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  • November 27, 2018

    Greek Shippers Cop To Texas Oil Leak, Will Pay $4M Fine

    Two Greek shipping companies pled guilty in Texas federal court to dumping oil from the ballast tanks of a ship while docked in Houston and Port Arthur and have agreed to pay a $4 million fine, according to a press release.

  • November 27, 2018

    Climate Report Likely To Haunt Administration In Court

    The Trump administration could find itself bedeviled by its own blockbuster climate change report in litigation over efforts to roll back rules on emissions from power plants and vehicles, as courts may frown on contradictions between the report's detailed, dire conclusions and the administration's actions, experts say.

  • November 27, 2018

    Tesla Tweet Suits Combined With Levi & Korsinsky At Helm

    A California federal judge on Tuesday chose a Levi & Korsinsky LLP-represented trader as lead plaintiff in a slew of class actions seeking to hold Tesla and Elon Musk accountable for two August tweets that roiled the company’s stock price.

  • November 27, 2018

    Congress Sends Coast Guard Reauthorization To Trump

    Congress sent a bill reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard to President Donald Trump’s desk Tuesday, containing two-year spending authorizations, policy changes and a shift in how the nation will regulate ships’ discharge that took months to negotiate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Whirlpool Can't Dock Debtor Profit Share Plan: 11th Circ.

    Whirlpool Corp. can't collect a judgment from a freight fee auditor by docking its owner's profit sharing plan because there aren't enough facts to show the owner's account was used to shield the auditor's money, the Eleventh Circuit held Monday.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fraud Law Doesn't Cover Custom Truck, NJ Justices Told

    A tow truck dealer and a manufacturer urged the New Jersey Supreme Court to undo a win for a tow truck operator who sued over malfunctioning equipment they sold him, arguing Tuesday that the state’s consumer fraud law doesn’t apply to the custom-made product at the core of the dispute.

  • November 27, 2018

    DOT Gave Shipper Unfair Subsidies For Vessels, Suit Says

    The U.S. Department of Transportation and its Maritime Administration were hit with a suit Tuesday in D.C. federal court by a shipping company challenging the administration’s decision to grant funding to replace two vessels belonging to a rival carrier.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fla. Airport Can't Collect Damages For Shoddy Construction

    A Florida appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a determination that a Clay County airport cannot recover damages to repair an airplane hangar and taxiways that deteriorated after a contractor allegedly failed to supervise construction work because they are consequential damages that are excluded by the parties’ contract.

  • November 27, 2018

    Hertz Can’t Shut The Door On Robocall Suit, Consumer Says

    A proposed class of consumers slammed an attempt by The Hertz Corp. to escape a suit accusing it of repeatedly making unwanted robocalls, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that their amended complaint resolves Hertz’s claim that the class was inadequate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Uber Faces Over $1M In UK, Dutch Fines Over Data Breach

    Uber was hit with fines of almost $1.2 million from British and Dutch privacy watchdogs Tuesday over a 2016 data breach of millions of customer records.

  • November 27, 2018

    AlixPartners Adds International Arbitration Expert In DC

    Global consulting firm AlixPartners LLP has nabbed an international arbitration expert from Ankura Consulting Group LLC, bolstering its investigations, disputes and risk practice in Washington, D.C., with her background in matters touching on sectors like construction, transportation and energy.

  • November 27, 2018

    3rd Circ. Nixes Civil Rights Claim In GWB Closures Case

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday issued a precedential decision upholding the bulk of a criminal case alleging two appointees of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie intentionally orchestrated a traffic jam as an act of political revenge, but freed them from the government's civil rights claim that they denied the public the right to travel freely across the George Washington Bridge.

  • November 26, 2018

    Air Liquide Invests $150M In Calif. Co.'s Hydrogen Network

    California-based FirstElement Fuel Inc. has inked a renewable hydrogen supply agreement with French industrial gases corporation Air Liquide SA, which will invest approximately $150 million in the construction of a liquid hydrogen production facility, the companies said Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Truck Co. Liable In Fatal Rollover Suit, Texas Justices Hear

    The wife of a man who was fatally ejected from a tanker truck after his seat belt broke in an accident urged the Texas Supreme Court to revive negligence claims against the truck company, saying the trial court improperly tossed her claims.

  • November 26, 2018

    Climate Change Worsening, Tribes At Higher Risk: Report

    Climate change is mostly driven by greenhouse gas emissions and other human activities and will continue to get worse, with Native American tribes and other indigenous groups especially vulnerable to damage, according to the National Climate Assessment released by the Trump administration.

  • November 26, 2018

    3 Firms Steer $536M Petroleum Transportation Biz Buy

    TransMontaigne Partners LP said Monday that an indirect subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI LP will acquire all of its outstanding common units for approximately $536 million in a deal guided by Latham & Watkins LLP, Richards Layton & Finger PA and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • November 26, 2018

    Fla. County Drops Fight Against $1.15B Rail Project

    Martin County, Florida, and an advocacy group on Monday joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in moving to dismiss a lawsuit that had sought to block the second phase of the Brightline passenger rail project, which received a $1.15 billion bond, connecting Miami to Orlando, following a settlement in the matter.

  • November 26, 2018

    Dell-, Soros-Backed Helicopter Leasing Co. Files Ch. 11

    Waypoint Leasing Holdings — a helicopter leasing company backed in part by investment firms run by financier George Soros and Dell Technologies Chairman and CEO Michael Dell — has filed for Chapter 11 in a New York bankruptcy court, saying it is the latest victim of depressed global oil and gas prices.

  • November 26, 2018

    FERC Can't Roll Back GHG Analysis, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission flouted federal law and D.C. Circuit precedent when it slipped a new policy limiting its analysis of certain pipeline projects’ climate change impacts into an order approving a Dominion Energy Inc. project in New York, project opponents told the appeals court Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Chubb Unit Hit With ERISA Class Suit Over Interest Payments

    A former Delta Air Lines Inc. pilot hit a Chubb unit with a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action in Washington federal court Monday, alleging the insurer wrongly denied him interest owed for failing to timely pay him benefits after his late wife’s death.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Product Liability Law In The Autonomous Vehicle Era

    Sarah Batley

    The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Classification Confusion For Transportation Cos. At 9th Circ.

    Bradford Hughes

    Following the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in California Trucking Association v. Su, transportation companies across California are left wondering what standard will be applied to determine whether an independent contractor is an employee, says Bradford Hughes of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Jump-Start Stalled Autonomous Vehicle Regulation

    Tod Northman

    While consumer advocate Ralph Nader is right to express concern over proposed driverless car legislation, his premise that lawmaking is moving too fast is wrong. The real problem is that lawmaking is not moving at all, say Tod Northman and Chris Pantoja of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Musk Case Signals New Era Of SEC Internet Enforcement

    John Reed Stark

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's complaint last week against Elon Musk and the settlement that followed seems like an obvious, routine and easy win for the government. But there is a lot more to the Tesla tweet debacle than meets the eye, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • 3 Key Employment Law Issues To Keep An Eye On

    Lovita Tandy

    Employment lawyers dare not turn away from their news feeds lest they miss the next critical case law update. Lovita Tandy of Tandy Legal and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC review the latest on sexual orientation discrimination, employee arbitration agreements and joint employer liability.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.

  • Product Liability For Online Marketplaces And Car-Sharing

    Steven Kramer

    Just as Amazon and other online retail intermediaries have raised new product liability questions, similar questions are being asked about companies that provide short-term vehicle rentals. The legal theories that insulate online marketplaces from strict product liability concerns can also be applied to car-sharing businesses, says Steven Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.