Transportation

  • February 17, 2017

    Ill. High Court Lets Railroad Employer Dodge Injury Suit

    Union Pacific Railroad Co. was improperly found liable for an employee's injuries, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday, finding that railroad employers can pass off workplace injury liability to a third party in certain cases.

  • February 17, 2017

    Army Corps Says Pipeline Camp Cleanup Needs To Speed Up

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement Thursday that the cleanup of North Dakota camps used by opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline isn’t on track to be finished before the agency fully closes the camps on Feb. 22.

  • February 17, 2017

    Union Pacific Can't Dodge Asarco's $482M Cleanup Cost Suit

    An Idaho federal judge on Thursday trimmed copper mining company Asarco LLC’s lawsuit seeking to establish Union Pacific Railroad’s liability for part of a $482 million environmental cleanup, but declined to toss the entire matter as the rail company had wanted.

  • February 17, 2017

    BMW NA Needn't Get Parent's Takata Docs: Special Master

    The special master in multidistrict litigation against Takata Corp. and various automakers over potentially explosive air bags recommended that BMW of North America LLC not be ordered to produce BMW AG documents, saying Thursday that the plaintiffs failed to show the U.S. distributor has control of the documents.

  • February 17, 2017

    Groups Back Uber Customers In 1st Circ. Airport Fee Dispute

    A public interest law firm and consumer advocacy group sought Thursday to weigh in on a First Circuit appeal of a proposed class action alleging ride-hailing giant Uber hid extra fees for airport trips, saying the company is unfairly imposing terms on consumers that are buried in online agreements.

  • February 17, 2017

    Jury Awards Family $4M In Trucking Crash Suit

    A Florida jury awarded $3.92 million on Friday to surviving family members in a suit against a trucking company and a staffing firm that resulted from a terrible 2012 highway crash, but attributed much of the fault to a drunk driver who is not a defendant.

  • February 17, 2017

    Calif. Drivers Lose Bid To Keep Ford Power Steering Claims

    A California federal judge has handed Ford Motor Co. a quick win on several consumers’ claims that the auto giant hid the fact that its Focus and Fusion cars had power steering defects, saying the consumers couldn’t prove damages since Ford fully replaced their systems.

  • February 17, 2017

    Austrian Co. Can't Exit GM Suit Over $1.5B Loan

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday told an Austrian company it can’t use jurisdictional arguments to escape a lawsuit trying to recover transfers to hundreds of General Motors’ former bank lenders related to a $1.5 billion term loan.

  • February 17, 2017

    US Sets Early Dumping Tariffs On Synthetic Rubber

    The U.S. Department of Commerce handed down a preliminary round of tariffs on imports of synthetic rubber, often used in tires, from Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Poland, after determining Friday that the merchandise was dumped on the U.S. market at unfairly low prices.

  • February 17, 2017

    El Paso Pipeline Stuck With $1M Appeal Bond Fee

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday told El Paso Pipeline Partners LP that it will have to pay $1 million in appeal bond premiums it incurred after successfully challenging a $100 million class judgment in an investor dispute over a Kinder Morgan merger.

  • February 17, 2017

    16 AGs Urge Court To Keep Trump Immigration Ban Blocked

    A coalition of 16 state attorneys general led by Massachusetts and Illinois weighed in Thursday in support of New York’s suit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries as unconstitutional, urging the federal court to extend an injunction preventing the administration from implementing the ban.

  • February 17, 2017

    Ex-Obama Adviser, Uber Strategist Fined $90K Over Lobbying

    The city of Chicago’s ethics board hit former President Barack Obama adviser David Plouffe with a $90,000 fine for lobbying city officials on behalf of Uber Technologies Inc. without registering as a lobbyist or reporting his activity.

  • February 17, 2017

    With Trump In The Ex-Im Fold, Dem Lawmaker Seeks Action

    Now that President Donald Trump has changed course and decided to support the U.S. Export-Import Bank, he should move quickly to submit nominations to the bank’s board so it can regain its full lending capacity, Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., said Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    Enviros Denied Halt To Newly Approved Sunoco Pa. Pipepline

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on Friday denied a bid by environmental groups to immediately halt Sunoco Logistics' work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline, which received the go-ahead from state regulators earlier this week.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trucking Firm Should Pay In Tragic Crash, Fla. Jury Hears

    A Florida jury was urged Thursday to award $15.2 million from a trucking company and a staffing firm to survivors of a terrible early morning crash in which a truck driver with a history of sleep issues ran into the stalled car of a family returning from a surprise birthday party.

  • February 16, 2017

    Fisker Fight Over Karma Share Issue Retained By Del. Court

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Friday to dismiss a suit challenging an equity sale by the company spun off from defunct electric carmaker Fisker Automotive’s Delaware bankruptcy, and rejected a related call to abstain from hearing the case.

  • February 16, 2017

    International Shipholding Ch. 11 Plan Hits Creditor Snag

    International Shipholding Corp. was forced by a New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday to engage in a separate hearing with a financier over a $6.25 million administrative priority claim after resolving all but one secured lender's objection to its amended plan to restructure more than $200 million in debt.

  • February 16, 2017

    Con Ed Agrees To $153M Settlement In Deadly NYC Gas Blast

    New York state and Con Edison reached a $153.3 million settlement over a 2014 East Harlem gas explosion that destroyed two buildings and killed eight people, according to an announcement Thursday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that called the agreement the largest gas-safety related financial settlement in state history.

  • February 16, 2017

    Sioux Official, Dakota Access Exec Trade Blows Over Pipeline

    A Standing Rock Sioux Tribe official and an executive for the Energy Transfer Partners unit behind the Dakota Access pipeline gave dueling accounts of the history of the project to a House subcommittee on Wednesday, as the tribe battles a recent federal decision that paves the way for its completion.

  • February 16, 2017

    Port Authority OKs $32.2B Capital Plan For Transpo Projects

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Thursday signed off on a $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan, advancing plans to fund a new bus terminal on Manhattan's west side, the long-awaited third tunnel under the Hudson River, and the ongoing redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport.

Expert Analysis

  • Securing An Ex Parte Seizure Remedy Under DTSA

    Kevin J. Burns,

    Despite much debate over the ex parte seizure of property provision of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, there has been little case law on such orders. However, while a California federal court did not issue a seizure order in OOO Brunswick Rail Management v. Sultanov, its recent opinion in the case remains instructive, says Kevin Burns of Fisher Phillips.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Individual Defense In The Shadow Of Corporate Guilty Pleas

    Jessica K. Nall

    Corporate guilty pleas can be expected to have serious implications for the individual executives and employees alleged to have been involved in the conduct under scrutiny. But whether their corporate employer pleads guilty or pursues an alternative resolution, there are other factors at play that can make a bigger difference to the eventual outcome for individuals, say Jessica Nall and Janice Reicher of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • A Regulatory Play-By-Play Of The Super Bowl Drone Show

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    Super Bowl viewers may have wondered what type of legal approvals were needed to enable the massive display of 300 choreographed drones that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. In fact, a tape delay and a special waiver of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations were required to make the performance work, say Anna Gomez, Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Antitrust: A New Line Of Attack Against Pipelines

    David L. Wochner

    The Sierra Club’s recent filings with federal regulatory agencies asserting that two natural gas pipeline projects violate antitrust law are novel, and we believe they face substantial obstacles under established antitrust law, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.