• November 30, 2017

    Toyota To Build Hydrogen, Electricity Plant Run On Bio-Waste

    Toyota Motor North America Inc. unveiled plans on Thursday to build what it called a first-of-its-kind plant in California that will rely on agricultural bio-waste to generate hydrogen, electricity and water.

  • November 30, 2017

    EPA Keeps 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes Steady

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will roughly keep the current volume of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, present in the U.S. gasoline supply steady through 2018 and keep the volume of biomass-based diesel steady through 2019.

  • November 30, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: CVS, Terra Firma, SoftBank

    A megamerger involving CVS and Aetna may be imminent, Terra Firma is looking to sell $1.2 billion worth of Italian solar power assets, and SoftBank is trying to build up its stake in Indian e-commerce website operator Flipkart.

  • November 30, 2017

    Japan Auto Parts Co. Settles Price-Fixing Claims For $12M

    A Michigan federal judge on Thursday gave initial approval to a $12.16 million proposed settlement that would end claims in multidistrict litigation that a Japanese auto parts supplier participated in a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition by fixing the prices of ceramic substrates sold to U.S. automakers.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ryanair Sues Expedia To Halt Website Scraping For Flights

    Irish budget airline Ryanair sued Expedia in Washington federal court Wednesday, claiming the online travel booking site illegally scrapes Ryanair’s website for flights and fares and wrongfully pockets fees from the unauthorized sale of Ryanair flights through Expedia’s website.

  • November 30, 2017

    Trump Urges High Court To Remove Blocks On Travel Ban

    The Trump administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to pause orders by lower courts that put the brakes on the third iteration of the president’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S., arguing that the latest version overcomes various legal hurdles raised by its challengers.

  • November 30, 2017

    Norwegian Cruise Line Wins Halt To Arbitration In Fuel Row

    A Connecticut federal judge on Wednesday granted Norwegian Cruise Line's bid to temporarily stop arbitration with marine fuel supplier O.W. Bunker USA Inc., which lodged the proceedings over an alleged unpaid invoice for fuel bunkers that Norwegian said it had already paid to a local supplier.

  • November 30, 2017

    Hundreds Of American Airlines Flights Still Without Pilots

    American Airlines said Thursday it’s actively slotting in pilots for flights during the upcoming holiday season after revelations earlier this week that a glitch in the company’s scheduling system allowed too many pilots to take time off, placing hundreds of flights at risk for cancellation.

  • November 29, 2017

    Toyota Customer Says Rats Race To Eat Through Car Wiring

    A proposed class action removed to Massachusetts federal court on Monday accuses Toyota of leaving its customers to the rats by incorporating soy-based materials in some of its cars' electrical wiring systems, baiting rodents that gnaw the wiring but refusing to cover repairs under warranty.

  • November 29, 2017

    Judge Blames Uber Deputy GC For Waymo IP Trial’s Delay

    A California federal judge blamed Uber’s deputy general counsel for a two-month delay of Waymo’s trade secrets trial over allegedly stolen self-driving car technology, saying in a hearing Wednesday that Uber’s failure to produce an ex-employee’s letter meant the lawyer may be “in trouble.”

  • November 29, 2017

    Commercial Drone Users Push For Fewer FAA Restrictions

    Drone advocates urged Congress on Wednesday to lean on the Federal Aviation Administration to loosen restrictions on the use of commercial drones in U.S airspace or risk U.S. industry falling behind foreign rivals, finding a receptive audience from lawmakers who simultaneously decried “idiot” hobbyists for acting unsafely.

  • November 29, 2017

    Potential Takata Buyer Takes AIG Coverage Row To 6th Circ.

    Key Safety Systems Inc., the prospective purchaser of bankrupt Takata Corp.’s assets, told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday that a lower court erred by not forcing an AIG unit to pay for post-judgment interest after KSS lost a $4.3 million product liability suit over a fatal car accident.

  • November 29, 2017

    Trump Sparks Outcry With Anti-Muslim Videos On Twitter

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted three inflammatory videos allegedly depicting Muslims that had been posted by a leader of a far-right party, earning him a swift rebuke from the British prime minister and potentially handing his opponents in the travel ban cases fresh ammunition.

