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  • August 3, 2018

    Djibouti Won't Recognize Award In Port Deal Dispute

    Djibouti said Friday that it doesn't recognize an arbitral award siding with port operator DP World on claims that the East African nation improperly seized control of a deep-sea terminal that the company had managed for more than a decade under a concession agreement.

  • August 3, 2018

    JPMorgan's Damages Bill Cut From $4B To $7M In Estate Row

    A Texas probate judge chopped a $4 billion judgment against JPMorgan Chase & Co. to $7 million in a case alleging the bank had maliciously mishandled the inheritance of a deceased American Airlines executive.

  • August 3, 2018

    Tab For Dismantling Nuclear Carrier May Top $1B, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said the dismantling and disposal of the USS Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, may cost more than $1 billion and issued recommendations to the Navy on how to improve the process in a published report.

  • August 3, 2018

    No-Poach Suits Against Rail Cos. Consolidated In Pa.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated three cases by employees of rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec accusing the companies of striking deals not to poach each other's workers, saying it will save on time and costs.

  • August 3, 2018

    Chicago Man Files Suit Over Aeromexico Crash

    What appears to be the first lawsuit over the crash of an Aeromexico flight in Durango, Mexico, has been filed in Illinois state court by a Chicago-area man who was aboard the plane when it went down.

  • August 3, 2018

    5th Circ. Frees Texas State Agencies From Superfund Suit

    The Fifth Circuit has ruled that an environmental funding group cannot sue a group of Texas state agencies and universities for funding to clean up a Superfund site, finding the agencies and schools have sovereign immunity as arms of the state.

  • August 3, 2018

    Auto Dealer Attys Seek $33M From Latest MDL Settlements

    Attorneys for a group of car dealers have asked a Michigan federal court for $33 million in fees for their work in the third round of class action settlements in multidistrict litigation for bid-rigging and price-fixing of car parts by 23 different auto parts makers.

  • August 2, 2018

    7th Circ. Awards Fees To Objector In Southwest Voucher Deal

    The Seventh Circuit ordered a district court judge on Thursday to award fees to an objector in a class action against Southwest Airlines over canceled drink vouchers, saying the fees are warranted because the objector improved the class’ recovery.

  • August 2, 2018

    Uber's Spot In $22M BofA Fee Deal Not Unusual, Court Told

    Bank of America and account holders who claim they were improperly charged overdraft fees on Uber trips paid for by debit card defended their $22 million proposed class action settlement, telling a New York federal judge that the liability release Uber would get in the deal isn’t problematic.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fiat, Bosch Face Uphill Fight In Axing MDL’s RICO Claims

    A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by Fiat Chrysler and Bosch’s arguments that only regulators, not consumers, are entitled to relief under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in multidistrict litigation over cheating on emissions testing, saying, “At the end of the day, they paid for a car that they didn’t get.”

  • August 2, 2018

    Auto Emissions Plan Puts Trump, Calif. On Collision Course

    The Trump administration's proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and yank California's authority to set its own requirements sets the stage for a vicious legal battle that experts say goes to the heart of the federal government's obligation to regulate GHGs as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA.

  • August 2, 2018

    DP World Prevails In Row Over Port Deal Nixed By Djibouti

    An international arbitrator has sided with DP World after the government of Djibouti seized control of a deep-sea terminal that the major port operator had managed for more than a decade under a concession agreement with the East African nation, according to a Thursday statement.

  • August 2, 2018

    Ford Can't Shave All Classes In Faulty Touch Screen Row

    A California federal judge kept intact certain state claims in a class action alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens, shaving only a Massachusetts consumer fraud claim as the parties ready for trial after abandoning an estimated $50 million settlement that the judge called problematic.

  • August 2, 2018

    2 Investors Say Boardwalk Pipeline Settlement Is Unfair

    A pair of investors in pipeline venture Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP on Thursday told a Delaware Chancery Court judge that they will object to the proposed settlement of a potential class action suit because the consideration given to shareholders is not enough to justify broad releases being given to the defendants.

  • August 2, 2018

    GM Trims Claims From Drivers' Emissions-Cheating Suit

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday dismissed 14 of the 54 counts that General Motors is facing in a lawsuit over allegations that it used emissions-cheating devices in its diesel pickup trucks, finding that several state claims did not fit the allegations and others did not provide for punitive damages.

  • August 2, 2018

    Sabre Fights Against Cert. In Airfare Antitrust Row

    Sabre Holdings Corp. urged a New York federal judge Wednesday not to certify a putative class of consumers accusing it of colluding with other airline ticket distribution giants to drive up fares, saying the injunction fliers are seeking would actually harm the proposed class by preventing the company from offering comparison shopping.

  • August 2, 2018

    Construction Co. Settles Patent Infringement Suit

    The holders of three highway construction patents and the construction company that allegedly infringed them during two Miami-Dade highway projects have reached a confidential settlement, according to a filing in Florida federal court on Wednesday.

  • August 2, 2018

    Trump Admin. Targets Obama Auto Emissions Standards

    The Trump administration on Thursday said it wants to weaken Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for vehicles made from 2021 to 2026 and revoke a Clean Air Act waiver that allows California to set its own GHG specifications.

  • August 1, 2018

    Trucking Instructor Exempt From Arbitration, Court Says

    A Texas appeals panel has affirmed a lower court’s decision that a trucking company’s former orientation instructor qualifies as a transportation worker under the Federal Arbitration Act, thus exempting him from an arbitration pact and freeing him to pursue his age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

  • August 1, 2018

    Drivers Get Cert., But Claims Trimmed In Toll Roads Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of drivers who accuse California toll operators of unlawfully using their personal information to collect unpaid tolls and charge overblown fines, while also trimming the drivers’ claims against the operators and contractor 3M.

Expert Analysis

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • House Hearing Stirs Debate On Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

    Susan Lent

    A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Pre-Mediation Caucuses May Improve Mediation Efficiency

    Thomas Elkind

    The more procedural tools a mediator can offer, the higher the likelihood that a mediation will be successful. Mediators should be prepared to employ pre-mediation initial caucuses in appropriate cases, says JAMS mediator and arbitrator Thomas Elkind.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Aviation Sector's Wings Clipped By Renewed Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Martin

    Stakeholders within the aviation sector will be heavily affected by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran. With $49 billiion worth of contracts for new aircraft subject to cancellation, and related impacts expected on financiers, lessors and air carriers, the situation continues to evolve very quickly, say Daniel Martin and James Jordan of HFW.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.