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  • December 4, 2017

    Los Angeles Is The Latest City To Sue Uber Over Data Breach

    The city of Los Angeles on Monday became the latest local government to sue Uber Technologies Inc. over its alleged attempts to cover up a 2016 hacking incident, claiming the tech giant violated California law by failing to notify drivers about the breach.

  • December 4, 2017

    Senate Advances Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Pick

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance President Donald Trump's pick for his second Homeland Security secretary Monday, setting former DHS chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen up for a final vote later this week.

  • December 4, 2017

    Calif. License Fraudsters Bribed DMV Workers, Feds Say

    Several California residents have landed in hot water for helping unqualified people get licenses to drive tractor-trailers, tankers and the like by bribing state Department of Motor Vehicles employees, with federal prosecutors announcing charges against them Monday. 

  • December 4, 2017

    Renewable Cos. Eye Damage Control As Tax Plan Advances

    The tax bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday ratchets up anxieties for a renewable energy sector already concerned by the tax legislation that cleared the House last month, setting the stage for clean energy advocates to push for major rewrites during the reconciliation process. Here's a review of the energy impacts of both bills, as well as a preview of what the biggest energy-related fights will be as lawmakers attempt to craft unified legislation.

  • December 4, 2017

    American Airlines, Boeing, GE Hit With Suit Over Runway Fire

    A woman who was aboard an American Airlines flight when one of its engines caught fire while it was on a Chicago airport runway sued the airline and others in Cook County Court on Friday, alleging the companies should have done more to prevent the incident.

  • December 4, 2017

    NJ Panel Advances Bill To Set Aside VW Settlement Funds

    A New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation to establish a fund for settlement dollars obtained by the state through federal litigation against Volkswagen over the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, with the money to be used for air pollution control measures.

  • December 4, 2017

    Waymo Jury Could Hear Uber ‘Hid The Ball’ In Discovery

    A California federal judge wants to know whether Uber should have given Waymo an ex-employee’s letter alleging a corporate culture of secrecy, saying at a hearing Monday he’d have to tell the jury in the hotly anticipated trial over self-driving car trade secrets if there were attempts to “hide the ball” during discovery.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Told It Oversimplified Touchless Payment Patent

    A company claiming that the Chicago transit system’s touchless payment system violates its patents on Friday asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a panel decision invalidating four of its patents as abstract, arguing that the court should clarify the abstractness standard under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • December 4, 2017

    Seattle Insists Uber Union Law Immune From Antitrust Row

    Seattle told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that its ordinance allowing drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to unionize is immune from antitrust challenges, and that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the collective bargaining law should be rejected.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Maersk Win In Maritime Wages Row

    The Third Circuit broke with its own precedent Monday when it issued a published decision that, absent evidence of an unfair collective bargaining process, a court can’t give piecemeal review to a union contract freely entered by a former Maersk Line Ltd. seafarer seeking unpaid overtime.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Won't Review Airlines' $40M One-Size-Fits-All Deal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a $39.5 million settlement in antitrust multidistrict litigation accusing Societe Air France, Japan Airlines and other airlines of fixing prices for transpacific flights, leaving untouched a deal that was challenged for purportedly having intraclass conflicts.

  • December 4, 2017

    Schlumberger Agrees To Pay $1.35M To End Wage Suit

    A group of mostly former Schlumberger equipment operators and trainees on Friday asked a federal court to sign off on a $1.35 million deal to settle their lawsuit accusing the company of cheating them out of wages.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court Lets Third Version Of Travel Ban Take Effect

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump’s third travel ban to take effect for the time being, lifting blocks against the ban while the appeals process over the issue plays out.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Won't Review Widow's Fraud Suit Against GM

    A widow whose husband and four children were killed in a car crash won’t get another shot at overturning a settlement reached with General Motors Co. despite accusations the automaker hid evidence that could have proved her case, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the suit.

  • December 4, 2017

    No Basis For Fuel-Efficiency Penalty Delay, 2nd Circ. Told

    Five Democratic state attorneys general and a trio of environmental groups doubled down on their request that the Second Circuit vacate the delay of an Obama-era rule raising penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, arguing Friday that the move violated well-settled law.

  • December 4, 2017

    Dakota Access, Tribes Ordered To Craft Spill Plan

    Dakota Access LLC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two Native American tribes were ordered by a D.C. federal judge on Monday to coordinate and come up with an oil spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, which is due to the court by April 1.

  • December 4, 2017

    Nissan, Drivers Reach Deal In Timing-Chain Defect Suit

    Nissan North America Inc. agreed Friday in California federal court to partially reimburse drivers who claimed the automaker concealed a defectively designed timing chain tensioning system, allocating costs to repair the component or offering a voucher toward the purchase of a new car.

  • December 1, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen more than a dozen Indian banks sue the co-owner of the Force India Formula 1 team as he faces possible extradition from the U.K., the Nigerian government takes on JPMorgan, and Ace lodges a dispute against Aviva Life.

  • December 1, 2017

    Mich. Residents Sue GM Alleging Salt Damage To Property

    Six residents who live near General Motors’ Milford Proving Ground filed a putative class action suit against the carmaker Thursday in Michigan state court over allegations that the company’s testing facility added large amounts of salt to the groundwater reducing its quality and lowering property values.

  • December 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Israeli Ship Attack

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing Israel of ordering an illegal raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla while it was bringing aid and medical supplies to Gaza Strip residents, finding the district court doesn’t have jurisdiction over a foreign state.

Expert Analysis

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 1 Final Sentence

    Melissa Arbus Sherry

    The exhilaration (and relief) I felt when returning to my seat after my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court is an experience that I now try to replicate whenever possible. It makes the weeks of agonizing preparation worthwhile. And it reminds me why I love what I do, says Melissa Arbus Sherry of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • 3 Contract Drafting Myths Debunked

    Robert Velevis

    The recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision in TA Operating v. Comdata gives us a rare opportunity to debunk three common drafting myths and reminds us that the words we choose in our contracts matter, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.