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  • May 15, 2018

    WTO Opens Door For US Retaliation In Airbus Subsidy Saga

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled Tuesday that the European Union continued providing illegal subsidies to aircraft giant Airbus in defiance of an earlier WTO ruling, opening the door for the U.S. to retaliate and closing the book on a long and winding 14-year legal saga.

  • May 15, 2018

    Budget Gaps, Backlogs Spur States To Tap More P3 Opps

    The Trump administration’s push to have local governments shoulder a bigger share of their infrastructure project costs will likely inspire more states and municipalities to tap private investors to get their most crucial projects financed, built and delivered.

  • May 14, 2018

    Jevic Workers Say Supreme Court Ruling Bars Ch. 11 Deal

    Attorneys for workers whose bankruptcy appeal led to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that narrowed the use of Chapter 11 structured settlement dismissals told a Delaware judge Monday the high court ruling nullified a deal that company lenders now want to reassert.

  • May 14, 2018

    Drivers Fight Fiat Chrysler’s Bid To Nix Pacifica Defect Suit

    A California couple suing Fiat Chrysler over an alleged defect that causes its Pacificas to stall or shut off without warning said Friday the automaker knew of the glitch and had a duty to warn consumers before they purchased their vehicles, telling a federal judge FCA US LLC can’t duck their putative class action.

  • May 14, 2018

    DoorDash, Boston Driver Clash On Legality Of Class Waiver

    Counsel to restaurant-delivery service DoorDash and a Boston-area driver who filed a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly lost wages wrangled in a Boston courtroom Monday over the legality of a contract clause waiving workers’ rights to collectively sue their employer.

  • May 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives Patent Suit Over Drilling Waste System

    The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a patent lawsuit against Brazil’s Dynamic Air Ltda. over systems it installed on ships to transport oil drilling waste, overturning a ruling that a rival said created a blueprint for companies to avoid infringement cases.

  • May 14, 2018

    4 Things To Watch As FERC Sets Sights On Pipeline Policies

    From revamping 20-year-old guidelines for approving natural gas pipelines to sparking a massive rewrite of oil and gas pipeline contracts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on several policy changes that could reshape how the pipeline industry does business. Here are four issues percolating at FERC that pipeline companies are watching closely.

  • May 14, 2018

    Pa. Justices To Mull GM’s Change To Dealer Reimbursements

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it would wade into a dispute over whether General Motors had the authority to change its policy on reimbursements for warranty work completed by the company's dealerships.

  • May 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Punt In Airline Wage Row Leaves Carriers On Edge

    The Ninth Circuit’s recent request that the California Supreme Court clarify how far-reaching the Golden State’s wage laws really are puts the airline industry on edge that it may face additional administrative burdens of complying with a patchwork of state wage-statement statutes, industry observers say.

  • May 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Says FACTA Suit Should Have Been In State Court

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday vacated the dismissal of a putative class action filed against an airport public parking facilities operator over its alleged use of receipts that included credit card expiration dates, saying the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act violation claim should have been remanded to state court.

  • May 14, 2018

    Liability Was Wrongly Decided In Shipping Row, Judge Says

    An arbitral tribunal wrongly concluded that liability arising from a loading accident involving an iron shipment bound for India should be divided equally between the ship owner and the company that chartered the vessel, an English High Court judge found Friday.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court To Mull Asbestos Liability Under Maritime Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a precedential Third Circuit decision holding that companies can be held liable under maritime law for asbestos-related injuries if a manufacturer could have reasonably foreseen asbestos would be later added to its product.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear GM Paralyzed Driver Retrial Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear General Motors’ challenge to an Eighth Circuit decision clearing the way for a damages-only retrial for a Missouri man left quadriplegic after a 2012 accident involving a GMC van, even though most of the liability claims against GM were rejected.

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court To Hear If Damages For Rail Staff Can Be Taxed

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a petition from BNSF Railway Co. over whether payroll taxes should be deducted from compensation owed to a former employee for lost wages in connection with a workplace injury.

  • May 14, 2018

    Justices Back Unlisted Driver Over Search Of Rental Car

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling that a man driving his fiancée's rental car did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because he was not on the rental agreement, resolving a circuit split and lending hope to his appeal of a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges.

  • May 14, 2018

    NHTSA Wants Answers For Delays In Takata Air Bag Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking 12 automakers to share their plans and timelines for replacing millions of faulty Takata Corp. air bags after they missed a December deadline, according to letters obtained by Law360 on Monday.

  • May 14, 2018

    Contractor Says Feds Owe $2M For Dock Repairs

    An engineering firm has sued the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Navy has failed to reimburse it for $2 million in extra costs incurred during repairs to a transportation dock in South Carolina.

  • May 11, 2018

    9th Circ. Says Burden Of Proof Is On Rail Worker In ADA Row

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a federal jury's finding for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. in an action alleging a failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act, rejecting a worker's argument in a published opinion Friday that he should have only had to identify a potential accommodation.

  • May 11, 2018

    Dealerships Nab $3.5M Deal With Calsonic In Auto Parts MDL

    Japanese auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corporation will pay $3.5 million to end certain dealership claims in multidistrict litigation alleging a widespread price-fixing conspiracy in the car parts industry, according to settlement documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    Atlantic Sunrise Approval By The Book, FERC Tells DC Circ.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to nix several challenges to the construction of the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline by environmental groups and landowners, saying the petitions aiming to overturn various approvals by the agency for the project are either premature or without merit.

Expert Analysis

  • What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

    Jackie Glassman

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent announcement that it will reconsider Obama-era automobile greenhouse gas emissions standards is generating controversy, it was not unexpected, say Jackie Glassman and Rachel Tennis of King & Spalding LLP.

  • The 4 Travel Ban Questions Before The High Court

    Paul Virtue

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, the challenge by the state of Hawaii to President Donald Trump's so-called travel ban. The court agreed to review three questions raised in the government’s petition for writ of certiorari and a fourth question addressed by two lower courts, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Must FERC Weigh GHG Emissions In Pipeline Reviews?

    Jay Costan

    The additional analysis on downstream greenhouse gas emissions required by the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the potential to further delay an already burdened FERC pipeline approval process, says James Costan of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Status Update On 'One Federal Decision' Project Reviews

    Raya Treiser

    Last week, a dozen federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding committing to a more coordinated and streamlined federal review process. But because there have been no changes to underlying statutory requirements, each agency will still have to determine that a project review meets its respective legal obligations, say Raya Treiser and Nathaniel Custer of WilmerHale.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.