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  • June 21, 2018

    Fla. Judge Decertifies Class In Doorstep Delivery FLSA Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled that a Doorstep Delivery driver who brought a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service had not shown he and his fellow drivers are similarly situated enough to warrant keeping their class certification.

  • June 21, 2018

    Union Stonewalled Disney Workers On Dues, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday affirmed a judge’s findings a Teamsters union local representing workers at Walt Disney World and certain Florida UPS locations obstructed workers’ efforts to resign their union memberships and stop paying dues.

  • June 21, 2018

    GM Presses Bid To Shave Claims In Drivers' Emissions Suit

    General Motors filed a brief Wednesday furthering an attempt to fend off allegations it used emissions-cheating devices in its diesel pickup trucks, telling a Michigan federal judge that a group of drivers behind the suit can’t save a collection of state law claims plagued by fatal shortcomings.

  • June 21, 2018

    Groups Urge Judge Not To Toss EPA Adviser Policy Challenge

    A coalition of scientific advocacy groups on Wednesday urged a D.C. federal judge not to toss their lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy barring members of its scientific advisory committees from receiving EPA grants while serving in the role.

  • June 21, 2018

    FedEx Can't Outrun Ex-Driver's Sexual Orientation Claims

    A Maryland federal judge has kept alive part of a former FedEx driver's suit alleging he was fired because of his sexual orientation, saying the company should have been on notice of his claim even though he referred only to sex discrimination in his charge filing with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • June 21, 2018

    Citing 'Grave Concerns,' Judge Nixes Tesla's $1M OT Deal Bid

    A California federal judge said Thursday she would deny preliminary approval of a $1 million settlement resolving Tesla showroom workers' class action claims on overtime pay and rest breaks, saying she had "grave concerns" that the deal was not "well thought out."

  • June 21, 2018

    ITC Is Asked To Probe Amazon, Target Over Carburetor IP

    A Michigan-based engine parts manufacturer has accused several companies, including Amazon, Target and Home Depot, of selling products containing imported carburetors that infringe five of its patents, the U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    FERC Says 4th Circ. $3.5B Pipeline Fight In Wrong Venue

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Fourth Circuit to throw out a challenge to its decision to allow construction on the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying now that authorization for the pipeline is finalized, all appeals belong before the D.C. Circuit.

  • June 21, 2018

    L Train Project Opponents Want Enviro Review Docs

    A coalition of Manhattan residents and co-ops suing over a plan to shut down the L train and repair a related tunnel told a New York federal judge Wednesday that the Federal Transportation Administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority must hand over information concerning environmental clearances that were withdrawn after the lawsuit began.

  • June 21, 2018

    Southwest Airlines, Boeing Sued Over Deadly Engine Failure

    Passengers of an April flight with Southwest Airlines have sued in New York court over an engine failure that resulted in one passenger death and spurred the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate its safety oversight of the airline.

  • June 21, 2018

    Railroad Stock Options Not Taxable In $13M Row, Justices Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided that stock options given to employees of several subsidiaries of a Canadian railroad company are not taxable compensation under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, reversing the Seventh Circuit in a $13.3 million lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service.

  • June 20, 2018

    Okla. Justices Affirm $10.7M BNSF Train Accident Award

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a jury's award of $10.7 million in a suit accusing BNSF Railway Co. of failing to maintain adequate warning devices at a railroad crossing that purportedly contributed to a fatal train-vehicle collision, saying competent evidence supported the jury's decision.

  • June 20, 2018

    $22M Arbitral Award In Panama Canal Row Upheld

    A Florida federal judge refused to vacate a more than $22 million arbitral award against a Panama Canal contractor after ruling that the bid by the designer and builder of a set of locks on the waterway to toss the award came too late.

  • June 20, 2018

    Senate Fails To Pass $15B In Cuts To CHIP, Car Tech Funding

    The U.S. Senate voted down President Donald Trump’s attempt to pull back $15 billion in already authorized spending for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, car technology research and other areas Wednesday, as two key Republican senators joined Democrats to torpedo the proposal.

  • June 20, 2018

    Tesla Accuses Ex-Worker Of Hacking, Stealing Trade Secrets

    Tesla Inc. hit a former process technician with a lawsuit in Nevada federal court Tuesday, accusing him of hacking into the company’s system, stealing gigabytes of Tesla’s confidential data and trade secrets and then transferring that information to third parties.

  • June 20, 2018

    Atty Picked For EPA Office Will Recuse From Dow Cleanups

    The Dow Chemical Co. managing counsel selected by President Donald Trump to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency management office on Wednesday told senators he will recuse himself from issues surrounding nearly 200 Superfund sites his employer is involved in.

  • June 20, 2018

    Bondholders Defend Amended VW Emissions Fraud Suit

    Bondholders told a California federal judge Tuesday that they’ve sufficiently alleged in their proposed class action that they were defrauded by Volkswagen AG, its U.S. unit and top executives who issued misleading bond offering documents that concealed the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

  • June 20, 2018

    EU To Hit US With Retaliatory Tariffs On Friday

    The European Union on Friday plans to implement retaliatory tariffs on €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) worth of U.S. products in retaliation for the Trump administration recently slapping double-digit tariffs on aluminum and steel products entering the United States from the continent’s economic bloc, it announced Wednesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    Airlines Slam DHS Migrant Child Separation Policy

    Several U.S. airlines condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, saying Wednesday that they would not allow the government to use their flights to transport those children away from their families.

  • June 20, 2018

    Tesla Autopilot Defeat Device Sales Halted By NHTSA

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded an immediate halt to sales of a device that attaches to Tesla steering wheels to override autopilot function warnings, highlighting the limits of the autopilot system after two deadly crashes by drivers who had gone hands-free.

Expert Analysis

  • Pre-Mediation Caucuses May Improve Mediation Efficiency

    Thomas Elkind

    The more procedural tools a mediator can offer, the higher the likelihood that a mediation will be successful. Mediators should be prepared to employ pre-mediation initial caucuses in appropriate cases, says JAMS mediator and arbitrator Thomas Elkind.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Aviation Sector's Wings Clipped By Renewed Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Martin

    Stakeholders within the aviation sector will be heavily affected by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran. With $49 billiion worth of contracts for new aircraft subject to cancellation, and related impacts expected on financiers, lessors and air carriers, the situation continues to evolve very quickly, say Daniel Martin and James Jordan of HFW.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Right Of Way And Property Rights In A Driverless World

    Michelle Rudd

    With much land in today's cities currently designated right of way, broad use of autonomous vehicles may provide opportunities to repurpose some of this property. But first, decision-makers will need to understand the nature of the ownership interests in the property, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.

  • Defining A Shareholder's Bankruptcy Veto Power

    Sarah Borders

    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Franchise Services of North America should give comfort to investors that seek to negotiate consent rights with respect to a bankruptcy filing. The fact that an investor also holds a claim against the company will not, in and of itself, invalidate a bankruptcy consent provision, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.