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“Airline Collusion” Private Class Actions

Last week, we discussed public reports of an investigation by the DOJ of four major airlines (American, Delta, Southwest, and United) regarding possible collusion. Over the past two months, a number of consumers have filed...more

Why Did Uber Lose In Court Today? And How It Can Still Avoid Future Misclassification Liability

Today was not a good day for Uber. It suffered its second setback from the federal district court judge hearing the independent contractor misclassification class action case brought by Uber drivers against the giant...more

FAA Approves 1,000th Authorization for Commercial Use of Drones

In June, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it expects to finalize its small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule, as required under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA), by June 2016....more

Washington Supreme Court Extends Minimum Wage

In a narrow 5-4 decision on August 20, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and applied the City of SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law to all workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport....more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

Cybersecurity and the Aviation Sector: Recent Incidents Highlight Unique Risks

Given the range of threats and the catastrophic impact an attack could have on an airline, strategizing to reduce the risk of breaches and implementing plans to deal with them once they occur should be prioritized at board...more

School Buses Exempted from Property Tax

While children sing the “Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” as they head to school, it is highly doubtful that they ponder who has to pay the taxes for those wheels. Yet, this very question arose recently in the New...more

Uber Launches Xchange Leasing Program

Uber recently announced it has developed a new pilot program called Xchange Leasing, a non-traditional three-year leasing option offered to Uber drivers through an Uber subsidiary. The program calls for an upfront deposit of...more

The DOJ’s Airline Investigation: A Primer

Last month, the Associated Press was the first to report that the DOJ is investigating whether American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines have engaged in collusion. Since that time, there has...more

State Agencies Cannot Use State Budgetary Uncertainties to Escape Mitigation Obligations under CEQA

The California Supreme court determined the California State University ("CSU") could not rely solely on earmarked appropriations from the State Legislature for payment of "fair share" mitigation fees the CSU determined...more

Australian Competition Law Update for the Aviation Industry - August 2015

Airlines operating in Australia currently face an unprecedented degree of legal and regulatory change. This shifting landscape presents both opportunities and risks. DLA Piper has significant experience in the aviation...more

Learning from a competitive aviation industry

There were many important take-aways for employers in the aviation industry from the CAPA Asia-Pacific Aviation Summit that we recently attended. A couple are worth highlighting, as they also apply more broadly to Australian...more

A timely lesson: understanding how a sale contract dispute may have serious financial consequences beyond that contract alone

In the recent case of Sang Stone Hamoon Jonoub Co Ltd v Baoyue Shipping Co Ltd ([2015] EWHC 2288 (Comm)), Mr Justice Males provided direction on the potential liability of cargo owners to shipowners where they do not take...more

The Competition and Markets Authority's consultation on "Competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain" - On 17 July...

On 17 July 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its consultation document regarding competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain. This followed its announcement in January that it intended to...more

Cargo owner has no claim for conversion where a shipper has discharged cargo into storage due to cargo owner’s failure to present...

Sang Stone Hamoon Jonoub Co Ltd v Baoyue Shipping Co Ltd (“The Bao Yue”) [2015] EWHC 2288 (Comm) - The dispute related to a cargo of iron ore carried from Iran to China by the Defendant Shipper. The bill of lading had...more

Stand by for take off: Cape Town Convention extension date to Cayman confirmed

The ratification by the United Kingdom Government of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol thereto on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and its...more

Self-Driving Vehicles – Potential Class Action Exposure for Insurers?

Self-driving or autonomous vehicles is a hot topic in insurance industry media and mainstream media as well. I attended a great program on this at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) annual meeting last...more

UPS Deal Continues Trend of Corporate Biofuel Commitments

Last Wednesday UPS agreed to purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the course of the next three years from the energy companies Neste, Renewable Energy Group, and Solazyme. The agreement is the...more

Shipper Liability (If Any) to Carriers’ Drivers for Allegedly Improperly Loaded Freight

In most of the situations of injury and damage that are a result of allegedly improperly loaded freight, the damage is to third parties, who fall victim to freight careening from trucks on public highways, or falling off, or...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

Mexico's Energy Industry: Midstream Regulations

Midstream Regulations - On July 27, 2015, the Comision Reguladora de Energia (“CRE”) issued its proposed regulations for the pipeline transportation and storage of petroleum, LNG and petrochemicals (“Midstream...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Worker Misclassification - Contractor vs. Employee"

On-Demand services – like Uber and TaskRabbit – are surging in popularity. However, at least one issue is currently restraining the on-demand economy: worker misclassification. ...more

Drone on Drones: Amazon Has its Eyes on a Slice of the Sky

Amazon, long in the process of trying to persuade the FAA to remove its line-of-sight requirements to allow delivery by drone, announced a new plan this week it claims would solve many of the FAA’s reservations. The delivery...more

Avoiding Uber Trouble via Good Terms of Service

In a recent lawsuit, Uber Technologies Inc. is accused of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Uber misleads its users by: (1) falsely advertising its services as cheaper...more

When is a "contract for the sale of goods" not a contract of sale of goods?

A recent decision in the English Commercial Court has potentially significant ramifications for the shipping and trading industry. This decision will be of interest to...more

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