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  • November 25, 2020

    EU Floats IP Plan, Eyes Standard-Essential Patents

    The European Union is going to take new steps to overhaul intellectual property law in an effort to "reduce frictions" and litigation over standard-essential patents in the tech sector, the bloc's top antitrust and digital technology official announced.

  • November 25, 2020

    Norwegian Cruise Rips Investors' Virus Sales Fraud Claims

    Norwegian Cruise Line slammed investors' claims that it ran a "top-down" deceptive sales campaign downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic to prospective customers in order to stave off revenue losses, maintaining that it doesn't have to disclose allegedly aggressive sales practices.

  • November 25, 2020

    Toyota Gets Faulty Highlander Drive Shaft Suit Axed For Now

    A California federal judge has dismissed a proposed nationwide consumer class action accusing Toyota Motor Corp. of creating Highlander model SUVs with defective drive shafts and knowingly concealing the issue, but gave the proposed class a chance to amend its complaint.

  • November 25, 2020

    Trump Says DOJ Can Stop Enviro Project Settlements

    The Trump administration told a Massachusetts federal court that it had the discretion to reach settlements as it saw fit, pushing to end a suit by environmental advocates that said the U.S. Department of Justice's policy banning environmental improvement projects in enforcement settlements is unlawful.

  • November 25, 2020

    Texas Tries Again To Undo $29M Verdict Over Highway Project

    Texas' government asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to review an appeals court's approval of a $29 million verdict for a developer who claimed that a highway project and related land condemnation tanked the value of the developer's residential project site, saying the ruling was incorrect.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ill. Cab Biz Isn't Covered In Fatal Carjacking Suit, Insurer Says 

    A Pennsylvania insurer told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that it has no duty to defend a cab company in a suit by victims of a fatal crash involving a stolen taxi, saying its policy doesn't cover anything stemming from the violent carjacking that led to the accident.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.

  • November 25, 2020

    UK Antitrust Dept. Claims Authority To Ban $360M Sabre Deal

    The U.K.'s competition watchdog told an appeal tribunal Wednesday that it had lawful discretion to determine the relevant travel services at issue when it blocked travel tech giant Sabre Corp.'s proposed $360 million takeover of rival Farelogix.

  • November 25, 2020

    Drivers Say GM Engines Were 'Engineered To Fail'

    A group of drivers led by a siding business is hitting General Motors LLC with a proposed class action alleging that it knowingly sold vehicles with engines "engineered to fail" through a defective oil system.

  • November 25, 2020

    Calif. Airport, City Tangled In Service Monopoly Lawsuit

    A Los Angeles man and a partnership created to purchase property at a Southern California airport filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two companies that act as fixed-base operators, claiming they have monopoly control over services and operations rendered at the airport.

  • November 25, 2020

    BigLaw's Sustainability Pro Bono Drive Blew Past $15M Goal

    When a group of BigLaw firms committed two years ago to devote $15 million worth of time to climate change and sustainability issues, they got overwhelming interest from junior associates and senior partners alike, and as the program has grown, firms have contributed at least $24 million in pro bono work.

  • November 25, 2020

    Linklaters Steers £219M PE Bid For UK Motor Insurer

    Motor insurer AA PLC said on Wednesday that it has accepted a £219 million ($290 million) takeover bid by two private equity companies in a deal that will result in more money being invested in the struggling company.

  • November 24, 2020

    Judge Trims Drivers' Suit Over Cracked Subaru Windshields

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday trimmed several counts from a proposed class action against Subaru over alleged spontaneously cracking windshields but left most counts intact, ruling the consumers can sue over vehicle models they have not owned or leased.

  • November 24, 2020

    Union Pacific Must Face Suit Over Train Crossing Collision

    A Missouri appellate court on Tuesday revived a suit seeking to hold Union Pacific Railroad Co. liable for a train-car collision that caused a woman's permanent injuries, saying a factual dispute exists as to whether the train sounded its horn at a proper decibel level before approaching the crossing.

  • November 24, 2020

    Kuwaiti Auto Dealer's Fight With Ford Will Go To 6th Circ.

    Both sides to a dispute over a terminated deal to distribute Ford vehicles in Kuwait have appealed to the Sixth Circuit a Michigan judge's decision to toss fraud and breach of contract claims asserted by a Kuwaiti auto dealer against the automaker while the claims are sent to arbitration.

  • November 24, 2020

    Railroad Operator's Fees Must Be Covered, Chancery Says

    A Delaware vice chancellor ruled Tuesday that American Rail Partners LLC must cover legal expenses incurred by a railroad ownership company that it sued over unjust enrichment claims, saying an agreement in place "unambiguously" provides that expenses be covered.

  • November 24, 2020

    Feds Say 4th Circ. Skimped On Baltimore Climate Suit Review

    The federal government has told the U.S. Supreme Court that it should be easier for energy giants like Chevron and Exxon Mobil to move state court lawsuits seeking to hold them liable for climate change damages to federal court.

