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  • February 15, 2018

    Takata Allowed To Discharge State Claims In Ch. 11

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over Takata’s bankruptcy ruled late Wednesday that potentially $1 billion in claims stemming from enforcement actions by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can be discharged by a confirmed Chapter 11 plan, as the debtor meanwhile settled with 44 other states.

  • February 15, 2018

    Fiat Says Shares Were Unaffected By ‘Defeat Device’ Claims

    Fiat Chrysler has urged a New York federal court not to certify a class of investors accusing executives of falsely stating Chrysler vehicles didn’t contain “defeat devices” in an effort to inflate share prices, saying the alleged misrepresentations had no impact on the stock.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    South Africa Accuses Regional Airline Of Predatory Pricing

    South African competition regulators announced charges Wednesday against a regional airline that connects small towns with larger cities and is now accused of charging “predatory” and “excessive” rates that were dropped when competition appeared, only to be quickly yanked back up when that competition ended.

  • February 14, 2018

    Feds Want 11-Year Sentence For Armored Truck Fraudster

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a Virginia federal judge to sentence the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor to more than 11 years in prison for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, arguing the tough sentence is warranted since the fraud endangered lives of American soldiers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Healthineers, Blackstone, Takata

    Siemens is reportedly pocketing all the proceeds from the IPO of its Healthineers unit, several banks are in talks to aid a financing effort related to the Blackstone-Thomson Reuters deal and automakers are helping Takata resolve its bankruptcy by giving millions to those hurt by its deadly air bag inflators.

  • February 14, 2018

    Things To Know About The New Rail, Trucking Agency Chiefs

    The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Department of Transportation nominees late Tuesday, including the heads of the nation's rail safety regulator and the nation's commercial motor vehicle safety regulator, filling key leadership positions amid heightened safety concerns following several high-profile accidents. Here are a few things to know about the newly confirmed officials.

  • February 14, 2018

    EEOC's Gender Bias Suit Can Continue Against Ohio Shipper

    An Ohio federal judge said a proposed class action claiming a shipping company deterred women from applying as dockworkers will press on, saying the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had succeeded in defining its claim after she threatened to toss an earlier complaint.

  • February 14, 2018

    Nissan Launches Broadside Against Faulty-Transmission Suit

    Nissan North America Inc. has asked an Alabama federal judge to throw out or trim down a proposed class action over transmission problems in thousands of its vehicles, saying the suit centers on an alleged design defect not covered by warranties and has other issues.

  • February 14, 2018

    Granite Construction Snaps Up Layne In $565M Deal

    Granite Construction Inc. said Wednesday it will take over water management, construction and drilling firm Layne Christensen Co. in a deal worth $565 million that will see California-headquartered Granite take a major leap in its water infrastructure capabilities.

  • February 13, 2018

    Passenger Claims Southwest Booted Him For Speaking Arabic

    A California man hit Southwest Airlines Co. with a civil rights suit in federal court Tuesday claiming that he was removed from a flight for speaking Arabic, even though he wasn't doing anything wrong.

  • February 13, 2018

    BMW Driver Tells 9th Circ. Noisy Brakes Are Safety Concern

    A BMW driver told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that the noise generated by his car’s squealing brakes poses a safety concern the company had a duty to disclose, and urged the court to revive his fraud class action.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rent-A-Wreck Ch. 11 Case Tossed As Bad Faith Filing

    Rent-A-Wreck of America Inc. did not enter Chapter 11 proceedings in good faith, a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, finding the discount car rental company appears to be solvent and has attempted to use the bankruptcy process to “redistribute value from a longtime adversary.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Railroad IT Worker Gets Jail Time For Network Damage

    A former Canadian Pacific Railway IT employee was sentenced by a Minnesota federal judge Tuesday to one year and one day in prison for intentionally damaging critical components of the transcontinental railroad company’s computer network, following a guilty verdict in October.

  • February 13, 2018

    Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Spur Pipeline Projects

    Though much of it would require congressional approval, the infrastructure plan unveiled Monday by President Donald Trump would be a boon for pipeline developers, who would benefit from shortened environmental reviews and potential limits on the permitting authority of states. Here's a look at several pieces of the proposal that could grease the skids for pipeline companies.

  • February 13, 2018

    Flyers Ask Justices To Pass On Antitrust Filed-Rate Fight

    Airline passengers have urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal from All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd., which is trying to escape multidistrict litigation over price-fixing allegations by pointing to federal pricing regulations, arguing the company is raising questions of fact.

  • February 13, 2018

    Capital Markets Partner Rejoins Latham In Hong Kong

    Latham & Watkins LLP said Monday that it’s welcoming back a former partner who has worked on a variety of capital markets transactions involving Chinese firms, including a $1.4 billion initial public offering for the Shanghai-based ZTO Express Inc. that was the largest U.S. IPO of 2016.

  • February 13, 2018

    Brothers Guilty Of Airplane Loan Scam, Other Bank Schemes

    A Massachusetts federal jury found a pair of Chicago brothers guilty Tuesday on all charges in a multimillion-dollar scheme in which prosecutors say the pair used fake names to dupe banks, including Commerce Bank of Worcester, into loaning them money to furnish a lavish lifestyle.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ethics Group Seeks Probe Of Ex-Rail Official's Outside Work

    An ethics watchdog group asked the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday to investigate the Federal Railroad Administration’s former deputy administrator, who resigned Saturday amid questions about simultaneous consulting work he did for a Mississippi county sheriff’s department while serving as a federal official.

  • February 13, 2018

    Enviros Want FERC To Rethink PennEast Pipeline Approval

    A pair of environmental groups on Monday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to issue a conditional certificate for the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline and press pause on the project's approval, saying that the company overstated the need for the project.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues

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    Following Hurricane Harvey, the federal government committed substantial dollars toward reconstruction efforts in Texas. For members of the construction industry planning to engage in these public projects, there are important things to know about Texas public procurement law, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • How Electronic Logging Devices Will Change Transportation

    Jonathan Todd

    Shippers, private carriers, intermediaries, forwarders and other companies with business models involving transportation are taking notice of the electronic logging device mandate, which became effective last month. The mandate may significantly constrict shipping capacity, and could prove a particular hardship for small carriers, say Jonathan Todd and Kristopher Chandler of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Why Risk Management Principles Matter In Aviation

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    Risk management principles, which have been applied in business and industry for many years, have also found their way into aviation. The critics are correct in saying that good judgment cannot be taught, but the practice of consistently thinking about risks and how to cope with them can be — and can save lives, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

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    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Trends In Automotive Technology: 2017 And The Road Ahead

    David Cavanaugh

    Automotive technology promises to be a focus of intellectual property disputes and regulatory attention in the coming years. In this article, attorneys with WilmerHale look back at 2017 developments to see where auto industry patenting, IP litigation and policymaking may be heading.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year, the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act continued to be the source of the most significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, as courts and litigants began to grapple with its interpretation and application, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.