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  • September 25, 2018

    Full 8th Circ. Won't Review Faulty Fuel Tank Suit Toss

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday decided not to rethink one of its own panels’ decisions not to revive a driver’s proposed class action alleging that Fiat Chrysler misrepresented the safety of its vehicles after the driver was sold a Jeep vehicle with an allegedly faulty and dangerous fuel tank.

  • September 25, 2018

    9th Circ. Keeps Drop Of Fiat Chrysler Rent Coercion Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday declined to overturn a decision ending a San Jose, California, Chrysler dealership's lawsuit against FCA US LLC alleging the automaker coerced it into paying increased rent, finding that the mutually agreed-upon lease permitted the actions in question.

  • September 25, 2018

    Enviros Ask 4th Circ. To Nix Army Corps’ $5B Pipeline Permit

    Environmental groups told the Fourth Circuit on Monday that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers was wrong to grant a permit for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying it is clear the project did not receive requisite state water quality approvals and that certain aspects of construction would take longer than allowed.

  • September 25, 2018

    GM Buyers Must Certify Class To Advance $1B Defect Deal

    Purchasers of General Motors vehicles manufactured before the carmaker's 2009 bankruptcy, now seeking damages stemming from ignition-switch defects, must certify a class to pursue a proposed settlement that could cost the reorganized New GM $1 billion in new stock, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday.

  • September 25, 2018

    Texas LNG Co., Contractor Aim To Trim Pipeline Contract Row

    Wood Group Mustang Inc., formerly Mustang Engineer, told a Texas state court that the fraud claims brought against it by Freeport LNG Expansion LP stemming from a liquified natural gas pipeline project must be tossed because Freeport presented no evidence of damages.

  • September 25, 2018

    Mercedes Must Face Claims Of Fatal Seat Restraint Failure

    A Colorado federal judge has denied an attempt by Mercedes Benz USA and Daimler AG to dismiss a negligence suit filed by the heirs of a woman killed when her Smart car’s seating restraints allegedly failed, though the court tossed breach of warranty and consumer protection law violation claims.

  • September 25, 2018

    Kirkland, Fischer Behar Guide Grubhub’s $150M Tapingo Buy

    Chicago-based Grubhub Inc. said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire venture capital-backed campus food ordering service Tapingo Inc. for approximately $150 million, in a deal guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., Herzog Fox & Neeman and Silicon Legal Strategy.

  • September 25, 2018

    9th Circ. Dismantles Uber Drivers' Misclassification Suits

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday dismantled a class of hundreds of thousands of Uber drivers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors, handing the ride-hailing giant a major victory in a yearslong battle over whether it has skirted labor laws by considering its drivers to be contractors rather than employees.

  • September 24, 2018

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Suits Over Fla. Bridge Collapse

    An insurer sued an engineering firm on Monday in Colorado federal court seeking a ruling that it does not have to provide coverage or defend the company in regard to four lawsuits over the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge it worked on near Miami.

  • September 24, 2018

    IP Atty Can't Prove Ford Blocked Job Offers, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit on Monday declined to revive a suit by an intellectual property attorney who claims her former bosses at Ford Motor Co. conspired to block her from getting hundreds of prospective jobs, saying she hadn’t provided any basis for her conspiracy claims.

  • September 24, 2018

    Philly UberBlack Drivers Aren't Employees, 3rd Circ. Told

    Uber told the Third Circuit on Monday that it doesn’t control the day-to-day operations of Philadelphia-based UberBlack limo drivers who own their own businesses, rebuking allegations that the ride-hailing company misclassified the drivers as independent contractors to dodge paying minimum and overtime wages.

  • September 24, 2018

    UK Court Extends Injunction Against Djibouti In Port Row

    The government of Dubai said that a U.K. High Court judge had extended an injunction against Djibouti’s port operator that bars it from interfering in the management of a port terminal the East African nation seized from operator DP World.

  • September 24, 2018

    House, Senate Leaders Agree On FAA, Disaster Relief Bill

    House and Senate lawmakers have reached a deal on a new five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that includes legislation to shore up federal disaster preparedness programs, fund airport infrastructure upgrades, safely integrate drones and better protect travelers.

  • September 24, 2018

    GM Says Recall Issues Are Too Varied For Class Cert.

    General Motors has asked a New York federal judge not to grant class certification to vehicle owners in bellwether cases in California, Missouri and Texas who claim they lost out on the resale value of their cars due to vehicle recalls, arguing the issues are too varied among the individual cases to qualify for class status.

  • September 24, 2018

    Enviros Ramp Up Legal Efforts In Fight Against Trump Agenda

    Environmental groups, buoyed by an increase in donations, new pro bono assistance and staff willing to put in long hours amid the Trump administration's rollbacks of environmental regulations, have leveraged those resources to score victories like information requests that contributed to the resignation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator and blocking controversial rule delays.

  • September 24, 2018

    Tribe Slams Wash. For 'Christian Discovery' In Fuel Tax Row

    The Yakama Nation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a ruling that a tribal fuel distributor doesn't have to pay a Washington state tax, saying the state is "wielding the sword of the religious, racist, genocidal, fabricated doctrine of Christian discovery" to try to undermine the tribe's treaty rights.

  • September 24, 2018

    Trump Inks Minor Tweaks To US-S. Korea Trade Accord

    President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed off on a series of modest changes to their governments' 2012 trade deal, adjusting the agreement's rules on automobile exports, customs and drug reimbursements.

  • September 24, 2018

    $1.2M Settlement Reached In WARN Act Suit Against RV Co.

    An RV company that shuttered in 2016 and the two entities that allegedly owned it have agreed to a $1.2 million deal to settle claims in a certified class action alleging workers were not given proper notice that they were getting axed.

  • September 24, 2018

    Norwegian Cruise Co. Accused Of Travel Insurance Ruse

    Norwegian Cruise Lines got hit with a proposed class action Friday in Florida federal court alleging the company reaped concealed kickbacks via the sale of travel insurance policies and deceptively marketed the scheme that unfairly passed on the cost of inflated premiums to consumers.

  • September 24, 2018

    Kia HR Rep Who Helped Worker Claim Bias Has Suit Revived

    Businesses may not be able to fire human resources representatives who help co-workers bring discrimination claims against their employers, a split Eleventh Circuit panel said Monday in a published opinion reviving part of an ex-Kia HR rep’s retaliation suit against the company's Georgia plant.

Expert Analysis

  • Open-Source Software In Connected Vehicles: Pros And Cons

    Marjorie Loeb

    As automobiles become part of the internet of things, some automakers and their suppliers are turning to open-source software to reduce costs, accelerate development and enhance interoperability. But a disciplined and thoughtful approach is needed to evaluate software licensing terms, functionality, stability and security, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Sharing Economy Brings New Opportunities For Insurers

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    The ever-expanding sharing economy operates within the framework of an insurance industry that is constantly adapting to new technologies and risks. Collaboration between traditional carriers and innovators will lead to more participants for platforms and more customers for carriers, says Alexandra Fernandez of Zelle LLP.

  • Election Interference Sanctions Expand Compliance Risks

    Nicole Erb

    President Donald Trump issued an executive order this month authorizing new sanctions against parties determined to have interfered in U.S. elections. In the event more sanctions are imposed, the number of sanctions targets could increase significantly, placing additional importance on screening of transaction parties and their ownership structures, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.