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Transportation

  • October 31, 2018

    BMW Must Face NJ Engine Defect Class Action

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that BMW must face most of a consolidated putative class action alleging it knowingly sold vehicles with defective chain assemblies that caused premature engine failure and profited off repairs not covered under warranty.

  • October 31, 2018

    EPA Admin Judge Hits Defeat Device Co. With $4.2M Penalty

    An administrative law judge for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposed a $4.2 million civil penalty on Spartan Diesel Technologies LLC on Tuesday, finding that the agency's penalty request was adequate given the gravity of the defeat device maker's alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

  • October 31, 2018

    Gov't Use Of 'Smart City' Data Is A Concern, O'Rielly Says

    The government's potential misuse of citizens' data that surfaces in the development of so-called smart cities should worry privacy advocates more than what commercial entities might do with that information, Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly said in planned remarks at a policy event.

  • October 31, 2018

    Texas Justices Told City's Taking Of Private Road Is Unlawful

    When the city of Rowlett, Texas, condemned a private road at the request of and for the use of a competing builder, it violated the state constitution and government code, a developer told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday.

  • October 31, 2018

    Uber Dodges Local Taxi Drivers’ False Ad Action In Calif.

    A California judge granted Uber Inc. a win Wednesday in a proposed class action brought by Oakland and Berkeley taxi drivers who claim the ride-hailing giant injured their business by falsely advertising its service as safer and more affordable than alternatives, finding that the drivers can’t prove Uber’s ads harmed their business.

  • October 31, 2018

    Atty-CEO Charged In $84M Haitian Port Bribery Plot

    Federal prosecutors have charged an attorney who heads a Haitian development and reconstruction company with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, alleging he took part in a scheme to bribe Haitian officials to smooth the way for an $84 million port project.

  • October 31, 2018

    Tesla Truck Copycat Claims Belong In Calif., Magistrate Says

    An Arizona magistrate judge has recommended transferring a $2 billion lawsuit by an alternative car fuel manufacturer against Tesla Inc. to California, saying copyright infringement claims relating to an electric semitruck Tesla developed have nothing to do with Arizona. 

  • October 31, 2018

    Calif. OKs Waymo To Test Truly Driverless Cars

    Waymo LLC scored approval from California regulators to be the first to test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver behind the wheel, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., said Tuesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Chinese Spies Indicted For Alleged Hacking Of US Companies

    The United States has charged two Chinese intelligence officers and eight others purportedly working under their direction for alleged computer hackings over several years that aimed to steal American and European intellectual property related to aerospace technology, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Justices Mull Tribal Treaty Rights Under Wash. Tax Regime

    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on whether a company organized under tribal law must pay a fuel tax to the state of Washington, with the justices focused on nailing down exactly what activity the state is seeking to tax and to what extent the Yakama Nation’s treaty rights should outweigh the state’s interest.

  • October 30, 2018

    Truck Body Maker Accused Of Not Giving Workers A Break

    An hourly worker for truck body manufacturer Scelzi Enterprises Inc. has filed a proposed class action claiming the company violated state labor laws in failing to provide required breaks, not making up for it with compensation and neglecting to issue proper wage statements.

  • October 30, 2018

    Tesla Sued Over Fla. Driver's Crash While Using Autopilot

    Tesla was hit Tuesday with a personal injury and consumer protection lawsuit by a Florida man who allegedly suffered spinal and brain injuries when the autopilot feature in his Tesla Model S car apparently failed and crashed into a disabled car at high speed.

  • October 30, 2018

    $1M Cap Applies To Postal Worker's Injury, Ind. Court Says

    An Indiana appeals court ruled Tuesday that a yacht detailer's shipment of toxic paint thinner that broke at a USPS facility and hurt a postal worker is only covered up to $1 million, halving the amount for which insurer Auto-Owners Insurance Co. is on the hook.

  • October 30, 2018

    Sabre Tells Texas Justices Lufthansa's Fee Fight Preempted

    The federal Airline Deregulation Act preempts a suit by Deutsche Lufthansa AG against a ticket-sales company used by travel agents over alleged interference with ticket sales through improper service fees, the Texas Supreme Court heard in oral arguments Tuesday.

  • October 30, 2018

    Driver Fights To Keep Amazon Misclassification Suit Alive

    A delivery driver on Monday told a California federal judge he has sufficiently fleshed out his claims in a proposed class action alleging that Amazon.com LLC and a delivery contractor misclassified drivers as independent contractors to deny them proper hourly wages and meal and rest breaks.

  • October 30, 2018

    NJ Transit Not Immune From Retaliation Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    A railroad foreman told the Third Circuit on Tuesday that NJ Transit cannot claim immunity to dodge his Federal Rail Safety Act suit alleging he was retaliated against for reporting an injury, saying the court's validation that NJ Transit has immunity would trigger “catastrophic ramifications” for workers and passengers.

  • October 30, 2018

    Hertz Must Face Some Claims In Suit Over Worker's Death

    A California federal judge has found that The Hertz Corporation could be held liable for its subcontractor’s failure to screen its employees for criminal histories, in a suit brought by relatives of a man murdered by his co-worker.

  • October 30, 2018

    Texas Panel Revives Shipper's Suit Over Gas Deliveries

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday revived part of a suit by a natural gas shipper that accused ONEOK Inc.'s West Texas LPG Pipeline LP of failing to deliver the proper amount of product, saying the courts need to look again at whether an agreement was breached.

  • October 30, 2018

    Tenn. Co. Ex-Driver Wants Class Cert. In COBRA Notice Row

    A former driver for a Tennessee-based transportation company is seeking class certification in his Florida federal court suit accusing his ex-employer of providing untimely and subpar notices regarding a right to continued health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

  • October 30, 2018

    Kirkland, Wachtell Steer WH Smith's $198M Airport Retail Buy

    British retailer WH Smith PLC said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy InMotion Entertainment Group LLC for $198 million from private equity firms Bruckmann Rosser Sherrill & Co. and Boston-based Palladin Consumer Retail Partners in a deal that was guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Layth Elhassani

    The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Dockless Scooter Cos. Rewarded For Bad Behavior

    Tamara Kurtzman

    The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • NY Revives Fair Lending Risks For Indirect Auto Lenders

    Melanie Brody

    The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.