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  • March 29, 2024

    Innoviz's $1.4B SPAC Deal 'Abysmal,' Investor Tells Chancery

    A former stockholder of the special purpose acquisition company that took autonomous vehicle software provider Innoviz public has sued the architects behind the $1.4 billion merger in Delaware's Court of Chancery, accusing them of unjust enrichment and breaches of fiduciary duty and calling the transaction "abysmal" for investors.

  • March 29, 2024

    DC Circ. Nixes Challenges To Gas Industry Projects

    Federal energy regulators had broad discretion to approve "good cause" construction deadline extensions for a gas pipeline across New York state and a Texas Gulf Coast gas terminal expansion, according to a D.C. Circuit panel opinion on Friday that rejected conservation groups' challenges to the projects.

  • March 29, 2024

    Nikola Says Convicted Ex-CEO Plotting Illegal Board Takeover

    Electric truck manufacturer Nikola Corp. sued its former CEO and convicted felon Trevor Milton in Arizona federal court Friday, accusing him of scheming with unqualified loyalists to regain control of the company by flouting securities laws, infringing Nikola's trademarks and breaching agreements.

  • March 29, 2024

    Fiat Chrysler Can't Get Out Of Workers' Overtime Suit

    Fiat Chrysler must face a proposed collective action by workers accusing the automaker of failing to fully pay overtime wages, with a Michigan federal judge saying Friday that the company's argument improperly attacked the claims' merits rather than whether there was enough proof to keep them in court.

  • March 29, 2024

    Vidal Offers 'Peace Of Mind' For MDL Rivals Heading To PTAB

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal has set new boundaries on interpreting the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's discretionary denial precedent for follow-on petitions, making clear that defendants can work together in multidistrict litigation without giving up the right to file separate patent challenges.

  • March 29, 2024

    Trash-Truck Maker Escapes Design Suit Over Worker's Death

    A New Jersey appeals panel has thrown out claims against a garbage-truck maker alleging its defective design resulted in a worker's death when the truck hit a pole, saying the plaintiff's expert offered no support for his opinion that the truck was unsafe in its design.

  • March 29, 2024

    10th Circ. Says Insurance Payout Deal In Jet Sale Is Invalid

    An aircraft seller does not owe a purchaser $500,000 in insurance proceeds intended to cover repairs to the aircraft's permanent engines and the installation of temporary engines, the Tenth Circuit affirmed, saying an agreement to pay the proceeds was invalid because of a mutual mistake of fact.

  • March 29, 2024

    Dentons Europe Says Houston Co. Owes $4.7M In Legal Fees

    International law firm Dentons Europe CS LLP has accused a Houston-area company, self-described as a leader in kidnap and ransom resolution and crisis response, of failing to pay more than $4.7 million in legal fees in connection with the development of a port in Africa.

  • March 29, 2024

    Red States Say Court Must Lift LNG Export Review Pause

    A group of 16 Republican-led states has urged a Louisiana federal judge to immediately lift the U.S. Department of Energy's pause on reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement countries, saying it's clearly unlawful and exceeds the department's authority.

  • March 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Revive La. Delivery Drivers' OT Suit

    Three Louisiana-based Flowers Foods delivery drivers fit an exemption in federal wage law for workers engaged in interstate commerce "any way you slice it," the Fifth Circuit found as it upheld the dismissal of their overtime lawsuit.

  • March 29, 2024

    EPA Sets New Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Regulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it is finalizing new greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles such as delivery trucks, dump trucks, public utility trucks and buses.

  • March 28, 2024

    White House Directs Agencies To Install AI Risk Safeguards

    The White House on Thursday issued a new directive requiring all federal agencies to address safety and civil rights risks in their use and procurement of artificial intelligence in an array of settings, including conducting screenings at airports and making decisions affecting Americans' healthcare, employment and housing.

  • March 28, 2024

    PE Group Seeks $32.4M In Serbia Real Estate Arbitration

    A group of companies in Cyprus and an associated Rand Investments Ltd. executive that are entangled in international arbitration over allegations that Serbia expropriated real estate in Belgrade have argued that Serbia owes them €30 million ($32.4 million) for their share of the land's value.

  • March 28, 2024

    Del. Judge Sends Panama Port Feud Back To Chancery

    A Delaware federal judge has remanded litigation filed by a Hong Kong company alleging that its interest in a lucrative port project near the Panama Canal is being stolen, ruling in a novel decision that an underlying arbitration in Panama did not confer federal jurisdiction.

  • March 28, 2024

    Texas Judge Sanctions Atty For No-Showing At Hearing

    U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman sanctioned an attorney who didn't appear at a show cause hearing, saying Thursday the court has been inundated with smaller cases and if law firms want to remove cases to the Fort Worth division of the Northern District of Texas they need to follow local rules.

  • March 28, 2024

    Union Permitted MTA's Drug Test In Rep's Firing Suit, Judge Says

    A former New York electrical worker and union rep can't sue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for firing him after a return-to-work drug test found evidence of marijuana use, as the union never raised the alarm about such drug tests before, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    Judge Throws Out IP Suit, Citing Expired 3D Glasses Patent

    A federal judge in Houston has tossed a lawsuit brought by a prolific patent litigator on behalf of VDPP LLC, holding that the patent covering 3D glasses had expired before the complaint was anywhere near a courthouse.

