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  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-Pierce Atty Says Colleague Lied In Boeing Max 8 Hearing

    Confusion about Pierce Bainbridge's role in an airline class action mounted in recent days as a former Pierce attorney accused a one-time firm leader of potentially lying in court and another attorney representing the embattled partnership of trying to "intimidate" him into silence.

  • May 26, 2020

    Skadden-Led KAR Global Gets $550M PE Investment

    Automobile auctioneer KAR Global said Tuesday it received $550 million from funds led by global private equity firm Apax Partners and from Periphas Capital.

  • May 26, 2020

    NJ Delivery Co. Fights For Arbitration In Wage Spat

    US Pack Logistics Inc. has told a New Jersey court that a federal magistrate judge should've ordered arbitration in a delivery driver's proposed wage and hour class action, saying the driver is not a transportation worker engaged in interstate commerce who'd be exempt from arbitration.

  • May 26, 2020

    Auto Group Defends New GHG Standards At DC Circ.

    An auto industry group is throwing its support behind the federal government's new greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, telling the D.C. Circuit it should be a party in a challenge to the rule brought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has said it wants the standards frozen.

  • May 26, 2020

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

    The COVID-19 pandemic found states monitoring scaled back Memorial Day weekend festivities that went off without a hitch in some places and resulted in crowd-limit violations in others, signaling challenges ahead as the beach season vies with continuing public health safety mandates.

  • May 26, 2020

    Toyota Says Prius Stalling Defect Suit Belongs In Arbitration

    Toyota told a California federal judge that two of the seven remaining named plaintiffs in a proposed consumer class action claiming the automaker's hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling signed away their right to sue when acquiring their vehicles, and that their claims must be pushed into arbitration.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ryanair Challenges Lufthansa's €9B Bailout Package

    Ryanair said it would challenge the German government's decision to bail out Lufthansa for €9 billion, or $9.8 billion, saying Tuesday the move would "further strengthen Lufthansa's monopoly-like grip on the German air travel market."

  • May 26, 2020

    United Strikes Deal To End Pilots' Military Leave Class Action

    United Airlines Inc. has reached a deal to resolve a class action accusing it of violating federal law by failing to factor pilots' military leave time into their pension calculations. 

  • May 26, 2020

    EU Probe Puts Air Canada's Transat Deal In Holding Pattern

    European regulators are putting Air Canada's $544 million deal to acquire Transat under a microscope because the two airlines fly many of the same routes between Canada and Europe, leading to worries that merging them could reduce competition for transatlantic air travel.

  • May 26, 2020

    Bolt Raises $110M To Drive Post-Pandemic Recovery

    Bolt, a Europe-based Uber rival, said Tuesday it had raised €100 million ($110 million) to drive post-pandemic growth across its ride-hailing, food delivery and business delivery units.

  • May 26, 2020

    Uber Drivers Sue New York To Get Unemployment Benefits

    Drivers for Uber and other app-based car services have sued the Empire State in federal court, alleging the labor department has slow-walked their claims for emergency unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic by treating them as independent contractors.

  • May 26, 2020

    9th Circ. Says Climate Suits Belong In State Court

    Chevron Corp. and other fossil fuel companies may have to face suits by California cities and counties seeking climate change-related infrastructure damages in state court after the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday that the cases don't raise issues of federal law.

  • May 26, 2020

    South American Airline Latest To Hit Ch. 11 In COVID-19 Crisis

    South American airline LATAM Airlines Group SA filed for Chapter 11 protection Tuesday in New York, saying the COVID-19 outbreak had reversed its growth trend and left it unable to make payment obligations on its $7.1 billion of debt.

  • May 26, 2020

    Daimler, Shipper Settle Vehicle Cartel Dispute In UK

    Daimler has settled its claims accusing the European arm of Tokyo-based shipper NYK of participating in a plot to fix the price of cargo services for vehicles, a conspiracy the automaker said has cost it $187 million in damages.

  • May 26, 2020

    Volkswagen Loses Landmark 'Dieselgate' Case In Germany

    Germany's highest civil court has ruled that Volkswagen must reimburse a car-owner for the cost of a vehicle fitted with emissions-cheating software, in a landmark case that will pave the way for tens of thousands of similar lawsuits.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 Drives Car Rental Giant Hertz Into Bankruptcy

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware late Friday with roughly $24 billion in debt, limping badly from the effects of a global, COVID-19 related business downturn and filing its initial papers hours ahead of a creditor forbearance deadline on a multi-billion noteholder agreement.

  • May 22, 2020

    Pipeline Contractor Must Face AIG's Claims Over $25M Leak

    A Georgia federal judge said that a pipeline maintenance company has to face AIG's third-party claims in a coverage dispute over a $25 million gasoline leak, finding that the maintenance company has a clear material interest in the outcome of the broader suit.

