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Congress Should Resist Legislating in Reaction to United Airlines’ Recent Passenger Bumping Incident

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent forced removal of a United Airlines passenger by airport security officers from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room for the airline’s employees has prompted calls in Congress for...more

Court Dismisses California Class Action Due to Limited California Nexus

by BakerHostetler on

It is no secret that California is a desired and favorable forum for class action litigation. It is therefore not surprising that plaintiffs might try to take advantage of that forum even when the connection between...more

United Airlines: Principle Over People & Profits…Was It Worth It?

by Nancy Myrland on

You have to think twice. No, you have to think more than twice. You have to think before, during and after a crisis to make sure your response is calm, measured, sympathetic, accurate, and correct. Unless you’ve been...more

United’s Crisis Mismanagement and Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

We were all aghast at the spectacle on the United Airlines last week when a customer was dragged off a plane when he refused to give up his seat because of an overbooking. No one can underestimate the power of real-time video...more

The Answers to Some of Your Questions About What Airlines Can Do When a Flight is Overbooked and Someone Is Going to Have to Get...

Suddenly, the entire world is interested in learning about the laws governing airlines’ actions when a flight is overbooked. It isn’t every day that the entire world suddenly wants to learn all about something that you’ve...more

United Airlines Fiasco – Service Recovery Matters

by Timothy Corcoran on

I’m a million-miler (now almost 2 million) and lifetime elite flier of United Airlines, though much of that was accrued on pre-merger Continental Airlines. I fly every week and rarely get thrown by travel hassles, and I’ve...more

The Ongoing Pay Statement War: Employers Continue To Battle The Dark Side Of The Force

by Fisher Phillips on

California leads the nation in micromanaging pay statements, including (but not limited to) exposing an employer’s officers or agents who intentionally violate the law to criminal prosecution and fines up to $1,000. The...more

Are there any friendly skies out there? — Man dragged down the aisle

Do you remember the good ol’ days of flying when there was a semblance of regulation over the airline industry? Customer service back then was a reality. Seating space fit for humans actually existed on planes. There...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Transmission Partnership Not Deemed Includible in Consolidated Return and Allowed To Collect Income Tax Allowance in its Rates

On January 6, 2017, Texas utility companies organized as pass-through entities, including partnerships, received welcome news regarding their ability (1) not to elect to be treated as a corporation eligible to be included in...more

FERC Seeking Comment on Recovery of Income Tax Costs by Jurisdictional Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines and Electric Utilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) announced in December that it is opening a new inquiry and seeking comments regarding its current policies with respect to the recovery of income tax costs...more

FERC Seeks Comments on Double Recovery Resulting from Current Income Tax Allowance and Rate of Return Policies

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on how to address any potential double recovery that may result from the agency’s current income tax...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 22, United Airlines SEC enforcement action [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take deep dive into the United Airlines SEC enforcement action for violation of internal controls around its reinstitution of a route from Newark to South Carolina at the insistence of the...more

The SEC’s Continuing Refinement of Internal Controls Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

My good friend and colleague, Tom Fox, has written an interesting post on the SEC’s recent United Airlines settlement for $2.4 million for domestic bribery. As Tom has noted, the interesting aspect of the SEC’s enforcement...more

Recent Appellate Court Decision Provides Guidance For Investigating Intermittent FMLA Abuse

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Intermittent FMLA leave can be a source of frustration for employers even when it is used appropriately because it complicates staffing and planning and interrupts business operations. But when an employee’s use of...more

United Airlines Settles with SEC for Side-Stepping Its Own Anti-Corruption Controls: Management Override for a Ride Over to South...

In a settlement highlighting the need for public companies to implement – and adhere to – effective internal controls, United Airlines “United” recently paid a $2.4 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange...more

The Chairman’s Flight and the US Corrupt Practices Act

by Thomas Fox on

Earlier this week a most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bribery and corruption enforcement, actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit...more

SEC, United Settle Internal Controls Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was passed, a key portion of the statute centered on the books and records and internal control provisions written by the Commission. While the bribery provisions only apply to foreign...more

The Domestic Corrupt Practices Act Arrives According to the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the parent company of United Airlines has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle charges for providing a public official with more convenient flight options. The parent...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Sufficient Evidence of FMLA Fraud to Defeat Interference Claim

Employees approved for unscheduled intermittent Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) can drive their employers crazy. While most such employees use the leave responsibly for true medical conditions, employers sometimes notice a...more

FMLA Fraud Finding Leads To Employer Court Victory - 3 Things You Need To Know About Latest Decision

by Fisher Phillips on

An employer recently claimed a significant victory in a case brought by a former employee who believed he had been unfairly targeted for termination because of his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave request. The...more

DC Circuit Ruling Threatens to Topple FERC Tax Allowance Policy

by Morgan Lewis on

Court rules that FERC policy permitting a tax allowance for pass-through entities may unjustifiably permit “double-recovery” of tax expense. On July 1, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued...more

D.C. Circuit Questions FERC’s Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances

On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in United Airlines, Inc., et al. v. FERC. This oil pipeline rate case appeal involves SFPP, L.P., a pipeline organized as a limited...more

D.C. Circuit Reopens Controversy Concerning Regulated Master Limited Partnership Taxation

On Friday, July 1, 2016, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reopened the issue of whether pipelines organized as partnerships can claim a tax allowance for ratemaking purposes...more

DC Circuit Decision Likely to Reignite FERC Debate Over Tax Allowance for Pass-through Entities

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in United Airlines Inc., et al., v. Federal Energy Regulatory, Case No. 11-1479, July 1, 2016 (United Airlines) will likely reignite a...more

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