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  • June 22, 2018

    Armenian Ex-Diplomat Aims To Nix Rolls-Royce Bribe Charges

    Armenia’s former ambassador to China urged an Ohio federal judge to toss a recent indictment that accused him of playing a role in helping a Rolls-Royce Group PLC subsidiary bribe foreign officials to win government contracts, arguing that U.S. statutes expressly bar extraterritorial application of money laundering laws.

  • June 22, 2018

    14 Firms To Steer IPOs Surpassing $2.5B To Close Busy June

    Fourteen firms will steer 12 initial public offerings that could surpass $2.5 billion in proceeds during the coming week, representing notable companies like private equity-backed BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. and several life science, technology and e-commerce issuers, potentially closing the busiest month for IPOs in three years.

  • June 22, 2018

    Autozone Worker Gets New Trial In Sexual Harassment Suit

    A California appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit against car parts supplier Autozone Inc., saying Thursday that a lower court made several erroneous evidentiary rulings that prejudiced the employee who alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment by a co-worker.

  • June 22, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Can't Dodge Boy's Sex Assault Suit

    Royal Caribbean Cruises must face a lawsuit alleging employees' negligence led to the sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy by an intoxicated passenger aboard one of its cruise ships, saying the complaint sufficiently alleged the company didn't exercise reasonable care for the boy's safety, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday.

  • June 22, 2018

    Calif. Regulators Reject $639M Natural Gas Pipeline

    The California Public Utilities Commission refused a bid by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co. to build a $639 million natural gas pipeline, saying that the effort was “not needed for safety or reliability.”

  • June 22, 2018

    Tesla Abandons Restitution Bid After High Court Ruling

    Tesla Motors Inc.'s in-house counsel thinks the restitution amount available to cover a six-figure internal investigation into a former employee's conduct is "not meaningful enough to be worthwhile" after the Supreme Court's recent Lagos ruling, according a Thursday filing.

  • June 22, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a group of shippers bring a commercial fraud claim against the Bank of Scotland, the head of a Syrian laminate group sue United Insurance, and a dispute involving RBS and the failed Caterham Formula One Team. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 22, 2018

    Privately Backed Rail And Transit Projects To Watch

    Government officials and private developers are pushing ahead with mass transit modernization projects even as infrastructure investment budgets tighten and the political tug-of-war over rural versus urban transportation needs intensifies, industry observers say.

  • June 22, 2018

    NCAA Settles Car Dealership 'Markdown Madness' TM Dispute

    A Southern California car dealership has reached a confidential settlement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to end allegations the dealership ran “March Madness” ads that infringe the NCAA’s trademark covering its spring college basketball tournament.

  • June 22, 2018

    Ford Buyers Drop $50M Deal After Judge Raises Concerns

    A class of consumers alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens told a California federal judge Thursday that they have withdrawn from a settlement agreement with the automaker, which, they’d previously told a judge who was skeptical of the deal, could have been worth $50 million.

  • June 22, 2018

    Postmates Workers Not Employees, NY Appeals Court Says

    A split New York state appeals panel said that a courier for web-based delivery service Postmates was an independent contractor, handing businesses another win in the ongoing battle over the employment status of gig economy workers.

  • June 22, 2018

    Calif. Hertz Workers Drive For Cert. In Wage, Rest Break Row

    A Hertz employee who accused the car rental company of violating California labor laws by withholding meal and rest breaks and skimping on pay has asked a federal judge for class certification, saying more than 2,000 workers were subject to the same unlawful policies.

  • June 21, 2018

    4th Circ. Stays Corps' $3.5B Gas Pipeline Permit

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday stayed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline pending a petition for review following environmentalists’ argument that the developers have admitted they cannot satisfy the permit's conditions,

  • June 21, 2018

    Uber Unravels Lone Claim In Lyft Driver’s Spy Suit

    A magistrate judge in California has doubled back on her decision that largely tossed a Lyft driver’s proposed class action alleging Uber Technologies Inc. illegally tracked drivers, finding Thursday that the one claim for unfair competition she left intact should have been chucked with the rest of the suit.

  • June 21, 2018

    Dealer Barred From Arbitrating Fla. City Car Contract Row

    A car dealership accused of hiring another auto seller’s employee and helping her steal a lucrative contract with the city of Tallahassee can’t participate in the arbitration between the employee and her former company, a Florida appeals court ruled in a split decision Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Infrastructure Woes Spell Opportunity For PE Players, Attys

    With the U.S. in dire need of significant infrastructure upgrades in many areas, opportunity abounds for private equity firms to contribute to the betterment of the country while also generating high returns, highlighting the need for attorneys that can capably guide PE clients through complex public-private partnerships and other infrastructure-related deals.

  • June 21, 2018

    Insurer Can't Recover Costs From Engine Transport Snafu

    An insurer for a General Electric unit cannot put shipping company Agility Logistics Corp. on the hook for the costs to inspect a jet engine that Agility failed to transport properly, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday, holding that the insurance company’s suit is barred under an international treaty because the engine was not damaged in transit.

  • June 21, 2018

    States To Steer Drone Privacy After DC Circ. FAA Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit’s dismissal of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s bid to force the Federal Aviation Administration to address privacy concerns in its commercial small-drone rule signals that state and local governments will assume most of the responsibility for tackling privacy protections for drone use, attorneys say.

  • June 21, 2018

    TransCare Trustee Pressed On $10M Suit Against Lynn Tilton

    Asked on Thursday to explain the gist of a $10 million clawback suit against Lynn Tilton and her private equity firm, Patriarch Partners LLC, counsel for the liquidating trustee of TransCare Corp. said the distressed-debt maven breached a legal duty to protect the ambulance operator from ruin.

  • June 21, 2018

    EPA Says No Need For CWA Hazardous Spill Regulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it does not intend to propose Clean Water Act regulations meant to prevent spills of hazardous substances because doing so is unnecessary and would duplicate already existing requirements, drawing fire from environmental groups.

Expert Analysis

  • Mid-2018 Sanctions Review: A Turbulent Year So Far

    Ama Adams

    No superlative could aptly describe the magnitude of U.S. sanctions developments through the first six months of 2018. The pace of change has been so intense and complex that, understandably, even the most sophisticated international companies and investors have been challenged to respond to policy and regulatory developments, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Policy Is Changing For Technology Transfers

    Kevin O'Brien

    The Trump administration and Congress are tightening investment restrictions and export controls to address technology transfer concerns. These measures initially focus on China, but will have broader effects on investments in the United States and transfers of emerging technologies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • House Hearing Stirs Debate On Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

    Susan Lent

    A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.