views on climate change, with the cabinet official saying he’s not sure the EPA has the “tools in the toolbox” to regulate carbon dioxide.

  • June 27, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sprint, Stada, Sovcomflot

    Sprint may be joining a partnership between Comcast and Charter to boost their wireless offerings, Bain Capital and Cinven may make another bid to buy Stada after the duo's €5.3 billion offer did not get approved, and Russia's largest shipping company will be taken private next month.

  • June 27, 2017

    Fla. Judge Denies Uber Driver's FLSA Certification Bid

    An Uber driver lost his bid to certify a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action Tuesday, when a Florida federal judge said he’d failed to show there are other similarly situated Uber employees who want to opt in to his wage-and-hour suit.

  • June 27, 2017

    House Committee OKs Bill For Alaska Land Exchange

    The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources announced on Tuesday it has passed through a bill that would authorize a land-swap deal to allow the construction of a road between two remote Alaska communities, breathing new life into the proposed road that would traverse a wildlife refuge.

  • June 27, 2017

    Coast Guard Looks To Sink Wash. Tribes' Killer Whale Suit

    The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday urged a federal judge to toss a suit by two Washington tribes claiming that the service put endangered killer whales at risk by adopting a shipping traffic plan off the coast of the state, saying the suit comes too late and the tribes hadn’t shown any risk to the whales was likely enough to support their claims.

  • June 27, 2017

    VW, Marketing Co. Want 2 People Cut From TCPA Class Action

    Two of four people claiming Volkswagen and a marketing company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with autodialed calls shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the proposed class action because they voluntarily provided their phone numbers, the companies told a California federal court Monday.

  • June 26, 2017

    Focus Shifts To Ties With U.S. In Latest Travel Ban Twist

    With the U.S. Supreme Court allowing President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be enforced against people who don’t have a clear link to the U.S., the question now becomes what exactly will qualify as a "bona fide relationship,” with experts predicting potential confusion, visa delays and additional litigation ahead.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

Expert Analysis

  • Why We Must Teach Self-Driving Cars How To Crash

    Todd Benoff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • The Risks Of Releasing Privileged Investigative Reports

    Nicholas Goldin

    The recent D.C. federal court decision in Banneker Ventures v. Graham underscores the close analysis that should accompany a decision to publicly disclose even a summary of an internal investigation that was conducted under the attorney-client privilege, say Nicholas Goldin and Yafit Cohn of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Employer Steps For Avoiding Business Travel Mishaps

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Steps taken by the Trump administration to tighten U.S. border security have signaled a new era in global mobility, both in the United States and throughout the world, in which cross-border travelers should expect more advanced investigation techniques by immigration officers as well as increased scrutiny and examination for even seemingly routine international travel, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • The Primary Effects Of Rolling Back Cuba Sanctions Relief

    Paul Marquardt

    A recent presidential directive lays out the framework for rolling back certain Obama-era regulations that eased travel and trade restrictions between the United States and Cuba. Although the action has received extensive coverage, its impact is fairly limited, says Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Roundup

    FERC At 40

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    In 1977, the Federal Power Commission was replaced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. energy system entered a new era. This series takes stock of FERC's past, present and future.