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  • June 28, 2017

    Mayer Brown Malpractice Suit Tossed At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the toss of a legal malpractice suit brought against Mayer Brown LLP by lenders of a $1.5 billion loan held by General Motors Co., saying the firm didn’t owe any professional duties to the lenders as third-party nonclients.

  • June 28, 2017

    NJ Transit Sued Over Atty's Death In Hoboken Train Crash

    The family of an attorney who was killed when a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken terminal in September has slammed the agency with a wrongful death lawsuit in state court, alleging that it failed to take steps that would have prevented the lawyer's death.

  • June 28, 2017

    11th Circ. Nixes Coverage Of Stolen Freight Shipment

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday found that a district court had misinterpreted a prior ruling and that an insurance company does not have to pay out for retroactively purchased coverage of a hijacked cargo shipment.

  • June 28, 2017

    UK Supreme Court Says Arbitrator Erred In Chartering Row

    The U.K. Supreme Court concluded Wednesday that a maritime arbitrator erred when he subtracted $16.765 million from the damages owed to a vessel owner by a charterer that had returned the vessel prematurely, a means of accounting for the vessel's higher value at the time, saying those circumstances are irrelevant.

  • June 28, 2017

    Judge Trims Securities Row Over VW Emissions Cheat

    A California federal judge on Wednesday again trimmed some claims from a securities class action that’s part of Volkswagen’s larger emissions scandal, but also let some claims back into the case and rejected efforts to change his mind.

  • June 28, 2017

    Families Hit Guardrail Cos. With Wrongful Death Suits

    The families of three people killed in 2016 after their cars hit highway guardrails slapped the guardrail manufacturer and the company that installed them with wrongful death suits in Tennessee state court Wednesday, alleging that the guardrails were defective and improperly installed.

  • June 28, 2017

    Ex-Greenberg Shareholder Jumps To Hall Booth In Atlanta

    The Southeastern firm Hall Booth Smith PC has added a former shareholder with international giant Greenberg Traurig as a partner focusing on medical malpractice and product liability in its Atlanta office.

  • June 28, 2017

    The 10 Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court Term

    Neal Katyal seemingly tried to educate Justice Samuel Alito about a well-known Latin phrase, Justice Sonia Sotomayor prayed aloud that she wouldn’t be assigned a mind-numbing opinion, and Justice Elena Kagan needled a lawyer who confused her with another justice. Here, Law360 wraps up the top moments of legal levity from the latest high court term.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Most Talkative Justice Of The High Court Term

    Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has emerged as the most talkative at oral arguments — and the titleholder should come as no surprise to court watchers.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Cases That Got The Justices Talking

    The justices’ level of engagement at oral argument can provide a crucial window into their thinking on an issue, but interpreting what that might mean for how they’ll rule is an elusive art. Here, Law360 looks at the sessions in which each justice engaged the most.

  • June 28, 2017

    Army Wasted $53M On Transportation Deals, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Army wasted $53 million on unnecessary purchases due to lax management of $200 million worth of Middle East transportation contracts, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General published Monday.

  • June 28, 2017

    US Unveils New Overseas Airport Security Measures

    The federal government will subject all U.S.-bound flights from 280 airports in 105 countries to heightened passenger and aircraft screening procedures as part of a spate of new aviation security directives, the Trump administration unveiled Wednesday.

  • June 28, 2017

    BMW Slams Objections To Sunroof Leaks Settlement

    BMW of North America LLC reiterated its support Wednesday in New York federal court for a deal that would end two lawsuits over an alleged sunroof design defect that damaged electrical components in certain vehicles’ trunks, saying a mere .003 percent of the settlement class has objected to the deal.

  • June 28, 2017

    Sens. Grill Trump's Pick To Head DOJ Environmental Division

    President Donald Trump’s pick to be the top environmental law official at the U.S. Department of Justice faced skeptical Democrats on a Senate panel on Wednesday, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Jeffrey Bossert Clark fielding questions about his private practice and views on climate change.

  • June 28, 2017

    DC Circ. Ends Challenge To Interim Gas Storage Safety Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to an interim natural gas storage safety rule enacted in the wake of the 2015 Aliso Canyon leak, deciding that because the American Gas Association and others had asked the issuing agency to reconsider the rule, it couldn’t also be challenged judicially.

  • June 28, 2017

    Iranian Groups Seek New Block After High Court Ruling

    Multiple Iranian-American groups asked a D.C. federal court Tuesday to preliminarily block President Donald Trump’s travel ban as it applies to certain Iranian individuals in same-sex relationships, arguing that they face imminent irreparable harm if they’re forced to return to their home country.

  • June 28, 2017

    Ford Recalls 402K Vans At Estimated $142M Cost

    Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 402,000 Ford Transit vans in North America because of a driveshaft coupling defect that the company expects to spend $142 million to repair, according to a report filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • June 28, 2017

    FTC Chief Says Connected Cars Require ‘Regulatory Humility’

    The Federal Trade Commission’s approach to overseeing the burgeoning world of connected cars that can communicate with one another and the world around them and are likely to one day produce self-driving vehicles on a mass scale is one of “regulatory humility,” the agency’s acting chairman said on Wednesday.

  • June 27, 2017

    Massive Hack That Hit DLA Piper, Others May Be New Norm

    DLA Piper and several multinational companies became the victims of a devastating cyberattack on Tuesday, the second major attack to hit worldwide in two months, and the differences between this hack and the Wannacry intrusion in May lead experts to believe the battle to guard corporate security isn't over, and may never end.

  • June 27, 2017

    Takata Gets Clearance To Launch Massive Ch. 11 Case

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge allowed embattled Takata to set the wheels in motion Tuesday for its massive global restructuring proposed to culminate with a $1.6 billion sale to competitor Key Safety Systems Inc., a case that could see a significant role played by victims of its defective air-bag inflators.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From Mechanic's 10th Circ. Sex Harassment Suit

    Yvette Davis

    The Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Needham, where it reversed the dismissal of a sexual harassment claim based on "quid pro quo" set of facts, highlights for employers that labels or categories are irrelevant to harassment claims, exhausting administrative remedies is much easier than most employers might appreciate, and more importantly, employers must be vigilant and proactive, says Yvette Davis of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • DAPL Opinion Highlights Pipeline Project NEPA Challenges

    Deidre Duncan

    Litigation involving the Dakota Access pipeline took another turn when a federal court in Washington, D.C., granted partial summary judgment to two Native American tribes challenging the environmental review's adequacy. The opinion touches on several issues with respect to agencies’ National Environmental Policy Act obligations for pipeline projects generally and oil pipelines in particular, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Why We Must Teach Self-Driving Cars How To Crash

    Todd Benoff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • The Risks Of Releasing Privileged Investigative Reports

    Nicholas Goldin

    The recent D.C. federal court decision in Banneker Ventures v. Graham underscores the close analysis that should accompany a decision to publicly disclose even a summary of an internal investigation that was conducted under the attorney-client privilege, say Nicholas Goldin and Yafit Cohn of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Employer Steps For Avoiding Business Travel Mishaps

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Steps taken by the Trump administration to tighten U.S. border security have signaled a new era in global mobility, both in the United States and throughout the world, in which cross-border travelers should expect more advanced investigation techniques by immigration officers as well as increased scrutiny and examination for even seemingly routine international travel, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.