  • November 24, 2020

    NY Appeals Court Skeptical In Lyft Minimum Wage Fight

    Lyft faced tough questioning from a New York state appeals panel on Tuesday in its bid to set aside a New York City regulation that created a minimum wage for app-based drivers, with one justice suggesting the city and Lyft merely had different goals for the regulation.

  • November 24, 2020

    4 Firms Steer TransDigm's $965M Deal For Aerospace Biz

    Aerospace company TransDigm said Tuesday it will buy U.K.-based antenna and radio business Cobham Aero Connectivity in a roughly $965 million deal steered by BakerHostetler, Reed Smith, Jones Day and Weil Gotshal.

  • November 24, 2020

    DoorDash Delivers $2.5M Settlement In DC AG's Tips Suit

    DoorDash and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General's Office told a D.C. judge Tuesday they agreed to a $2.5 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging the food delivery company misrepresented how tips paid by customers would be distributed to couriers.

  • November 24, 2020

    Boston Teamsters Wrongly Backed Strike, NLRB Judge Says

    A Boston-area Teamsters union local violated federal labor law by suggesting members not cross another union's picket outside two DHL facilities, a National Labor Relations Board judge said, calling the refusal to cross it an illegal secondary strike.

  • November 24, 2020

    Water Permits Voided For $2B Wash. Methanol Refinery

    A Washington federal court has struck down water quality permits granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to an export terminal for a 90-acre, $2 billion methanol manufacturing project in the state, ruling the approvals were issued without properly considering the full indirect emissions of the project.

  • November 24, 2020

    States, Cities Seek Demise Of Trump's Narrowed Water Rule

    A group of states on Monday asked a federal judge to scrap the Trump administration's rule narrowing the scope of the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, saying the government failed to study how excluding many previously protected waters would harm water quality and step on states' rights.

  • November 24, 2020

    Colo. Enacts Stricter Rules For Oil And Gas Drillers

    Colorado oil and gas regulators on Monday adopted an overhaul of drilling rules to require greater consideration of public health and environmental impacts, including drilling further away from homes and schools and limiting venting and flaring from gas wells.

  • November 24, 2020

    SEC Proposes Easing Stock Sales Rules For 'Gig' Workers

    A divided U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules on Tuesday easing how private companies can compensate workers through stock, including short-term "gig" workers who are not traditional employees and depend on equity absent a steady paycheck.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Contract Litigation Indicates Limits Of COVID-19 Defenses

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    Although there has not yet been a decision on the merits, a wave of COVID-19 litigation concerning force majeure, impossibility and frustration of purpose in New York indicates that using pandemic-related excuses to avoid contractual obligations may be limited, says Seth Kruglak at Norton Rose.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • 3 Fed. Circ. IP Cases For Gov't Contractors To Watch

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    Nathaniel Castellano at Arnold & Porter discusses recent oral arguments at the Federal Circuit in three cases — Boeing v. Secretary of the Air Force, Bitmanagement Software v. U.S. and Harmonia Holdings v. U.S. — and the broad implications the decisions will have on government contractors and agencies dealing in proprietary data and software.

  • Carbon Capture Policy Should Be Aligned For Global Adoption

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    With support from both Republicans and Democrats, carbon capture, utilization and storage technology as a tool for decarbonization may be poised for domestic growth — but the U.S. and the European Union must coordinate their policies to promote a global approach, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Expect Major Changes In Aerospace And Defense Under Biden

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    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • How Federal, State Plans Could Bring Carbon Capture To US

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    Proposals from President-elect Joe Biden, a pair of bills currently pending in Congress and a low-carbon fuels program in California provide insights into how carbon capture, utilization and storage technology could be integrated into the fight against climate change in the U.S., say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe.

  • What To Expect From DOJ Enforcement Under Biden

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    Companies shouldn't fear a rapid uptick in overall corporate enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice under a new Democratic administration, but should anticipate a shift in focus away from immigration cases toward COVID-19-related fraud and civil rights reform, say Sandra Moser and Kenneth Polite at Morgan Lewis.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • EU Climate Goals Are Hard To Reach Without Carbon Capture

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    The European Union's failure to fully embrace blue fuels, produced using carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, may hinder the region's pursuit of its aggressive decarbonization goals, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Carbon Capture Tech Offers A Fast Path Toward Climate Goals

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    To meet ambitious climate goals, the U.S., EU and other developed nations must immediately start reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels, which policymakers can encourage by supporting carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, say Hunter Johnston and Jeff Weiss at Steptoe.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Using Prior Art In Patentability Args Amid Fed. Circ. Confusion

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    While waiting for the Federal Circuit to resolve its recent inconsistent treatment of prior-art-based arguments during a Section 101 patent eligibility analysis, practitioners should draft patent specifications to show improvements over prior art and then leverage them in litigation, say Michael Kiklis and Matthew Zapadka at Bass Berry.

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