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  • July 17, 2018

    FERC Chair Denies Reports Of LNG Project Review Delays

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre on Tuesday denied published reports that the agency has informed liquefied natural gas developers that they face year-plus delays in FERC's review of their project applications and said FERC is putting the finishing touches on ways to accelerate the LNG review process.

  • July 17, 2018

    Kuwait Hit With $100M Claim By Russian Businesswoman

    A prominent Russian businesswoman who is imprisoned in Kuwait after being sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for allegedly embezzling public funds has filed a $100 million arbitration claim accusing the Persian Gulf nation of orchestrating a politically motivated campaign against her, her lawyers said Monday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Tug Co. CEO Blasts New Del. Chancery Suit, Ouster Bid

    The founder and CEO of a Seattle-based, multicoast tug and marine service company who was sued in Delaware’s Chancery Court and targeted for ouster by a top investor earlier this month accused the dissident group of forum shopping in a court document made public Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Geico Drives Into Multibillion-Dollar Auto Parts Antitrust Row

    Geico Corp. has filed suit in Michigan federal court against more than 70 auto parts companies embroiled in an international antitrust investigation that has yielded billions of dollars in criminal fines, saying it has been overcharged on insurance claims for more than 20 years due to numerous price-fixing conspiracies.

  • July 17, 2018

    Product Liability Cases To Watch: Midyear Report

    The tsunami of litigation over the nation's deadly opioid crisis will continue to keep attorneys riveted as the parties work toward trial dates next year. And after a string of losses for patients who claim that Bayer failed to warn of its blood thinner Xarelto's bleeding risks, attorneys are looking to see if they can find a winning argument. Here are the product liability cases attorneys will be keeping an eye on for the rest of 2018.

  • July 17, 2018

    Suit Against Insurer In Plane Crash Row Partially Revived

    A Texas appellate panel partially revived a lawsuit Kenyon International Emergency Services Inc. filed against Starr Indemnity and Liability Company on Tuesday, holding the emergency services company had shown that Starr might be on the hook in Kenyon's bid to recoup funds expended in the aftermath of a plane crash.

  • July 17, 2018

    5th Circ. Nixes Enviros' Suit Over Texas Highway Projects

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a lawsuit in which a coalition of local residents and environmental groups alleged plans for three Austin-area highway projects were improperly treated separately when considering their environmental impact.

  • July 17, 2018

    Sunoco Pans Contractor's $55M Claim For Axed Pipeline Deal

    A Sunoco Inc. unit said Monday in Pennsylvania court it had the legal right to terminate an agreement with a contractor who is now claiming some $55 million worth of damages after seeing its deal to work on a section of the 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline in the state suddenly canceled last February.

  • July 17, 2018

    Enviros Press DC Circ. To Halt EPA Truck Emissions Rollback

    A trio of environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to cease enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, standards the agency plans to repeal.

  • July 17, 2018

    Biz Groups Urge 1st Circ. To Rehear Uber Fine Print Spat

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Boston-based public interest law firm and an app developers’ group urged the First Circuit on Monday to rethink a recent ruling rejecting the legality of Uber’s terms of service containing an arbitration provision, saying it creates enforceability problems for online contracts.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ex-'Taxi King' Worker Wins $1.3M In Sexual Harassment Suit

    A federal judge on Monday awarded $1.34 million to a former employee of an embattled New York City taxicab kingpin in a lawsuit accusing him and his company of sexual harassment and retaliation.

  • July 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Backs Narrow FERC Review Of US-Mexico Pipeline

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected an environmental group's challenge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a portion of a Texas gas pipeline leading to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the agency correctly determined an expanded environmental review of the entire pipeline wasn't necessary.

  • July 17, 2018

    US Airways, Sabre Tell 2nd Circ. Amex Decision Favors Them

    US Airways Inc. and travel-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp. have both told the Second Circuit that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision upholding American Express' anti-steering policies on credit cards favors their own positions as Sabre looks to duck a $15 million jury verdict awarded over claims of anti-competitive contract terms.

  • July 17, 2018

    Buyers Slam German Auto Cos.' Bid To Dodge Antitrust MDL

    U.S. auto dealers and consumers told a California federal judge Monday that Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche cannot dodge multidistrict litigation alleging they engaged in an antitrust conspiracy on car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment, saying there’s substantial evidence of the decadeslong scheme.

  • July 17, 2018

    Baked Goods Co. Beats Distributors' Suit Over 401(k) Plan

    The bakery behind brands such as Wonder Bread and Nature’s Own defeated its product distributors’ claim that they were wrongly excluded from the company’s 401(k) plan, after a Georgia federal judge ruled that the distributors didn’t show that they were employees entitled to benefits under the plan’s terms.

  • July 17, 2018

    FERC Fuel Pipeline Ruling Can't Be Fought, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday nixed United Airlines Inc. and UPS Fuel Services Inc.'s challenge of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision that it had no authority to force Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC to continue shipping petroleum products, saying the companies lacked standing to challenge the decision.

  • July 17, 2018

    Booking Holdings Invests $500M In Chinese Ride-Hailing Co.

    Connecticut-based online travel company Booking Holdings Inc. and Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing Technology Co. said Tuesday that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the former also investing $500 million in the latter.

  • July 16, 2018

    Delivery Co. Fights Couriers' Suit Seeking Fees As Tips

    A courier service that uses a mobile app to pair bicyclists and drivers with people who request a delivery argued Monday that its workers operate under federal, not Massachusetts, labor laws and must lose their class action seeking a piece of the company’s delivery fees.

  • July 16, 2018

    Ex-Apple Engineer Denies Stealing Self-Driving Car IP

    A former Apple employee accused of illegally downloading the tech giant's proprietary information related to self-driving cars before taking a job with a Chinese self-driving car company pled not guilty in California federal court Monday to trade secret theft.

  • July 16, 2018

    4th Circ. Axes Va. Buyers' Hyundai False Ad Suits

    The Fourth Circuit snuffed out two proposed class actions from Virginia consumers alleging Hyundai Motor America Inc. misrepresented the fuel economy of its Hyundai Elantra cars, saying the consumers already missed their chance to plead facts to back up their allegations.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • An Update On Anti-Poach Enforcement And Class Actions

    Robin van der Meulen

    In recent years, no-poach agreements have become subject to close scrutiny both by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and private class action plaintiffs. These cases show that violations of federal antitrust laws can have an immediate and real impact on ordinary people and their livelihoods, say Robin van der Meulen and Brian Morrison of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.