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  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Justices To Mull PennDOT Worker's Facebook Post Firing

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether an employee with the state’s Department of Transportation could be fired over a profane Facebook rant in which she complained about local school bus drivers and stated that she would “gladly smash into a school bus.”

  • January 8, 2019

    Climate Policy Will Be A Heavy Lift For New Calif. Gov.

    When Gavin Newsom became the 40th governor of California on Monday, he inherited arguably the most aggressive long-term plans to tackle climate change in the U.S., and Golden State watchers say his administration must clear several regulatory, legislative and practical hurdles to put those plans into action.

  • January 8, 2019

    Judge Skeptical Royal Caribbean Caused Passenger's Injuries

    A Florida judge declined Tuesday to rule on Royal Caribbean’s bid to end a suit accusing it of failing to get a passenger who was suffering a stroke necessary medical attention quickly enough, but she warned the plaintiffs that she’s not convinced the cruise line’s decisions are ultimately responsible for the man’s injuries.

  • January 8, 2019

    South Korean Actor Slams Tesla In Sudden-Acceleration Suit

    A South Korean musician and actor has pressed ahead with allegations that Tesla sold vehicles that suddenly accelerated without warning and hit the electric automaker with new claims of slander and defamation for suggesting he used his celebrity status to gain a payout, according to an amended complaint filed in California federal court Monday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Del. High Court Says Union Pacific Must Pay $5.7M In Cleanup

    The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a $5.7 million award Monday in favor of Clean Harbors Inc. and against Union Pacific Corp. over an environmental cleanup at a Kansas waste facility, saying a potentially ambiguous jury verdict form was not, in the end, overly misleading.

  • January 8, 2019

    Ford Says Dealership Owners Owe $112M For Financing Fraud

    Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC has told a Texas federal judge it's entitled to more than $112 million from two West Texas dealership owners, saying it can show they covered up “what may be one of the largest floor-plan financing frauds in the history of the United States.”

  • January 8, 2019

    Takata Allows $53M Ch. 11 Claim To End Price-Fixing Suit

    Takata has agreed to carve out a $53.2 million unsecured claim in its Chapter 11 for a proposed class of car owners accusing the Japanese auto parts maker of conspiring with others to fix prices.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Bus Driver Can Get Unemployment After Knife Incident

    A former Cambria County bus driver didn't violate her employer's rules against weapons in the workplace when she handled a knife in an employee lounge while talking to a human resources employee, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Seattle Paratransit Drivers Denied Cert. In Meal Break Suit

    A Washington federal judge has declined to certify a proposed class in a suit alleging two businesses that jointly provide paratransit service in the Seattle area denied hundreds of drivers rest and meal breaks required under state law.

  • January 8, 2019

    Tesla, Contractor Move To Dump Workers' Visa Fraud Suit

    Tesla Inc. and contractor Eisenmann Corp. urged a California federal judge on Monday to snuff out an amended False Claims Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit alleging they participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant.

  • January 7, 2019

    Justices Won't Hear Fiat Chrysler Bid To Undo Hack Cert.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Fiat Chrysler’s bid to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court’s certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, preserving a Seventh Circuit decision clearing the way for a multistate trial against the automaker.

  • January 7, 2019

    Ford Settles On Cellular-Connected Cars Amid FCC Debate

    Ford has decided that the future of technology that connects cars to each other lies in a cellular approach rather than the long-favored, radio wave-based one, a decision that could bode well for those pushing the Federal Communications Commission to repurpose the 5.9 GHz band of the spectrum for 5G use.

  • January 7, 2019

    Royal Caribbean Can't Dismiss Hurricane Harvey Cruise Suit

    A magistrate judge has recommended a Florida federal court deny Royal Caribbean's bid to dismiss a woman's latest complaint in her suit claiming it put passengers at risk by not canceling a cruise as Hurricane Harvey threatened Texas, saying the court has not forbidden her from adding additional plaintiffs.

  • January 7, 2019

    United Airlines Workers Say Short Military Leave Deserves Pay

    United Airlines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. were hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Monday alleging that they flouted a federal anti-discrimination law by not paying regular wages to workers who took short-term military leave or crediting that time toward a profit-sharing program.

  • January 7, 2019

    Judge Sends $20M Maritime Contract Dispute To Arbitration

    A Texas federal judge on Monday sent to arbitration in London a $19.9 million breach of contract suit Psara Energy Ltd. filed against the purported successor corporation of Space Shipping Ltd., rejecting Psara's pleas to keep the case in court.

  • January 7, 2019

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Delta, AirTran Bag Fee Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the claims of a gargantuan class of airline passengers accusing Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. of conspiring to stick travelers with checked bag fees.

  • January 7, 2019

    High Court Won’t Review Nixed $663M Guardrail FCA Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review a False Claims Act suit over unsafe Trinity Industries highway guardrails, letting stand a circuit court decision that the government's continuing to pay for the barriers after learning of the fraud fatally undermined the whistleblower's case.

  • January 7, 2019

    Bridge Worker Hurt In NJ Can't Get Pa. Benefits, Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday that a contractor who was hurt while working on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which connects Philadelphia with New Jersey, was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits from both states for an injury sustained on the New Jersey side of the span.

  • January 7, 2019

    Supreme Court Won't Revive Calif. Truck Air Filter Challenges

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a legal challenge to the California Air Resources Board’s requirement that commercial trucks install engine particulate filters, after a state appeals court already found it didn’t have jurisdiction to consider opposition to the measure.

  • January 7, 2019

    Attys’ Alma Maters Will Get Airline Flyers’ $60M, Court Told

    Airline passengers might not see a dime of the $60 million deal two major U.S. airlines struck to tie up ticket buyers’ collusion claims, two objectors said, arguing that as the settlement stands, attorneys for the class could easily funnel the payout to their favorite charities or alma maters.

Expert Analysis

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 2

    Noah Kaufman

    In the second installment of this two-part series about four carbon pricing policy plans that garnered attention in 2018, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy discusses the potential impacts each would have on emissions, energy markets and the economy.

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 1

    Noah Kaufman

    Four carbon pricing policy plans garnered attention in 2018, including the first bipartisan federal carbon tax proposal in eight years. In the first installment of this two-part series assessing the potential impacts on emissions, energy markets and the economy, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy looks at the similarities and differences.

  • No-Deal Contingency Planning For The UK Aviation Sector

    John Balfour

    As approval of the proposed agreement for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union becomes more uncertain, last month's no-deal Brexit aviation contingency plan from the European Commission is both timely and relevant, say attorneys with Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 1

    Carolina Mederos

    With President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreeing that transportation and infrastructure are high priorities, the next Congress is likely to consider a large-scale, broad infrastructure package. But the question of how to pay for it remains, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Climate Change Lawsuits Face Crucial Hurdles

    John Lee

    The close of 2018 brings a chance to look at the state of climate change lawsuits filed in the last few years by both government entities and groups of young Americans. While each case type employs different legal strategies, both face similar challenges, says John Lee of Goldberg Segalla.