Transportation

  • April 28, 2017

    DOT Raises Fines For Pipeline Safety Violations

    Entities that violate federal pipeline safety laws will face new, increased fines of $209,002 for each day the violation continues, or more than $2 million for a related series of violations, under revised maximum civil penalties that the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday.

  • April 28, 2017

    New GM Says Tronox Decision Blocks Successor Liability

    General Motors LLC tried Thursday to use the Second Circuit’s recent Tronox ruling to shut down the onslaught of faulty ignition suits it’s been fighting for years, telling a New York federal court those claims would benefit all the creditors of its predecessor Old GM, and therefore only Old GM should be liable for them.

  • April 28, 2017

    Cabo Verde Hasn't Answered Suit Over Award, Court Told

    A U.S. financial services firm asked a D.C. federal court Friday to find Cabo Verde in default after the African island nation failed to respond to the company's petition seeking to confirm a $190,000 arbitral award over an allegedly broken contract to manage the country's airline.

  • April 28, 2017

    Maersk Line Pays $4B To Acquire Hamburg Sud

    The boards of Maersk Line and the Oetker Group have agreed to the sale of container shipping line Hamburg Sud to Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company, for €3.7 billion ($4 billion), the companies said on Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    CSX Dodges Fines Over Ohio Blocked-Crossing Law

    The city of Defiance, Ohio, can’t fine CSX Transportation Inc. for blocking public roadways because the state law it's relying on is preempted by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, an Ohio federal judge ruled Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Feds Urge DC Circ. To Snuff Detroit-Canada Bridge Row

    The federal government told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that Michigan’s agreement with Canada to build the new publicly owned Gordie Howe International Bridge is valid, and a long-running lawsuit from the private owners of the competing Ambassador Bridge seeking to derail the new span should be snuffed out for good.

  • April 28, 2017

    FTC Slams Objections To VW Emissions Fraud Settlements

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fired back at objections to the multibillion-dollar settlements between car owners, Volkswagen and Robert Bosch GmbH in Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal, saying that the money involved in the three deals at issue was properly allocated and free of any conflict.

  • April 28, 2017

    Audi Cheated Emissions Tests In Gas Vehicles, Drivers Say

    Audi AG and its American subsidiary knowingly installed illegal so-called defeat devices in certain gasoline vehicles to cheat emissions tests, causing customers to overpay for the models, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Thursday by Audi owners and lessees.

  • April 28, 2017

    Workplace Deaths In Mass. Hit 10-Year High, Report Finds

    The rate of workplace fatalities in Massachusetts hit a 10-year high in 2016, a report by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the state Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health released on Thursday found.

  • April 28, 2017

    Hertz Beats Shareholder Class Action Again

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday tossed with prejudice a putative shareholder class action against Hertz Global Holdings Inc. that claimed the rental car giant and its executives misled investors and pressured employees to hide unsavory news, finding that the shareholders’ fifth round of pleadings fell short.

  • April 28, 2017

    Fla. Judge Allows Takata MDL Plaintiffs To Serve BMW

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday adopted a special master's report allowing car owners pursuing economic loss claims against BMW AG in multidistrict litigation in Florida over potentially hazardous air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. to serve the German automaker with a suit via the company's U.S. counsel.

  • April 27, 2017

    Boeing Wants ITC Look At Bombardier Sales

    Boeing Co. said that Bombardier Inc. is selling its planes at unfairly low prices thanks to Canadian subsidies, asking the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate its northern rival’s sales practices.

  • April 27, 2017

    Alsup Mulls ‘Poetic Justice’ Of Forcing Waymo To Arbitrate

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup heard oral arguments Thursday over whether Uber can use Waymo’s own arbitration agreement with a former engineer to compel arbitration of Waymo’s driverless-car trade secrets suit, commenting that it would be “poetic justice” to bind the Alphabet unit to the contract’s broad language.

