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Transportation

  • December 10, 2014

    Brazil Antitrust Watchdog Fights Cosan's $3B Railway Bid

    Brazil's antitrust enforcer on Tuesday challenged sugar and ethanol giant Cosan SA Industria e Comercio's 6.96 billion reais ($2.67 billion) bid to merge its logistics unit with railroad company ALL - America Latina Logistica SA, saying the deal could limit access to key infrastructure.

  • December 10, 2014

    House Spending Bill Slots $1.5B For Boeing Attack Jets

    The Boeing Co. is in line to nab a $1.46 billion order for 15 EA-18G electronic attack jets, with the U.S. House and Senate providing the Department of Defense funds for the jets in the nearly $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill announced on Tuesday and slated for a vote in the House later this week.

  • December 9, 2014

    Justices Consider If State Taxes On Railroads Discriminate

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a long-running fight between CSX Corp. and Alabama, wondering whether the court will be giving railroads an unfair advantage if it rules against a state diesel fuel tax that applies to rail companies but exempts motor and water carriers. 

  • December 9, 2014

    Wolff & Samson Fights Ethics Probe Of Ex-Port Authority Chair

    Wolff & Samson PC and one of its founders, David Samson, sued the New Jersey State Ethics Commission in federal court Monday, saying it lacks the authority to investigate whether Samson violated the state’s conflict of interest law as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • December 9, 2014

    Bombardier Shelves Amtrak Bid, Bets On Calif. High-Speed

    Canada's Bombardier Inc. announced on Monday that it is not among contenders for the National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) contract to replace its Acela Express trains, but confirmed that it is still in the running to build America’s first true high-speed rail.

  • December 9, 2014

    Airbus Cedes Stake In Finnish Defense Co. Patria

    The government of Finland says it is looking for a new partner to state-owned defense company Patria Oyj after Airbus Group NV announced that it would be shedding its minority stake in the company Tuesday.

  • December 8, 2014

    2 Cos. Tell 9th Circ. Max Damages Count For CAFA Removal

    A Cox Enterprises Inc. subsidiary and Bath & Body Works LLC separately urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to rule that companies can use the maximum amount of violations calculable under employment class action pleadings to reach the Class Action Fairness Act’s $5 million minimum for removal to federal court.

  • December 8, 2014

    High Court Review Sought In Disputed Detroit Bridge Row

    The Detroit International Bridge Company has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Sixth Circuit decision upholding the site selection of a competing public bridge connecting Michigan to Canada, saying the environmental review and foreign policy processes were flawed.

  • December 8, 2014

    Justices Question Amtrak's Role In Writing Railroad Rules

    Several U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday questioned whether the U.S. Department of Transportation inappropriately ceded its regulatory authority to Amtrak when the two created a set of binding railroad industry standards, noting that the joint discussions may have put Amtrak on equal footing with the agency.

  • December 8, 2014

    CSX Rail Tax Row Could Settle Discrimination Question

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether an Alabama diesel fuel tax that applies to rail companies but exempts motor and water carriers is discriminatory — even though motor and water carriers pay a different yet similar tax — in a case attorneys say could determine how courts define discrimination in tax statutes.

  • December 5, 2014

    Insurers Blast Amtrak's Damages Request In $1B Sandy Spat

    A slew of insurers urged a New York federal court Friday to toss Amtrak's bid for consequential damages in a suit seeking coverage for more than $1 billion in Superstorm Sandy losses the rail giant purportedly suffered, saying Amtrak hasn't alleged sufficient facts to support the request.

  • December 5, 2014

    Uber Says Drivers Aren't Employees In Tipping Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday pushed a California federal court to toss a putative class action alleging drivers were cheated out of a 20 percent gratuity, arguing that the drivers are not actually Uber employees and therefore don't have standing to sue.

  • December 5, 2014

    Plea In Works For Fuel Exec Hit With $30M Bank Fraud Rap

    Former Metro Fuel Oil Corp. chief financial officer Thomas Torre, accused of drawing $30 million from a bank line of credit before parking the company in bankruptcy, is likely to plead guilty to some or all of the allegations, lawyers told a New York federal judge on Friday.

  • December 5, 2014

    MTA Gets $336M To Fix Sandy-Damaged NYC Tunnels

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding over $336 million to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fix two New York City tunnels damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the state's U.S. senators said Thursday.

  • December 5, 2014

    Honda Doubles Recall To 6M Vehicles Over Takata Air Bags

    Honda Motor Co. said Friday that by expanding its recall relating to defective Takata Corp. air bags from a regional to a national campaign, the number of vehicles impacted has now more than doubled to 6 million.

  • December 5, 2014

    Whistleblower Says Trinity Can't Duck $175M FCA Verdict

    The whistleblower whose allegations that Trinity Industries Inc. defrauded the U.S. government by selling it defective guardrails led to a recent $175 million verdict asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to reject Trinity’s argument that he didn’t prove a valid claim under the False Claims Act.

  • December 5, 2014

    FedEx Nabs Inter Partes Review Of Shipment-Tracking Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent board on Wednesday opted to institute inter partes review of a shipment-tracking patent held by licensing company IpVenture Inc., finding that FedEx Corp. has a decent chance of showing that IpVenture's claims are either obvious or anticipated.

  • December 5, 2014

    Coast Guard, EPA Agree To Update Spill Responses

    A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed the Center for Biological Diversity’s suit against the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to update the oil-spill-response plans for New York and New Jersey, saying the defendants agreed to rectify the transgressions.

  • December 4, 2014

    Chilean Bus Outfit's Debt Swap Plan Gets The Green Light

    A New York federal judge on Thursday signed off on the Chapter 11 reorganization plan of Chilean bus operator Inversiones Alsacia SA, which features a deal with bondholders to restructure a $464 million debt issuance.

  • December 4, 2014

    Chrysler, Ford Expand Recalls Of Takata Air Bags

    Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday they would expand recalls of Takata Corp.-made passenger side air bags of certain older-model cars and trucks over a larger swath of certain southern states and territories with consistently high humidity and temperatures.