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Transportation

  • December 4, 2018

    Co. Challenges Gov't Co-Contractor's Bid To Toss Breach Suit

    A Middle Eastern transportation service provider urged an Illinois federal judge Tuesday not to toss its lawsuit accusing its co-contractor of violating their agreement over exclusive land and air services, saying its claims show a breach occurred.

  • December 4, 2018

    NJ Workers' Comp Carriers Can Recoup From Third Parties

    A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Tuesday in a published decision that employers can obtain reimbursement from those who caused an accident leading to a workers’ compensation claim even if the employee cannot, handing a victory to a Garden State transit agency in a suit stemming from a worker’s on-the-job car crash.

  • December 4, 2018

    Airline Group Urges Justices To Hear Wash. Family Leave Row

    A leading airlines lobbying group on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an en banc Ninth Circuit decision that an Alaska Airlines flight attendant’s fight to use accrued vacation days for family medical leave purposes wasn’t preempted by federal law.

  • December 4, 2018

    MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Alice Loughran

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Alice Loughran convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to hear BNSF Railway Co.’s dispute over the taxability of compensation for a former employee’s lost time after a workplace injury, showcasing her zealous defense of railroads and landing her among Law360’s 2018 Transportation MVPs.

  • December 4, 2018

    Nissan Drivers Seek Class Cert. In Engine Defect Suit

    Car consumers asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to certify five classes in a putative class action against Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its American arm, Nissan North America Inc., alleging that the automaker violated consumer protection and breach-of-warranty laws by concealing dangerous engine defects.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    NYC Approves Base Pay Rules For Uber, Lyft Drivers

    New York City officials voted Tuesday to establish a first-of-its-kind minimum pay rate for drivers who drive for app-based ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, ensuring they’ll be paid a standard rate for trips, which officials say will help support a livable wage.

  • December 3, 2018

    Knight Truck Drivers Get Cert. In $25M Calif. Break Suit

    A California federal judge has certified a class of several thousand truck drivers accusing Knight Transportation Inc. of not affording them with mandated meal and rest breaks, saying questions about whether state law even applies to the drivers can be answered on a classwide basis “in one fell swoop.”

  • December 3, 2018

    New Orleans Port Hit With $10M Suit Over Oil Spill

    The Port of New Orleans was slapped with a $10 million lawsuit in federal court Monday by a Singaporean shipping company that claims a wharf’s poor design damaged a bulk carrier owned by the company and caused an oil spill.

  • December 3, 2018

    Alaska Air, Virgin America Settle Woman's Sex Assault Suit

    Alaska Air and a woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by a former Virgin America executive have agreed to settle her suit seeking to hold the airlines liable for the alleged assault, according to filings in California federal court Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    10th Circ. Revives BNSF Engineer's Injury Suit

    BNSF Railway Co. must face a worker’s suit alleging the company was responsible for neck and back injuries he suffered while adjusting a faulty engineer's chair on a train he was conducting, the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday, saying the company can be held liable for not making sure the chair was in “proper condition.”

  • December 3, 2018

    Bike Rally Co. Wants $207K Attys' Fees In TM Dispute

    Lawyers in a trademark-rights suit revolving around the famous South Dakota motorcycle meetup Sturgis want the Eighth Circuit to award them $207,000 in legal fees for claims on which they prevailed.

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Slams Investors' Antitrust Stock-Drop Suit

    Volkswagen AG and several of its board members told a New York federal judge Saturday that investors suing over allegedly inflated stock prices cannot sustain a proposed antitrust and securities fraud class action by regurgitating unproven allegations that the German automaker colluded with Daimler AG and BMW AG.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Wants Out Of Coverage For Hertz's Toll-Pass Partner

    Navigators Insurance Co. sued American Traffic Solutions Inc. and The Hertz Corp. on Friday in California federal court, asking for an order that there is no coverage regarding underlying claims that they surprised rental customers with toll-pass fees, and saying it wants back $200,000 in defense costs.

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court Denies Truck Cos.' Cert Bid In Classification Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a trio of cases by Washington state trucking carriers alleging the state is threatening to disrupt the industry's regulation by imposing an unemployment tax on them that effectively destroys their ability to use independent contractors and disregards what they say is the nationwide industry standard.

  • December 3, 2018

    MVP: O'Melveny's Robert Siegel

    Robert Siegel of O'Melveny & Myers LLP landed a precedent-setting win this year in defending American Airlines against a putative class of nearly 10,000 legacy American pilots contesting the merged airline’s integrated seniority list, making him one of Law360’s 2018 Transportation MVPs.

  • December 3, 2018

    Security Co. Strikes $2.5M Deal In JFK Worker Wage Row

    A proposed class of security guards and other workers hired by a security and facility services company to work at John F. Kennedy International Airport has reached a $2.52 million deal to resolve allegations class members had to do off-the-clock work.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Defeats Drivers' Bid To Revive Suspension Defect Claims

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. won its bid to deny a reconsideration request from drivers attempting to revive breach of express warranty claims in a proposed class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects in Florida federal court.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trump Aides Leave Details Of China Trade Deal Murky

    President Donald Trump on Monday looked to take a victory lap celebrating the trade truce he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the weekend, but the president’s advisers offered few details about what commitments Beijing supposedly made.

Expert Analysis

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: Wheels Up For FAA Reauthorization

    Alan Hoffman

    It’s impressive, in the current atmosphere of division and gridlock, that Congress managed to hammer out a five-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, covering a wide range of important and often contentious matters, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.