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  • January 4, 2019

    Marine Fuel Co. Looks To Confirm $1.2M Award To OW Unit

    A Marshall Islands-based fuel supplier urged a New York federal court Thursday to confirm an arbitration award that would allow the company to reduce to $1.2 million the amount it owes in a payment dispute with a unit of now-defunct Danish marine fuel supplier O.W. Bunker.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ford Escapes Suit Alleging Faulty Lug Nuts

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action that accused Ford of selling cars with defective lug nuts that impeded changing a tire, finding virtually nothing to support claims of breach of warranty, unjust enrichment or violations of consumer protection laws.

  • January 4, 2019

    BNSF Fights 7th Circ. Bid To Revive Obese Driver's ADA Suit

    BNSF Railway Co. has told the Seventh Circuit that a lower court rightly found that obesity didn’t qualify as an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act, urging the appeals court not to revive a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver’s wrongful termination suit under the anti-discrimination law.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ex-Prosecutor Joins Pa. DA's Sunoco Pipeline Investigation

    The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has retained a former assistant U.S. attorney with experience in environmental crimes to act as its special prosecutor in the investigation of Sunoco LP’s troubled Mariner East pipeline projects, the office announced Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Carnival Found Not Liable For Passenger's Overboard Death

    A Florida federal judge entered judgment Friday in favor of Carnival Corp. in a negligence suit brought by a passenger's widower, ruling the cruise line should not be held liable for the death of a woman who fell overboard because it had not been put on notice that she was dangerously intoxicated.

  • January 4, 2019

    Carnival Wins Bid For Arbitration In Travel Insurance Row

    A group of consumers who allege Carnival Corp. conceals kickbacks it reaps in the costs of travel insurance passengers purchase through the cruise line must submit their claims to arbitration, a Florida federal judge ruled in an order issued Friday, nixing their proposed class action.

  • January 4, 2019

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Simpson, MoFo

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Bristol-Myers Squibb takes over Celgene for $74 billion, KKR & Co. LP will acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in Altavair AirFinance for $1 billion, and Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. takes over MedEquities Realty Trust Inc. for $600 million.

  • January 4, 2019

    Musk Rips Subpoena Bid For Grimes, Banks Over Tesla Tweet

    Singers Azealia Banks and Claire Boucher, also known as Grimes, should not be subpoenaed to give evidence they likely do not have in the securities class action over a stock drop allegedly stemming from Tesla CEO Elon Musk's misleading tweet, Musk told a California federal court Thursday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Delta To Pay $2.3M To End Worker Background Check Suit

    Delta Air Lines Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a proposed class action brought on behalf of about 44,100 job applicants that claimed Delta flouted federal and California law by including extraneous information in notifications to prospective employees about background checks.

  • January 4, 2019

    Lyft Driver Wants Suit Tossed, Not Stayed, So He Can Appeal

    A Lyft driver whose lawsuit against the company was stayed and sent to arbitration last month asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to dismiss the case instead, which would allow him to appeal to the First Circuit.

  • January 3, 2019

    Arent Fox Nabs 7 Kay & Merkle Attys In San Francisco

    A group of seven Kay & Merkle attorneys, including the firm's two founders, rang in the new year by joining Arent Fox LLP’s fast-growing San Francisco office, bolstering its real estate, automotive and sports practices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • January 3, 2019

    UAW Sues GM For Using Temps Over Laid-Off Workers In Ind.

    United Auto Workers filed suit against General Motors in Ohio federal court on Wednesday, accusing the automaker of breaching labor contract provisions by continuing to employ temporary workers at its Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana instead of transferring in laid-off workers.

  • January 3, 2019

    Cuomo Says 'L-Pocalypse' Unnecessary For NYC Subway

    Surprising many, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Manhattan section of the city’s L subway line will not have to be shut down for 15 months to repair the tunnel that takes the train under the East River to Brooklyn.

  • January 3, 2019

    Senate Confirms CEQ Boss, EPA Chemical And Tribal Heads

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday and Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s picks to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s offices for toxic substances and tribal affairs.

  • January 3, 2019

    Oil Recycling Co. Must Face Suit Over Highway Spill

    A Texas appeals court has revived a woman’s claim that chemicals leaking from a passing truck onto the hood of her car caused a host of medical problems for her and her children, overturning a previous summary judgment ruling in favor of an oil recycling company.

  • January 3, 2019

    9th Circ. Rips Feds For 'Scorched Earth' No-Fly Litigation

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday threw out a reduced attorneys' fees award to a Muslim woman who was wrongfully placed on the government's no-fly list, finding that the lower court erred in slashing the award and slamming the government for engaging in years of "scorched earth litigation."

  • January 3, 2019

    All Claims Set To Be Paid In Full In Nordam Ch. 11 Plan

    Attorneys for bankrupt aviation company The Nordam Group Inc. told a Delaware judge Thursday that all creditors of its estate will be paid in full under a Chapter 11 plan whose disclosure statement received conditional approval from the court.

  • January 3, 2019

    American Airlines Urges FERC To Rein In Pipeline Co.'s Rates

    American Airlines Inc. told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday that Colonial Pipeline Co. collected $321 million via excessive rates for transporting jet fuel and other petroleum products in 2017, the latest complaint lodged against the liquids pipeline giant for allegedly charging unjust and unreasonable rates.

  • January 3, 2019

    GM Hit With Proposed Class Action Over Fuel Pumps

    General Motors was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday by drivers alleging that some of the company's diesel trucks are “ticking time bombs” because their European-made injection pumps are incompatible with American fuel.

  • January 3, 2019

    Airline Flyers In Antitrust MDL Seek Delay On Atty Fee Ruling

    At the request of 10 state attorneys general, the lawyers representing airline passengers in line for a $60 million settlement from two of the nation’s largest airlines asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to delay ruling on the plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees in the price-fixing multidistrict litigation. 

Expert Analysis

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Accelerates Drone Integration

    Joel Roberson

    The law reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration requires the FAA to take numerous regulatory actions that will reshape the use of drones by governmental, commercial, hobbyist and recreational operators, say Joel Roberson and Jennifer Nowak of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Aviation Watch: Wheels Up For FAA Reauthorization

    Alan Hoffman

    It’s impressive, in the current atmosphere of division and gridlock, that Congress managed to hammer out a five-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, covering a wide range of important and often contentious matters, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • New Construction Trends And Their Impact On Contracts

    Joanna Horsnail

    Trends and technologies such as performance-based and resilience-oriented design, modular construction, and the use of drones are changing complex construction and engineering projects — and will require careful consideration and analysis during project negotiation and contracting, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP and engineers with Exponent Inc.