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  • August 14, 2015

    Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Standard Largely Upheld

    A California federal judge on Thursday largely dismissed challenges against Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, ruling that the plaintiffs had not made any specific allegations against the governor, nor shown that the crude oil provisions discriminated in purpose and effect, and that some of the claims have already been resolved by the Ninth Circuit.

  • August 14, 2015

    GSA Says Airfare Program Will Save Gov't $2.3B In 2016

    The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded contracts to seven airlines to provide air travel for federal government employees in fiscal 2016, according to a statement from the agency Thursday that claimed the program will allow savings of $2.35 billion.

  • August 14, 2015

    Bombardier Asks 5th Circ. To Revive $32M Excise Tax Row

    Bombardier Aerospace Corp. on Thursday asked the Fifth Circuit to review a lower court’s finding that it was liable for a federal aviation excise tax on fees that it charged to customers and was not due a $32 million refund.

  • August 13, 2015

    Ex-Air Force Pilot, MoFo Aviation Pro Joins Schnader

    A former U.S. Air Force pilot from Morrison & Foerster LLP who defends aerospace and defense clients in the aftermath of air disasters and handles patent issues has joined Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in San Francisco, Schnader said on Wednesday.

  • August 13, 2015

    Calif. Appeals Court Revives 'Vague' Background Check Law

    A California state appeals court on Wednesday granted a bid by bus drivers to restore a nixed California law which it accused First Student Inc. of violating when it ran background checks without written consent, saying it disagreed with the precedent used to strike the law down as "unconstitutionally vague."

  • August 13, 2015

    West Palm Beach's $300M Transit Village Nabs Key Approval

    The controversial, $300 million mixed-use Transit Village planned around a commuter rail and bus station in West Palm Beach, Florida, was approved Wednesday by the city's Downtown Action Committee, moving the developer closer to breaking ground.

  • August 13, 2015

    3rd Circ. Says Paid Suspensions Don't Run Afoul Of Title VII

    The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that a suspension with pay does not quality as an “adverse employment action” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, affirming a trial court’s decision to throw out a retaliation suit against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

  • August 13, 2015

    OSG Investors Land $16M Deal In Tax Liability Fight

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed $16.25 million settlement between Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. investors and several accounting, financial industry and executive-suite defendants over allegations they failed to disclose tax liabilities tied to the formerly bankrupt tanker company.

  • August 12, 2015

    Northrop Grumman Hit With $4.6M Suit Over Boat Collision

    Five insurers and a building materials company hit Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. with a $4.6 million lawsuit Tuesday in New Jersey federal court over a boat crash on the Cape Cod Canal that damaged a barge and its cargo, saying Northrop Grumman's faulty steering mechanism caused the crash.

  • August 12, 2015

    Los Angeles City Council Plan Wants More Bikes, Fewer Cars

    The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a 20-year transportation framework aimed at making the car-heavy metropolis more easily traversed on foot and with bicycles.

  • August 12, 2015

    AbbVie Investor Renews Push To See Books In Failed Merger

    An investor in AbbVie Inc. pressed its appeal Tuesday of the Delaware Chancery Court’s decision to toss its lawsuit seeking to investigate the pharmaceutical company’s failed $55 billion merger with Shire PLC amid a White House crackdown on tax inversions, arguing the court applied a new, unsupported stricter standard.

  • August 12, 2015

    Fla. Port Dredging Project Faces Environmental Challenge

    An environmental group said Tuesday it plans to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its $733 million proposal to dredge 13 miles of the St. Johns River as part of a harbor deepening project at Jacksonville, Florida's port.

  • August 11, 2015

    Uber Says ID Theft Fears Speculative In Driver Data Breach

    Uber Technologies Inc. told a California federal judge Monday that the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action stemming from a data breach that exposed information on 50,000 drivers can’t claim he was injured by the breach because his Social Security number wasn’t exposed.

  • August 11, 2015

    SEPTA Strikes $13M Deal To End Workers’ FLSA Suit

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority agreed to pay $13.1 million to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action accusing the transit agency of failing to pay drivers for preshift work, according to documents filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • August 11, 2015

    FAA Says Dallas' Federal Grants At Risk In Delta Airport Row

    The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday it is looking into whether the city of Dallas violated government agreements by failing to accommodate Delta Air Lines Inc.'s requests for gate access to continue daily flights at Dallas Love Field Airport.

  • August 11, 2015

    Schumer Unveils $20B Repair Plan For Rail Tunnels

    The only hope for funding urgent repairs to the deteriorating rail tunnels that form a critical transportation hub linking New York City and New Jersey is a partnership of stakeholders with “access to government funding and the ability to leverage private capital and issue debt,” U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday.

  • August 11, 2015

    CORRECTED: Fla. Court Says Cruise Execs Can't Determine Port Fee Rates

    A Florida appeals court on Tuesday agreed with a group of boat pilots that two executives from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Carnival Cruise Line should be disqualified from a committee considering lower fee rates for passenger ships at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. (Correction: An earlier story misclassified the fee as a tax. The error has been corrected.)

  • August 11, 2015

    Judge Trims Florida Red Light Camera Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday trimmed but refused to throw out a putative class action against local governments and private vendors they contracted with to ticket drivers for red light violations, allowing an unjust enrichment claim and some deceptive business practices allegations to move forward.

  • August 10, 2015

    Dallas Cab Operators Sue Airport Over Uber-Friendly Rules

    A Dallas taxi union on Friday sued Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport over the elimination of cab permit rules, which the group said will allow Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to pick up airport passengers and create chaos at the terminal while stealing business from traditional drivers.

  • August 10, 2015

    JPML Won't Join Union Pacific Pipeline Rent Suits

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday declined to centralize proceedings for three suits lodged by landowners against Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Kinder Morgan alleging illegally granted easements, saying there were few enough parties that collaboration could be completed informally.