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Transportation

  • 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.

  • September 3, 2014

    Rewards Method Patents Invalidated Under Alice, Bilski

    A Federal Circuit judge sitting by designation in Texas district court ruled Tuesday that two patents on a computer-based method for converting airline customers' loyalty award credits are invalid in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. and Bilski rulings because they claim only an abstract idea.

  • September 3, 2014

    NetJets Says User Fees in $643M Refund Suit Aren't Taxable

    NetJets International Inc. on Wednesday fired back at the IRS’ bid for summary judgment in a $643 million suit seeking refund of transportation taxes, arguing the fees in question are not subject to tax.

  • September 3, 2014

    Mexican Prez Says $9.2B International Airport In The Works

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday announced plans to construct an enormous 120 billion pesos ($9.2 billion) international airport in Mexico City that could open by 2018 and will have the capacity to transport 120 million passengers annually.

  • September 2, 2014

    Bullet Train Opponents Take Beef To Calif. Supreme Court

    Opponents of California's planned $68.4 billion high-speed rail project on Tuesday took their fight to the state Supreme Court, contending that an appeals court ruling allowing the California High-Speed Rail Authority to finance the project by issuing $8.6 billion in bonds undermines the integrity of voter-approved bond measures.

  • September 2, 2014

    US Development Group Plans $150M IPO For Rail Business

    Texas-based energy infrastructure firm U.S. Development Group LLC is looking to raise $150 million in an initial public offering for its rail terminals business to fund additional growth projects including future development of its oil sands Hardisty Rail Terminal in Canada.

  • September 2, 2014

    Pratt & Whitney Sues Supplier Over Misrepresented Metals

    Aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney sued a metals supplier in Massachusetts federal court Friday, alleging it had misrepresented the quality and source of metals that were used to make parts for P&W turbofan engines intended for the Pentagon and other clients.

  • September 2, 2014

    Ill. Invests $102M On High-Speed Rail Line Upgrades

    Illinois will invest $102 million to upgrade the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line, including building a new bridge over the Kankakee River and making safety and capacity enhancements along the busy corridor between Joliet and Dwight, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Sunday.

  • August 29, 2014

    $42M Payday For NYC School Bus Drivers Ripe For Challenge

    A move by New York City leaders to mitigate pay cuts imposed on school bus drivers under less labor-friendly contracting rules by granting them $42 million is rankling spending watchdogs as well as contractors who won't accept the payout quietly, experts say.

  • August 29, 2014

    Boeing Asbestos Liability Doesn't Extend To Worker's Spouse

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled in a case against The Boeing Co. that employers owe no duty to warn or protect the spouses of workers who purportedly carried asbestos fibers home from their workplaces, deciding an issue he said hadn't been addressed by Pennsylvania appeals courts.