A train yard worker was awarded over $58 million this week by a Los Angeles jury due to an injury that he says occurred when he slipped on top of a wet train car, which resulted in a fractured foot and a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome. 
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LA Jury Awards $58M To Train Yard Worker Injured In Slip

By Craig Clough

A train yard worker was awarded over $58 million this week by a Los Angeles jury due to an injury that he says occurred when he slipped on top of a wet train car, which resulted in a fractured foot and a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome. 

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Feds Ask 5th Circ. To Weigh Highway GHG Rule Vacatur

By Linda Chiem

The Biden administration has asked the Fifth Circuit to review a Texas district court's recent decision vacating a Federal Highway Administration rule that would've required states to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from federally funded highway projects.

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Enbridge Says Tribe's Trespass Law Could Cost It Millions

By Isaac Monterose

Enbridge Energy told the Seventh Circuit that a Wisconsin tribe's recently publicized trespass ordinance could cause the company to pay millions of dollars in civil penalties if the appeals court rules that its 645-mile crude oil pipeline is trespassing on the tribe's land.

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6th Circ. Unbuckles Supplier From 'Odd' Seat Belt Contract

By Danielle Ferguson

A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday freed a seat belt part supplier from having to continue to fulfill a seat belt system manufacturer's orders at an old price, saying the parties' "odd" agreement language isn't specific enough to enforce.

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AVIATION

Alaska Airlines, Union Beat Fired Workers' Religious Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A Washington federal judge tossed a suit from two Christian flight attendants who said they were illegally fired by Alaska Airlines and abandoned by their labor union for opposing the airline's support for LGBTQ+ rights, ruling there's no proof unlawful bias cost them their jobs.

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AUTOMOTIVE

VW And Porsche Largely Invalidate Headlight Patent At PTAB

By Adam Lidgett

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the vast majority of an Israeli inventor's patent covering adaptive headlights challenged by Volkswagen and Porsche, finding all but three challenged claims were obvious.

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Man Can't Enforce Fatal Car Crash Settlement, Ga. Panel Says

By Kelcey Caulder

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed a trial court's rejection of a motion to enforce a presuit settlement in a case accusing a driver of fatally striking a man who was standing next to his vehicle on a highway's emergency lane, finding no agreement ever formed.

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House Panel Pushes AM Radio Bill Forward

By Nadia Dreid

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle came together to bump a popular proposal to prevent automakers from removing AM radios from their vehicles through to the full committee, with the bill sailing through markup Thursday morning.

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CBP Had No Right To Collect Disputed Duties, Importer Says

By Jennifer Doherty

A tire importer is fighting government calls to dismiss its suit seeking to recoup duties it says U.S. Customs and Border Protection unlawfully collected while under dispute, urging the trade court to reject CBP's claim that the agency was constrained to follow orders.

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RAIL

Norfolk Southern Inks $310M Deal To Settle Feds' Spill Suit

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. on Thursday agreed to a $310 million deal to settle the federal government's legal claims that arose out of the 2023 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, that released large amounts of contaminants into the air, ground and water.

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INSURANCE

2nd Circ. Revives Insurer's $2.5M Suit Over Valuation Software

By Gina Kim

The Second Circuit on Thursday revived an insurer's indemnification bid against software company Audatex for $2.5 million in costs from a suit alleging its use of Audatex's valuation software resulted in underpayment for totaled cars, concluding the lower court erred in finding the suit didn't result from the insurer's use of Audatex's software.

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ENERGY

FERC Cements 1-Year Window For State, Tribal Water Permits

By Keith Goldberg

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it will give states and tribes one year to act on water quality certificate requests from developers of any energy project seeking agency approval, the maximum amount of time allowed under the Clean Water Act.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

NEPA Final Rule Unlikely To Speed Clean Energy Projects

A recent final rule from the White House Council on Environmental Quality purports to streamline federal environmental reviews to accelerate the construction of renewable energy infrastructure — but it also expands consideration of climate change and environmental justice, creating vast new opportunities for litigation and delay, says Thomas Prevas at Saul Ewing.

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Diving Deep Into Sweeping NY Financing Bill — And Its Pitfalls

A New York bill seeking to impose state usury limits onto a broader variety of financing arrangements and apply lender licensing requirements to more diverse entities would present near-insurmountable compliance challenges for lenders and retailers, say Kate Fisher and Tom Quinn at Hudson Cook.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Autoliv Inc.

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP

Ferrari SpA

First Liberty Institute

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Association of Broadcasters

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Porsche

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

University of Virginia

Volkswagen AG

Wells Fargo & Co.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Ard Law Group

Barnard Iglitzin

Bondurant Mixson

Brodhead Law LLC

Brooks Kushman

Brooks Wilkins

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Clement & Murphy

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Connell Foley

Cozen O'Connor

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Haug Partners

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Holtzman Vogel

Hooper Hathaway

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Hudson Cook

Husch Blackwell

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kanji & Katzen

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Larson King

Latham & Watkins

Marino Tortorella

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Miller Johnson Snell & Cummiskey PLC

Pallas Partners

Parris Law Firm

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Saul Ewing

Seyfarth Shaw

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Sterne Kessler

Venable LLP

Webb Daniel Friedlander

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

Young Thagard

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe

Companies House

Council on Environmental Quality

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Highway Administration

Georgia Court of Appeals

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Labor Relations Board

New York State Assembly

Texas Department of Transportation

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

World Intellectual Property Organization