  • March 28, 2024

    United Airlines Beats Class Cert. Bid In COVID Refund Suit

    Passengers who say United Airlines used the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for refusing to reimburse them for cost-cutting cancelations cannot pursue their case as a class because their claims turn on too many individual questions, an Illinois federal judge determined Wednesday.

  • March 28, 2024

    Delta Allowed In-Flight Sexual Assault, Passenger Alleges

    Delta Air Lines failed in March to protect a passenger from her seatmate, an off-duty airline employee who has since pled guilty to groping her while she slept, according to a Thursday complaint in Washington state court that alleges flight attendants served the assailant alcohol after he was obviously drunk.

  • March 28, 2024

    Tesla Judge Cites Rodney King Litigation In OK'ing EEOC Suit

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday she'll likely deny Tesla's bids to toss or stay the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's allegations that the electric carmaker fostered rampant racism at its Fremont factory, saying ongoing state litigation doesn't preclude the EEOC's claims and comparing the fight to Rodney King litigation.

  • March 28, 2024

    Enviro Groups Prepare To Defend EPA Particulate Matter Rule

    A coalition of six health and environmental organizations has moved to intervene before the D.C. Circuit in response to challenges brought by industry groups and Republican-led states seeking to upend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent final rule tightening federal standards for fine particulate matter pollution.

  • March 28, 2024

    Auto Parts Mogul Must Face Lender's $127M Trust Fraud Suit

    An auto parts mogul must face allegations that he tampered with assets in a trust that owes hundreds of millions of dollars to a lending agent, a Michigan federal judge said this week after ruling the lender has plausibly alleged the mogul made fraudulent transfers to hinder the debt repayment.

  • March 28, 2024

    Mercedes, Insurer Don't Owe Reimbursement For Vehicle Fire

    Mercedes-Benz's North American research arm and its insurer don't owe reimbursement to a commercial real estate operator's insurer for $1 million in damages stemming from a vehicle fire at a testing facility, a Michigan federal judge ruled, finding that Mercedes' insurer issued commercial general liability coverage, not property protection insurance.

  • March 28, 2024

    Texas Wins Court Bid To Vacate Feds' Highway GHG Rule

    A Texas federal judge has dealt the Biden administration a blow by vacating a new Federal Highway Administration rule requiring states to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from federally funded highway projects, saying Congress never gave the agency that authority.

  • March 28, 2024

    Biden Admin Finalizes Rollback Of Trump-Era ESA Rules

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday finalized three rules that strengthen Endangered Species Act protections for plants and animals by rolling back or revising three Trump-era regulations.

Expert Analysis

  • After Watershed Year, Clean Hydrogen Faces New Challenges

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    Clean hydrogen is on the verge of taking off — but over the course of 2023, it became clear that the regulatory landscape will be more stringent than expected, and the cost and timing of major projects will depend on a number of key developments anticipated in 2024, say attorneys at Weil.

  • How To Start Applying DOL's Independent Contractor Test

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    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a worker classification rule that helpfully includes multiple factors that employers can leverage to systematically evaluate the economic realities of working relationships, says Elizabeth Arnold and Samantha Stelman at Berkeley Research Group.

  • Will Justices Settle Decades-Old Split On Arbitrator Conflicts?

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    Whether an arbitrator's failure to disclose a potential conflict of interest is sufficient grounds to vacate an arbitration award is the subject of an almost 60-year-old circuit split that the U.S. Supreme Court is positioned to resolve if it grants cert in either of two writs pending before it, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Protections May Exist For Cos. Affected By Red Sea Attacks

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    Companies whose ships or cargo have been affected by the evolving military conflict in the Red Sea, and the countries under whose flags those ships were traveling, may be able to seek redress through legal action against Yemen or Iran under certain international law mechanisms, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • What FTC CARS Rule Means For Auto Dealers And Lenders

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    A newly finalized Federal Trade Commission rule is aimed at changing how auto dealers interact with customers in the financing process, but will likely also affect banks and finance companies — and consequences for lenders and servicers have been amplified by recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement actions, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Growing Green Tech Demand Spells Trouble For Groundwater

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    Increasing demand for green technology is depleting the groundwater reserves used to extract and process the necessary minerals, making a fundamental shift toward more sustainable water use practices necessary at both the state and federal levels, says Sarah Mangelsdorf at Goldberg Segalla.

  • 8 Privacy Law Predictions For 2024

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    As the new year begins, looking back to several of last year's privacy law developments may help companies forecast what to focus on when updating their privacy programs, including children's privacy, so-called dark patterns and the collection of data by connected cars, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Environmental Justice: A 2023 Recap And 2024 Forecast

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    A 2023 executive order directing each federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission, as well as the many lawsuits and enforcement actions last year, demonstrates that EJ will increasingly surface in all areas of law and regulation, from technically challenging to seemingly ordinary permitting and construction matters, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

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