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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.