• March 8, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Aims To Keep Expert In Jeep Leaky Sunroof Suit

    Fiat Chrysler on Thursday fought to preserve expert testimony in a New Jersey putative class action over leaky sunroofs in certain Jeep models, saying it gets to the heart of the consumers' claim the company failed to warn them about steps they needed to take to prevent leaks.

  • March 8, 2018

    Texas Hospital Settles Paramedic, Nurse OT Suits

    A helicopter paramedic and nurse who accused a Texas hospital chain of failing to pay overtime and making chopper crews work through lunch breaks have settled two proposed collective actions, according to an order from a Texas federal judge approving the agreement.

  • March 8, 2018

    Uber Drivers Get Cert. And Win In Safe Ride Fee Row

    A California federal judge Thursday handed a win to a group of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers who say their contract was breached through the overcharging of a $1 “safe ride” fee.

  • March 8, 2018

    Chubb Units Don't Have To Cover IT Co. In Hawaii DOT Spat

    A bankrupt IT consultancy can’t use insurance policies with two Chubb units to pay for a suit over a “worthless” software system it built for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, a Colorado federal court has ruled, finding that the underlying suit’s allegations are strictly digital and therefore not “property damage.”

  • March 8, 2018

    Siemens CEO Calls For Industrywide Cybersecurity Effort

    The president and CEO of Siemens AG on Thursday used the platform of a major energy conference in Houston to call on companies industrywide to join in a unified effort to create new rules and criteria for ensuring the safety and security of data.

  • March 8, 2018

    Drivers Defend Scope Of Nissan Faulty-Transmission Suit

    Alabama and Florida residents and business owners suing Nissan North America Inc. over transmission problems in thousands of its vehicles defended the scope of their proposed class action Wednesday, telling an Alabama federal judge that the car maker shouldn’t be allowed to duck their breach of warranty claims.

  • March 8, 2018

    No Delay Of Block On La. Pipeline Project Amid Appeal

    A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday refused to shelve her block on construction of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline while it is appealed to the Fifth Circuit, saying the project's developers are essentially asking her to reverse her ruling.

  • March 8, 2018

    US Coachways Wins Coverage Of $50M TCPA Deal

    Illinois Union Insurance Co. must cover a nearly $50 million class action settlement that resolved claims that US Coachways Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with text message blasts to potential customers, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that multiple sections of the insurer's policy clearly extend coverage for the claims.

  • March 8, 2018

    Uber Drivers Must Halt PAGA Claim Until 9th Circ. Weighs In

    A California federal judge on Wednesday said a class of Uber drivers cannot amend its class action claim under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act until the Ninth Circuit rules on the ride-hailing company’s bids to dismantle the long-running suit that claims it misclassified the drivers as independent contractors.

  • March 7, 2018

    DC Circ. Gives FERC More Time To Redo Pipeline Review

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission more time to finish redoing its approval of a $3.5 billion interstate natural gas project in the South, preventing the pipelines at issue from potentially ceasing operations.

  • March 7, 2018

    Top EU Court Says Transport Co. Must Repay €642M In Aid

    The Court of Justice of the European Union on Wednesday ordered a formerly state-owned package delivery company to return €642 million in state aid money to the French government, finding the company failed to honor EU conditions attached to approval of the bailout payments.

  • March 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: McLaren, Walmart, Pillsbury

    McLaren shareholders reportedly aren't interested in a stock market offering anymore, Walmart's Brazilian operations may owe up to $3 billion in back taxes, and J.M. Smucker is considering selling off its baking brands, including Pillsbury.

  • March 7, 2018

    Schiff Hardin Snags Debevoise Energy Attorney

    Schiff Hardin LLP has pulled in an experienced attorney from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP who handles mergers and acquisitions, project finance and other matters largely related to the energy sector as a partner in its New York office.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ex-Miami Official's Suit Over $800M Bridge Rerouted

    A Florida appeals court agreed Wednesday to move a former City of Miami commissioner’s putative class suit against the Florida Department of Transportation –– over an $800 million contract for a “signature bridge” from Miami to Miami Beach –– to a court in Tallahassee because of the home venue privilege state agencies enjoy.

