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Fourth Circuit Holds that Federal Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction with Surface Transportation Board over ICCTA Claims

by Burr & Forman on

On November 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit joined the First, Fifth and Sixth Circuits in ruling that claims arising from the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”) can be...more

Rail Blocked Crossing Statute Upheld, Departing From Overwhelming Precedent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Many states and municipalities have (or used to have) laws that limit the amount of time a railroad may block a traffic intersection. Time and again, courts have determined that these laws are preempted by either the...more

Federal Pre-emption and Aircraft Certification: You Have to Read This Opinion!!

by LeClairRyan on

Originally posted August 11, 2017 - Today, we turn our attention to the latest chapter in a long saga concerning the scope of federal preemption over product liability claims made against manufacturers of certificated...more

Drivers Beware: A Seemingly Safe And Legal Driving Maneuver Could Come With Potentially Life-Changing Hazards

by Fraser Trebilcock on

For more than 30 years, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Gary Rogers has handled automobile negligence litigation. Recently, he has litigated a number of claims arising out of what you might think would be a rather safe driving...more

Fourth Circuit Joins Three Others in Determining that the Federal Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction over ICCTA Claims

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit determined that claims arising from the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”) can be litigated in the federal courts or at the...more

Insurer Reporting of Total Loss to DMV is Subject to Qualified Privilege and Court Explains Admissibility of Claim Documents

In Klem v. Access Insurance Co. (No. 17D070623, filed 11/20/17), a California appeals court analyzed the admissibility of claim file documents as evidence, and held that an insurer’s reporting of a vehicle total loss...more

Attorney Admonished For Ex Parte Communications With Flight Attendants

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Regina Raub sued US Airways for injuries she allegedly suffered when her flight encountered turbulence. In preparing the case, Raub’s attorney spoke with two US Airways flight attendants. Ethics rules prohibit a lawyer for...more

A Year-End Summary of Recent Railroad Preemption Cases

by Lane Powell PC on

Railroads have long defended certain state law tort claims in crossing accident and trespasser cases by invoking the doctrine of federal preemption. The past year is no exception. Although the discussion of the cases below is...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

US-CERT Warns of New Ransomware: Bad Rabbit - The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning companies in the U.S. about a new ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit.” US-CERT stated it has received multiple...more

A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

by Fisher Phillips on

After a five-hour closing argument session in a California federal court on Monday, the gig economy is waiting with baited breath and trying to hazard their best guesses about how the judge will rule in the high-stakes Lawson...more

UIM Coverage - A Brief Look at Meaningful Offers and a Discovery Lesson

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

An automobile insurance carrier in South Carolina must offer underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), at the option of the insured, up to the limits of the insured liability coverage. If the insurer fails to make a meaningful...more

Toxic Tort Claims From Train Derailment: Fear of Cancer and Satisfaction of the Amount in Controversy Requirement

by Lane Powell PC on

On August 28, 2017, the Third Circuit in Breeman v. Everingham (In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases) 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16393, dismissed the plaintiff’s fear of cancer toxic tort claims arising out of an alleged injury from a...more

Airline Cargo Company Sued Under Illinois Biometric Law

Alliance Ground International is the latest company to be sued for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) for collecting and storing its employees’ fingerprints without their consent....more

Fifth Circuit Relies on Escobar in Vacating $663 Million FCA Judgment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $663 million judgment, concluding that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Escobar doomed the plaintiff’s FCA claims on the issue of materiality....more

eDiscovery Includes Electronic Vehicle Data and Possible Sanctions for Spoliation

Discovery of relevant material extends far beyond documents created on personal computers. Discoverable data exists in many forms, including electronic data found in vehicles such as tractors used for tractor-trailers. This...more

Volkswagen Settlement Offers Funding For Clean Transportation Upgrades

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Local governments and businesses considering investments in clean transportation projects may find funding opportunities resulting from partial settlements in the Volkswagen “clean diesel” emissions litigation. The U.S....more

Transportation Company Policies & Procedures for Retention of Electronic Control Module Data

by Wilson Elser on

On September 11, 2017, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama issued an opinion in Barry v. Big M Transp., Inc., Case No. 16-CV-00167, that addresses when, and what type of, sanctions are warranted when a...more

D.C. District Judge Denies Class Certification in Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Case

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the most closely watched rail industry litigation in the country, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied class certification in the railroads’ fuel surcharge antitrust litigation. The long...more

Petition for Rehearing Denied in Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C.

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Oct. 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied the airline's petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc in Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C. As discussed in our previous post on this case, the panel...more

Big Brown v. PowerPoint Pilferers in Trade Secret Spat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Earlier this week, the United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against several unidentified UPS pilots, who are referred to in the complaint as “John Does...more

Uber Forced To Carry On Its Defense Of 'On Call' Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

In a case previously discussed by my colleague Linda Gulledge, a federal judge in eastern Pennsylvania has rebuffed Uber once again in its attempt to rid itself of potentially expensive wage claims. In December 2016, as Linda...more

The English High Court Rules in Favour of Air Cargo Defendants Regarding Temporal Scope of Claimants’ Claims

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 4 October 2017, the High Court gave a judgment on a preliminary issue significantly restricting the temporal scope of the claimants’ claims in four air cargo cartel damages actions....more

Significant FCA Decision Affirms the Importance of Materiality

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued a well-reasoned decision that takes the rare step of overruling a jury finding of False Claims Act (FCA) liability, and erasing the damages award of more than...more

Air Supremacy: Court Finds that Federal Aviation Regulations Preempt City Drone Regulation

On September 21, 2017, the District of Massachusetts ruled that Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preempt many of the restrictions that the City of Newton, Massachusetts, imposed on drones within its airspace. Although the...more

New Avenue for Motor Carriers and Brokers to Remove Cases to Federal Court

by Sands Anderson PC on

Earlier this year in Desiree Luccio and Reed Frerichs v. UPS Co., the Southern District of Florida brought good news for motor carriers and brokers. This case involved UPS’ intrastate transportation of frozen embryos. The...more

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