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  • December 14, 2018

    Fatal Helicopter Crash Suit Ends With $6M Settlement

    A New York federal judge signed off Friday on a $6 million settlement in a wrongful death suit over a 2012 helicopter crash, including about $2 million in attorneys' fees, and ended a fee dispute with the family’s former counsel at Cellino & Barnes.

  • December 14, 2018

    Airline May Face Sanctions For Withholding Docs In Site Fight

    A Canadian budget airline should be punished with sanctions, including dismissal of its complaint, for failure to produce crucial documents in its cybersquatting suit against a web design company, a travel consultancy and their shared director, the defendants told an Illinois federal court on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    OneJet Lists Scant Assets, $43M Debt In Ch. 7 Filing

    Some computers, airstairs and maintenance vans of unknown value were all that defunct airline OneJet Inc. has listed in a Chapter 7 filing in Pennsylvania bankruptcy court against $43 million in debts, including dozens of loans from individuals worth $75,000 to $350,000 each.

  • December 14, 2018

    Airport Food, Retail Workers Win $2.2M In Class Action

    A staffing company for food and retail service locations in airports has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle claims that it failed to pay workers for all of their performed work, give them proper breaks or provide accurate wage statements, according to filings in California federal court Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an Italian investment boutique sue a film production company, MMA and Axa sue shipper MSC and a wealth management firm lodge a part 8 action against major banks like Barclays and HSBC.

  • December 14, 2018

    PennEast Can Take NJ Land For $1B Pipeline, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge said Friday that developers of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline can immediately seize over 100 Garden State properties along the project's route, saying they've satisfied the requirements for pursuing eminent domain under the Natural Gas Act.

  • December 14, 2018

    Lyft Driver Says He Can Sue Because He Declined Arbitration

    A Lyft Inc. driver looking to bring a class action against the ride-hailing company for classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees said in a Boston federal court filing Friday that Lyft's attempt to send the dispute to arbitration should be denied because he opted out of an agreement earlier this year.

  • December 14, 2018

    JFK Ground Handling Co. Settles Kickback Claims for $12.3M

    A ground services company at John F. Kennedy International Airport agreed Thursday to pay $12.3 million to settle claims it paid kickbacks for contracts with British Airways and others at Kennedy and airports across the country, according to the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

  • December 14, 2018

    5 Top Federal Tax Decisions of 2018

    Federal courts in 2018 denied Facebook a right to IRS appeals in a $7 billion tax dispute, convicted Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and said a California family had to pay taxes on retirement account contributions routed through Bermuda. Here, Law360 takes a look back at some of the biggest tax decisions by federal courts in the past year.

  • December 14, 2018

    10th Circ. Backs Plane Maker In Suit Over Crash Injuries

    A Tenth Circuit panel has sided with airplane maker Beechcraft Corp. and its maintenance arm, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support LLC, ending a suit brought by two passengers who claimed design and manufacturing defects caused a 2013 plane crash in which they were injured.

  • December 14, 2018

    Gov't Accuses Freight Co. Of Overcharging DOD

    The federal government has hit freight carrier YRC Freight Inc. with a False Claims Act suit, accusing it of systematically overcharging the U.S. Department of Defense by millions of dollars and trying to hide its alleged misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Tesla Reaches Cap On Electric Vehicle Credit, IRS Says

    By selling more than 200,000 electric vehicles during the third quarter of 2018, Tesla Inc. reached the threshold triggering a phaseout of the $7,500 tax credit available to consumers, the Internal Revenue Service announced Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Auto Groups Side With VW In 9th Circ. Emissions Dispute

    Two car manufacturing groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have backed up Volkswagen AG, its affiliates Audi of America LLC and Porsche Cars North America Inc., and auto parts maker Robert Bosch LLC in the Ninth Circuit, urging the court to affirm the dismissal of claims by Florida and Utah counties in sprawling multidistrict litigation over emissions.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Biggest Transportation Rulings Of 2018

    The transportation industry saw some major court decisions in 2018, with freight railroads losing a long-running appellate battle over Amtrak’s regulatory authority and Uber landing a Ninth Circuit win making it more difficult for drivers to pursue worker misclassification claims against it. Here, Law360 looks back at a few of the year’s biggest rulings affecting the transportation sector.