  • May 22, 2020

    Podhurst's Inaction Costs Its Damages Bid Against Venezuela

    Podhurst Orseck PA has been dropped from its bid to collect damages in a long-standing arbitration dispute in Mississippi federal court between U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls and Venezuela's Ministry of Defense after failing to file anything in the case for at least 11 years.

  • May 22, 2020

    Kan. Property Taxes Discriminatory, Railroad Cos. Tell Court

    Ad valorem property taxes assessed by the state of Kansas discriminate against railroad companies in violation of federal law, 12 railroad companies alleged in a complaint filed in a Kansas federal court.

  • May 22, 2020

    COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: Courts Divided On Getting IP To Trial

    Intellectual property proceedings impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have been pressing along on different timelines throughout the country, with live oral arguments resumed for a case in Michigan, trials further delayed in California and witnesses allowed to stay home in New York. The Federal Circuit, taking the state-by-state unpredictability into account, has called off in-person arguments indefinitely. 

  • May 22, 2020

    Mass. Lyft Drivers Get Boost, But No Employee Status Just Yet

    A Massachusetts federal judge said that Lyft drivers suing to gain employee status have a good shot at proving they're being misclassified as independent contractors, but they haven't shown they've been irreparably harmed enough to justify an emergency preliminary injunction amid the pandemic.

  • May 22, 2020

    Logistics Co.'s Patent App Fight Gets No Support At Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit affirmed Friday that three challenges tied to the rejection of a shipping logistics company's patent applications can't be heard, as two are appealing nonfinal orders and the third is barred by the statute of limitations.

  • May 22, 2020

    Caprock Midstream Hit With $9.5M Suit Over Merger Deal

    Caprock Midstream has been accused in Texas state court of tricking a Blackstone Energy Partners-owned midstream energy company into a $950 million merger by withholding information about various liabilities and potential claims during negotiations.

  • May 22, 2020

    Boeing Names New General Counsel Amid Reorganization

    Boeing Co. has named deputy general counsel Grant Dixton as its new general counsel, senior vice president and head of the aerospace giant's law department after the prior general counsel was named head of its newly combined law and global compliance departments.

Expert Analysis

  • Accelerating Regulatory Reform For Replica Vehicles

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    Specialty Equipment Market Association v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may have sped up the agency's delayed rulemaking on replica vehicles, but companies should stay involved by submitting comments before regulations are finalized, say Anne Marie Ellis and Taylor Brown at Buchalter.

  • Preparing For A Deluge Of COVID-19 Whistleblower Claims

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    Attorneys at Proskauer break down the kinds of COVID-19 whistleblower retaliation claims employers should anticipate, and explain key steps to minimize risks under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and state laws.

  • COVID-19, Contango And Energy's New Economic Reality

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    During the current pandemic, counsel for energy companies must be prepared for the market condition known as contango — where short-term and long-term energy prices operate differently — and with pressure from banks providing reserve-based lending facilities, says Cameron Kinvig at Lexis Practice Advisor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Relief Should Fund A Federal Infrastructure Bill

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    To create jobs and address the country's $4.5 trillion infrastructure backlog, the federal government should enact coronavirus relief directed at infrastructure investment, leveraged by the allocation of funds for public-private partnerships, say Andrej Micovic and Eric Singer at Bilzin Sumberg.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Maximizing Defense Advantages In Jurisdictional Discovery

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    When a court responds to a personal jurisdiction defense with a jurisdictional discovery order, defense lawyers should review what information is already public, draft clear and precise affidavits, and prepare a depository of documents that are only relevant to jurisdictional issues, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • A Primer On Foreign Judgment Enforcement In Canada

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    Given the expected rise in disputes between U.S. and Canadian companies due to the pandemic, David Ziegler at Fasken Martineau breaks down the factors Canadian courts consider when determining whether to recognize and enforce a judgment from a U.S. or other foreign court.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Bridgegate Has The Potential To Upend A Raft Of Prosecutions

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent "Bridgegate" decision will undoubtedly create further hurdles for the government to prosecute schemes that are venal, deceitful and underhanded but in which the loss of money or property — while foreseeable — was not the objective, say Daniel Fetterman and Brian Choi at Kasowitz.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • Opinion

    The Post-Pandemic Workplace Needs Better Safety Regulation

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    Allowing businesses to reopen without emergency regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and with liability protections for businesses send a terrible, confidence-sapping message to workers and consumers, and will unnecessarily jeopardize economic recovery, says Charles Jeffress, former assistant secretary at OSHA.

  • How States Are Relaxing Truck Weight Rules During COVID-19

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    Multiple states have adjusted truck weight limits to allow delivery vehicles involved in emergency relief efforts to accommodate more freight during the COVID-19 pandemic, but commercial carriers and vehicle operators must be mindful of differences between states, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

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