Transportation

  • December 5, 2017

    Greyhound Hit With Suit Over Passenger's Death

    Greyhound Lines Inc. failed to ensure the safety of one of its passengers who was hit and killed in June by a Greyhound driver attempting to leave a truck stop without him, the passenger’s parents claimed Tuesday in Texas state court.

  • December 5, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's second Homeland Security secretary, despite opponents who cited her lack of management experience.

  • December 5, 2017

    Buckeye Unit Says Pa. Agency Can't Block Pipeline Reversal

    A Buckeye Partners unit argued on Monday that its efforts to reverse the flow of a section of pipeline to provide interstate transportation of petroleum products did not require approval from Pennsylvania utility regulators and, instead, fell under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

  • December 5, 2017

    2nd Circ. Poised To Rule Quickly On NY-FERC Pipeline Spat

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday didn't rule on New York's bid to block a Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC project, but appeared willing to speed up the state's challenge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's determination that the state had waived its permitting authority for the project.

  • December 5, 2017

    DOT Yanks Emergency Brakes Mandate For Crude Oil Trains

    The U.S. Department of Transportation said late Monday it will pull a 2015 final rule requiring trains carrying crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids to be outfitted with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, or ECP brakes, saying it’s unclear whether the perceived safety benefits justified the costs to railroads.

  • December 5, 2017

    FERC Ruling Casts New Scrutiny On Oil Pipeline Contracts

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent ruling that an oil pipeline company's plan for its marketing arm to buy up pipeline space at full price while reselling it at a discount is illegal will send other pipeline operators scrambling to review their own marketing deals and could spark more litigation at FERC, experts say.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fisker Judge Won't Ax Suit Over Ch. 11 Spinoff Stock Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Monday to throw out claims from Fisker Automotive’s liquidating trustee challenging a stake-diluting equity sale from the company spun off after the electric carmaker’s Chapter 11 sale, ruling that the trustee raised plausible concerns there might have been a breach of fiduciary duty.

  • December 4, 2017

    Los Angeles Is The Latest City To Sue Uber Over Data Breach

    The city of Los Angeles on Monday became the latest local government to sue Uber Technologies Inc. over its alleged attempts to cover up a 2016 hacking incident, claiming the tech giant violated California law by failing to notify drivers about the breach.

  • December 4, 2017

    Senate Advances Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Pick

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance President Donald Trump's pick for his second Homeland Security secretary Monday, setting former DHS chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen up for a final vote later this week.

  • December 4, 2017

    Calif. License Fraudsters Bribed DMV Workers, Feds Say

    Several California residents have landed in hot water for helping unqualified people get licenses to drive tractor-trailers, tankers and the like by bribing state Department of Motor Vehicles employees, with federal prosecutors announcing charges against them Monday. 

  • December 4, 2017

    American Airlines, Boeing, GE Hit With Suit Over Runway Fire

    A woman who was aboard an American Airlines flight when one of its engines caught fire while it was on a Chicago airport runway sued the airline and others in Cook County Court on Friday, alleging the companies should have done more to prevent the incident.

  • December 4, 2017

    NJ Panel Advances Bill To Set Aside VW Settlement Funds

    A New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation to establish a fund for settlement dollars obtained by the state through federal litigation against Volkswagen over the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, with the money to be used for air pollution control measures.

  • December 4, 2017

    Waymo Jury Could Hear Uber ‘Hid The Ball’ In Discovery

    A California federal judge wants to know whether Uber should have given Waymo an ex-employee’s letter alleging a corporate culture of secrecy, saying at a hearing Monday he’d have to tell the jury in the hotly anticipated trial over self-driving car trade secrets if there were attempts to “hide the ball” during discovery.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Told It Oversimplified Touchless Payment Patent

    A company claiming that the Chicago transit system’s touchless payment system violates its patents on Friday asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a panel decision invalidating four of its patents as abstract, arguing that the court should clarify the abstractness standard under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • December 4, 2017

    Seattle Insists Uber Union Law Immune From Antitrust Row

    Seattle told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that its ordinance allowing drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to unionize is immune from antitrust challenges, and that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the collective bargaining law should be rejected.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Maersk Win In Maritime Wages Row

    The Third Circuit broke with its own precedent Monday when it issued a published decision that, absent evidence of an unfair collective bargaining process, a court can’t give piecemeal review to a union contract freely entered by a former Maersk Line Ltd. seafarer seeking unpaid overtime.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Won't Review Airlines' $40M One-Size-Fits-All Deal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a $39.5 million settlement in antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing Societe Air France, Japan Airlines and other airlines of fixing prices for transpacific flights, leaving untouched a deal that was challenged for purportedly having intraclass conflicts.

  • December 4, 2017

    Schlumberger Agrees To Pay $1.35M To End Wage Suit

    A group of mostly former Schlumberger equipment operators and trainees on Friday asked a federal court to sign off on a $1.35 million deal to settle their lawsuit accusing the company of cheating them out of wages.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court Lets Third Version Of Travel Ban Take Effect

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump’s third travel ban to take effect for the time being, lifting blocks against the ban while the appeals process over the issue plays out.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Won't Review Widow's Fraud Suit Against GM

    A widow whose husband and four children were killed in a car crash won’t get another shot at overturning a settlement reached with General Motors Co. despite accusations the automaker hid evidence that could have proved her case, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • Adapting To The New TSCA Regulatory Structure

    Judah Prero

    California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 into law. It will require online ingredient listing and on-package disclosure of ingredients by manufacturers of cleaning products. This new law is just one of the latest actions taken by a state to somehow regulate the use of chemicals, says Judah Prero of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Misclassification Claims Threaten Gig Economy Business

    Tracey Diamond

    Recent gig economy cases in New York and California are either pending or were settled before the court could issue a determinative judgment as to the proper classification of workers. But the facts of the cases and the settlement details provide valuable insight into the potential risks and exposure for gig economy companies, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • The Mayhem Of Vehicular Autonomy In Accident Litigation

    Ulyana Bekker

    The process of litigating motor vehicle accidents has become fairly streamlined, but the advent of self-driving vehicles is about to change all of that. Lawsuits that traditionally rarely involve more than three parties may be transformed into considerably more complex product liability claims, says Ulyana Bekker of Brown & James PC.

  • A New Approach To Climate Analysis Under NEPA?

    Avi Garbow

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and FERC’s response, point to the National Environmental Policy Act as possibly the next legal battleground over how federal agencies consider climate change, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.