  • November 29, 2017

    ThyssenKrupp Says Rehearing Bid Needed In Seizure Row

    ThyssenKrupp Mannex GmbH has reiterated its bid for the entire Fifth Circuit to revisit its decision allowing Daewoo International Corp. to seize an iron shipment before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, saying Daewoo's argument against its rehearing petition is "replete with errors."

  • November 29, 2017

    Enviro Group Seeks EPA's Lawsuit Settlement Policy Docs

    The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to provide records regarding its new policy intended to prevent lawsuit settlements that Administrator Scott Pruitt said often circumvent transparency standards.

  • November 29, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler, Bosch Push To Ax Claims In Emissions MDL

    Fiat Chrysler and Bosch urged a California federal judge to toss claims brought by drivers in multidistrict litigation over alleged cheating on emissions testing, with the automaker on Wednesday saying that, unlike in Volkswagen’s case, the drivers don’t claim their cars lost market value.

  • November 29, 2017

    Mass. Tech Group Asks 4th Circ. To Keep Travel Ban Blocked

    An association of Massachusetts technology companies on Tuesday voiced support for immigrant organizations urging the Fourth Circuit to keep blocked the latest iteration of the Trump administration's travel ban, which the association said could wreak havoc on its industry if allowed to take effect.

  • November 29, 2017

    Takata Creditors Balk At Proposed $12M Mexican Unit Outlay

    Several major creditor groups in the Takata Chapter 11 took issue Wednesday with the debtor’s bid to spend $12 million on its Mexican affiliates to prepare the proposed $1.6 billion sale at the center of the case they already see as problematic, arguing it has thin evidentiary support.

  • November 29, 2017

    Greenpeace Seeks To Dodge Dakota Access RICO Case

    Greenpeace and a nonprofit bank watchdog asked a North Dakota federal judge Tuesday to toss a suit filed by the Dakota Access pipeline operator accusing them of destroying company property and threatening executives with death.

  • November 29, 2017

    Walmart, GSA Settle With EPA Over Calif. Emissions Foul

    Wal-Mart Transportation LLC and the U.S. General Services Administration recently agreed to separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over pollution-spewing trucks that had not been upgraded to reduce diesel emissions as required by California, the EPA announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

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    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clean Water Act Challenges To Pipeline Projects: Part 2

    Joel Beauvais

    A slew of recent court rulings have addressed challenges to state pipeline permitting decisions under the Clean Water Act. The cases include industry appeals of high-profile permit denials by the state of New York, and environmental groups' objections to project certifications by other states. These rulings set important precedents, say Joel Beauvais and Janna Chesno of Latham & Watkins LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Clean Water Act Challenges To Pipeline Projects: Part 1

    Joel Beauvais

    Pipeline development in the United States is increasingly contentious, with states using Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to push back against new projects. The relevant statutory framework and recent court and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decisions will continue to provide fertile ground for litigation, say Joel Beauvais and Janna Chesno of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • How The 3rd Circ. Stripped Down The 'Bare Metal' Defense

    Cory Lapin

    After the Third Circuit's recent decision in the Asbestos Products Liability Litigation case, manufacturers within the court's jurisdiction should not expect claims against them to be dismissed under a “bare metal" defense, unless they can show that they could not have known that asbestos would later be added to their products, says Cory Lapin of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Force Majeure During Construction — Are You Ready?

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    Lawyers spend considerable time defining the scope of force majeure events and associated relief mechanisms in construction agreements, but often move onto the next deal after contracts are signed. It is important to stay involved, and be prepared for issues that may arise during project execution, say David Strickland III and Michelle Northcutt of King & Spalding LLP.

  • 2 More Strikes Against The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a travel ban by executive order has now been enjoined from implementation by two separate district courts in Hawaii and Maryland. However, the courts relied on very different grounds as the basis for their rulings, which could hurt the plaintiffs when, as is likely, the cases are reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • FERC Order Signals States Can't Delay Pipeline Rulings

    James Bowe Jr.

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation waived its authority under the Clean Water Act by failing to either issue or deny a water quality certificate for a gas pipeline within the statutory time frame. The order signals that FERC will not countenance state inaction on pipeline projects, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.