  • March 7, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Says Rivals Kept Infringing Bushing Kit IP

    An aftermarket manufacturer of Ford Motor Co. vehicle parts accused in Georgia federal court on Wednesday a pair of Florida-based companies of infringing its patent covering a bushing kit design used in rear suspension subframes.

  • March 7, 2018

    Chancery Rejects Delay In Columbia Pipeline Appraisal Suit

    Rejecting arguments that a recent court ruling signaled a sea change in court approaches to post-deal share appraisals, a Delaware vice chancellor on Wednesday declined to stay or slow an appraisal suit targeting Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.’s $13 billion sale in 2016.

  • March 7, 2018

    Transpo Execs Favor Gas Tax Hike, User Fees For Upgrades

    Transportation stakeholders on Wednesday urged the Trump administration and Congress to raise the federal gas tax, implement mileage-based user fees or consider other revenue streams to pay for the growing backlog in highway repair projects and invest in new surface transportation infrastructure.

  • March 7, 2018

    Semiconductor Co. Pays $428M For Infineon Unit

    Cree Inc., a semiconductor company whose products are used for electric cars, power supplies and fast charging, acquired the radio-frequency power business of German rival Infineon Technologies AG for around €345 million ($428 million), the companies said Tuesday.

  • March 7, 2018

    CSX Wins Verdict In Rail Worker's Philly Toxic Tort Case

    After a six-day trial CSX Transportation Inc. has shed what Philadelphia jurors determined were too-late claims from a brakeman who worked for the railway's predecessors and alleged that on-the-job exposure to toxic substances caused his kidney cancer.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ambulance Cos. To Shed Hawaii Air Unit To Finish Merger

    A pair of ambulance companies have agreed to sell an air transport service in Hawaii in order to alleviate competition concerns raised by the Federal Trade Commission over their $2.4 billion tie-up, the agency said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuilding Texas: Sealed Proposals And Job Order Contracts

    Brian Gaudet

    For members of the construction industry planning to engage in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, it is important to know how Texas public procurement law regulates two alternative project delivery methods — competitive sealed proposals and job order contracting, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. ​

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • When Attorneys Get Ensnared In FCPA Misconduct

    Louis Ramos

    The prosecutions of veteran lawyers at two multinational corporations — Keppel and PetroTiger — offer a sobering truth: Those responsible for protecting their companies from corruption-related risks can be held criminally accountable for their lapses in judgment. Recently unsealed court documents shed light on potential pitfalls for both legal and compliance professionals, say Louis Ramos and Benjamin Klein of DLA Piper.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • Rebuilding Texas: Design-Build In Public Procurement

    Brian Gaudet

    Following Hurricane Harvey, members of the construction industry planning to engage in reconstruction projects should understand the design-build delivery method under the Texas public procurement statutes. Design-build projects for buildings are treated differently than design-build civil projects, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Traci Donatto of American Constructors Inc.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • The Public Finance Industry Dodged A Tax Reform Bullet

    Victoria Ozimek

    The passage of the tax bill brought an end to a nearly two-month rollercoaster ride that had the public finance industry white-knuckled and a little green in the face. The final bill belied initial assurances that tax reform “won’t touch tax-exempt bonds,” but the end result could have been a lot worse, say Victoria Ozimek and Brian Teaff of Bracewell LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • The Uncertain Fate Of Migratory Birds

    Hilary Tompkins

    It remains to be seen if the recent reversal of the U.S. Department of the Interior's long-standing position regarding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act will withstand challenges. The launch of this decision — just before Christmas and without a solicitor — highlights some potential pitfalls, says Hilary Tompkins, a partner at Hogan Lovells and former solicitor of the DOI.