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Transportation

  • December 10, 2018

    Sunoco Pushes Pa. PUC To Ax Pipeline Shutdown Bid

    A Sunoco Inc. unit says objectors who have asked Pennsylvania to shut down two pipelines for transporting liquid natural gas couldn't prove that the pipelines were sufficiently dangerous or that the public lacked sufficient information about them, according to a brief filed Friday with the state's Public Utility Commission.

  • December 10, 2018

    Nissan, 2 Former Execs Indicted For Understating Ghosn Pay

    Nissan Motor Co., the company's former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and a former board member were indicted in Japan on Monday on charges of having underreported Ghosn's compensation in securities filings.

  • December 10, 2018

    Investment Co. Sues Schnader Harrison Over $10M Deal Flub

    A Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP attorney allowed a Canadian investment firm to become “ensnared in a toxic relationship” with an electric vehicle company by allowing the investment firm's stock value to be undercut and costing the firm $10 million, according to a malpractice suit filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • December 10, 2018

    DC Metro Concrete Conspirator Gets Year In Prison

    A Florida man who pled guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge for his role in falsifying data about the strength of concrete used in a D.C. Metro rail project will spend a year and a day behind bars, a Virginia federal judge said Friday.

  • December 10, 2018

    CRST Can't Dodge ADA Suit Over Service Dog Request

    CRST International Inc. must face the bulk of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s suit alleging that the freight company flouted the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to hire a military veteran with an emotional support dog as a truck driver, an Iowa federal judge ruled Friday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Keystone Developer Can't Prep Pipeline Construction

    Developer TransCanada Corp. may not move forward with certain pre-construction activities on the Keystone XL pipeline while the U.S. Department of State conducts its environmental review, a Montana federal judge has held, delivering another setback to the Trump administration’s bid to build the controversial pipeline amid protests by environmental and indigenous groups.

  • December 10, 2018

    Drivers Fight To Save VW Faulty-Engine Deal Amid Objections

    Drivers in litigation against Volkswagen AG have urged a New Jersey federal judge to deny objections from fellow class members that threatened to scuttle a reimbursement deal struck with the automaker in May over engine defect claims, arguing the vast majority of the class supports the settlement.

  • December 7, 2018

    Deal Spurs Toss Of $2.9M Verdict Over GM Gear Shifts

    A Connecticut federal judge on Friday said she would vacate a verdict on appeal to the Second Circuit that awarded $2.88 million to the family of an 8-year-old girl killed when a Chevrolet Suburban shifted out of park, since General Motors and the family have settled.

  • December 7, 2018

    Texas Court Affirms Tollway Agency's Immunity In Death Suit

    A Texas appellate panel on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of claims against the North Texas Tollway Authority in a wrongful death suit filed by the father of a man who collided with a downed light pole on the tollway, finding that the agency only knew the pole was down one minute before the collision.

  • December 7, 2018

    Nexus Can Access Land For Pipeline Work, 6th Circ. Says

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Friday agreed with a lower court that gave Nexus Gas Transmission LLC quick access to landowners' properties in Ohio so that it could proceed with pipeline construction in a timely way.

  • December 7, 2018

    VW Tells 9th Circ. Counties' Emissions Claims Preempted

    Volkswagen AG has told the Ninth Circuit that counties in Florida and Utah cannot revive their claims the German automaker violated local rules by tampering with emissions software in certain diesel vehicles, insisting they’re preempted by the Clean Air Act.

  • December 7, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Upholds SEPTA Win In Bus Injury Suit

    A woman who claims she was injured on a Philadelphia bus when an intoxicated passenger grabbed her neck after the vehicle accelerated can't prove the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority was negligent, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Corps, Dakota Access Say Tribes Didn't Obey Order

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC said that several Native American tribes had failed to follow a D.C. federal judge’s order to spell out what claims they plan to continue with in their challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, as the tribes contended that the record in the case should be fleshed out first.

  • December 7, 2018

    Justices Urged To Undo Standing Limits On PTAB Appeals

    Auto parts maker JTEKT Corp. asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review a Federal Circuit ruling that it cannot appeal an inter partes review decision upholding a patent it challenged, saying the ruling takes an “unnecessarily narrow view” of appellate standing.

  • December 7, 2018

    Pipeline Contractor Says EQT Skipped Bill On Spill Cleanup

    A pipeline construction contractor filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court Thursday claiming that EQT Gathering LLC is refusing to pay a nearly $2 million bill for cleaning up another company’s spill on its construction site.

  • December 7, 2018

    NJ Justices To Review $6.3M Jury Award For Kia Brake Class

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will consider whether a jury properly calculated damages when it awarded $6.3 million to a class of Kia Motor Corp. customers who sued the company over claims certain models had defective front brakes, the court said in an order made public Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Tosses Contract Row Over Water-Damaged Sand

    A metal flow engineering company that tried holding a contractor accountable for delivering a damaged order of sand brought its lawsuit to court too late, the Seventh Circuit has held.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tesla Taps Williams & Connolly Chairman To Take GC Reins

    Williams & Connolly LLP chairman Dane Butswinkas will become the new general counsel at Tesla Inc., moving in-house after a decadeslong career at the prestigious Washington, D.C., firm, the automaker announced Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Uber Is Impeding Arbitrations By Refusing To Pay, Drivers Say

    Thousands of Uber drivers on Wednesday accused the ride-hailing service of employing stall tactics in their bid to force the company to cover the costs of their individual arbitrations in California federal court, following recent Ninth Circuit rulings that determined such arbitrations are the only way for the drivers to resolve classification disputes.

Expert Analysis

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 2

    Noah Kaufman

    In the second installment of this two-part series about four carbon pricing policy plans that garnered attention in 2018, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy discusses the potential impacts each would have on emissions, energy markets and the economy.

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 1

    Noah Kaufman

    Four carbon pricing policy plans garnered attention in 2018, including the first bipartisan federal carbon tax proposal in eight years. In the first installment of this two-part series assessing the potential impacts on emissions, energy markets and the economy, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy looks at the similarities and differences.

  • No-Deal Contingency Planning For The UK Aviation Sector

    John Balfour

    As approval of the proposed agreement for the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union becomes more uncertain, last month's no-deal Brexit aviation contingency plan from the European Commission is both timely and relevant, say attorneys with Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 2

    Carolina Mederos

    The chances that major transportation and infrastructure legislation may be passed have increased with the election of a House Democratic majority, and efforts to streamline permitting and regulation by federal agencies may further advance the prospects of significant infrastructure development, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Transportation And Infrastructure — The Road Ahead: Part 1

    Carolina Mederos

    With President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreeing that transportation and infrastructure are high priorities, the next Congress is likely to consider a large-scale, broad infrastructure package. But the question of how to pay for it remains, say attorneys with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Climate Change Lawsuits Face Crucial Hurdles

    John Lee

    The close of 2018 brings a chance to look at the state of climate change lawsuits filed in the last few years by both government entities and groups of young Americans. While each case type employs different legal strategies, both face similar challenges, says John Lee of Goldberg Segalla.