A New York federal judge on Friday awarded Frontier Airlines nearly $48.7 million following a bench trial over a contract dispute with Irish aircraft leasing company AMCK Aviation Holdings, finding that AMCK had agreed to waive Frontier's payments while they negotiated a new agreement in the wake of COVID-19.
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TOP NEWS

Frontier Wins $48.7M In Contract Breach Row After Bench Trial

By Hailey Konnath

A New York federal judge on Friday awarded Frontier Airlines nearly $48.7 million following a bench trial over a contract dispute with Irish aircraft leasing company AMCK Aviation Holdings, finding that AMCK had agreed to waive Frontier's payments while they negotiated a new agreement in the wake of COVID-19.

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'Cockamamie' Live Nation Arbitration Rules Perplex 9th Circ.

By Craig Clough

An attorney for Live Nation Entertainment Inc. argued to skeptical Ninth Circuit judges on Friday that a California district judge was wrong to remove ticket buyers' antitrust class claims from arbitration by finding the arbitration agreements unconscionable, with one judge calling the language in the agreements "drafting malpractice," "cockamamie" and "just nuts."

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FAA Probes Fake Titanium Docs From Boeing Supplier

By Linda Chiem

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it's investigating whether certain Boeing Co. jets were manufactured with titanium components that may have been sold to the plane maker with falsified authenticity documents.

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Analysis

4 Big ERISA Decisions From The 1st Half Of 2024

By Kellie Mejdrich

A California federal court allowed a novel type of 401(k) mismanagement suit to advance to discovery, the Ninth Circuit elaborated on the pleading standard for mental health parity claims, and workers beat back an attempt to force their federal benefits suit into arbitration at the Second Circuit. Here, attorneys discuss four consequential ERISA decisions in 2024's first half.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

Mistrial Declared In Florida Student Debtor Lawsuit

By David Minsky

A Florida federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the lawsuit against a Boca Raton-based law firm accused of falsely promising to eliminate student loan debts in exchange for a fee following testimony from a former client.

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Florida Attorney, Philly Firm Settle Pay Dispute

By Emily Sawicki

A Florida-based attorney who ran a side business as a litigation fee expert while also working for a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm has settled her allegations that the firm stiffed her on a referral fee.

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REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Calif. Software Co. Hits UnitedLex With Copyright Suit

By Matt Perez

California-based technology company Scalr Inc. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against data and professional services company UnitedLex in federal court , accusing the Kansas-based company of continuing to use its infrastructure software after its contract expired on Dec. 31.

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

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Publishing Exec's Family Says Ohio Law Allowed His Ouster

By P.J. D'Annunzio

The board of an Ohio-based media company have said state law empowered them to oust former CEO Allan Block from his family's namesake company and urged an Ohio state court to dismiss the suit he brought over the potential sale of the company that publishes newspapers in Toledo and Pittsburgh.

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SPORTS & BETTING

Off The Bench

Off The Bench: Ex-Players Claim NIL, Loss For Trans Swimmer

By David Steele

In this week's Off The Bench, the 1983 men's college basketball champions want a piece of the loot the NCAA made off of their names, swimmer Lia Thomas loses in her bid to overturn an international trans athlete ban, and the House gets a bill through committee that would keep college athletes from becoming employees.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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COMPETITION

Amazon Sued For Locking Up Audiobooks, Charging Up To 75%

By Bryan Koenig

A romance novelist challenged Amazon.com Inc.'s control of up to 80% of the U.S. audiobook market Thursday in a Washington federal court proposed class action accusing the retail giant of using exclusivity restrictions to lock in independent authors, extracting up to 75% of the sales price on Audible.

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

NC AG Wants Counterclaims Canned In Hospital Contract Suit

By Hayley Fowler

North Carolina's attorney general has sought to dodge counterclaims in a suit accusing a for-profit health network of reneging on promises it made when it bought an Asheville hospital, saying he should be immune and the claims are otherwise redundant.

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TRANSPORTATION

BP Unit Slapped With $300M Franchise Termination Suit

By Grace Dixon

A trio of entities controlled by two self-proclaimed franchise veterans filed suit in Ohio federal court against a travel center operator acquired by BP in 2023, alleging the company terminated a franchise agreement without warning and caused at least $300 million in damages.

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Daimler Truck Unit Says Mexican Supply Slowdown Cost $18M

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Daimler Truck subsidiary claimed in a lawsuit filed in Michigan federal court that a supplier's failure to keep up with production volumes has forced the diesel-engine manufacturer to stall its own production and lose more than $18 million.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Trucking Co. Whittles $11.5M Suit Over Stolen Cellphones

By Travis Bland

A North Carolina federal court pared an $11.5 million lawsuit brought by a cellphone dealer and its insurer after a truckload of devices was stolen, reasoning that a negligence claim was preempted.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Rare Robinson-Patman Ruling Exhibits Key Antitrust Risk

A rare federal court decision under the Robinson-Patman Act, which prohibits certain kinds of price discrimination, highlights the antitrust risks faced by certain suppliers and is likely to be cited by future plaintiffs and enforcement officials calling for renewed scrutiny of pricing and discounting practices, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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DOJ Declines To Prosecute AG Garland For Contempt

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Department of Justice is declining to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted earlier this week to hold him in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

By Emily Sawicki

Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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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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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bailey & Glasser

Baker McKenzie

Baute Crochetiere

Beighley Myrick

Binder & Schwartz

Binnall Law Group

Bradley Arant

Brown Rudnick

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Clark Hill

Clifford Chance

Coblentz Patch

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Damian & Valori

Davidoff Hutcher

Dechert LLP

Dhillon Law Group

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Eastman & Smith

Freshfields

GM Law Firm LLC

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Goldberg Segalla

Gordee Nowicki

Hagens Berman

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hilgers Graben

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

Joshua S. Horton Law Firm

K&L Gates

Keller Postman

Kellogg Hansen

Killino Firm

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lane Powell

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Macy D. Hanson

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

McCarter & English

McDermott Will & Emery

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Napoli Shkolnik

Nicoletti Hornig

O'Melveny & Myers

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Porter Wright

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Roberts & Stevens

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Sanford Heisler

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simmons Hanly

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

Spector Rubin

Spengler Nathanson

Sperling & Slater

St John & St John

Sullivan & Cromwell

Thompson Hine

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

Zuckerman Spaeder

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

3M Co.

AMCK Aviation Holdings Ireland Ltd.

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American Express Co.

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Authentic Brands Group LLC

Block Communications Inc.

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Costco Wholesale Corp.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

Daimler AG

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

DraftKings Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Frontier Airlines Inc.

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

JAMS Inc.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mattel Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New Era ADR Inc.

New York University

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

PCS Wireless LLC

Pearson PLC

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Prestige Brands Holdings Inc.

Princeton University

QUALCOMM Inc.

RXO Inc.

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RealPage Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sam's Club

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc.

Starbucks Corp.

Starr International Co. Inc.

Sysco Corp.

The Boeing Co.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

TravelCenters of America Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

UnitedLex Corp.

Viking Cruises Inc.

Volkswagen AG

WESCO International Inc.

Walmart Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Committee on Education and the Workforce

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

National Labor Relations Board

North Carolina Attorney General's Office

North Carolina Department of Justice

State Justice Institute

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio