• April 23, 2018

    Truck Drivers Nearer To Cert. In Training Fee, Wage Row

    A federal judge in Massachusetts indicated Monday she was leaning toward certifying a group of people who enrolled in what CRST International advertised as a “free” program to become commercial truck drivers, but which they claim instead cost them thousands of dollars in fees and lost wages.

  • April 23, 2018

    French Gov't Illegally 'Seized', US Owner Says

    A company that owned the web address has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit in U.S. court that claims the French government illegally seized the domain name.

  • April 23, 2018

    EU, Mexico Agree To Broader Trade Deal Nixing Tariffs

    Trade officials with the European Union and Mexico announced that they have struck a bilateral free trade agreement that would eliminate virtually all duty payments between the two economies and further open government contracts by the North American nation to European companies.

  • April 23, 2018

    GM Slams Consumers' Bid To Expand Diesel Emissions Suit

    General Motors LLC on Friday slammed an attempt by consumers to expand their putative class action accusing the Detroit auto giant of installing so-called defeat devices on Chevrolet Cruze diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, saying their eleventh-hour bid comes too late.

  • April 23, 2018

    Activists Can Make Case For Pipeline Shutoff, Panel Says

    Four climate change activists charged with tampering with an Enbridge Inc. tar sands pipeline can present evidence at their trial that their actions were necessary to prevent environmental harm caused by fossil fuel use, a Minnesota appeals court said Monday in upholding a lower court ruling.

  • April 23, 2018

    New GM, Mich. Residents Dispute Provisions Of 2009 Sale

    General Motors told a New York bankruptcy court on Friday that a group of Michigan residents cannot pursue the carmaker for groundwater contamination, saying GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale agreement did not assign the so-called New GM liabilities related to common law environmental claims.

  • April 23, 2018

    Driver Didn't Make Hanging Threat Before Union Vote: NLRB

    The National Labor Relations Board on Friday agreed with an administrative law judge's decision that a Kentucky bus driver fired for allegedly threatening workers with hanging if they didn't vote in a union was wrongfully sacked, and that the results of that election need to be set aside.

  • April 23, 2018

    Atty Resigns From Port Authority Post Amid Ethics Probe

    An attorney and lobbyist who served as a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner has resigned amid an ethics investigation into “profoundly disturbing” conduct, the transportation agency confirmed Monday, framing the probe as part of the embattled agency’s path to reform.

  • April 23, 2018

    Failed Fraud Doesn't Doom $4.9M Award In Steel Sale Row

    An English appeals court on Monday upheld the enforcement of a $4.9 million arbitration award issued to a Chinese metals supplier against a British company over an alleged breach of a steel contract, finding that although the manufacturer may have tried to forge shipping documents, it failed, and failed forgery is no fraud at all. 

  • April 23, 2018

    DC Circ. Asked To Rethink Decision On 2008 Ozone Rule

    The Los Angeles-area air quality regulator on Friday asked a D.C. Circuit panel to reconsider its decision partially vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 ozone standards implementation rule.

  • April 23, 2018

    Bus Co. Discriminates Against Asian Customers, Ill. AG Says

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan slapped a downstate bus company with a lawsuit in Chicago federal court on Monday, saying its owner showed bias against Asian customers by refusing service to some who speak broken English and by distributing discriminatory marketing materials.

  • April 23, 2018

    Dealerships Slam Fiat Chrysler's Bid To Bury RICO Claims

    Auto dealerships told an Illinois federal judge Friday that they’ve established standing to sue Fiat Chrysler under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, insisting they’ve backed up amended allegations that the auto giant conspired with certain favored franchisees to artificially inflate sales figures to score incentives.

  • April 23, 2018

    2nd Circ. Nixes Feds' Delay Of Fuel Economy Penalty Boost

    The Second Circuit on Monday vacated the Trump administration’s indefinite delay of higher penalties for automakers that don’t meet certain fuel efficiency standards, the latest court to rebuff efforts by the administration to delay implementation of Obama-era energy and environmental rules.

  • April 20, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Walmart, Xerox, Cosco Shipping

    Walmart’s deal to buy a more than 51 percent stake in Indian e-commerce company Flipkart could come as soon as next week, Fujifilm and Xerox are working on renegotiating their $6.1 billion planned tie-up, and a deal by Cosco Shipping has sparked national security concerns.

  • April 20, 2018

    Nissan Driver Drops Transmission Claims To Join Similar Suit

    A driver who accused Nissan North America Inc. in a proposed class action of selling vehicles with defective transmissions dropped his complaint in the Central District of California on Friday in favor of a suit with overlapping claims in a different jurisdiction, court documents show.

  • April 20, 2018

    GWB Scandal Figures Challenge Statute’s Reach In 3rd Circ.

    Two former associates of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call on the Third Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday to rein in prosecutors’ novel application of an anti-theft and anti-bribery statute to criminalize their alleged scheme to reduce local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as an act of political revenge.

  • April 20, 2018

    New VAT Rates May Help China Retain Multinational Firms

    A seemingly small change to China’s value-added tax rates set to go into effect next month may not be enough to give China an edge over the U.S. in drawing new businesses, but it could encourage existing multinational businesses to stay put.

  • April 20, 2018

    NY Beefs Up Energy Efficiency Targets To Drive GHG Cuts

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday unveiled a new energy efficiency target that aims to significantly slash buildings' energy use by 2025, saying the reductions will help the Empire State reach the goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

  • April 20, 2018

    Driver Of Big Rig 10 Immigrants Died In Gets Life Sentence

    A truck driver has been sentenced to life in prison for smuggling immigrants across the Texas border in conditions that led to the deaths of 10 of them as they were found locked in the back of his tractor trailer rig, according to the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Winston Grabs Ex-O'Melveny Project Finance, M&A Partner

    Winston & Strawn LLP said it has landed former O'Melveny & Myers LLP partner Richard Shutran, a leading project finance and mergers attorney who previously served as the global finance group chair at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Aviation Watch: The Rise Of The Dreamliner

    Alan Hoffman

    The 787 Dreamliner's lithium batteries experienced multiple thermal runaway events soon after the plane went into service. But the manufacturer, the FAA, the NTSB and the airlines worked together to quickly and effectively solve the problem. Five years later, the 787 has compiled an admirable operational record, and Boeing continues to receive new orders, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Must FERC Weigh GHG Emissions In Pipeline Reviews?

    Jay Costan

    The additional analysis on downstream greenhouse gas emissions required by the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the potential to further delay an already burdened FERC pipeline approval process, says James Costan of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Status Update On 'One Federal Decision' Project Reviews

    Raya Treiser

    Last week, a dozen federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding committing to a more coordinated and streamlined federal review process. But because there have been no changes to underlying statutory requirements, each agency will still have to determine that a project review meets its respective legal obligations, say Raya Treiser and Nathaniel Custer of WilmerHale.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.