• March 27, 2017

    $28.6M Fees In VW Fraud Deal Hardly 'Excessive,' Firms Say

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and Bass Sox Mercer on Thursday blasted Volkswagen’s recent claim that a $28.56 million fee request was “excessive” for a $1.6 billion settlement benefiting auto dealers affected by the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, saying that Volkswagen’s argument was “high on rhetoric and low on substance.”

  • March 27, 2017

    GWB Scandal Figures Seek Probation, Gov't Seeks 3 Years

    Two former public officials on Monday asked a New Jersey federal judge for probation for their role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal while federal prosecutors called for at least three years in prison each for betraying the public for a personal vendetta.

  • March 27, 2017

    Faulty Info Let $3.5B Pipeline Proceed, Enviros Tell FERC

    Environmental groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday to block construction of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline that would run from Alabama to Florida, claiming the agency relied on faulty information over a coal-fired power plant's expected closure in determining the project was necessary.

  • March 27, 2017

    Honda, Flybe Face UK Fines For Unsolicited Marketing Emails

    The U.K.'s data protection authority has hit the European arm of Honda Motor Co. and regional airline Flybe with a total of £83,000 ($104,000) in fines for allegedly blasting customers with marketing emails without their consent, the regulator said Monday. 

  • March 27, 2017

    Norway's DNB Bank Selling Stake In Dakota Pipeline Loans

    Norway's DNB Bank ASA said Sunday that it had agreed to sell its share in the financing of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in response to concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others about the controversial Energy Transfer Partners project.

  • March 27, 2017

    Privacy Group Denied CBP Passenger Screening Info

    A District of Columbia judge on Friday rejected a consumer rights group’s bid to force U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reveal more details on a controversial passenger screening program that uses algorithms to vet travelers the U.S. might view as security risks.

  • March 27, 2017

    Outer Harbor Creditors Say $25M In Payments Is 'Suspicious'

    The unsecured creditors committee in the Outer Harbor LLC bankruptcy said Monday it wants to haul various "insiders" into court and force them to testify about roughly $25 million in "suspicious" payments made before the California port services company went under last year.

  • March 27, 2017

    Nelson Mullins Adds To Auto Practice With New Calif. Office

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has expanded to the West Coast with a new office in Los Angeles, adding five attorneys, including three former BakerHostetler partners, who are involved in automotive franchise and distribution matters, the firm said.

  • March 27, 2017

    Judge Guts Class Action Over Lufthansa Delays

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday deeply trimmed legal claims against airline Lufthansa in a class action over flight delays and cancelations, rejecting class claims that would have covered numerous flights over a period of years.

  • March 27, 2017

    Orrick Pulls 2 Energy Partners From Norton Rose Fulbright

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced that it had brought onboard two energy lawyers with experience working on liquefied natural gas projects from Norton Rose Fulbright as partners in the firm’s offices in Washington, D.C., and New York, where they will be part of the firm's energy and infrastructure platform.

  • March 27, 2017

    Ford To Settle Fiesta, Focus Class Action With Cash, Credits

    Ford Motor Co. has agreed to provide “substantial cash payments” and other benefits to the owners of about 1.5 million of its Fiesta and Focus models that had to be repaired due to allegedly malfunctioning transmissions, the proposed class said Friday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Ponca Tribe Looks To Fight Keystone XL's Path Through Neb.

    The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announced on Friday that it has asked to intervene in proceedings before the Nebraska Public Service Commission in which TransCanada seeks approval of a route through the state for a portion of its Keystone XL pipeline, citing its “serious concerns.”

  • March 27, 2017

    4 Cos. Launch IPOs Surpassing $1B As Activity Picks Up

    A technology “unicorn,” energy master limited partnership and online lender launched initial public offerings on Monday totaling about $504 million — adding to an estimated $550 million IPO launched Friday by a trucking company — and set to price during a busy first week of April.

  • March 27, 2017

    9th Circ. Revives Trucker’s Sexual Harassment Claims

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived hostile work environment and retaliation claims brought by a former employee of trucking company CRST International Inc. who claims the company didn’t do enough to protect her from another employee’s alleged sexual harassment, finding a jury could reasonably agree with her claims.

  • March 27, 2017

    VW Drivers, Feds Seek Approval For $1.2B Emissions Deal

    A settlement worth at least $1.2 billion that would both compensate owners of 3.0-liter Volkswagen cars and remediate environmental harms stemming from the auto maker’s emissions-cheating scandal warrants final approval, the U.S. government and attorneys for the drivers told a California federal judge on Friday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: EGA, Ferromex, Fortis Healthcare

    Emirates Global Aluminum has chosen advisers to assist with a planned $3 billion IPO, Mexican railroad operator Ferromex is nearing an acquisition of Florida East Coast Railway, and India's Fortis Healthcare has interest in buying the shares in RHT Health Trust that it does not already own.

  • March 27, 2017

    Offshore Driller Settles $15M Jones Act Dispute With Gov’t

    An offshore oil and gas exploration company has resolved its dispute with the U.S. government over a $15 million fine for the company’s use of a foreign-flagged ship to transport a drilling rig between U.S. ports, in what had been the largest-ever penalty under the federal Jones Act.

  • March 27, 2017

    Eaton Workers' ERISA Suit Over $12B Merger Gets Tossed

    An Ohio federal judge dismissed on Friday an ERISA action against the officers of engineering products maker Eaton Corp. that alleges they failed to protect employees who had invested in the company’s retirement fund from losses following Eaton’s $12 billion merger with Cooper Industries PLC.

  • March 27, 2017

    Feds, DC Push To Toss Va. Motorists' Dulles Tolls Suit

    Federal and Washington, D.C., officials said Friday that a proposed class of motorists alleging the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is unconstitutionally using Dulles Toll Road revenue to fund Washington Metrorail’s Silver Line extension are just trying to dodge their obligation to pay tolls.

  • March 24, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Prevails In Recall Suit Over Jeep Fuel Tanks

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday released Fiat Chrysler from a proposed class action brought by Jeep owners alleging the automaker attempted to downplay a fuel tank defect, saying there’s no evidence that press releases regarding the defect posted on the automaker’s website were ever sent to dealerships.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Acquiring Midstream Assets And Gas Agreements: Part 2

    Greg Krafka

    Because the value of natural gas gathering systems, processing plants and related midstream assets depends on fees to be paid under associated gas gathering and processing agreements, terms and conditions of these agreements — with respect to acreage dedication, well connections, covenants running with the land, and other matters — must be scrutinized before asset purchases, say Greg Krafka and Jim Strawn of Winstead PC.

  • Delays And Uncertainty Surround Trump's Latest Travel Ban

    Maria Fernanda Gandarez

    As the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's latest immigration-related executive order is pending, the administration is cracking down on immigration benefits more generally, and employers may want to exercise extreme caution before having nationals of the EO's six designated countries travel internationally, say Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Matthew Kolodziej of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Acquiring Midstream Assets And Gas Agreements: Part 1

    Greg Krafka

    In the acquisition of natural gas gathering systems, processing plants and related midstream assets, a primary focus of legal due diligence will be the gas gathering and processing agreements associated with these assets. Terms and conditions governing service levels, fees, environmental costs, termination and other issues must be carefully reviewed before purchase, say Greg Krafka and Jim Strawn of Winstead PC.

  • Why Calif. May Be The New Frontier For Autonomous Vehicles

    Linda Pfatteicher

    This month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released new draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. California's announced commitment to advancing innovation is especially important now that states like Michigan and Florida are challenging its forerunner role in testing autonomous vehicles, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)