• May 15, 2018

    Nonclass Attys Deserve Cut Of $10B VW Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    Hundreds of lawyers claiming their work helped secure the $10 billion resolution of multidistrict litigation from consumers over Volkswagen AG's diesel emissions scandal told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that they deserve a cut of attorneys' fees and costs because their contributions were significant.

  • May 15, 2018

    Judge OKs More Depositions In Fiat Chrysler Stock Drop Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday partially granted a bid from Fiat Chrysler investors to depose more witnesses and add interrogatories in their suit alleging the automaker hid the existence of emissions control instruments dubbed defeat devices in vehicles in an effort to inflate share prices.

  • May 15, 2018

    FedEx Faces Arbitration Over Logistics Deal With Saudi Co.

    A FedEx Corp. unit is facing arbitration over its alleged abandonment of a deal with a logistics company that had already invested more than $95 million to become its global service provider in Saudi Arabia, according to documents filed in Tennessee federal court Monday.

  • May 15, 2018

    American Airlines Fights Class Cert. In ERISA Suit

    American Airlines urged a Texas federal judge on Monday not to certify a class of roughly 20,000 retirement plan participants who claim the airline pushed conservative investors into an underperforming option that benefited the carrier’s credit union, accusing the participants who seek to represent the class of hypocritical behavior.

  • May 15, 2018

    Enviros Join EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Fight

    Seven environmental and consumer advocacy groups on Tuesday launched the latest in a string of challenges before the D.C. Circuit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to revisit Obama-era greenhouse gas vehicle emission standards.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber’s Bid To Ditch Assault Claims 'A Costly Sideshow': Judge

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday lost its bid to trim assault and false imprisonment claims filed by a 16-year-old girl who said the ride-hailing giant negligently hired a lascivious driver who held her in his car against her will, after a San Francisco judge called Uber's motion "a costly sideshow."

  • May 15, 2018

    Enviros Lodge Discrimination Case Over NC Pipeline Permits

    A coalition of environmental and civil rights groups on Tuesday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to nix permits from North Carolina environmental regulators for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, claiming the state ignored the project's disproportionate effects against African-American and Native American communities along its path.

  • May 15, 2018

    Ardian Closes $800M Fund Focused On Energy, Transportation

    French investment firm Ardian has raised more than $800 million for an infrastructure fund that will focus on investments in the transportation and energy sectors in the Americas, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Car Dealer Data Cos. Must Face Monopolization Claims In MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has given a partial reprieve to CDK Global LLC and Reynolds & Reynolds Co. from consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging they monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, tossing part of a data integration company’s antitrust claims.

  • May 15, 2018

    Wash. Judge Lets BNSF Appeal In Tribal Right-Of-Way Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday said that BNSF Railway Co. can appeal a decision in favor of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in the tribe's suit over shipping crude oil across reservation land and that he will stay the case while the Ninth Circuit considers the appeal.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber, Lyft Vow Not To Push Arbitration For Sex Assault Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. said Tuesday that they will no longer push arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment against riders, drivers or employees, clearing the way for such claims to be heard in court.

  • May 15, 2018

    US Seeks To Sink Challenge To Trump's '2-For-1' Order

    The federal government has told a D.C. district court that public interest groups have again failed to show that they properly brought suit against President Donald Trump's executive order that said for every new regulation, two have to be repealed, arguing that the groups can't demonstrate the order caused specific harm.

  • May 15, 2018

    Citgo Says 3rd Circ. Muffed Ruling Over $100M Spill Award

    Citgo on Monday urged the Third Circuit to reconsider its ruling saddling three subsidiaries with the lion's share of liability for a $100 million-plus oil spill judgment, arguing that the decision only compounds the original, faulty allocation of liability for the spill.

  • May 15, 2018

    VW Offers Reimbursements To End Faulty-Engine Row

    Volkswagen AG and its Audi AG brand have agreed in New Jersey federal court to reimburse a proposed class of drivers for the costs of repairing an alleged defect that puts certain vehicles at risk of losing engine power.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Assessing Business Auto Coverage For Autonomous Vehicles

    Katherine Henry

    Courts have not yet determined whether business auto coverage extends to accidents involving autonomous vehicles. Much depends on whether or not an autonomous vehicle can qualify as an "auto," despite potentially lacking key components like steering wheels and turn signals, say Katherine Henry and Brendan Hogan of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 11th Circ. Offers Key Guidance To Shipping Cos.

    Al Teel

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Essex Ins. Co. v. Barrett Moving & Storage addressed the question of how to distinguish brokers from carriers under the Carmack Amendment. The opinion offers guidance for transportation and logistics companies on when the amendment applies to a particular shipment, says Al Teel of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.