• October 20, 2017

    Avis Settles TCPA Class Action Over Text Messages

    A New York car renter has settled his proposed nationwide class action accusing Avis Rent A Car of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending consumers automated text messages without seeking consent, both sides told a New Jersey federal judge on Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    US Airways Fights Sabre's Appeal Of $15M Antitrust Win

    US Airways Inc. urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reject trip-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp.'s bid to overturn a $15 million jury verdict awarded to the airline in an antitrust suit, insisting the jury correctly followed the appeals court’s American Express holding to conclude that Sabre had market power and its contract was anti-competitive.

  • October 19, 2017

    Road Designer's Policy Excludes Crash Death Suit: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a landscape architect's insurance policy with Travelers does not provide coverage for an underlying lawsuit blaming an intersection design for the death of a child, saying there is no ambiguity in a professional-services exclusion.

  • October 19, 2017

    Lyft Scores $11B Valuation In Funding Round Led By CapitalG

    Ride-hailing service Lyft Inc. scored $1 billion in a financing round led by Google affiliate CapitalG, lifting its valuation to $11 billion with an investment that also added a board member to the California-based company, according to a Thursday statement.

  • October 19, 2017

    Feds Sue Barge Operator Over New England Oil Spill

    The operator of a tank barge that ran aground nearly 15 years ago and spilled thousands of gallons of oil off the New England coast was sued Thursday by the federal government for pollution damages.

  • October 19, 2017

    Sens. Move To Defund Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban

    A contingent of Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would withhold federal funds for implementing components of the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the U.S. by nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries and two others.

  • October 19, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Unilever, easyJet, Sinochem

    Multiple private equity firms are vying for Unilever's multibillion-dollar margarine and spreads business, U.K.-based easyJet Airline will buy assets from bankrupt Air Berlin, and China's Sinochem is readying a Hong Kong initial public offering of shares in its main oil assets.

  • October 19, 2017

    Parker Hannifin Says Feds' Merger Challenge Came Too Late

    Parker Hannifin Corp. and Clarcor Inc. on Wednesday accused the federal government of dragging its feet to challenge their $4.3 billion tie-up, urging a Delaware federal court to block enforcers’ bid to partially unwind the now-completed transaction.

  • October 19, 2017

    Bid In Harassment Suit To Stop Ford's EEOC Deal Notice Fails

    An Illinois federal judge Wednesday refused a request by Ford Motor Co. workers in a putative class action against the company for alleged sexual harassment to stop the auto giant from sending out notices of its settlement of similar claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying they hadn’t met the legal requirements.

  • October 19, 2017

    Abertis’ Board Looks For Sweetened Bid From Atlantia

    Spain-based toll road operator Abertis Infraestructuras SA’s board of directors called on Italy’s Atlantia SpA to sweeten its proposed €16.34 billion ($19.3 billion) takeover offer Thursday, a day after a competing bid was lobbed by a unit of Spanish building company Actividades de Construccion y Servicios SA.

  • October 19, 2017

    Airport Food Cos. Will Pay NY $13M For Tax Fraud

    A group of companies that provide food to the public and employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport will pay $13 million to settle claims stemming from an “extensive scheme” to avoid paying New York taxes between 2011 and 2015, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    DOT's Rail Brake, Competitive Switching Proposals In Doubt

    A recent U.S. Department of Transportation analysis and lingering uncertainty over key agency appointments have cast doubt on whether a pair of Obama-era freight rail proposals will survive the Trump administration’s deregulatory push. Here, Law360 examines where things stand on a mandate for new braking technology and a proposal to encourage competition on shipping routes.

  • October 19, 2017

    GM To Pay $120M To End States' Ignition-Switch Probes

    General Motors Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $120 million to settle investigations by attorneys general from 49 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s alleged concealment of a deadly defect in the ignition switches of its vehicles.

  • October 19, 2017

    Investors Lose Bid For 20M Pages Of Docs In Volkswagen MDL

    A California magistrate judge on Wednesday denied investors’ request for more than 20 million pages of documents in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions scandal, saying the investors haven’t proven all the documents are relevant to their claims.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ford Fiesta, Focus Transmission Settlement Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge on Wednesday put his final stamp of approval on a class action settlement between Ford Focus and Fiesta drivers and the automaker, overruling objectors and ending a five-year-old lawsuit over allegedly defective transmissions.

  • October 19, 2017

    Mitsubishi To Pay $1.3M To Settle Conspiracy Claims

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for truck alternators and starters, according to a filing in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • October 19, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Sold Dangerously Faulty Radiators, Suit Says

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC sold vehicles with radiators that would unexpectedly break down and damage vehicles' transmissions, putting drivers at risk of physical harm as well as financial injuries, according to a proposed class action removed to Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    4 Things To Know About The Latest Travel Ban Rulings

    With two federal judges blocking most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban this week, the administration was once again dealt a major legal setback on the issue, likely setting up the dispute for an eventual Supreme Court battle. Here’s what to know about the latest rulings against travel ban 3.0.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Chicago Transit Authority’s Alice Patent Win

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that four patents on mass transit fare payment technology asserted against the Chicago Transit Authority are invalid for claiming abstract ideas, over a passionate dissent arguing the ruling takes the Alice test too far.

  • October 18, 2017

    OCAHO Tosses Most Of Nat'l Origin Suit By Rail Employee

    The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer has tossed the bulk of a national origin discrimination case filed by a Cameroon-born rail employee against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, finding most of the claims either fall outside its jurisdiction or were filed too late.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 More Strikes Against The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a travel ban by executive order has now been enjoined from implementation by two separate district courts in Hawaii and Maryland. However, the courts relied on very different grounds as the basis for their rulings, which could hurt the plaintiffs when, as is likely, the cases are reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • FERC Order Signals States Can't Delay Pipeline Rulings

    James Bowe Jr.

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation waived its authority under the Clean Water Act by failing to either issue or deny a water quality certificate for a gas pipeline within the statutory time frame. The order signals that FERC will not countenance state inaction on pipeline projects, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.