  • December 13, 2018

    Feds Can't Ditch Fliers' Suit Over CBP Identity Checks

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to trim a suit over an incident in which two U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers forced people to show ID while getting off a domestic flight, ruling the plaintiffs had plausibly alleged they were likely to encounter this "routine" search practice again in the future. 

  • December 13, 2018

    7th Circ. Partly Revives SkyWest Flight Attendant Pay Scrap

    A Seventh Circuit panel has revived state and local claims a group of former and current SkyWest Airlines Inc. flight attendants lobbed at the airline in their suit saying they were wrongly not paid for work they did while on the ground.

  • December 13, 2018

    Pipeline Challenge Is Valid, Enviros Tell DC Circ. Judges

    An environmental group tried to convince skeptical D.C. Circuit judges on Thursday that it hadn't blown its chance to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Kinder Morgan unit's $144 million Pennsylvania pipeline project, arguing it didn't have a fair chance to comment on a potential alternative.

  • December 13, 2018

    Moldy Mercedes-Benz HVAC Systems 'Foul,' Suit Claims

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its parent company Daimler AG were hit with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court Wednesday, claiming in the third putative class action of its kind that the companies knowingly sold vehicles with defective HVAC systems that create mold build-up and cause an "unbearable," foul smell.

  • December 13, 2018

    Drunk Man's Fall Not Cruise Line's Fault, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a Florida district court’s decision Thursday dismissing a negligence suit brought against Norwegian Cruise Lines by a passenger who drank too much and proceeded to wander into a crew-only area, where he fell down an escape hatch and injured himself.

  • December 13, 2018

    Alstom, Siemens Offer EC A Remedy For Merger Deal To Pass

    Alstom and Siemens said Wednesday that they had submitted a proposal to the European Commission to address its concerns that their merger would would increase costs to manufacturers and raise fares for passengers.

Expert Analysis

  • The Good News For Nonprofits On Transit Benefit Compliance

    George Constantine

    Nonprofit organizations struggling to comply with a new tax on parking and public transit benefits for their employees received three pieces of somewhat good news on Dec. 10. Attorneys at Venable LLP provide the details.

  • Aviation Watch: Behind The Lion Air Flight 610 Tragedy

    Alan Hoffman

    On Oct. 29, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX-8 crashed near Jakarta, Indonesia. With questions being raised about both the plane's stall protection system and the airline's poor maintenance record, litigation will likely pit the manufacturer against its customer, creating a target-rich environment for plaintiffs, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • The TSA's Road Map For Aviation Cybersecurity

    Norma Krayem

    The recent release of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's cybersecurity road map is the culmination several years of discussion to determine which U.S. government agency should be responsible for regulating and managing cybersecurity risks in the aviation industry, says Norma Krayem of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Pregnancy Discrimination Protections: We Can Do Better

    Craig Barkacs

    Despite strides toward eliminating workplace pregnancy discrimination in recent decades, protections are still not sufficiently established in our business culture or legal structure, says Craig Barkacs of University of San Diego School of Business.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

    David Caputo

    The U.S. Department of Justice's $236 million settlement last month with three South Korean companies was the largest ever for anti-competitive conduct against the U.S. government. A whistleblower’s role as the catalyst for that bid-rigging investigation may be a sign of things to come, say David Caputo and Zachary Arbitman of Youman & Caputo LLC.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

    Ama Adams

    In 2018, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, sanctioned an agency of the Chinese government and completed the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record. And the evidence suggests 2019 will be equally tumultuous, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.