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  • January 3, 2019

    Arent Fox Nabs 7 Kay & Merkle Attys In San Francisco

    A group of seven Kay & Merkle attorneys, including the firm's two founders, rang in the new year by joining Arent Fox LLP’s fast-growing San Francisco office, bolstering its real estate, automotive and sports practices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • January 3, 2019

    UAW Sues GM For Using Temps Over Laid-Off Workers In Ind.

    United Auto Workers filed suit against General Motors in Ohio federal court on Wednesday, accusing the automaker of breaching labor contract provisions by continuing to employ temporary workers at its Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana instead of transferring in laid-off workers.

  • January 3, 2019

    Cuomo Says 'L-Pocalypse' Unnecessary For NYC Subway

    Surprising many, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Manhattan section of the city’s L subway line will not have to be shut down for 15 months to repair the tunnel that takes the train under the East River to Brooklyn.

  • January 3, 2019

    Senate Confirms CEQ Boss, EPA Chemical And Tribal Heads

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday and Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s picks to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s offices for toxic substances and tribal affairs.

  • January 3, 2019

    Oil Recycling Co. Must Face Suit Over Highway Spill

    A Texas appeals court has revived a woman’s claim that chemicals leaking from a passing truck onto the hood of her car caused a host of medical problems for her and her children, overturning a previous summary judgment ruling in favor of an oil recycling company.

  • January 3, 2019

    9th Circ. Rips Feds For 'Scorched Earth' No-Fly Litigation

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday threw out a reduced attorneys' fees award to a Muslim woman who was wrongfully placed on the government's no-fly list, finding that the lower court erred in slashing the award and slamming the government for engaging in years of "scorched earth litigation."

  • January 3, 2019

    All Claims Set To Be Paid In Full In Nordam Ch. 11 Plan

    Attorneys for bankrupt aviation company The Nordam Group Inc. told a Delaware judge Thursday that all creditors of its estate will be paid in full under a Chapter 11 plan whose disclosure statement received conditional approval from the court.

  • January 3, 2019

    American Airlines Urges FERC To Rein In Pipeline Co.'s Rates

    American Airlines Inc. told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday that Colonial Pipeline Co. collected $321 million via excessive rates for transporting jet fuel and other petroleum products in 2017, the latest complaint lodged against the liquids pipeline giant for allegedly charging unjust and unreasonable rates.

  • January 3, 2019

    GM Hit With Proposed Class Action Over Fuel Pumps

    General Motors was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday by drivers alleging that some of the company's diesel trucks are “ticking time bombs” because their European-made injection pumps are incompatible with American fuel.

  • January 3, 2019

    Airline Flyers In Antitrust MDL Seek Delay On Atty Fee Ruling

    At the request of 10 state attorneys general, the lawyers representing airline passengers in line for a $60 million settlement from two of the nation’s largest airlines asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to delay ruling on the plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees in the price-fixing multidistrict litigation. 

  • January 3, 2019

    Uber To Shell Out $1.3M To End Drivers' FLSA Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday approved a $1.3 million settlement Uber Technologies Inc. reached with a class of more than 5,000 drivers alleging the company misclassified them as independent contractors, finding the deal is a “fair and reasonable resolution” to the Fair Labor Standards Act dispute.

  • January 3, 2019

    Simpson, Milbank Advise As Altavair Lands $1B From KKR

    KKR & Co. LP has agreed to inject $1 billion into commercial aviation finance firm Altavair AirFinance as part of a long-term partnership focused on building a portfolio of leased commercial aircraft, the companies said Thursday, in an agreement guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • January 2, 2019

    Co.'s Own Expert Sunk Case In Bike Death: Appeals Court

    An Illinois state appeals court has upheld a jury’s $1.9 million verdict for the estate of a bicyclist who died after getting run over by a transportation company driver, saying the company’s own expert testified its truck ran the bicyclist over.

