• December 15, 2017

    Special Master Says Uber Should Have Produced Letter

    The special master in Waymo’s self-driving car trade secrets suit against Uber said Friday that a letter detailing an ex-Uber employee’s allegations against the company should’ve been produced during discovery, in a report released the same day the 37-page letter — and its claims of corporate espionage and evidence destruction — was unsealed.

  • December 15, 2017

    Top Product Liability Cases Of 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a California high court's ruling that 600 nonresidents could pursue claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb over a blood thinner drug heads this year's list of top product liability cases, along with a bankruptcy ruling exposing General Motors to millions of claims not related to its infamous ignition switch.

  • December 15, 2017

    Judge Lambasts Attys In Dirty Jeep Engine Row

    In a fight over dirty engines in Jeep Wranglers, an Ohio federal judge has found there was indeed something very wrong under the hood of the plaintiffs' case.

  • December 15, 2017

    DOT Awards $5M To Bolster Tribal Transit Options

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday said that it has awarded $5 million to help Native American and Alaskan Native governments launch and improve transit offerings on tribal lands, providing financing for three dozen projects in 19 states.

  • December 15, 2017

    6th Circ. Asked To Ax Tesla Info Grab In Direct Sales Row

    Three Michigan auto dealers made moves Friday to get the Sixth Circuit to let them off the hook of having to give Tesla information about their lobbying efforts supporting a state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers.

  • December 15, 2017

    Uber Driver Objectors Call $7.5M Deal 'Outrageously Low'

    Hundreds of objectors to a $7.5 million deal ending a class action against Uber for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by using background checks without applicants’ knowledge to make hiring decisions urged a California federal judge Thursday not to approve the "outrageously low" settlement amount.

  • December 15, 2017

    BART Derails App User's Data-Collection Class Action

    A California federal magistrate judge has tossed a putative class action alleging the San Francisco Bay Area's public rail system secretly collected users' personal data with its BART Watch smartphone app, but said the claims could be salvaged in a more thorough complaint.

  • December 15, 2017

    Plane Crash Insurance Fight In Wrong Court, 10th Circ. Says

    Alabama-based airplane engine maker Continental Motors Inc. cannot be sued in Colorado federal court just because an airplane repair business subscribed to its online service manual program, the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday, affirming a lower court’s decision that Continental’s limited contacts with Colorado simply weren’t enough to establish jurisdiction.

  • December 15, 2017

    Pearson Simon, Burns Charest To Lead German Auto MDL

    A California federal judge on Thursday picked attorneys from Pearson Simon & Warshaw LLP and Burns Charest LLP as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation accusing Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and other German automakers of a decadeslong antitrust conspiracy covering car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment.

  • December 15, 2017

    Ex-Frequent Flyer Program Exec Charged With $2M Fraud

    An executive for a New York-based global airline frequent flyer alliance was charged in federal court Thursday with defrauding the company of $2.2 million in non-business-related credit card expenses, federal authorities have announced.

  • December 15, 2017

    The Biggest Environmental Rulings Of 2017

    Courts answered several important environmental law questions in 2017, including how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may regulate recycling and hydrofluorocarbons, and how the effects of greenhouse gases must be factored into project analyses. Here are the biggest rulings in environmental cases from 2017.

  • December 15, 2017

    Uber Atty Downplays Tort Risks For Driverless-Car Fleets

    A top lawyer at Uber downplayed concerns that the ride-hailing giant’s planned foray into driverless vehicles will create new hazards in the area of tort liability, saying that fleet operators will have less to worry about than original equipment manufacturers.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump Lays Out New Visa Waiver Traveler Restrictions

    Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trucking Co. Says Malpractice Led To $32M Jury Verdict

    An Illinois-based trucking company on Thursday lobbed legal malpractice claims in state court against the attorneys who helped defend it in a Texas personal injury trial that saw a $32 million jury verdict returned against it, saying the attorneys could have done more to protect it from such a large adverse verdict.

  • December 14, 2017

    Milbank Tweed Requests $5.8M For Takata Committee Work

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP filed a compensation application Thursday in Delaware, saying it had incurred $5.8 million in fees and expenses for its work in representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of air bag maker Takata since it was formed in July.

  • December 14, 2017

    NTSB Says Drone Pilot Error Caused Helicopter Collision

    An unprecedented September crash between a hobbyist drone and an Army helicopter stemmed from a drone operator who lacked knowledge of safe operating practices, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

  • December 14, 2017

    English Court Won't Nix Award In Charter Spoilage Fight

    The English Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to an arbitral award finding that a Singapore shipping company, which had chartered a vessel to transport soya bean meal from South America to Iran, was wholly responsible for €2.7 million in damages caused when it ordered its cargo to be kept onboard for nonpayment.

  • December 14, 2017

    NY, NJ Pledge $5.55B Toward 'Urgent' Commuter Tunnel Rehab

    New York and New Jersey have pledged $5.55 billion for the construction of two new commuter rail tunnels under the Hudson River, an infrastructure project New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday is “urgent” and critical to public safety and the economy.

  • December 14, 2017

    Uber Forum-Shopped For Low PAGA Deal, Drivers’ Atty Says

    Class counsel for Uber drivers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors argued Thursday that after a California federal judge rejected an $11 million Private Attorneys General Act settlement as too low, the company engaged in “unconscionable” forum shopping and reached an even lower $7.75 million state court deal.

  • December 14, 2017

    Trump's 2018 Deregulatory Push Targets CPP, Fracking Rule

    Final coffin nails for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and the Bureau of Land Management's hydraulic fracturing rule are just two of the energy-related deregulatory actions the Trump administration is planning to take in 2018, the White House said on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Autonomous And Connected Vehicles: The Year In Review

    Lawrence Hamilton

    During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.