• March 22, 2018

    Witness Issues Won't Delay Mass. Boeing Airplane Hole Trial

    Boeing Co. will face a trial next month in Massachusetts federal court for a long-running suit brought by six passengers who say they suffered serious injuries after a two-foot hole opened up at 32,000 feet on a 2010 flight from Miami, but on Thursday the two sides still had unresolved issues over witnesses.

  • March 22, 2018

    Phoenix Jury Awards $26M To Pilot In Helicopter Crash Case

    A jury in an Arizona state court on Wednesday unanimously found in favor of a man severely injured in a 2011 helicopter crash, finding Uniflight LLC liable and negligent for improperly overhauling the helicopter’s transmission and awarding the man and his wife $26.1 million.

  • March 22, 2018

    'Star Trek' Actor's Family Settles Suit Over Jeep Accident

    "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin’s parents have reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a gear shift they say led to their son’s death after the car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his mailbox, according to a filing in California state court.

  • March 22, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives BMW Drivers' Noisy-Brakes Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived a putative class action against BMW over expensive ceramic brakes that emit a loud, shrill squeal, saying driver Norik Barakezyan had fully alleged the noise was a manufacturing defect and a safety hazard.

  • March 22, 2018

    Ford Truck's Shoddy Roof Caused Rollover Deaths, Jury Told

    Counsel for the children of a pair of farmers killed when their Ford Super Duty pickup truck rolled over told a Georgia jury during Thursday opening statements that Ford had known for years that the roofs of its heaviest trucks were weak and susceptible to the “total collapse” that killed the couple.

  • March 22, 2018

    Port Authority, Jersey City Settle $400M Tax Dispute

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on Thursday its board of commissioners voted to authorize a host of agreements that settle a long-standing dispute with Jersey City, New Jersey, over property tax payments worth $400 million, with the understanding that the city will not contest the tax-exempt status of Port Authority properties located within the city for 25 years.

  • March 22, 2018

    GM Seeks To End Consumer Suit Over Oil-Guzzling Cars

    General Motors LLC asked a California federal judge Thursday to dismiss a putative class action alleging that defects in its Chevy Equinoxes cause their engines to burn through oil, citing various warranty issues and saying the drivers had failed to show GM knowingly hid the defect and that it put them in danger.

  • March 22, 2018

    Union Pacific Urges Justices To Preserve Win On Stocks

    The Union Pacific Railroad Co. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday not to overturn its victory in the Eighth Circuit that deemed its stock options for employees nontaxable, even if the high court rules against railroad companies in a similar and separate case before it.

  • March 22, 2018

    Bosch Slams VW Car Owners' RICO Claims

    German auto parts giant Bosch told a California federal judge on Wednesday that a proposed class of drivers who offloaded affected vehicles before Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke in September 2015 didn’t suffer any financial losses from the alleged racketeering activities so they don't have standing to sue.

  • March 22, 2018

    Elon Musk Could Rake In Billions Under Compensation Plan

    Tesla shareholders on Wednesday approved a gargantuan performance-based compensation package for the company’s leader, Elon Musk, but he would need to grow the carmaker to rival Google’s parent and other tech giants in order to receive all of its nearly $56 billion potential maximum value.

  • March 22, 2018

    Former FedEx Worker Can Pursue Bias Claims, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that FedEx Corporate Services Inc. must face a former sales executive’s bias suit, saying she presented enough evidence that a supervisor discriminated against her and conducted a sham investigation into allegations she submitted false records as pretext to fire her.

  • March 22, 2018

    EU Moves Ahead With Airline Competition Safeguard

    The European Parliament’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday backed a law to create an expedited process to address complaints of anti-competitive behavior by non-European Union airlines, a measure MEPs said is necessary to deter state-backed airlines from unfair business practices.

  • March 22, 2018

    Pa. Justices To Weigh Broadness Of Business Privilege Tax

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to review whether a business privilege tax provision in a city ordinance was properly interpreted to prevent a freight broker from claiming a tax deduction based on customer payments it passed through to freight carriers.

  • March 22, 2018

    Mich. Residents Say New GM Must Face Groundwater Suit

    Michigan residents suing General Motors over groundwater contamination urged a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday not to curtail their claims, saying their due process rights were violated when, despite the car company’s prebankruptcy knowledge of the issue, they weren’t notified about proceedings that would affect their rights.

  • March 22, 2018

    PTAB Nixes Air Bag IP Asserted Against Major Automakers

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday invalidated all claims of an air bag patent asserted against Toyota, Hyundai and others by a subsidiary of major patent licensing company Acacia Research Corp.

  • March 22, 2018

    10th Circ. Affirms Clean Water Suit Win Against Mining Co.

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday upheld a plaintiff’s citizen suit win against a sand and gravel company that allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging dredge and fill material into Oklahoma wetlands.

  • March 22, 2018

    4th Circ. Shuts Down Fight Over FERC's $5B Pipeline OK

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday nixed a challenge by environmental and public interest groups to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline because FERC hasn't yet acted on the group's rehearing requests, and rejected an emergency bid to halt construction of the project.

  • March 22, 2018

    Infrastructure Gets $21B Boost In House Spending Package

    The House approved a $1.3 trillion six-month omnibus spending package Thursday that would invest an additional $21.2 billion on rebuilding infrastructure nationwide, including transportation, energy, water and cybersecurity projects, and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through September.

  • March 22, 2018

    Swiss Microsensors Maker Prices $290M IPO Atop Range

    Swiss microsensors company Sensirion Holding AG on Thursday raised 276 million Swiss francs ($290 million) after its initial public offering priced atop its range on signs of strong demand, making it one of three Swiss companies to either debut IPOs this week or proceed with offerings.

  • March 22, 2018

    EPA Escapes Relatively Unscathed In Spending Bill

    The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by the House on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s call for dramatic cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget, maintaining it at the current $8 billion and shifting money around to provide more for water projects and Superfund cleanups.

Expert Analysis

  • How FERC Is Acting On Income Tax Allowances And The TCJA

    Linda Walsh

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted swiftly to respond to the recent United Airlines v. FERC decision regarding income tax allowances, as well as to implement changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. FERC's actions are meant to ensure that ratepayers see the benefits of lower corporate tax rates, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How To Negotiate Wireless Infrastructure Agreements

    Walt Sapronov

    When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Aviation Update: Air Traffic Control Privatization Stalls

    Alan Hoffman

    Last month saw the end of a congressional effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The initiative was opposed by groups who saw it as a ploy to hand air traffic control to the airlines. But given its support from the airline industry and the Trump administration, privatization will likely resurface, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.