Transportation

  • February 2, 2018

    Ford Owners Pan $35M Deal In Defective Transmission Row

    Certain Ford Fiesta and Focus owners with allegedly defective transmissions on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to reject the estimated $35 million settlement reached with Ford Motor Co. in March, saying the bulk of class members won’t be able to get sufficient relief under the agreement.

  • February 2, 2018

    Head To Head: Uber-Waymo Attys Bring Grit And Wit To Trial

    A high-stakes trade secrets trial over self-driving cars will pit a meticulous questioner against a courtroom charmer, their colleagues say. Here’s what to expect from a pair of high-octane advocates known for their scrappiness and skill.

  • February 2, 2018

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Tesla Stock-Drop Class Action

    The Rosen Law Firm PA will be the lead counsel representing a proposed class of Tesla Inc. shareholders in a stock-drop suit against the electric carmaker, a California federal judge announced Friday at a hearing in San Francisco.

  • February 2, 2018

    Matson Defends DC Circ. Challenge To Rival's Gov't Subsidies

    Container shipper Matson Navigation Co. told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that rival shipper APL should not have received federal subsidies for Guam and Saipan trade routes as part of a national security program that requires subsidized vessels to participate in foreign commerce.

  • February 2, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Boeing, Alibaba, Nestle

    Boeing Co. is seeking Brazilian government approval of a proposed partnership with Embraer SA, Alibaba led a $300 million funding round for Indian online grocery company BigBasket and Nestle ducked out of the race to buy Merck's consumer health unit.

  • February 2, 2018

    Transportation Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP last year was the driving force behind legal victories for BNSF Railway Co. in a forum shopping showdown and the Association of American Railroads in a constitutional battle over regulatory authority, steering the firm right into a spot on Law360's Transportation Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Feds Probe OSI Systems After Short Seller's Bribery Report

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating airport X-ray developer OSI Systems' compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act following a tipoff by a short seller, the company told investors Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Car Dealer Software Antitrust Suits Consolidated In Ill.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated several lawsuits filed against CDK Global LLC and The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. over accusations the software providers conspired to limit access to data stored on their dealer management systems and agreed not to compete.

  • February 1, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Reports Ch. 11 DIP, Sale, Fee Compromises

    After weeks of “chaos,” bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather, its creditors and lenders stitched together a tentative, multipart Chapter 11 sale and case compromise Thursday, positioning the company for a Feb. 12 sale approval hearing.

  • February 1, 2018

    Pipeline Developer Can't Take Land Yet, Va. Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday said Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC can’t act immediately to possess nearly 300 properties in the state for a natural gas pipeline, saying more information on their worth was needed before the company could move forward.

  • February 1, 2018

    Amtrak Urges High Court To Mull 'Errant' On-Time Train Ruling

    Amtrak told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that critical national interests are at stake if a recently voided law defining the threshold for “on-time” passenger trains is left standing, leaving freight railroads free to flout Amtrak’s longstanding right of way over cargo traffic on railways without penalty.

  • February 1, 2018

    EU's High Court Upholds Fines Over Freight Cartels

    The European Union’s highest court on Thursday said it won’t alter the European Commission’s 2012 enforcement action over four cartels in the freight forwarding market, the latest unsuccessful attempt by various freight companies to trash a €169 million ($211 million today) package of fines.

  • February 1, 2018

    Nurse Gets $100M In Medical Helicopter Crash Suit Deal

    A flight nurse severely burned in a 2015 Colorado medical helicopter crash has reached a $100 million settlement with helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters and medical transporter Air Methods Corp. over claims that the companies had made the helicopter unsafe.

  • February 1, 2018

    Counties' VW Diesel Suits Could Spur Copycats, Judge Says

    A California federal judge expressed concerns at a San Francisco hearing Thursday that if he allows two counties in Florida and Utah to proceed with their litigation over Volkswagen AG’s “clean diesel” emissions scandal, it could set off thousands of copycat suits from counties across the country.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds More Ford Wins On Hybrid Vehicle Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday held that parts of three Paice LLC hybrid vehicle patents were invalid in the latest rulings to arise from a sweeping series of challenges that Ford Motor Co. brought against the tech company’s patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • February 1, 2018

    Mintz Levin Adds Wireless Tech Expert In DC

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has added a former Fletcher Heald & Hildreth partner to its communications practice, where she will focus on regulatory issues related to the internet of things and other emerging technologies, the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Santander Unit Wants Rethink On Bid To Toss Investor Suit

    A Santander Group vehicle financing unit on Wednesday sought a second look at its bid to toss an investor suit alleging the company’s stock price was inflated through accounting fraud, telling a Texas federal judge that his previous decision to largely spare the suit was based in part on allegations that weren’t pled in the investors’ complaint.

  • February 1, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: CBS, Heilan Home, Saudi Aramco

    Merger talks between CBS and Viacom are heating up, an investor group plans to plug $1.59 billion into a Chinese maker of men's clothing and accessories, and the Saudi Arabian government has yet to decide where it will list shares of state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco.

  • February 1, 2018

    7th Circ. Axes Retaliation Suit Against Ill. Transpo Agency

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday rejected a wrongful termination suit against Cook County, Illinois, and its Department of Transportation and Highways, saying the fired employee couldn’t prove his constitutional rights or any other laws were violated, despite it being a case “filled with intrigue” with claims of jealous co-workers falsifying allegations the employee made workplace threats.

  • February 1, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog OKs Volvo Dealer Acquisition

    The competition authority of Belgium on Wednesday approved Volvo’s acquisition of a commercial dealership and repair company in the country, with a narrow condition meant to protect competition for commercial truck repairs in a single region.

Expert Analysis

  • How DOE's 'Grid Resiliency' Policy May Impact Gas Markets

    Chip Moldenhauer

    At the behest of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is soon expected to release an interim rule that subsidizes power plants that hold 90 days of fuel supply on site — i.e., coal-fired and nuclear plants — and effectively penalizes gas-fired plants. But FERC has an opportunity to mitigate the threat to gas-fired generators, says Chip Moldenhaeur of LawIQ.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

  • High Court's Latest Travel Ban Ruling Lacks Details

    Tahanie Aboushi

    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court lifted all stays on the third version of President Trump's travel ban. The paragraph-long ruling was devoid of limitations on the wide discretion available when deciding whether or not to bar an individual, which essentially leaves U.S. customs agents, defense counsel and those affected by the order to decipher the logistics as they go, says Tahanie Aboushi of The Aboushi Law Firm.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • How ITC Applied Inter Partes Review Estoppel In Ford Case

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's initial determination in Certain Hybrid Vehicles is significant because it continues the ITC trend of issuing patent owner-friendly rulings in spite of conflicting Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Trump’s 'Buy American' Order Already Packs A Punch

    Howard Roth

    The secretary of commerce report on the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order was due at the White House on Nov. 24. Though the report is not yet public, it is in the foreground of the debate on legislative and regulatory actions, and it is changing the landscape for many organizations, says Howard Roth of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.

  • A Critical Review Of The 1st Drone Preemption Case

    Stephen Migala

    There is an objective and fundamental flaw in the recent Singer v. Newton opinion, which involved a city law restricting drones and related questions of federal preemption. The Massachusetts federal court's decision was based in large part on a miscodifed part of the U.S. Code that is not actually the law, says Stephen Migala of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.