Transportation

  • February 11, 2018

    Trump Administration Outlines $200B Infrastructure Plan

    President Donald Trump will unveil on Monday a long-awaited proposal to spend $200 billion to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, highways, railways, waterways and other infrastructure and to expedite environmental reviews, while also putting states and localities on notice that they’ll have to shoulder more of the cost burden going forward.

  • February 9, 2018

    Airbus Penalized €81.25M In Bribery Probe Of Fighter Sale

    A German unit of French aerospace giant Airbus SE has been hit with an €81.25 million ($99 million) penalty by German prosecutors for supervisory negligence, ending a bribery probe related to a 2003 sale of Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Austria, the company announced Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Too Soon For Korean Financial Authority Ruling, Judge Says

    A financial professional in Texas was premature in seeking a judgment declaring that a South Korean financial regulator must comply with a request she plans to make for evidence in support of her breach of contract case against a Seoul-headquartered tire company, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Waymo Settlement With Uber Ends Wild Ride

    Waymo and Uber reached a settlement Friday to end their blockbuster trade secrets fight over self-driving car technology, capping off a year of contentious discovery disputes, shocking revelations and numerous delays. Here's a play-by-play of how we got here.

  • February 9, 2018

    Judge Denies Truckers' Bid For New Trial, Slashes Atty Fees

    A Nebraska federal judge on Friday denied student truck drivers’ bid for a new trial in their class action alleging Werner Enterprises Inc. and a subsidiary violated minimum wage laws, granting only $337,293.69 in attorneys' fees despite their request for $2.2 million after finding vague expense explanations.

  • February 9, 2018

    Uber, Lyft Can’t Bypass Local Taxes, SF Lawsuit Claims

    The city and county of San Francisco hit the state of California with a lawsuit Thursday, challenging a recently enacted law that allows ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber to operate in cities without obtaining local licenses, causing the city to lose millions in associated taxes.

  • February 9, 2018

    Plaintiffs Want To Rework $1B Deal With GM Ch. 11 Trust

    A group alleging damages from defects in old General Motors' cars Thursday asked a New York bankruptcy court for a few more weeks to rework a $1 billion settlement a GM bankruptcy trust backed out of last month, saying the trust has new management and counsel and a deal may still be possible.

  • February 9, 2018

    GrubHub Win Doesn't Settle Debate Over Gig Workers' Status

    A first-of-its-kind ruling holding that a former Grubhub delivery driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee was a victory for gig economy employers who hope the decision bodes well for their chances of defeating similar lawsuits, but experts say businesses shouldn't get too excited.

  • February 9, 2018

    Dakota Access Owners Press RICO Suit Against Enviros

    The operator of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline urged a North Dakota federal judge Thursday not to toss its suit accusing Greenpeace and other environmental groups of destroying company property and threatening executives with death.

  • February 9, 2018

    Train Conductor's Widow Sues Amtrak, CSX Over Fatal Crash

    The widow of an Amtrak train conductor who died in a Feb. 4 crash sued Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX and Amtrak on Thursday for failing to warn the crew of a disabled signal and switch that led the passenger train to crash into a stationary CSX freight train.

  • February 9, 2018

    Flight Attendants Slam Virgin's Bid To Decertify Wage Action

    A class of 1,800 flight attendants accusing Virgin America Inc. of shorting them on wages and meal breaks slammed the airline's bid to decertify their California class action on Thursday, saying the company's policies were applied uniformly to the class and that the airline is twisting facts to back its play.

  • February 9, 2018

    Ford Must Bargain With IUOE Workers At Car Test Site

    A National Labor Relations Board Judge ruled Thursday that Ford Motor Co. violated federal labor law when it refused to recognize or bargain with an International Union of Operating Engineers local that had represented workers at a vehicle testing facility it purchased.

  • February 9, 2018

    NJ Court Orders Rebid Of Auto Agency’s Billing Contract

    A New Jersey appellate court has ordered the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission to rebid a contract for surcharge billing and collection, finding that officials gave the winning bidder an unfair advantage by allowing it to revise its proposal without giving the losing bidder the same opportunity.

  • February 9, 2018

    NM Appeals Court Upholds $165M Jury Award Against FedEx

    A New Mexico appellate court has upheld a record $165 million jury award to the family of a mother and her four-year-old daughter who were killed when a FedEx tractor trailer collided with a small pickup truck, rejecting FedEx’s argument that the size of the award was sufficient evidence that it was unreasonable.

  • February 9, 2018

    ETP Unit Fights New Permit Conditions For Pa. Gas Terminal

    The Energy Transfer Partners unit operating a natural gas terminal at the end of the controversial Mariner East pipelines in Pennsylvania on Thursday challenged a new water discharge permit from the state environmental agency as having new, burdensome requirements that outweigh their environmental benefits.

  • February 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Weil, Latham

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, NuStar Holdings merged with a subsidiary to create a $7.9 billion partnership, Kroger made a $2.15 billion convenience store sale to EG Group, Enduring Resources bought WPX Energy’s San Juan Basin oil holdings for $700 million, and Tronc sold the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers to Nant Capital for $500 million.

  • February 9, 2018

    Uber, Waymo Settle Trade Secret Case Amid Trial

    Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement of their self-driving car trade secret row a third of the way through trial, with Uber agreeing to give Waymo a slice of the ride-hailing company's $72 billion equity worth approximately $245 million.

  • February 8, 2018

    GrubHub Driver In Gig Economy Case Is A Contractor: Judge

    A California federal judge ruling in a bellwether case concerning the rights of workers who participate in the so-called gig economy said Thursday that a former GrubHub Inc. meal delivery driver was an independent contractor and not the company’s employee.

  • February 8, 2018

    Aided By Oxford Comma, Dairy Drivers Reach $5M OT Deal

    A Maine dairy company said Thursday it has agreed to pay a group of delivery drivers $5 million to settle accusations it failed to pay proper overtime, nearly 11 months after the First Circuit revived the drivers' suit based on the lack of an Oxford comma in Maine’s overtime law.

  • February 8, 2018

    Smoking Gun Or Red Herring: Waymo, Uber Debate 14K Files

    Waymo’s attorneys questioned a small army of computer experts in a California federal court Thursday in a bid to show that 14,000 files a former employee downloaded from Waymo’s server evidenced corporate espionage meant to speed up Uber’s race toward self-driving cars, while Uber’s attorneys countered the downloads were automatic and meaningless.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Autonomous And Connected Vehicles: The Year In Review

    Lawrence Hamilton

    During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • FERC Enforcement Report Shows Good Compliance Is Key

    J. Daniel Skees

    Based on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2017 Report on Enforcement, entities engaged in FERC-jurisdictional markets next year would do well to either refresh stale compliance programs or implement new ones before engaging in activity the commission monitors and investigates, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • A Look Back At 2017's Enviro And Energy Law Developments

    Stacey Mitchell

    2017 has been a year of dramatic shift in United States energy and environmental policy. As the year draws to a close, it’s an apt time to review the key steps taken to achieve President Donald Trump’s campaign goals, assess the impacts of the administration’s actions, and postulate on what may be coming next, say Stacey Mitchell and Kenneth Markowitz of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.