Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based services filed a petition in California Supreme Court on Tuesday asking the state justices to declare voter-approved Proposition 22 unconstitutional for allegedly limiting the state legislature's power to provide workers' compensation, deceiving voters and usurping the judiciary's authority to interpret the law.
Volkswagen on Monday told a California federal court that it should be allowed to use an "unclean hands" defense against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims that the automaker defrauded U.S. investors by failing to disclose its "clean diesel" emissions cheating scheme.
The Third Circuit held Tuesday in a precedential ruling that Pennsylvania cannot enforce its building safety regulations when it comes to the property of a bi-state commission overseeing Delaware River bridges, finding that the Keystone State gave up that authority in entering a more than 80-year-old compact creating the agency.
The U.S. General Services Administration said Tuesday it will remove all drones from its government-wide Federal Supply Schedule program — aside from a handful of trusted U.S.-made models — citing potential security risks and acquisition law violations.
A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday questioned whether Volkswagen had a fiduciary duty to disclose its emissions-cheating scandal when it sold bonds to institutional investors in 2014, as the appeals court weighs how to clarify a key reliance standard in securities fraud cases.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used a new method to confirm Tuesday that fossil fuel-fired power plants are subject to Clean Air Act regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the new test means other GHG-emitting sources will be able to dodge similar controls.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday announced a new Fair Labor Standards Act certification framework that requires courts to "rigorously scrutinize" similarities among plaintiffs from the outset of a collective action, as it reversed a lower court's conditional certification of truck drivers seeking unpaid wages from a transportation company.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is refusing to let American Airlines register "RenoAir" as a trademark for air transport, rejecting an appeal that pointed to a separate registration for model airplanes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have a pivotal role in helping President-elect Joe Biden carry out his pledge to address climate change with ambitious new policies, while tackling emerging and evolving issues such as the regulations of forever chemicals and reversing many of the deregulatory actions from the last four years.
An international tribunal on Monday dismissed a claim seeking nearly $350 million from Chile by a pair of Colombian brothers who accused the government of not doing enough to stop vandalism and fare evasion that plagued their investment in Santiago's public bus system.
JetBlue and American Airlines shouldn't be allowed to form a strategic partnership that they say will create a more seamless travel experience until the U.S. Department of Transportation takes a hard look at how the plan will affect competition, according to rivals Spirit and Southwest.
Lyft cannot rely on disputed arbitration agreements to continue flouting Massachusetts law by classifying its drivers as independent contractors, the drivers have told the First Circuit in their bid to reverse a lower court's decision denying them injunctions that would deem them employees.
Surges in COVID-19 cases led to renewed restrictions in Delaware, Massachusetts and New York this past week, while the pandemic also steered new guidance for New Jersey public schools and a workforce development boost in Pennsylvania.
Electric bus manufacturer Proterra said Tuesday it's going public through a merger with blank-check company ArcLight in a deal valued at $1.6 billion and led by Latham & Watkins LLP, Fenwick & West LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
The United Kingdom's antitrust enforcer ordered the dissolution Tuesday of a completed merger between rival commercial vehicle and trailer parts makers that it said risked "higher costs and poorer service" for local distributors and garages.
A Texas federal judge has permanently blocked Rust-Oleum from making claims that its RainBrella product lasts twice as long as Rain-X, as part of his final judgment in a false advertising suit between the car windshield water-repellent competitors.
Blackstone has reportedly paid $21 million for a Florida development site, the Trump sign at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago could reportedly come down if the president is impeached for a second time and Ocean Bank is said to have sold a Miami parking lot for $14 million.
LondonMetric Property has reached a deal to buy a pair of warehouses in England for £39 million ($53.2 million), according to an announcement Tuesday from the U.K.-based real estate investment trust.
A Florida federal judge's recent refusal to hit the brakes on a WARN Act case over car rental giant Enterprise's pandemic-related layoffs has given employers a preview of how these suits may be handled by federal judges, and experts say company leaders would be wise to pay attention.
At least 10 companies under the guidance of 14 law firms are readying initial public offerings that could raise nearly $5 billion combined this week, marking the new year's first burst of IPOs by operating companies after a banner 2020.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected several petitions in intellectual property cases on Monday, ranging from what grounds the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can use to invalidate patents to whether the Welsh government can face a copyright suit over photos of poet Dylan Thomas.
An Illinois federal judge rejected a suit from Southwest Airlines flight attendants seeking lost wages from Boeing over the 737 Max's global grounding, saying claims that Boeing overhyped the jets' safety and locked Southwest into rigid contracts that harmed airline employees won't fly.
A Manhattan federal judge on Monday allowed former taxi mogul Tony Georgiton to avoid prison for bribery after he admitted making payments to a CEO whose bank had extended him $60 million in yellow-cab medallion business loans.
A woman denied work as an Amazon delivery driver has filed a proposed class action in Pennsylvania state court, claiming the online retailer's alleged policy of rejecting applicants with arrests — but no convictions — on their record violated state law.
A D.C. federal court on Saturday allowed energy company Enbridge to intervene in a December lawsuit brought by tribes and environmental groups against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop its $2.9 billion pipeline replacement project in Minnesota.
If Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers succeeds at challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline's environmental permitting more than three years after it came online, other infrastructure projects might also face legal battles long after they are built, says David Hill at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.
Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.
Employers should be prepared to navigate a new dynamic under the Biden administration because some workplace policies — like joint employer, independent contractor and overtime regulations — may bypass congressional roadblocks with reform through administrative action, says Jessica Summers at Paley Rothman.
Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.
The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.
Even with a divided government starting next year, Democrats will have a major effect on tax policy, pursuing legislative compromises and regulatory changes in service of President-elect Joe Biden's tax plan, and potentially reversing many Trump administration initiatives, say Russell Sullivan and Radha Mohan at Brownstein Hyatt.
A California federal court recently dismissed Umeda v. Tesla, saying that the wrongful death suit involving a driver-assist system should have been filed where the crash occurred, but the underlying liability questions the case raised remain to be resolved, say Matthew Berkowitz and Brian O'Shea at Carr Maloney.
Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.
President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will shift focus away from transactional relationships, focusing instead on multilateralism and rebuilding relations with key allies, even if a number of Trump administration trade initiatives live on, say attorneys at Squire Patton.
President-elect Joe Biden’s inconsistent campaign plan for independent contractors supports enforcement of existing laws against intentional worker misclassification while also proposing a challenging-to-meet federal classification standard modeled after California’s A.B. 5, says Richard Reibstein at Locke Lord.
At the U.S. Supreme Court's oral argument in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, the justices suggested that the court will soon clarify how the internet affects personal jurisdiction, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.
Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.
Legislative, regulatory and enforcement efforts under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration could enhance the scope and value of workplace class actions by expanding workers’ rights, remedies and procedural avenues, and emboldening the plaintiffs bar to ramp up case filings, say Gerald Maatman and Jennifer Riley at Seyfarth.
In light of the California Air Resources Board's recent warning that it is continuing to investigate the type of vehicle emissions defeat devices that led to the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, manufacturers should review their emissions compliance regimes and self-disclose any issues by year-end, says Jonathan Martel at Arnold & Porter.
Contrary to recent shareholder complaints that Carnival's stock plummeted due to disclosures correcting misrepresentations related to the pandemic, economic analysis shows market factors fully explain the cruise company's price reaction, and offers an approach for evaluating similar hospitality industry claims, say Atanu Saha and Yong Xu at StoneTurn.