Transportation

  • November 27, 2017

    Convicted Tax Dodger Warns Justices Of Prosecutorial Abuse

    Carlo Marinello, the convicted tax dodger whose petition to review a statute criminalizing the obstruction of federal tax laws was recently granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, told justices in a brief Wednesday that the government’s “elastic interpretation” of the statute could call into question routine business decisions that Congress never intended to criminalize.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-Uber Drivers Get 'Final' Chance To Amend Data Hack Suit

    A California federal judge on Saturday tossed a proposed class action that claimed Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying the lead plaintiffs couldn’t demonstrate that they were immediately harmed by the hack, but still allowed them "a final opportunity" to amend their suit.

  • November 27, 2017

    Colonial Pipeline Bled $340M From Fuel Cos., FERC Told

    Units of Chevron Corp. and Valero Corp. have urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to probe refined petroleum transportation rates charged by Colonial Pipeline Co., saying the pipeline operator overcharged shippers by nearly $340 million in 2016 through excessive and unreasonable rates.

  • November 27, 2017

    Travel Ban Reports Should Stay Secret, Feds Tell 4th Circ.

    Government attorneys cited classified material and executive privilege Friday as they pressed the Fourth Circuit not to review two reports submitted to President Donald Trump and referenced in his latest version of the hotly contested travel ban focused primarily on Muslim-majority countries.

  • November 22, 2017

    Bumpy Ride Ahead For Uber After Data Breach

    Heavy legal traffic lies ahead for Uber as the ride-sharing giant reckons with fallout from a massive hack that exposed personal data of 57 million users worldwide. The $70 billion company is at risk for enforcement actions in the U.S and around the globe for waiting over a year to disclose an October 2016 breach that the company paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet.

  • November 22, 2017

    Senate Panel Unveils Homeland Security Funding Bill

    The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a budget bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the legislation allocating money for “border barriers” and funds for more border patrol agents.

  • November 22, 2017

    State AGs Grill Uber Over Theft Of Data On 57M Riders

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday on Twitter that she is investigating Uber Technologies Inc. for last year’s cyberattack, while New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas demanded answers to a list of questions he sent to the company about the breach, in which Uber said hackers stole personal data on 57 million riders.

  • November 22, 2017

    Intel, Lawmakers, Others Urge 9th Circ. To Block Travel Ban

    Technology companies such as Microsoft and Intel, several law groups and dozens of members of Congress were among the entities that filed briefs with the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday supporting challengers to the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S.

  • November 22, 2017

    Breaking Down Waymo's Trade Secrets Trial With Uber

    Google's driverless car spinoff Waymo will face off in one week against Uber over its claims that the ride-hailing behemoth stole billion-dollar Waymo technology that could tilt the future of the nascent self-driving car industry when it acquired a former Waymo engineer's startup. Here, Law360 takes a look at the case in advance of the trial.

  • November 22, 2017

    Calif. Court Reverses Decision To Allow Crude Oil Shipments

    A California state appellate court on Tuesday struck down a controversial decision to allow the construction of a new rail facility that would have allowed greater shipments of potentially explosive oil to be delivered to a shuttered oil refinery in Bakersfield, finding an environmental impact study erroneously downplayed the risk of disaster.

  • November 22, 2017

    Lyft Gets Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In California

    Lyft Inc. recently became the latest company, and 45th overall, to receive a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • November 22, 2017

    Railroads Claim Clause Derails Entire Amtrak Metrics Law

    Freight railroads have slammed the government’s bid to have the D.C. Circuit preserve a federal statute allowing Amtrak to set performance and scheduling standards along the nation's passenger railways, saying trimming an arbitration provision in the law wouldn't suddenly make it constitutionally valid.

  • November 22, 2017

    Enviros' Keystone XL Suits Can Proceed, Judge Says

    A Montana federal judge on Wednesday refused to nix a pair of suits challenging the revival of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the federal government can't evade environmental challenges simply because President Donald Trump delegated permitting authority for the controversial project to the U.S. Department of State.

  • November 22, 2017

    Takata Tort Claimants Say Deal Would Favor Parts Makers

    Tort claimants of bankrupt automotive airbag maker Takata objected late Tuesday to the company’s proposed restructuring support agreement, saying it envisions a plan that would pay original equipment manufacturers while leaving existing and future tort claimants to fight for recoveries with the debtor’s estate.

  • November 22, 2017

    Evolving Tech Drives New Risks For Transpo Cos.

    Technological advancements and changing consumer demands are forcing transportation companies to streamline their operations to stay competitive, and experts warn that adapting to the changing landscape means tackling new legal risks. Here, Law360 examines some emerging technology in the transportation sector.

  • November 22, 2017

    Judge Trims 'Space Tourist' Claims Over $30M Deposit

    A Virginia federal judge Tuesday whittled down a prospective space traveler’s suit alleging a commercial space travel company fooled him into agreeing to pay a $30 million nonrefundable deposit on false pretenses, rejecting the jilted customer’s conversion and unjust enrichment charges while letting stand allegations of fraud and breach of contract.

  • November 22, 2017

    VW Can't Duck Suspension Defect Suit After New Claim Filed

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Volkswagen’s bid to toss a lawsuit over an alleged suspension defect in its CC sedans, finding the motion moot after the proposed class of drivers who launched the suit filed a new complaint the day before that added a number of new claims.

  • November 22, 2017

    American Securities Sells SeaStar Solutions In $875M Deal

    Dometic Group has agreed to pay $875 million to buy SeaStar Solutions from American Securities LLC, the companies said Wednesday, adding to the Swedish recreational vehicle company's portfolio a provider of vessel control, fuel systems and system integration to the marine industry.

  • November 22, 2017

    EEOC Wins Suit Over Train Co.'s Carpal Tunnel Testing

    An Illinois federal judge has ruled for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a suit alleging a maker of train components hid behind false concerns that 38 job applicants might develop carpal tunnel syndrome, saying the company's decision to deny them work was based on unreliable tests.

  • November 22, 2017

    EU Levies €34M In Fines Over Auto Parts Cartel

    The European Commission on Wednesday announced a €34 million ($40.1 million) fine against five auto parts manufacturers in an investigation into anti-competitive practices in the industry, while a larger portion of the investigation continues.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Learning From DOJ’s Parker Hannifin Merger Challenge

    Jack Sidorov

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent lawsuit challenging Parker Hannifin’s consummated acquisition of Clarcor serves as an important reminder that the agencies can — and in some limited instances will — challenge consummated transactions that were reported to them under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, says Jack Sidorov of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • Why Uber Drivers' On-Call Waiting Time May Be Compensable

    Thomas Dickerson

    A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently ruled that Uber drivers are "tethered to their phones while online," and that such "on-call" time may be compensable under federal law. The judge’s analysis is instructive on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.