  • January 2, 2019

    Uber Driver's $294M Wage Suit Cleared To Proceed In Canada

    A services agreement requiring Uber drivers in Ontario to arbitrate disputes with the ride-hailing company in the Netherlands is unenforceable, a Canadian appeals court ruled Wednesday, paving the way for a CA$400 million ($294 million) proposed class action accusing Uber of violating Ontario labor law to proceed.

  • January 2, 2019

    Freight Shipping Co. Accused Of Cheating Feds, Investors

    American freight shipping company YRC Worldwide was hit with a proposed class action Wednesday in New York federal court that says investors paid the ultimate price when the company allegedly overcharged the federal government for carrier services and later tried to cover it up.

  • January 2, 2019

    Boeing Hit With Wrongful Death Suit In Fatal Lion Air Crash

    The family of the co-pilot who died aboard the doomed Lion Air Flight 610 when it plunged into the Java Sea in October blamed the crash on the Boeing 737's faulty sensors and inadequate aircraft manual, according to a wrongful death suit filed against Boeing in Illinois state court.

  • January 2, 2019

    Pa. Restaurants Sue Grubhub Over 'Sham Phone Orders'

    A pair of Philadelphia-area Indian restaurants filed a proposed class action against Grubhub Inc. in a Pennsylvania federal court this week, alleging that the online-ordering company improperly routed phone calls through its system and charged restaurants a commission on them even if they didn’t result in food orders.

  • January 2, 2019

    DC Court Tosses 'Moot' Smog Standard Delay Challenge

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Wednesday dismissed a suit brought by the American Lung Association and other health groups that challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's move to extend a deadline for designating smog-affected areas, saying when the EPA reversed course the matter became moot.

  • January 2, 2019

    Injured Driver Sues GM, Dealer Over Faulty Ignition Switch

    A driver has sued General Motors LLC and a Chicago-based auto dealership in Illinois state court, saying they sold a Buick with a defective ignition switch that caused him to crash and suffer injuries after the vehicle's airbags failed to deploy.

  • January 2, 2019

    Auto Parts Co. Settles With Fired Worker Claiming Retaliation

    An automotive parts manufacturer accused of firing an injured employee after he filed a workers’ compensation claim indicated in Ohio federal court Wednesday that it plans to pay $175,000 to settle the ex-worker’s claims that the company retaliated against him and dumped him due to his son’s hefty medical bills.

Expert Analysis

  • Fed. Circ. Is Tightening Appellate Standing For IPR Cases

    Craig Countryman

    When can a party appeal an inter partes review loss? Three recent Federal Circuit decisions set parameters on when an allegedly infringing product is close enough to market to give rise to standing, and two pending appeals will further clarify matters, says Craig Countryman of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Is Your Asymmetric Arbitration Clause Valid?

    Bruce Paulsen

    Attorneys drafting asymmetric arbitration and jurisdiction provisions, particularly for consumer and employment contracts, must ensure that these provisions are valid in the jurisdictions where all parties are located, not only in the jurisdiction chosen by the contract, say Bruce Paulsen and Jeffrey Dine of Seward & Kissel LLP.

  • 5 Business Takeaways From The Midterms

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    Now that the midterms are over, business leaders have a little insight into the future of taxes, trade and other policy issues affecting the economy. Still, companies should remain agile as, come January, a new and divided Congress will begin to chart its course, says Mary Moore Hamrick of Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Circuit Split Encourages Forum Shopping By Injured Seamen

    Troy McMahan

    The Fifth and Ninth Circuits disagree over whether a merchant seaman can recover punitive damages for the common law maritime claim of unseaworthiness. The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to review Batterton v. Dutra, and restore certainty for shipowners, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 2

    Michaela Herron

    With autonomous vehicles expected to hit the streets of the United Kingdom soon, manufacturers, insurers and their legal counsel face the challenge of determining how the U.K.'s product liability laws will be applied to questions of negligence, evidence and contracts raised by self-driving vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Accelerates Drone Integration

    Joel Roberson

    The law reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration requires the FAA to take numerous regulatory actions that will reshape the use of drones by governmental, commercial, hobbyist and recreational operators, say Joel Roberson and Jennifer Nowak of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.