  • April 27, 2017

    VW Owners Lose Bid For Class Cert. In Autodialing Spat

    A California federal judge on Wednesday temporarily rejected a class certification bid by vehicle owners alleging Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and a marketing company autodialed them in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding they’d not established common questions at this point.

  • April 27, 2017

    Chicago Disclosures Briefly Snag Towing Co.'s Ch. 11 Sale

    A court-recommended qualifier settled a Windy City paperwork dispute Thursday that briefly bogged down a $40 million Delaware Chapter 11 sale of United Road Towing Inc.'s multistate roadside assistance business.

  • April 27, 2017

    Boeing Wins $75K In Sanctions Row Against Plane Crash Atty

    An attorney with aviation specialty firm Ribbeck Law Chtd. has been fined $75,000 in sanctions by an Illinois state court for repeatedly filing discovery requests against Boeing Co. and others, then misrepresenting them as actual lawsuits to drum up business.

  • April 27, 2017

    Uber Tracked Ex-Customers' IPhones, Watchdog Tells FTC

    Consumer Watchdog asked the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to look into claims that Uber Technologies Inc. continued tracking iPhone users even after they deleted the apps, a practice the advocacy group called “flagrantly unfair and deceptive.”

  • April 27, 2017

    FirstEnergy Settles BNSF, CSX Coal Delivery Row For $109M

    A FirstEnergy Corp. unit said on Thursday that it will pay $109 million to two railway companies to settle claims that it failed to fulfill the terms of a coal transportation contract, a situation that the company had tried to blame on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency power plant emissions rule.

  • April 27, 2017

    Ford's Call Centers Underpaid Employees, FLSA Suit Says

    A Florida woman who worked in a call center for Ford Motor Co. hit the automaker with a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action on Wednesday, claiming her employer misclassified her and others doing her job as exempt from overtime pay.

  • April 27, 2017

    Tribes Say Coast Guard Ship Routes Endanger Killer Whales

    The Tulalip Tribes and the Suquamish Tribe have hit the federal government with a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Coast Guard of imperiling endangered killer whales off the coast of Washington by adopting a traffic separation scheme for oil tankers without consulting the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Medical Marijuana Delivery May Soon Be Legal In LA

    Michael Rosenblum

    California has authorized licensed dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to qualified patients, but allows municipalities to ban such deliveries. San Jose and other cities have recently lifted their delivery prohibitions. Los Angeles retains its ban, but a recently passed ballot measure and shifting public sentiment suggest that this may change in the coming months, says Michael Rosenblum of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Haeger V. Goodyear: Just Put The Cookie Back In The Jar

    Jeb Butler

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Haeger v. Goodyear illustrates how manufacturers and their lawyers who withhold evidence too often get away with it. If the chances of getting caught cheating are low, and the penalty for cheating is merely that you go back to where you started, there is little incentive to play fair, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Privilege Applies To Multinationals' In-House Counsel

    Devika Kewalramani

    How does attorney-client privilege apply to an international company with corporate legal departments at a U.S. parent and at foreign subsidiaries? When does it attach to communications between such entities? These questions were the subject of a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court. The court's opinion provides real-world guidance to both in-house and outside counsel, say attorneys from Moses & Singer LLP.

  • Addressing Personal Jurisdiction Limits At The High Court

    Grant Esposito

    State court decisions in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California and BNSF Railway v. Tyrrell both adopted an expansive view of personal jurisdiction that is seemingly at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court’s efforts to cabin that doctrine. If the recent oral arguments before the Supreme Court in these cases are any indication, the state courts will probably lose again, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Florida 'Black Box' Ruling: Game Changer For Vehicle Tech

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A split panel of a Florida state appellate court has held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s electronic data recorder or “black box” absent exigent circumstances. The ruling in Florida v. Worsham demonstrates that the constitutional, legislative and regulatory privacy protections afforded data-capturing vehicle technologies are expanding rapidly, say Tina Sciochetti and Charles Dell'Anno of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.