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  • August 10, 2018

    Workers Fight To Keep Visa Fraud Suit Against Tesla

    A pair of workers on Friday defended their False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit alleging that Tesla Inc., its contractor Eisenmann Corp., and others knowingly participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant and other automakers’ job sites.

  • August 10, 2018

    NASA Picks 13 Cos. To Study Commercial Human Spaceflight

    NASA said Thusday it has selected several companies — including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin — to look into the future of commercial human spaceflight, as it looks to commercialize low-orbit spaceflight.

  • August 10, 2018

    JPMorgan's $3M Vehicle Repo Deal With Consumers Approved

    A Minnesota federal judge Thursday gave her initial approval to a $3.25 million deal struck between JPMorgan Chase Bank NA’s auto financing arm, a debt collector and a proposed class of Minnesota consumers who allegedly had their cars illegally repossessed during a five-year period.

  • August 10, 2018

    Seneca Tribe Wants NY Highway Easement Spat Kept Alive

    The Seneca Nation of Indians asked a New York federal court on Friday to deny state officials' bid to toss its suit alleging an easement for the New York State Thruway that runs through the tribe’s reservation is invalid, saying a previous action on the matter was dismissed without having been adjudicated by the court.

  • August 10, 2018

    Port Authority Workers Win Benefits Suit At NY Appeals Court

    A split New York appellate court has ruled that the state comptroller wrongly excluded certain biweekly payments when calculating the retirement benefits for several Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees, finding that the main purpose of the compensation was to delay the workers’ retirement after 9/11.

  • August 10, 2018

    Wash. Tells High Court Tribal Treaty Doesn't Negate Fuel Tax

    A Washington state agency told the U.S. Supreme Court that a Yakama Nation-connected company should not be immune from the state's fuel taxes collected outside of the tribe's reservation, arguing the state Supreme Court got it wrong when it found the tribe's treaty included an exemption.

  • August 10, 2018

    DC Metro Contractor Sues Insurer, Bond Co. For $2.1M

    A subcontractor on a Washington, D.C., metro improvement project slapped a contract bond provider and an insurance company with a suit in Illinois federal court on Thursday, alleging it’s owed $2.1 million under a payment bond after a bankruptcy court ordered it to give the money back.

  • August 10, 2018

    Houston Atty Drops United Airport Shoving Suit

    A Houston attorney who sued United Airlines and two of its employees in June 2017 after he was allegedly pushed by a member of the airline's staff has reached an agreement to drop the lawsuit in its entirety, following his move in May to drop United and one employee from the litigation.

  • August 10, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cleary, Weil

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Amcor and Bemis merged in a $5.24 billion deal, Orix bought a $2.2 billion stake in Avolon Holdings, and KPS Capital Partners sold International Equipment Solutions to Stanley Black & Decker for $690 million.

  • August 9, 2018

    Goodyear Seeks New Trial After $40M Asbestos Verdict

    A New York jury has awarded $40.1 million to a man with mesothelioma, placing the bulk of the blame for his asbestos exposure on Goodyear Tire, which has asked for a new trial because of “outrageous remarks” made by the man’s counsel during closing arguments.

  • August 9, 2018

    Exploration Co.'s Suit Laying Claim To WWI Wreck Sails On

    A New York federal judge rejected a British agency’s bid to nix an underwater exploration company’s suit claiming ownership over a sunken World War I-era ship based on its salvage work on the wreck, saying it makes no difference at this stage that most of the valuable cargo has allegedly already been removed.

  • August 9, 2018

    Electric Car Startup Says Rival's No-Poach Terms Are Unlawful

    Electric vehicle startup EVelozcity sued Faraday & Future on Thursday in California state court, calling a contract term its competitor imposes to prevent departing employees from encouraging colleagues to also leave for another company “illegally restrictive.”

  • August 9, 2018

    EEOC Says United Backed Pilot Who Posted Colleague Nudes

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused United Airlines Inc. of discriminating against a flight attendant on the basis of sex for its refusal to punish a pilot, even after he pled guilty to posting provocative images and videos of her on the internet for years, according to a suit filed in Texas federal court Thursday.

  • August 9, 2018

    Port Has Right To Cleanup Costs From Union Pacific: Judge

    A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday ruled in favor of the Port of Ridgefield by holding that it has the right to recover from Union Pacific Railroad Co. money it spent cleaning up a contaminated industrial site they once both owned part of, and set the dispute up for a trial.

  • August 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Nixes Drivers' Challenge To Seattle Union Law

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a group of independent drivers who contract with the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft cannot pursue a challenge to a Seattle ordinance that lets for-hire drivers form quasi-unions, saying the harms they purportedly would suffer are too speculative for their claims to be heard.

  • August 9, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tronc, Turkish Airlines, SDI

    Donerail Group is reportedly discussing a deal to buy Tronc, Turkish Airlines is offering €750 million ($864 million) for a sizable stake in an Istanbul airport, and Scientific Drilling International is being shopped around with a value of more than $500 million.

  • August 9, 2018

    GM Trust, Lenders Told To Resolve $1.5B Loan Row Quickly

    A New York bankruptcy judge Thursday urged General Motors Co.'s bankruptcy trust and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA to pick up the pace following a bellwether ruling in 2017 intended to resolve a dispute over the nature and value of security interests in GM plants related to a $1.5 billion term loan.

  • August 9, 2018

    Mesa Air Group Leads 3 IPOs Raising $260M Combined

    U.S. regional air carrier Mesa Air Group Inc. led three initial public offerings that raised a combined $260 million on Thursday, joined by a New York community bank and a cancer-focused biotechnology firm, kicking off a quiet week for IPOs.

  • August 9, 2018

    Jaguar Abandoned 'Defender' TM, Carmaker Bombardier Says

    Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has abandoned its trademark on the “Defender” name because it hasn’t sold one in the United States since 1998, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. argued in legal papers filed in Michigan federal court defending its counterclaims to the former’s patent infringement suit.

  • August 9, 2018

    City Council Backs Rental Car Fee In San Diego-Area Dispute

    The City Council of Chula Vista, California, unanimously approved a resolution memorializing its support for a $3.50 rental car fee imposed by the San Diego Port District challenged by Hertz, Enterprise and the San Diego airport authority.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • An Update On Anti-Poach Enforcement And Class Actions

    Robin van der Meulen

    In recent years, no-poach agreements have become subject to close scrutiny both by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and private class action plaintiffs. These cases show that violations of federal antitrust laws can have an immediate and real impact on ordinary people and their livelihoods, say Robin van der Meulen and Brian Morrison of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • How Binding Is That 30(b)(6) Testimony?

    Steven Kramer

    Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a Rule 30(b)(6) witness gives testimony on behalf of a company and the general rule is the company cannot present facts that conflict with the testimony of its designee. But as the Tenth Circuit recently held in Snapp v. United Transportation Union, the general rule should not be overstated, says Steven Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.