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  • August 9, 2018

    GM Dodges Nationwide Claims In Faulty Headlight Suit

    General Motors has successfully contained to California a proposed nationwide class action accusing it of selling Cadillacs with faulty headlights, after a federal judge ruled the federal warranty law the consumers were bringing their claims under didn't apply to drivers outside the state.

  • August 9, 2018

    1st Circ. Hands Win To Puerto Rico In Bond Lien Dispute

    Hedge fund Peaje Investments' $65 million in bonds issued by Puerto Rico's Highways and Transportation Authority are not secured by a lien on toll revenues, the First Circuit has affirmed in a decision that amounts to a victory for the commonwealth and yet another setback for creditors of its various government agencies.

  • August 9, 2018

    Airline Passengers Win Class Cert. In Price-Fixing Suit

    A California federal judge certified two classes of All Nippon Airways passengers in multidistrict litigation alleging that major airlines conspired to fix the prices of long-distance trans-Pacific flights.

  • August 9, 2018

    Airline Can't Probe Immigration Status In IP Row, Court Told

    The vice president of an airline marketing company urged an Illinois federal court to quash a subpoena into his immigration records that was issued by a Canadian budget airline in a contract and intellectual property dispute between the two companies.

  • August 9, 2018

    Nissan Pushes To Arbitrate Driver's Claims In Sunroof Suit

    Nissan North America Inc. asked a California federal judge on Wednesday to compel individual arbitration for one of the named plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging the carmaker sold vehicles with defective panoramic sunroofs, saying she signed a broad arbitration agreement when she purchased her vehicle.

  • August 8, 2018

    GAO Says DHS Units Need To Improve On Major Acquisitions

    Despite investing billions of dollars each year in major acquisition programs, no U.S. Department of Homeland Security component agency has fully complied with best practices for setting out operational requirements for those programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Freight Co., Investors Reach $13M Deal in Stock-Drop Suit

    UTI Worldwide Inc. and a certified shareholder class suing the logistics services provider for allegedly mischaracterizing problems with its freight forwarding system to the detriment of investors have reached a proposed $13 million settlement.

  • August 8, 2018

    Verizon, Vehicle IP Spar Over Navigation Patent At Fed. Circ.

    Mobile navigation app patent holder Vehicle IP LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to revive its infringement claims against a Verizon Wireless affiliate, saying a lower court, for a second time, improperly inserted restrictive language into its claim construction when it axed the suit.

  • August 8, 2018

    Arctic Cat, Bombardier Can’t Redo Snowmobile Patent Trial

    Bombardier and Arctic Cat each lost bids for a new trial in a snowmobile patent dispute when a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence supporting a jury’s finding that Arctic Cat infringed one of Bombardier’s patents, and that the contested claims in two patents were invalid.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Trucker Wage Suit In Federal Court

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower court's decision to remand a trucker’s putative wage and hour class action against Swift Transportation to California state court, finding the trucking company showed potential damages exceed the $5 million threshold for federal class actions when including future recoverable attorneys' fees.

  • August 8, 2018

    SEC Wants Discovery Deadline Extended In Mobileye Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday urged a New York federal court to set aside a magistrate judge's order refusing a discovery extension in the insider trading suit connected to Intel Corp.'s $15.3 billion purchase of Israeli tech company Mobileye NV, asking that the discovery deadline be pushed to the date of trial.

  • August 8, 2018

    NYC Is 1st Major US City To Cap Uber, Lyft Licenses

    New York City on Wednesday became the first major U.S. city to curb the number of Uber, Lyft and similar for-hire vehicles on its roads after the City Council approved a one-year freeze on issuing new licenses to app-based ride-hailing services, while also setting a wage base for drivers.

  • August 8, 2018

    NJ-NY Train System Knocks Down Conductor's Injury Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp.'s trial win in a suit brought by a former train conductor who said her shoulder was badly injured when she opened a stuck door between cars.

  • August 8, 2018

    JB Hunt Drivers Lose Class Cert. Ahead Of Calif. Wage Trial

    A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bosch, Others Get Initial OK For $3M Deal In Auto Parts MDL

    A Michigan federal judge has given early approval to a $3.1 million settlement that truck and equipment dealers struck with manufacturers Robert Bosch GmbH and three other companies, which would put to rest dealers' allegations of a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition in the auto parts industry. 

  • August 8, 2018

    Enviros See Claims Trimmed In Highway Project Challenge

    An Illinois federal judge threw out the bulk of claims brought by an environmental group challenging various government agencies' conclusion that a $115 million highway and bridge project would not adversely affect the endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

  • August 8, 2018

    Orix Inks $2.2B Deal For Stake In Aircraft Lessor Avolon

    Japanese financial services group Orix Corp. on Wednesday said it has agreed to buy a roughly one-third stake in Avolon Holdings Ltd. from Bohai Capital for $2.2 billion, the third multibillion-dollar deal Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has guided the aircraft leasing company through since 2015.

  • August 7, 2018

    Woman Wins $35K After TSA Dog Knocked Her Down

    A Nevada federal judge on Monday awarded more than $35,000 to a woman who was knocked over, along with her emotional support cocker spaniel, by an energetic Labrador retriever used by the Transportation Security Administration as a security dog at a Las Vegas airport.

  • August 7, 2018

    Misplaced Power Pole Caused Fatal Jet Crash, Jury Told

    Counsel for the children of a woman who died in a business jet crash told an Atlanta jury during Tuesday opening statements the crash wouldn’t have happened if industrial manufacturer Milliken & Company hadn’t broken its agreement with a neighboring airport and allowed the construction of the 72-foot power pole that the plane hit.

  • August 7, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Must Face Age Bias Suit Over Evaluation Policy

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Monday that Fiat Chrysler must face amended class claims that its employee evaluation policy disparately affected workers aged 55 and older, saying most of the allegations sufficiently linked the policy to older workers being denied promotions and bonuses, put on probation or fired.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The EPA's New Biofuels Plan And A Residue Of Uncertainty

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued its long-awaited proposal concerning the next round of annual volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. While the proposal generally indicates stability and growth for the RFS program, it is conspicuously silent on several issues that could substantially affect biofuels markets, say Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Trump V. Hawaii Left To The 'Moral Judgments Of History'

    Joseph Tartakovsky

    In Trump v. Hawaii, the U.S. Supreme Court recently found that Congress “delegated” to the president the “comprehensive” power to suspend the entry of any noncitizens whose admission he found “detrimental” to American interests. The crux of the majority’s decision: No fig leaves here, says Joseph Tartakovsky, the James Wilson fellow in constitutional law at the Claremont Institute.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Aviation Watch: Is There Really A Pilot Shortage?

    Alan Hoffman

    In April, regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, blaming a lack of qualified cockpit personnel. It joins other airlines whose recent business woes have been attributed to a shortage of trained pilots. But the Air Line Pilots Association says poor pay and benefits are the issue. Retired attorney and private pilot Alan Hoffman explores how the current situation came about, and what lies ahead.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.