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Transportation

  • September 9, 2014

    9th Circ. Won't Disturb Trucker-Break Preemption Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to reconsider its ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act does not preempt California's meal and rest break requirements for truck drivers because those requirements don't have a significant-enough effect on prices or services.

  • September 9, 2014

    Uber Discriminates Against Blind Riders, Group’s Suit Says

    The California affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind on Tuesday hit Uber Technologies Inc. with a lawsuit in California federal court, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and saying drivers for the company’s UberX taxi service often refuse to transport blind customers with service animals.

  • September 9, 2014

    FHWA Can't Save Guardrail Maker In FCA Suit, Relator Argues

    A Federal Highway Administration contractor can't escape False Claims Act liability over its allegedly dangerous changes to approved guardrail designs, even though the FHWA later approved the changes, the relator told a Texas federal court on Monday.

  • September 9, 2014

    Market Rumors: Rocket Internet, PT Pelabuhan, Taboola

    Venture capital group Rocket Internet is eyeing an initial public offering worth $970 million while Indonesia's state-owned seaport operator is planning to tap up to $400 million from the global bond market.

  • September 9, 2014

    DOT Proposes New Rules For Securing Crude Oil Trains

    A Department of Transportation unit proposed new rules on Tuesday that would prevent trains containing crude oil and hazardous materials from being left unattended and unsecured on the tracks, saying they need to strengthen existing regulations after a recent accident.

  • September 8, 2014

    GAO Urges Tighter Controls For Computer System Contractors

    Inconsistent oversight of contractors operating computer systems for five federal agencies has led to security lapses, including the failure to perform background checks on employees with access to government information, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

  • September 8, 2014

    United Broke Frequent Flier Contract, 7th Circ. Told

    A United Continental Holdings Inc. customer urged the Seventh Circuit on Monday to revive a proposed class action accusing the airline of wrongfully yanking his frequent-flier benefits, arguing United reneged on a lifetime contract with customers who achieved “million miler” status.

  • September 8, 2014

    Southwest Secretly Records Customer Calls, Suit Says

    Southwest Airlines Co. was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Sunday by a consumer who claims the airline surreptitiously recorded a cellphone conversation he had with an airline representative without his consent, violating his right to privacy.

  • September 8, 2014

    Alaska Air Ducks Suit Alleging It Withheld Incentives

    A California federal judge on Friday threw out a proposed class action against Alaska Airlines and FIA Card Services NA for allegedly shortchanging Alaska employees who were promised incentive payments for recruiting credit card customers, saying the plaintiff failed to show the airline owed him any money.

  • September 8, 2014

    Minnesota Nonprofit Wants Enviro Review Of Rail Project

    A Minneapolis-based nonprofit has filed suit in Minnesota district court, alleging that the Federal Transit Administration and local authorities failed to conduct a thorough environmental review of a rail project that is designed to pass through a sensitive park system.

  • September 5, 2014

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, MoFo, Weil, Skadden

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Skadden and Kirkland work opposite sides of Compuware's $2.5 billion sale, while Weil Gotshal helps Norwegian Cruise Line shell out $3 billion for a luxury cruise operator and Cravath guides the company's board on the deal.

  • September 5, 2014

    United Fruit Beats Asbestos Exposure Suit In MDL

    United Fruit Co. on Wednesday persuaded the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the multidistrict asbestos litigation against dozens of defendants to throw out a suit against it by arguing that the plaintiff had not shown enough proof that a seaman was exposed to the carcinogenic mineral on any vessels it owned.

  • September 5, 2014

    Mexico Unveils More Details Of Proposed $13B Capital Airport

    Mexico's Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Thursday unveiled details about an overall 169 billion peso ($12.9 billion) project that will see the construction of a huge international airport, some portions of which will likely be funded by bond issues.

  • September 5, 2014

    Skanska Closes On $900M Share Of $2.3B Fla. Highway Deal

    Swedish construction firm Skanska AB said Friday that it has closed on an $900 million agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to revamp a 21-mile portion of Interstate 4, pushing forward a $2.3 billion public-private project that promises to relieve congestion clogging Central Florida.

  • September 5, 2014

    5 Insights From AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts

    We had one three-year period where we successfully closed the back-to-back acquisitions of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., AT&T and BellSouth Corporation. Those years were hard to beat, says Wayne Watts, senior vice president and general counsel of AT&T Inc.

  • September 4, 2014

    Uber Gets Claims Trimmed From Drivers' Suit Over Tips

    A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed claims from Uber Technologies Inc. drivers' putative class action alleging the car service tricks passengers into paying a 20 percent tip that isn't fully paid to drivers, saying Uber made the alleged misrepresentations before the drivers had established their economic relationships with Uber customers.

  • September 4, 2014

    Italian Shipping Price Floor Is Anticompetitive: EU High Court

    The European Union Court of Justice ruled Thursday that a law setting the minimum charge in Italy for road freight services is capable of restricting competition and violates European Union standards.

  • September 4, 2014

    United Wins Dismissal Of Mileage Program Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday tossed a putative class action accusing United Airlines Inc.’s parent company of manipulating rates for frequent-flyer program benefits to extract extra payments from loyal customers, saying the claims were either preempted by the Airline Deregulation Act or failed to state a claim.

  • September 3, 2014

    Cleary Brokers Restructuring Pact For Chilean Bus Outfit

    Chilean bus operators Inversiones Alsacia SA and Express de Santiago Uno SA, which combined in 2011, have reached a tentative deal with bondholders to restructure a $464 million debt issuance through a forthcoming bankruptcy proceeding in New York.

  • September 3, 2014

    Trinity Wants McKool Smith Off Guardrail FCA Suit

    Trinity Industries Inc. told a Texas federal judge Wednesday that attorney ethics rules prohibit the company's former law firm McKool Smith PC from representing a plaintiff in False Claims Act litigation that accuses Trinity of secretly modifying the design of its ET-Plus guardrail end terminal.