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Transportation

  • October 22, 2018

    SoCalGas Reaches $46M Deal Amid Motorcycle Wreck Trial

    Southern California Gas Co. agreed Monday to pay $46 million to end a trial in a suit accusing the utility's employee of negligently rear-ending a motorcyclist and dragging him more than 400 feet in an attempt to flee the scene, according to the injured man's attorneys.

  • October 22, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Immigrant Driving Privileges Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday declined to rehear its decision last month that courts do not have the power to overrule Oregon voters who rejected a proposed state law that would have allowed individuals to obtain driver’s licenses without needing to establish their legal immigration status.

  • October 22, 2018

    DoorDash Driver Must Arbitrate Misclassification Suit

    A DoorDash Inc. delivery driver must arbitrate his putative class action claiming the app-based food delivery service misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, a California federal judge ruled Monday, saying just because a single driver opted out of arbitration doesn’t mean all drivers did.

  • October 22, 2018

    4th Circ. Axes Va. Motorists' Suit Over Use Of Dulles Tolls

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday rejected a proposed class action alleging the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, unconstitutionally used motorists' Dulles Toll Road revenue to fund D.C. Metrorail's Silver Line extension.

  • October 22, 2018

    PTAB Denies BMW's Challenges To Car Stereo Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Friday rejected two requests from BMW of North America LLC for review of a patent related to a car stereo system, taking note that the patent has been challenged more than a dozen times at the board.

  • October 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: O2, PMI, Constellation Brands

    O2 is reportedly pausing its £10 billion ($13 billion) initial public offering, Precision Motion Industries Inc. has seen bids from Japanese Apple Inc. supplier Nidec Corp. and Schaeffler AG, and Constellation Brands Inc. wants to sell some domestic wine brands.

  • October 22, 2018

    No Bias In United Worker's Firing After DWI, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday affirmed that United Airlines Inc. didn't discriminate against a Hispanic employee when it fired him after denying his request to work while completing a jail sentence for driving while under the influence.

  • October 22, 2018

    FedEx Drivers Seek $3.9M Atty Fees In ERISA Deal

    FedEx Ground drivers asked an Indiana federal judge to grant their counsel $3.9 million in fees after he greenlighted a $13.3 million settlement resolving their Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims in multidistrict litigation alleging the company misclassified them as independent contractors rather than employees.

  • October 22, 2018

    Sullivan & Cromwell Reps Fiat Chrysler In €6.2B Unit Sale

    Italy’s Fiat Chrysler, led by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, will part ways with Magneti Marelli in a €6.2 billion sale to an affiliate of private equity-backed Calsonic Kansei to create the seventh-largest global independent automotive parts supplier, according to a Monday statement.

  • October 22, 2018

    Helicopter Co. Says No Evidence Backs Wrongful Death Claim

    The maker of an experimental helicopter has told a Texas federal court it wasn’t responsible for the 2015 death of a pilot who crashed in one of its aircraft, arguing no expert evidence backs the claims the helicopter was negligently made.

  • October 22, 2018

    Delphi Retirees Fight PBGC Bid To Ax Pension Suit

    A group of Delphi Corp. retirees has urged a Michigan federal court not to give Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. a quick win on claims in its suit challenging PBGC's termination of a pension plan that covered thousands of salaried workers, saying the plan could have been saved.

  • October 22, 2018

    VW Pushes For Decertification Of Subclass In TCPA Row

    Volkswagen has asked a California federal judge to decertify a subclass of customers in a class action claiming they received allegedly unauthorized service robocalls, saying their individual circumstances are too varied.

  • October 22, 2018

    Kids Urge Supreme Court To Let Climate Suit Proceed

    Children accusing the federal government of pushing policies that will worsen climate change-related dangers urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let the landmark trial begin next week, arguing that short-circuiting a case over constitutional rights would set a dangerous precedent.

  • October 22, 2018

    4 Firms Guide $1.75B Sale Of Icahn-Backed Rail Car Co.

    An affiliate of private investment firm ITE Management LP, steered by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, has agreed to take over American Railcar Industries Inc., which was advised by Thompson Hine LLP, Brown Rudnick LLP and White & Case LLP, in a deal with an enterprise value of roughly $1.75 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Division Sown By UPS Contract Rift May Bode Ill For IBT

    A “civil war” is brewing within the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the union's top brass agreed to a bargaining contract covering about a quarter-million UPS drivers, sorters and clerks even though most of the rank-and-file workers who voted on the deal rejected it.

  • October 19, 2018

    Chief Justice Pauses Kids' Climate Suit Ahead Of Trial

    Chief Justice John Roberts issued an administrative stay on Friday in a lawsuit accusing the federal government of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a move that could delay an Oregon federal trial currently set for Oct. 29.

  • October 19, 2018

    GreenTech Auto Fetches $50M Ch. 11 Stalking Horse Bid

    An electric car company co-founded by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to name a Chinese investment firm as the $50 million stalking horse bidder for its assets.

  • October 19, 2018

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

    The last week has seen Allianz sue Maersk, a Barclays request to transfer part of its banking business and another filing between two sides fighting over payouts from a £200 million RBS rights holders settlement. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 19, 2018

    Duane Morris Wins $850K Cut Of $3.1M Auto Parts MDL Deal

    Duane Morris LLP on Thursday saw a fee request granted by the Michigan federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation surrounding an alleged conspiracy to stifle competition in the auto parts industry, scoring just under $850,000 from a $3.1 million deal cut with Robert Bosch GmbH and others.

  • October 19, 2018

    4th Circ. Wants Redo Of United's $30K Fee Award In Bias Suit

    The Fourth Circuit refused Friday to revive a former United Air Lines captain’s suit alleging he was discriminated against because he is African-American, but ordered the trial court judge to better explain a $30,000 sanction she ordered his attorneys to pay the airline because of sloppy litigation work.

Expert Analysis

  • Shippers Begin To Benefit As FERC Responds To Tax Reform

    Gary Kruse

    Natural gas pipelines that saw their operating costs reduced as a result of tax reform are required to pass the savings on to customers. Gary Kruse of LawIQ, an energy data analytics firm, looks at FERC's new rate-change procedures, the effect on shippers and how pipeline companies have responded to the changes.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

    Brian Stansbury

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • How High Court May Rule On The Bare-Metal Defense

    S. Christopher Collier

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed foundational tort principles at oral argument in Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, which concerns a defendant's liability under maritime law for products it did not make, sell or distribute. The court’s ruling will doubtless influence lower courts considering other bare-metal challenges, say S. Christopher Collier and Michael Arndt of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. 

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.