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Transportation

  • December 5, 2018

    Vehicle Co. Owes Tax On 'Sham' Deliveries, Ind. Justices Say

    The Indiana Supreme Court said Wednesday that an in-state recreational vehicle company orchestrated a “sham” scheme to avoid paying state sales tax on vehicles purchased by Michigan residents by turning the keys over to buyers just across Indiana’s border.

  • December 5, 2018

    Pa. Justices Urged To Ax Tax On Broker's Pass-Through Fees

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments in Harrisburg on Wednesday aimed at upending a ruling finding that a York County freight broker was required to pay business privilege tax on payments it took from customers and passed through to carriers.

  • December 5, 2018

    Yacht Co. Blasts Comerica Sanctions Bid In $4.4B Suit

    An attorney and a Canadian yacht-building company accused by Comerica Bank of pursuing a "scurrilous" $4.4 billion racketeering lawsuit sought to sink the bank's sanctions bid in Florida federal court Tuesday, labeling it a "ludicrous submission" that plays with facts that pushed the company to seek bankruptcy protection.

  • December 5, 2018

    Harley-Davidson Settles Brake Defect Suit On Eve Of Trial

    Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Groups LLC and the wife of a man who died from motorcycle-accident injuries struck a confidential settlement Tuesday on the eve of a California jury trial, resolving claims that an anti-lock braking system defect in the motorcycles contributed to the man’s death.

  • December 5, 2018

    Tesla Faces Securities Suit Over $1.8B Bond Offering

    A pension fund’s proposed class action alleging Tesla Inc., its CEO Elon Musk and several big banks acting as underwriters misled investors about a $1.8 billion bond offering was removed from California state court Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Logistics Cos. Urge FCC To Expand Use Of Aviation Comms

    Logistics companies told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Tuesday that they support a petition by Aviation Spectrum Resources Inc. to allow air transport technology to expand into the currently little-used lower 136 MHz band.

  • December 5, 2018

    MVP: Sidley Austin's Michael Mallow

    Michael Mallow of Sidley Austin LLP has been representing some of the world’s biggest automotive brands since the late 1990s, but with five major victories for Honda and Toyota in the past year, Mallow remains at the forefront of consumer protection issues facing the auto industry and has earned a spot among Law360’s 2018 Automotive MVPs.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Volkswagen Gets Win In Minn. Emissions State Suit

    A Minnesota appeals court said that federal law blocked the state's claims against Volkswagen AG over its emission scandal that impacted thousands of cars in the state, deciding that the Clean Air Act preempted allegations concerning both used and new vehicles.

  • December 4, 2018

    States Knock FERC's GHG Analysis Rollback At DC Circ.

    A coalition of left-leaning states and local governments told the D.C. Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission got it wrong when it announced a curtailed policy for analyzing certain pipeline projects’ climate change impacts.

  • December 4, 2018

    ODOT Awards Up To $105M For Interstate Widening Project

    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded up to $105 million to Oklahoma City-based Allen Contracting Inc. as part of the latest phases of an interstate highway corridor widening and reconstruction project, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said Monday.

  • December 4, 2018

    NLRB Memo OKs Withholding Tax Break Info From Union

    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel's office unveiled two advice memos Monday, including one finding that Nexstar Media Group Inc. didn’t break labor law by refusing to tell a union how much the company saved because of the federal government’s recent tax overhaul and how it would use that money.

  • December 4, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Destroyed Storm Video, Audio: Passengers

    Passengers suing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Florida federal court accused the cruise line on Monday of hiding or destroying video and audio recordings that would be valuable evidence in their proposed class action over injuries they allegedly suffered on a cruise that got caught in a hurricane-strength storm.

  • December 4, 2018

    Co. Challenges Gov't Co-Contractor's Bid To Toss Breach Suit

    A Middle Eastern transportation service provider urged an Illinois federal judge Tuesday not to toss its lawsuit accusing its co-contractor of violating their agreement over exclusive land and air services, saying its claims show a breach occurred.

  • December 4, 2018

    NJ Workers' Comp Carriers Can Recoup From Third Parties

    A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Tuesday in a published decision that employers can obtain reimbursement from those who caused an accident leading to a workers’ compensation claim even if the employee cannot, handing a victory to a Garden State transit agency in a suit stemming from a worker’s on-the-job car crash.

  • December 4, 2018

    Airline Group Urges Justices To Hear Wash. Family Leave Row

    A leading airlines lobbying group on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an en banc Ninth Circuit decision that an Alaska Airlines flight attendant’s fight to use accrued vacation days for family medical leave purposes wasn’t preempted by federal law.

  • December 4, 2018

    MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Alice Loughran

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Alice Loughran convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to hear BNSF Railway Co.’s dispute over the taxability of compensation for a former employee’s lost time after a workplace injury, showcasing her zealous defense of railroads and landing her among Law360’s 2018 Transportation MVPs.

  • December 4, 2018

    Nissan Drivers Seek Class Cert. In Engine Defect Suit

    Car consumers asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to certify five classes in a putative class action against Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its American arm, Nissan North America Inc., alleging that the automaker violated consumer protection and breach-of-warranty laws by concealing dangerous engine defects.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    NYC Approves Base Pay Rules For Uber, Lyft Drivers

    New York City officials voted Tuesday to establish a first-of-its-kind minimum pay rate for drivers who drive for app-based ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, ensuring they’ll be paid a standard rate for trips, which officials say will help support a livable wage.

Expert Analysis

  • How Blockchain Can Certify Global Supply Chains

    Rebecca Campbell

    Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Surveying The State Of Workplace Harassment Investigations

    Jason Schwartz

    We recently reviewed for-profit companies that investigated workplace harassment allegations over the past six years and examined how they handled the release of information. Our findings reveal emerging trends and considerations for companies deciding whether to release post-investigation reports, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Refreshingly Boring? High Court Considers Statutory Context

    Christopher Collier

    On Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in a case addressing whether payment to a railroad employee for time lost from work is subject to employment taxes. The technicalities of statutory interpretation won’t be front page news, but will affect thousands of cases each year, say attorneys at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP.

  • Next Steps For Oil And Gas Owners If Colo. Passes Prop 112

    Brent Owen

    On Tuesday, Colorado voters will decide whether to enact a ballot initiative that significantly restricts oil and gas development. If Proposition 112 passes, owners of oil and gas mineral interests will likely seek redress for the loss of their valuable property rights, says Brent Owen of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Test Driving 3 Senate Bills To Amend Plug-In EV Tax Credits

    Erica York

    Three pending Senate bills to amend the federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles range from immediately ending the credit to expanding and extending it for another decade. Erica York of the Tax Foundation weighs in on the pros and cons of each proposal.

  • The UK's Plans For Aviation In Case Of A No-Deal Brexit

    Mark Bissett

    Last month, the government of the United Kingdom published three notices relevant to aviation in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Without a deal, permissions would be needed from both the U.K. and European Union states for continued air operations. The U.K. envisages granting such permissions; it is to be hoped that EU states will reciprocate, says Mark Bisset of Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • New UK Law Lays The Groundwork For Driverless Cars

    Michaela Herron

    As autonomous vehicle technology advances rapidly, there remains much to be done in a legislative context to prepare for the future. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 is the first legislative step the government of the United Kingdom has taken to pave the way for autonomous vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Law Supports Airport Leasing

    John Schmidt

    Provisions in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization significantly enhance the ability of U.S. public entities to obtain the operational and financial benefits of private airport management by leasing airports to private airport operators, says John Schmidt of Mayer Brown LLP.