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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.