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Transportation

  • October 13, 2015

    Northrop Grumman Unit Exits $4.6M Suit Over Barge Crash

    A Northrop Grumman subsidiary, but not the parent, exited a suit Monday in which insurers allege the companies participated in the development and manufacture of a steering mechanism that malfunctioned and caused a $4.6 million boat crash on the Cape Cod Canal.

  • October 13, 2015

    MTA's $26B Capital Plan Spotlights P3s In Mass Public Transit

    New York state and city officials’ plan to fund the rest of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $26.1 billion five-year capital program could serve as a beacon for using more public-private partnerships to fill funding gaps in mass public transit-related projects, experts say.

  • October 13, 2015

    7th Circ. Says It Can't Review NTSB Report On Chopper Crash

    The Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday it had no power to vacate a National Transportation Safety Board report regarding a fatal 2014 helicopter crash — despite the owner and operator’s urging — saying the report was not a final agency decision.

  • October 13, 2015

    Calif. Climate Bill Revamp Won't Prevent Petroleum Cuts

    The absence of a controversial requirement to slash vehicle petroleum use from California climate change legislation recently signed into law is a temporary reprieve for the petroleum industry, as the Golden State has plenty of other tools at its disposal to aid its push to electrify its transportation sector.

  • October 13, 2015

    Texas AG Wants Counties Out Of Volkswagen Emissions Fight

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week sent letters to two county attorneys in the state asking them to give up their lawsuits against Volkswagen AG over the company’s alleged rigging of software to thwart emissions testing, saying they overlap with his suits.

  • October 13, 2015

    Hellmann Latest To Escape Freight-Forwarding Antitrust Suit

    A New York federal judge has dismissed two Hellmann Worldwide Logistics units from a long-running antitrust class action lobbed by purchasers alleging an international price-fixing scheme, just days after other freight-forwarding companies agreed to pay nearly $200 million in 11 separate settlements.

  • October 13, 2015

    Uber, Lyft Must Step Up Review Of Calif. Drivers’ Records

    A new law that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sunday requires Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and other ride-hailing companies to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles’ so-called pull notice program, which automatically notifies employers if drivers have been involved in accidents or have drunk-driving convictions.

  • October 13, 2015

    JPML Chooses Ohio Over Calif. For Honda Vibrations MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Friday consolidated six suits accusing Honda of concealing defects in its 2015 CR-V that make the vehicle vibrate excessively, assigning the case to a federal judge in Ohio because the automaker has facilities in the state and several plaintiffs supported the move.

  • October 13, 2015

    Justices Reject Trucking Co. Challenge To Calif. Rest Rules

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear an Oakland trucking company’s challenge to a $964,000 judgment won by a class of drivers after a California court ruled the state’s meal and rest break requirements aren’t preempted by federal law.

  • October 13, 2015

    Paul Hastings, Gibson Dunn Steer Warriors Arena Land Deal

    Paul Hastings LLP guided Salesforce's sale of 12 San Francisco acres to the Gibson Dunn-counseled Golden State Warriors, according to a statement Monday, where the reigning NBA champions are planning a new arena that will include millions of dollars in transit improvements.

  • October 13, 2015

    Conrail Tries To Cut First Responders From Derailment Suit

    Consolidated Rail Corp. has urged a New Jersey federal judge to whittle lawsuits filed by 20 first responders from litigation over a South Jersey derailment, arguing they never sought medical attention for their alleged injuries.

  • October 13, 2015

    Squire Patton Boggs Adds Infrastructure Finance Partner

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has added a former in-house counsel for the Pac-12 Network to its public and infrastructure finance practice area in its San Francisco office, the firm said in a Monday statement.

  • October 13, 2015

    Shipper Urges DC Circ. To Bar Arbitration In Union Dispute

    Liberty Maritime Corp. told the D.C. Circuit Tuesday that a collective bargaining dispute involving its former supervisors’ union had wrongly been sent to arbitration, saying an impasse meant the relevant arbitration clause had effectively expired and the case should have been decided in its favor.

  • October 13, 2015

    VW Van Owners Were Duped Into Buying Bad Filters, Suit Says

    An auto parts maker was hit Monday with a proposed class action in Ohio federal court by owners of Volkswagen Routan minivans who claim their 2014 models were damaged by oil filters the company falsely advertised as compatible with their vans.

  • October 13, 2015

    Amtrak Derailment Suits Centralized In Philadelphia

    The suits pursuing liability from the May Amtrak crash in Philadelphia will proceed in the city of brotherly love, after the United States Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday ordered a federal court in Pennsylvania to handle the cases before trial.

  • October 13, 2015

    American Wants Port Authority Sanctioned In LaGuardia Case

    American Airlines is seeking sanctions against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for reneging on a mediation agreement by attempting to toss the airline's contract breach suit over a LaGuardia Airport hangar that flooded after a contractor's piping work was tested.

  • October 13, 2015

    Transportation Cases To Watch

    Challenges to the U.S. Department of Transportation's new tank car rules for trains carrying crude oil and the escalating fight waged by Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to be recognized as employees are among the major cases that transportation attorneys are keeping an eye on this year.

  • October 9, 2015

    OW Bunker Gets A Few More Days Of Exclusivity In Ch. 11

    Marine fuel shipper O.W. Bunker will get a few more days of exclusive control over a bankruptcy that blindsided observers last fall, receiving a ruling Friday that temporarily staves off a hostile creditor’s bid for liquidation. 

  • October 9, 2015

    Ford Exec Must Testify On Acceleration Discovery, Drivers Say

    Ford has “exaggerated” its concerns about the burden of complying with a discovery order that would require an executive to testify about its document collection practices in sudden-acceleration litigation, members of a putative class told a West Virginia federal judge Friday.

  • October 9, 2015

    Hogan Lovells Scores NHTSA Atty For Enviro Group

    Hogan Lovells has bolstered the firm’s environmental practice group with a hire from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing on board an attorney with expertise tackling motor vehicle safety and regulatory compliance matters.