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  • June 2, 2015

    Tribe Says Gov't Board Lacks Authority To Hear BNSF Suit

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community asked a Washington federal judge Monday to keep its suit accusing BNSF Railway Co. of breaching an agreement permitting the company to ship crude oil through tribal trust lands in federal court, saying a government board lacks authority to handle the case.

  • June 2, 2015

    TravelCenters, Ex-Parent Agree To $397M Sale-Leaseback

    Truck operator TravelCenters of America LLC said Monday that it will net about $352 million from a sale-leaseback deal with real estate investment trust Hospitality Properties Trust, months after the activist RDG Capital Fund Management pressed TravelCenters to sell its real estate.

  • June 1, 2015

    Shrimp Cos. Push Fed. Circ. To Toss Duty Calculations

    A pair of shrimp exporters told the Federal Circuit Monday to throw out a Commerce Department anti-dumping duty on its products, saying the agency applied an artificially high rate to the Chinese shrimp in 2013 by ignoring company data over an alleged misstatement.

  • June 1, 2015

    Justices Won't Hear Ex-Carnival Worker's Arbitration Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a bid from a former Carnival Cruise Corp. employee who was injured on the job to review a ruling that the arbitration and choice of law clauses in his contract deprived him of the ability to pursue any claims against the company.

  • May 29, 2015

    DHL Can Drive Away From WARN Act Claims, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that delivery service DHL Express (USA) Inc. does not have to face an employee's claims that it laid off numerous workers at a Birmingham, Alabama, facility without proper notice, saying that a lower court correctly ruled that the minimum threshold to qualify as a mass layoff was not met.

  • May 29, 2015

    Uber Lays Out Broad Data Practices In Privacy Policy Update

    Ride-hailing service Uber Technolgies Inc. on Thursday rolled out an updated, more concise privacy policy that clarifies how the company collects and uses personal data and gives it permission to access mobile users’ location data even when its app is not actively running on their devices.

  • May 29, 2015

    Airbus To Launch Silicon Valley VC Fund, Innovation Center

    Airbus Group announced Friday it will open a $150 million venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, California, and said it tapped a former Google Inc. engineer to open a technology and business innovation center as the European aerospace giant attempts to take advantage of opportunities in the tech-rich area.

  • May 29, 2015

    $1.5B Aer Lingus Takeover Gains Momentum With Ireland's OK

    Ireland’s parliament voted Thursday to approve the sale of its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus Group PLC to British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, moving IAG's $1.5 billion takeover of Aer Lingus one step closer to becoming reality.

  • May 29, 2015

    Ford Truck Dealers Ask High Court To Revive Contract Row

    More than 60 former Ford Motor Co. heavy-duty truck dealers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit decision binding them to its 2013 ruling that nixed a $30 million jury award in a breach of contract class action against Ford, saying the appellate court’s underlying opinion contained factual errors.

  • May 29, 2015

    DOT Extends Crude Oil Train Safety Order Indefinitely

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration indefinitely extended an emergency order Thursday requiring railway operators to inform state emergency responder’s when they’ll be carrying large shipments of Bakken crude oil.

  • May 29, 2015

    Ex-Senate Staffer Charged With Defrauding 3 Elderly Women

    A former long-term staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was indicted by a Virginia federal grand jury on Thursday for allegedly using his position to induce three elderly women into giving him $500,000.

  • May 29, 2015

    Amtrak Fights For Experts In $1B Sandy Coverage Suit

    Amtrak urged a New York federal judge Thursday to rebuff efforts by insurance companies to exclude its expert testimony and reports regarding rail damage in a $1 billion coverage battle over losses caused by Superstorm Sandy, saying that the insurers' arguments are either premature or meritless.

  • May 29, 2015

    Maimed NJ Woman Sues Conrail Over Chemical Spill

    Consolidated Railroad Corp. and related rail companies fighting lawsuits over a 2012 train derailment and chemical spill after a bridge collapse were hit with another complaint Tuesday by a New Jersey woman who claims the resulting toxic exposure led to the amputation of her right leg.

  • May 29, 2015

    NTSB Blames Oil Drill Rig Wreck On Shell's Poor Planning

    The National Transportation Safety Board has found that the late 2012 grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC offshore drilling rig on an Alaskan island was the result of the company's poor safety planning, the agency said in a recent report.

  • May 29, 2015

    House Committee Prods Automakers On Cyberthreats

    Leaders of a U.S. House of Representatives committee want to know what automakers and their regulators are doing to keep hackers from exploiting wireless communication features that are becoming more common in new vehicles, the lawmakers said in letters Thursday.

  • May 28, 2015

    Lyft, Uber Skirt Miami Public Endangerment Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. got a putative class action dismissed Thursday, when a Florida federal judge ruled that a Miami regulation on for-hire vehicles does not create a private cause of action and that no law violations were identified in claims the companies' drivers endangered the public.

  • May 28, 2015

    11th Circ. Says Fla. Jury Should Hear FedEx Driver Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court’s decision that FedEx Ground Package Systems Inc. pickup and delivery drivers in Florida were independent contractors, ruling that question was better left for a jury to decide.

  • May 28, 2015

    DHL Pushes To Narrow Window For Shipping Antitrust Claims

    DHL Express (USA) Inc. on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to trim an antitrust class action alleging a price-fixing conspiracy among freight companies, arguing that after it approached antitrust regulators, subsequent claims fall flat.

  • May 28, 2015

    Aviation Co. Nabs FAA Exemption For Drone Usage

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has decided to allow an Oregon-based aviation company to operate drones in American airspace to conduct a variety of operations, including aerial surveying, filmmaking and photography, wildlife monitoring and other services, Buchalter Nemer PLC announced Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2015

    Pratt & Whitney Escapes Asbestos MDL Over Suppliers' Parts

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday predicted that state law will release companies from liability for asbestos contained in components used in their products unless they knew of the material’s health risks when their products were sold, granting Pratt & Whitney’s motion for summary judgment in a mesothelioma case.