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  • October 3, 2018

    Pa. High Court To Review Squatter's Rights Dispute

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review a decision that only the state, not a city, can claim immunity from squatter's rights in a dispute between the city of Philadelphia and a resident who claims a right to unused land near his home.

  • October 3, 2018

    VW Must Face Claims Of Drivers Who Sold Cars Pre-Scandal

    A California federal judge Wednesday largely rejected bids by Volkswagen AG and electronics engineering firm Robert Bosch LLC to dismiss putative class claims from former owners who sold their affected diesel vehicles before news of an emissions-cheating scandal broke, saying the drivers alleged a sufficiently concrete injury.

  • October 3, 2018

    Emissions Crackdown Stretches To Small Auto Parts Makers

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal prosecutions of small businesses that make aftermarket auto components that increase vehicles’ pollution are a show of force that experts say clearly indicates it’s not just giants like Volkswagen that need to be careful about their products’ effects on air quality.

  • October 3, 2018

    American Airlines Ducks Class Action Over Late Check-Ins

    An Illinois federal judge has struck down class action allegations over American Airlines’ alleged unwritten policy of booting passengers who check in too close to their departure time, saying the passengers’ circumstances are too personal to be considered as a group.

  • October 3, 2018

    Supreme Court Hears Trucker's Take On Arbitration Limits

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard a truck driver's arguments Wednesday that Congress had the foresight in the 1920s to prohibit commerce employers such as New Prime Inc. from forcing independent contractors, like all other cross-border workers, into arbitration.

  • October 3, 2018

    US Scraps Decades-Old Iran Treaty After ICJ Sanctions Order

    Hours after the International Court of Justice ordered the U.S. on Wednesday to lift sanctions affecting the trade of humanitarian items and civil aviation-related goods to Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. would be terminating an underlying decades-old treaty with the Middle Eastern nation.

  • October 3, 2018

    Things To Watch In The New FAA Reauthorization

    Congress’ swift passage of a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration advances meaningful infrastructure investment, embraces aviation safety reforms and expands the government’s playbook for integrating drones, industry observers say. Here are a few notable provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

  • October 3, 2018

    Full 3rd Circ. To Rehear Flyer's TSA Screener Abuse Suit

    The Third Circuit said Wednesday the entire court will hold a rehearing to reconsider its previous decision finding Transportation Security Administration airport screeners to be immune to civil suits over alleged traveler abuse.

  • October 3, 2018

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear Rail Co.'s Tax Discrimination Case

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday denied a railroad carrier's request for an en banc rehearing in a dispute over whether Tennessee's diesel fuel sales and use tax on railroad carriers is discriminatory, saying all issues raised had been previously considered.

  • October 3, 2018

    Airline Must Face Passenger's 'Severe Turbulence' Injury Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday found that an Iberia airline passenger's suit claiming injuries sustained from severe turbulence while onboard a flight from Madrid to Milan can proceed under a multilateral treaty that governs airline liability for passenger injury and death.

  • October 3, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Faces 6-Figure Verdict For Ice-Skating Injury

    A Florida federal jury entered a nearly $700,000 verdict Tuesday in a negligence suit brought against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. by a passenger who broke his ankle while ice-skating aboard one of its ships.

  • October 3, 2018

    Trump Taps DOE Policy Head For FERC Commissioner Slot

    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his intention to nominate the executive director of the office of policy at the U.S. Department of Energy as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • October 3, 2018

    Car Dealer Data Co. Settles With Dealerships In Antitrust Case

    The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has reached a settlement agreement with a group of car dealerships over their claims in multidistrict litigation accusing the company of working with rival CDK Global LLC to monopolize the car dealership data market.

  • October 3, 2018

    Eagle Ford Shale Cos. Get County's Road Damage Suit Axed

    A Texas appellate court on Wednesday sided with 21 oil and gas companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and dismissed them from a lawsuit filed by Dimmit County trying to hold the companies responsible for major road damage in the rural community.

  • October 3, 2018

    NYC DOE Denied $2.9M Fee Award After ERISA Win

    A New York federal judge denied the New York City Department of Education's request for $2.9 million in attorneys' fees after defeating a transit union pension fund's suit alleging that the agency owed it more than $100 million, ruling that fees weren't warranted under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • October 3, 2018

    British Automaker Aston Martin Snags £1.1B From IPO

    Luxury automaker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. on Wednesday priced its initial public offering below the midpoint of its range, setting its share price at £19 ($24.60), to bring in £1.08 billion for the British car company.

  • October 3, 2018

    Mobile Travel App Locks In $100M In Series D Financing

    Mobile travel application Hopper said Wednesday that it has closed its last funding round with $100 million in contributions led by OMERS Ventures that will be used to expand beyond the U.S. market and develop its artificial intelligence business.

  • October 3, 2018

    Kirkland Steers GM In $2.75B Honda Autonomous Vehicle Deal

    General Motors Corp. on Wednesday said Honda Motor Co. will make a $2.75 billion investment in the company’s efforts to roll out autonomous vehicle technologies on a larger scale, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP guiding the U.S. automaker.

  • October 2, 2018

    Concrete Co. Settles Crash Claims After $12M Verdict

    Silvi Concrete has joined Bridgestone in settling a woman’s claims that the companies are responsible for the dismemberment she and her infant daughter suffered in a car crash, days after a Pennsylvania jury hit Silvi with a $11.7 million compensatory damages verdict in the case, the woman’s attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Toyota Distributor Wants Out Of Defective HVAC Suit

    Southeast Toyota Distributors has asked a Florida federal judge to drop it from a proposed class action holding various entities of Toyota liable for selling Camrys with defective ventilation systems, as the regional distributor says it neither sold nor serviced the vehicles in question.

Expert Analysis

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • 5th Circ.'s New Maritime Contract Test Takes Shape

    Hansford Wogan

    Recent cases demonstrate Louisiana courts' willingness to embrace the Fifth Circuit's simplified analysis of what constitutes a maritime contract in the context of insurance obligations. The courts are homing in on whether parties expected to use a vessel, and how significant the use is, says Hansford Wogan of Jones Walker LLP.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Aviation Watch: Pity The Poor Passenger

    Alan Hoffman

    In recent decades, airline deregulation and consolidation have led to a wide range of cost-cutting measures. Airline passenger advocates are now challenging the industry's relentless shrinkage of seat sizes on safety grounds — and Congress could soon give the Federal Aviation Administration regulatory power over this issue, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 6 Tips For Drafting Autonomous Vehicle Contracts

    Jim Jordan

    During the past year, I have been tossed headfirst into the murky water of autonomous vehicle contract drafting, where no well-tested forms exist and negotiating parties often do not know what terms to request. But what is required more than anything is just old-fashioned, common-sense business lawyering, says Jim Jordan of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Takeaways From 1st Retroactive Application Of Dynamex

    Desi Kalcheva

    The California Supreme Court's Dynamex opinion — fashioning an updated California test for distinguishing between employees and independent contractors — has stirred much speculation about its scope and the extent of its application. Now, for the first time, in Johnson v. Imperial Showgirls the decision has been applied on a retroactive basis, says Desi Kalcheva of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.