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  • November 14, 2018

    Insurer Must Pay $11.6M Plane Crash Judgment, Judge Says

    A Kansas judge has ruled that the liability insurer for a pilot killed in a 2013 plane crash must cover an $11.6 million judgment entered against the pilot’s estate in a wrongful death lawsuit, finding that the insurer’s failure to promptly offer its $100,000 policy limit to settle the claim led to the massive award.

  • November 14, 2018

    Transport Agency Beats Ex-Worker's Corruption Claims

    A Missouri federal judge threw out a case Wednesday that claimed a Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District development agency cheated the government out of millions in federal funds for its operations and capital improvements, and used the money to make political paybacks, finding no evidence the agency violated federal anti-corruption laws.

  • November 14, 2018

    United Airlines Investor Says Exec Pay Suit Should Survive

    An investor in United Airlines told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Wednesday that its claims against the company, its directors and former CEO over allegedly excessive compensation given to the executive after he was involved in a bribery scheme should survive because corporate officers shouldn’t be rewarded for bad behavior.

  • November 14, 2018

    BNSF Gets Quick Win In Ex-Worker's Disability Bias Suit

    BNSF Railway Co. on Wednesday dodged an employee’s suit alleging it effectively fired her by moving her job halfway across the country because she took medical leave, with a Kansas federal judge saying her claims largely derived from “conjecture.”

  • November 14, 2018

    EPA Eases Hazmat Rules For Discarded Takata Air Bag Parts

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it will ease hazardous waste regulations for auto dealerships, repair facilities and scrap yards disposing of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators at the center of a sweeping 2015 national recall.

  • November 14, 2018

    Tax-Free Travel Payments Count As Wages, 8th Circ. Says

    The Eighth Circuit ruled Wednesday that tax-exempt payments made by Werner Enterprises Inc. to tens of thousands of truck drivers for anticipated travel costs could be used in calculating their pay rates, upholding the dismissal of a class action alleging the payments were wrongly used to offset minimum wages the drivers were owed.

  • November 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: MTA, Moses & Singer, First Industrial

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reportedly buying New York's Grand Central Terminal and two train lines for $35 million, Moses & Singer is said to have renewed its lease in New York's Chrysler Building, and REIT First Industrial has reportedly picked up a Florida site for $8.7 million.

  • November 14, 2018

    Senate Passes Coast Guard Bill With Ballast Compromise

    A bill reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard heads back to the House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate voted to pass a version of the legislation that includes a compromise over how the federal government will regulate ship ballast and discharge.

  • November 14, 2018

    Car Dealers Seek OK For $9.12M Deal In KYB Antitrust Action

    Japanese auto parts maker KYB Corp. will pay car dealers $9.12 million to settle an antitrust action accusing it of fixing the prices of shock absorbers, according to the dealers’ request for preliminary approval in a Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    VW, Bosch Say Dealerships' RICO Losses Are Intangible

    Volkswagen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH said Tuesday in California federal court that businesses that invested in building new Volkswagen dealerships or expanding existing dealerships in the midst of the German automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal have overblown their claims of a conspiracy and financial losses from Volkswagen’s reputational hit.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pillsbury Steers Electric Vehicle Co. On $210M Funding Round

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Nikola Corp. on Wednesday said it snapped up $210 million from a funding round steered by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, as the Arizona-based company looks to continue rolling out its lineup of hydrogen-powered semi trucks.

  • November 14, 2018

    EU Approves $121M To Make German Buses Greener

    The European Commission has greenlighted €107 million ($121 million) in public funds to help Germany make its diesel buses more environmentally friendly, the commission said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Port Authority Beats Religious Bias Suit Over Sabbath Shifts

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey won't have to face bias claims from a former employee at Newark Liberty International Airport who asked for Fridays and Saturdays off to observe the Jewish Sabbath, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding the scheduling request would have flouted an existing union contract.

  • November 14, 2018

    Fla. Ford Dealer Agrees To $4.8M Robocalls Settlement

    A Ford dealership and the recipients of its unwanted automated advertising messages have reached a preliminary $4.8 million settlement in a proposed class action accusing it of violating federal communications law, according to a motion filed in Florida federal court.

  • November 14, 2018

    Bridger Cos. Can’t Dodge Rail Services Deal Breach Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to toss claims against more than a dozen Bridger Logistics affiliates in Eddystone Rail's suit over allegedly fraudulent asset transfers the rail company claims were meant to defraud it under a rail services agreement.

  • November 14, 2018

    3 Firms Steer $360M Sabre Deal For Travel Tech Co. Farelogix

    Travel-focused technology company Sabre Corp. on Wednesday said it will buy private-equity backed tech firm Farelogix in a $360 million deal, with Hogan Lovells US LLP and Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider steering the buyer and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guiding the Miami-based seller.

  • November 13, 2018

    Toyota Drivers Seek To Keep Distributor In Faulty HVAC Suit

    Drivers in a proposed class action have asserted in Florida federal court that Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC knew its cars had defective ventilation systems but said nothing, an act of omission that should keep it on the hook despite its attempts to get out of the case.

  • November 13, 2018

    Uber Board Wasn't Conflicted Before Otto Deal, Chancery Told

    Attorneys for Uber and its directors told a Delaware vice chancellor Tuesday that stockholders who challenged the company’s disastrous, $680 million deal to buy self-driving vehicle startup Ottomotto failed to show that company directors were too conflicted to assess failures and pursue damages.

  • November 13, 2018

    Top Securities Atty Ditches Tesla In The Wake Of SEC Deals

    One of Tesla Inc.'s top securities lawyers has left the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker, less than two months after Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $20 million apiece to resolve securities fraud claims.

  • November 13, 2018

    No Decision Yet On Keeping Nordam Ch. 11 Docs Under Seal

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge delayed a decision on a request by aviation company The Nordam Group Inc. to keep certain information in its Chapter 11 case, including compensation and benefits for senior managers, under seal, stating she will consider doing so pending confirmation of the plan.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Evaluating Obesity As An Impairment At Wash. High Court

    Tina Tellado

    The Washington Supreme Court's eventual decision in Taylor v. Burlington Railroad Holdings is likely to have far-reaching effects that will inform how employers and employees approach weight-based discrimination issues in the workplace and during the prehiring process, say Tina Tellado and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.