• March 22, 2018

    House OKs Changes For Air Passenger, Cargo Security Rules

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of bills Monday to update Department of Homeland Security policies for ground and air transportation, intent on establishing new strategies and pilot programs for security and terrorism prevention.

  • March 22, 2018

    Transport Co. Owner Charged With Fraud, Laundering Millions

    The owner of a Massachusetts-based transportation company, already facing an indictment for allegedly running a $19 million Medicaid false claim scheme, was indicted on Wednesday by a Bay State grand jury on additional charges claiming he laundered millions of dollars, according to the state's attorney general.

  • March 22, 2018

    Summit Unit Can’t Block Financing Bid, Auto Parts Co. Says

    The credit arm of Summit Partners is trying to prohibit an automotive parts supplier from exploring alternative financing sources, according to a lawsuit removed to Michigan federal court Wednesday, which says the attempts by Summit are based on an expired exclusivity agreement.

  • March 21, 2018

    No Trip, No Contract, Customer Says In Cruise Suit

    A customer argued Tuesday that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. cannot point to a class action waiver in her ticket contract to dismiss her proposed class suit because the cancellation of her cruise due to Hurricane Harvey meant the contract was never enacted.

  • March 21, 2018

    Congressional Leaders Agree To $1.3T Long-Term Funding Bill

    House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement Wednesday on federal spending for the next six months, kicking off a race to keep the government open ahead of a Friday funding deadline.

  • March 21, 2018

    Canadian Airline Says Consultant Is Holding Website Hostage

    Low-cost Canadian airline Flair Airlines Ltd. sued a travel consulting company in Illinois federal court Tuesday over claims the company is holding Flair’s website hostage after their business relationship fell apart.

  • March 21, 2018

    Chrysler Workers Must Look To Union In Fair Pay Suit: Panel

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday remanded a fair representation and fair pay suit against Chrysler to the lower court, instructing the court to hold the case in abeyance while the suing employees pursue internal union remedies.

  • March 21, 2018

    Germany Clears $1B Rail Car Deal With Divestitures

    U.S. commercial lending and leasing services company CIT Group Inc. can move forward with a $1.16 billion sale to VTG AG of French rail car rental business Nacco Group once a sizable share of it has been spun off, Germany’s competition authority said Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    ACLU Urges Greyhound To Refuse CBP Bus Searches

    State branches of the ACLU penned a letter to Greyhound Lines Inc. executives Tuesday urging the bus company to stop allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to question passengers about their immigration status without a warrant.

  • March 21, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Settles Dealers' Antitrust Claims For $1.2M

    South Korean auto parts manufacturer Continental Automotive Electronics LLC has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle automobile dealerships’ class claims that the company conspired to fix the prices of instrument panel clusters for car dashboards, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ex-UAW Exec Got Shoes, Gun In FCA Bribe Scheme, Feds Say

    A former senior United Auto Workers official is the latest to be charged in the government’s rapidly expanding bribery case against union executives, with prosecutors accusing her of using Fiat Chrysler Automotive US LLC funds to buy designer shoes, spa trips, graphite golf clubs and a $2,182 Italian shotgun.

  • March 21, 2018

    Suit Challenging Miami Airport Luggage-Wrap Contract Tossed

    A Florida judge on Tuesday tossed a challenge to Miami-Dade County’s decision to modify an existing contract with luggage-wrapping company SafeWrap for services at Miami International Airport without putting it out for a bid, ruling the county properly decided not to rebid the contract.

  • March 21, 2018

    Atty Sanctions Affirmed In Duplicate Wrongful Death Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday declined to nix sanctions against attorneys involved in a wrongful death suit, ruling that the trial court was not wrong to infer that attorneys for the dead man’s wife conspired with attorneys for the trucking company accused of being responsible for his death to conceal a settlement agreement from the man’s girlfriend and her children.

  • March 21, 2018

    Consumer Groups Ask 9th Circ. To Rehear Hyundai MDL Deal

    Global automakers and tort reform and consumer advocates have urged the Ninth Circuit to rethink its recent rejection of a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation over Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Kia Motors Corp. vehicle fuel efficiency, saying the ruling has potentially devastating consequences by forcing courts to weigh state law variations in nationwide deals.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ch. 7 Trustee Fights Cab Co.'s Bid To Duck Transfer Suit

    The Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy of Chicago's Yellow Cab Affiliation Inc. Tuesday said the claims that his suit accusing its officers of stashing assets contains too many false allegations are themselves inaccurate misdirection.

  • March 20, 2018

    Navistar Wins Latest Round In Fight Over Ex-VP's Benefits

    A former vice president of truck engine manufacturer Navistar was struck a blow in Illinois federal court Monday in his fight for a larger benefits package after his termination when a federal judge found no evidence for his argument there was a "change in control" of the company prior to his exit.

  • March 20, 2018

    Gov’t Litigation Tactics ‘Kafkaesque,’ 9th Circ. Judges Say

    A Malaysian woman who was wrongfully placed on the U.S. “no fly” list appeared to convince some Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday that the government litigated the decadelong case in bad faith and she is entitled to $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, with two judges calling the federal legal strategy "Kafkaesque."

  • March 20, 2018

    Air Charter Co. Founders Stole Passenger Payments, Jury Told

    A prosecutor told a New Jersey federal jury Tuesday that two co-founders of a defunct public air charter operator stole millions in passenger payments by lying and falsifying documents, but defense counsel said the onetime executives legitimately sought money that was owed to the company.

  • March 20, 2018

    Lopsided Takata Recall Repair Rates Worry Senate Panel

    A U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday expressed concern over uneven rates in automakers’ recall repairs of cars equipped with potentially deadly Takata airbags, as millions of cars with the defective airbags are still on the road years after the country’s largest recall in history.

  • March 20, 2018

    Ill. Railroad Co. Sued Over Worker's Exposure To Chemicals

    A conductor who has worked with Illinois Central Railroad Co. for nearly two decades hit the railroad with a suit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, claiming Illinois Central was negligent in exposing him and other employees to toxic chemicals during the course of his work, which he said resulted in his diagnosis of a respiratory disease.

Expert Analysis

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • FERC Has Options If Court Pulls Pipeline Certificates

    Randall Rich

    The D.C. Circuit recently denied petitions for rehearing filed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a group of pipeline companies, and might soon vacate FERC’s orders authorizing the Florida Southeast Connection pipelines. FERC and the pipeline operators face the question of how and whether the pipelines could keep operating without certificates, says Randall Rich of Pierce Atwood LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: March

    Layth Elhassani

    Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Hercules Ascendant? A Gasp Of Breath From A 'Dead Letter'

    Christopher Hannan

    The Fifth Circuit continued the jurisprudential renaissance of personal jurisdiction decisions with Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited, a recent maritime ruling that has implications for jurisdictional disputes in all substantive areas. The Sangha dicta may result in a second wave of removals under Hercules, says Christopher Hannan of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Shipping Cos. Must Review New North Korea Sanctions Risks

    Michael Zolandz

    The U.S. government recently announced a new tranche of sanctions aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels, and issued a global advisory highlighting the sanctions risks for insurers, flag registries, shipping companies and financial institutions. Companies in the maritime sector should assess their compliance policies in light of this guidance, say attorneys with Dentons.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.