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  • November 9, 2018

    Drone Crash Injury At Wedding Not Covered, Insurer Says

    An insurance company has asked a California federal court to grant a quick win in its suit against a policy-holding photography company because exclusions in the coverage mean it doesn't have to pay for a drone incident at a wedding shoot during which a guest lost an eye.

  • November 9, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Seeks OK For New Investor After Deal Sinks

    The parent company of American electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has filed suit in California federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award affirming its right to find alternative financing after a Hong Kong-based investor shirked its obligation to make a payment partway into a $2 billion agreement.

  • November 9, 2018

    Idelic Closes $2M Funding Round Led By Bain Capital

    Pittsburgh-based Idelic, which specializes in software aimed at improving transportation safety, has closed a $2 million round of financing led by Bain Capital Ventures and overseen by Pepper Hamilton LLP, the firm announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Atlanta Transit Rider Awarded $18.8M For Brain-Damaging Fall

    A Georgia jury on Thursday found that Atlanta's transit system's negligence was responsible for a fall by a disabled passenger who was getting off a bus that left her in a permanent vegetative state, and awarded the rider $18.75 million.

  • November 9, 2018

    Four Duck Boat Crash Victims Settle Midtrial For $8.25M

    Four of the dozens of victims of a Seattle “duck boat” crash at the heart of an ongoing trial have reached an $8.25 million settlement with amphibious vehicle tour company Ride the Ducks International and its Seattle licensee, the individuals' attorney announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Baker Botts Snags EU Antitrust Atty From Hogan Lovells

    Baker Botts LLP has lured the former head of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels office to bolster its antitrust practice, a move that sees the seasoned attorney bring his more than two decades of experience navigating European competition law just a few minutes down the road.

  • November 9, 2018

    3 Firms Lead Bristow’s $560M Helicopter Biz Buy

    Texas-based provider of industrial aviation services Bristow Group Inc. said on Friday that it has agreed to buy privately held Columbia Helicopters Inc. for $560 million in a deal that was guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, King & Spalding LLP and Baker Botts LLP.

  • November 9, 2018

    Firms Score $108M In Fees In Auto Parts Price-Fixing MDL

    Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Robins Kaplan LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP will be taking home $108 million in attorneys’ fees from the third round of settlements in multidistrict litigation accusing a host of automotive part manufacturers of conspiring to fix prices, a Michigan federal judge has ruled.

  • November 9, 2018

    Hyundai Failed To Honor Sonata Warranties, Drivers Say

    Hyundai is refusing to honor the limited warranty for certain Sonata vehicles by wrongly asserting proof of regular maintenance is necessary for repairs, according to a putative class action lawsuit filed in South Carolina federal court.

  • November 9, 2018

    Mercedes Dealer Seeks New Trial After $5M Disability Verdict

    Mercedes Benz of Seattle asked a Washington federal court Thursday for a new trial after it was hit with a $5 million jury verdict for firing a finance director who received a prosthetic voice box as a result of undergoing surgery for throat cancer.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Tesla Worker Charged With $9.3M Embezzlement Scheme

    A former global supply manager for Elon Musk-helmed Tesla Inc. was indicted on Thursday for his alleged role in an embezzlement scheme in which he purportedly used fake documents and email accounts to divert about $9.3 million from one auto parts supplier to another.

  • November 9, 2018

    Trump Restricts Asylum Outside Ports Of Entry

    President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Friday morning that would bar asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from bringing their claims if they do not present themselves at a designated port of entry.

  • November 8, 2018

    EVelozcity Can Drive Ahead With No-Poach Contract Row

    Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future must face claims from rival EVelozcity that it imposed an illegally restrictive contract term that prevented departing employees from recruiting colleagues to another company, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, rejecting Faraday's bid to end the suit on anti-SLAPP grounds.

  • November 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Delays Kids' Climate Change Trial Against Gov't

    A high-profile lawsuit brought by children accusing the federal government of causing climate change hit its latest roadblock Thursday when the Ninth Circuit stayed an already-delayed trial in the case, marking the latest twist for the potentially landmark suit that was recently reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • November 8, 2018

    Bombardier Can Keep Software Secret In Fatal Crash Case

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday sided with Kongsberg Inc. and Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. in their bid to keep private their trade-secret software programs in a suit over a fatal three-wheel motorcycle crash, deciding the programs were not essential to the case.

  • November 8, 2018

    UnitedHealth Exec's Husband Agrees To Insider Trading Deal

    The husband of a UnitedHealth Group Inc. executive has agreed to fork over the more than $63,000 he netted in an insider trading scheme, and also pay separate interest and penalties, to resolve the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims against him in Minnesota federal court, the SEC announced Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ill. School Districts Are Denying Bus Drivers OT Pay, Suit Says

    Two school districts in Illinois' McHenry County got hit Thursday with a proposed class and collective action by current and former bus drivers who say the districts have failed to properly pay them overtime under state and federal wage laws.

  • November 8, 2018

    Mo. Duck Boat Captain Indicted After Sinking Killed 17

    The captain of an amphibious “duck boat” that sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people, was charged in federal court on Thursday after prosecutors said he failed to take necessary safety precautions or warn the passengers to put on their life jackets.

  • November 8, 2018

    Valero Urges DC Circ. To Reverse EPA Fuel Blend Guidance

    Valero Energy Corp. asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to overturn an Environmental Protection Agency decision that the company says runs afoul of the Clean Air Act by not fully reviewing the impact of the agency’s renewable fuel program on affected parties.

  • November 8, 2018

    Yacht Co. Wants $2M Awards From Chinese Builder Confirmed

    A U.S. yacht company has asked a Florida federal judge to confirm $2 million in awards issued against a Chinese builder over the construction and delivery of the 140-foot luxury yacht King Baby Marine LLC, saying the builder has not responded to the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

    Brian Stansbury

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • How High Court May Rule On The Bare-Metal Defense

    S. Christopher Collier

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed foundational tort principles at oral argument in Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, which concerns a defendant's liability under maritime law for products it did not make, sell or distribute. The court’s ruling will doubtless influence lower courts considering other bare-metal challenges, say S. Christopher Collier and Michael Arndt of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. 

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • 10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

    Jeff Vogel

    The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act granted the U.S. Maritime Administration increased authority to enforce the requirement that at least half of government-impelled cargoes be carried on U.S.-flag vessels. But in the intervening decade, regulatory efforts toward this goal have failed. If Congress wishes to preserve the U.S.-flag fleet, it must take further action, says Jeff Vogel of Cozen O’Connor.

  • Critical Factors For Airline Survival And Restructuring

    Henry Kikoyo

    Last week, Primera Air joined the list of airlines that have filed for insolvency, less than a year after the company announced record 2017 financial results. Why the sudden fall from grace? Those familiar with the aviation industry will recognize the pattern, says Henry Kikoyo of Brown Rudnick LLP.