Two putative class action lawsuits filed in California state court have accused Lyft Inc. and Postmates Inc. of mislabeling drivers and couriers as independent contractors, arguing they should be considered employees under the new test adopted in the state high court’s landmark Dynamex decision last month.
A California federal judge on Thursday tossed for good a proposed class action alleging Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying that after three attempts, the plaintiffs still couldn’t show any immediate, credible risk of fraud or identity theft from the hack.
King County, Washington — home to Seattle — on Wednesday became the latest county to seek to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage under state law, joining New York City and several cities and counties in California and Colorado.
The four largest U.S. rail companies asked the D.C. Circuit to uphold the nixed class certification of shippers that allege the railroad giants colluded to fix fuel surcharges, arguing the shippers failed to address fatal flaws in the damages calculation for an improper class with widely varying circumstances.
A Japanese shipping company was sentenced Thursday for obstruction of justice and falsifying records, and was forced to pay $1 million over allegations it improperly dumped oily wastes into the ocean, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will overhaul how it reviews national ozone limits by considering a range of adverse effects including economic and energy-related ones, following President Donald Trump's demand that the agency make it easier for states and industries to comply with national air emissions standards.
The company behind a pipeline replacement project on Wednesday opposed an administrative law judge's recommendation that the company's new pipeline should be constructed only on the route of the one already there, a sentiment echoed by a Native American band.
Lighthouse Resource Inc., which sued state officials over their refusal to grant permits for a planned coal export facility, asked a Washington federal court to allow the suit to move forward, saying it challenges the state's refusal to consider any coal-related project and doesn't repeat claims brought in local cases.
Three biofuel industry groups have told the D.C. Circuit that a slew of refiners' challenge to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply will, if successful, undermine the congressional intent for a market-driven standard.
A Kansas attorney being accused by ex-client BNSF Railway Co. of blowing its case and paving the way for a $4.3 million jury verdict for an injured rail worker sought Tuesday to move the Missouri state action to federal court.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday asked the California Supreme Court to decide how the state’s minimum wage law and labor codes apply to certain situations in a trio of wage suits pilots and flight attendants had filed against United Airlines and Delta.
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. shouldn't be able to double-dip on damages in a trade dress infringement dispute, two Chinese tire makers told a California federal judge, saying the Japanese tire giant already snagged a $1.62 million contempt judgment and isn't otherwise entitled to enhanced damages and attorneys' fees.
The Trump administration’s decision to pull out of a historic nuclear disarmament deal with Iran will have serious ramifications for global geopolitics and national security, but the move will in the near term have its most pointed effect on companies doing or considering business in Iran.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday picked 10 sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Tennessee to test expanded drone operations, including package-delivery and nighttime flights, and is considering additional new rules for drones.
An English judge ruled Wednesday that a dispute over a bad paint job on a luxury superyacht was never settled during formal negotiations so the builder can continue to press its case before arbitrators.
Uber Technologies Inc. fired back Tuesday at a certified class of drivers seeking to delve into the ride-hailing giant's financials to support their bid for punitive damages, in a suit alleging Uber improperly took a cut of drivers' fares by instituting a $1 “safe rides fee.”
Organic grocery products distributor United Natural Foods Inc. has been slammed with a putative class action in New Jersey state court alleging it doesn’t pay its Garden State drivers the state-mandated overtime pay rate of one and a half times their regular hourly rate.
The National Labor Relations Board's Tampa regional director on Tuesday granted Teamsters Local 385’s request to add a new group of app-based drivers who ferry guests around Walt Disney World in “Minnie Vans” to the park's bus drivers' union, saying a collective bargaining agreement with the park allows new workers to join existing unions.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to punt a subpoena that the former CEO of Navistar International Corp. issued to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it's a needless delay in the SEC's suit over allegedly misleading statements he made to investors about the company's compliance with environmental regulations.
In a published opinion Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of a proposed class action against an air ambulance provider on the grounds that the Airline Deregulation Act preempted enforcement of a limit in Florida insurance law regarding collection of the unpaid portion of its bill.
Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.
When negotiating shared wireless infrastructure contracts in large venues, sponsors should pay close attention to technology specifications, upgrades and interference protection, say Walt Sapronov and Kenneth Klatt of Sapronov and Associates PC.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Last month saw the end of a congressional effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The initiative was opposed by groups who saw it as a ploy to hand air traffic control to the airlines. But given its support from the airline industry and the Trump administration, privatization will likely resurface, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.