Automotive

  • April 26, 2017

    NLRB Says Trucking Co. Wrongly Withheld Info From Union

    A split National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that an Indiana trucking company illegally refused to turn over information about its operations to an affiliate of the Teamsters, saying the union had a reasonable basis for believing that another company was operating as its alter ego.

  • April 26, 2017

    CFPB Fines Auto Lender $1.25M For Flouting Settlement

    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday it has fined an Ohio-based automobile lender $1.25 million for failing to adhere to a 2015 settlement of claims the lender used threats to collect on debts of military service members.

  • April 26, 2017

    Tesla Owners Say They're Not To Blame For Sudden Acceleration

    A proposed class of drivers claiming Tesla’s vehicles are susceptible to sudden and unintended acceleration told a California federal court that the automaker shouldn’t be allowed to scrap about half the lawsuit by improperly deflecting blame onto the drivers themselves.

  • April 26, 2017

    Ford Pushes FCC On Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

    Ford Motor Co. announced that it has met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s staff on the subject of connected vehicles, saying that there must not be "harmful interference in the 5.9 GHz band."

  • April 25, 2017

    Uber Can't Depose Google Co-Founder In Driverless Car Row

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Uber can't depose Google co-founder Larry Page in its trade secrets fight with driverless car spinoff Waymo, saying a question about whether Page knew an employee was allegedly stealing trade secrets could be answered in writing instead.

  • April 25, 2017

    Canada Fines Mitsubishi Electric $9.9M For Auto Parts Rigging

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. admitted it played a role in an international conspiracy to rig bids on car parts in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday as it was hit with a fine of CA$13.4 million ($9.9 million), Canada’s competition regulator said.

  • April 25, 2017

    NY To Pay $44.4M To Truckers Over Highway Use Tax

    The New York Department of Taxation and Finance has agreed to pay $44.4 million to settle class action claims that it established an unconstitutional highway use tax that discriminated against out-of-state truckers, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced Monday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Internal Docs Save Land Rover Battery Defect Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday revived portions of a would-be class action against Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC over alleged battery failures in Land Rover LR2 vehicles, ruling that internal documents from the company regarding consumer complaints formed enough of a basis to refile the suit.

  • April 25, 2017

    Hyundai App Fixed After Researchers Found Vulnerabilities

    A Hyundai application that allows owners to start their vehicles remotely suffered from vulnerabilities introduced in a late 2016 update that potentially left an opening for others to access users’ cars until the issue was corrected in March, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Non-Class Counsel Can't Get Fees In VW 2.0-Liter Settlement

    Attorneys who did not serve as class counsel in litigation against Volkswagen AG over emissions cheating in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles are not entitled to attorneys’ fees because their work didn’t benefit the class on the whole, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • April 25, 2017

    7th Circ. Panel Backs Trucking Co. Win In Racial Bias Suit

    A panel of the Seventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a quick win given to Hirschbach Motor Lines in a racial discrimination suit brought by a man the company didn’t hire after he tested positive for marijuana use, saying a district court correctly concluded the man lacked evidence for a federal and state claim in his case.

  • April 24, 2017

    Trial Over Assets Linked To $1.5B GM Loan Gets Underway

    A General Motors trust and hundreds of lenders from which it seeks to recover transfers related to a $1.5 billion term loan commenced a New York bankruptcy court trial Monday to determine the nature and value of the lenders' security interests in assets at a number of the carmaker's U.S. facilities.

  • April 24, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Part Of Hyundai PTAB Win On Airbag Patent

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Hyundai Mobis Co. Ltd. had not shown that several claims in a patent for a protective airbag system were invalid, reversing part of a 2016 decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes review.

  • April 24, 2017

    Rider Slams Uber's Bid To Dodge Blame For Driver Assault

    Uber should not be allowed to dodge a suit from a New Jersey man alleging the ride-hailing giant is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” his attorneys told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Trio Of Directors Urge US Bankruptcy Court To Nix Israeli Suit

    Three former directors of Chapter 15 debtor and now-defunct electric car company Better Place Inc. again urged a Delaware bankruptcy court on Friday to toss a suit its liquidators have brought against them in Israeli court, saying U.S. law still applies in that case.

  • April 24, 2017

    Lyft, Uber Hit With Patent Suits Over Transportation Tech

    A California ride-hailing company on Friday separately sued Uber and Lyft in California federal court for allegedly infringing its patent for a computer-based method of calling and dispatching drivers, which it says covers much of what the two other companies offer via their apps.

  • April 24, 2017

    Trailer Cos. Say Stay Forces Them To Follow Challenged Rule

    A 90-day pause in challenges to greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new large and heavy-duty vehicles proposed by the federal government would essentially force truck trailer manufacturers to comply with the very standards they're fighting, an industry group told the D.C. Circuit Friday.

  • April 24, 2017

    High Court Declines Challenge To Chicago Ride-Hailing Regs

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the Chicago taxicab industry’s challenge to the city’s ordinances governing ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft, ending more than three years of litigation over regulations that the cab companies said unfairly favored the apps.

  • April 24, 2017

    Toyota Lessee Must Arbitrate Notice Dispute, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey appeals panel affirmed on Monday a lower court’s ruling that a consumer must arbitrate her putative class action against Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. for allegedly misstating consumers' Lemon Law rights in warranty notices, finding she agreed to arbitrate her dispute when she signed a lease agreement.

  • April 24, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Grant & Eisenhofer’s Beth Graham

    For plaintiffs attorneys, sticking to offense rather than going on defense in response to something the other side puts up is not always easy, says Beth Graham, director of Grant & Eisenhofer's complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice.

Expert Analysis

  • Thinking Fast And Slow About Class Action Reform

    Michael Donovan

    Corporate interests lobbying for H.R. 985, the anti-class action bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, are the same ones that pushed the Class Action Fairness Act in 2005. That law caused most significant class actions to migrate to federal courts. Ironically, the new bill could return many class actions to state courts, says Michael Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group LLC.

  • Florida 'Black Box' Ruling: Game Changer For Vehicle Tech

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A split panel of a Florida state appellate court has held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s electronic data recorder or “black box” absent exigent circumstances. The ruling in Florida v. Worsham demonstrates that the constitutional, legislative and regulatory privacy protections afforded data-capturing vehicle technologies are expanding rapidly, say Tina Sciochetti and Charles Dell'Anno of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Ability-To-Repay Enforcement Comes To Auto Finance

    John Redding

    In recent years, regulators and enforcement agencies have eagerly exercised their authority to prosecute what they perceive as unfair or deceptive acts and practices. Recent events suggest that they may be gearing up to hit the accelerator by using UDAP theories to extend ability-to-repay principles to auto finance, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Uber: The Turning Of The Tide

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber Technologies may have reached the end of its worldwide efforts to dominate transportation markets with its popular ride-hailing app. Although Uber has met opposition in the past in both the marketplace and in court, particularly in California, new developments in China and in New York City may be bringing Uber’s nearly unstoppable advance to a halt, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • In Workplace Injuries, Don't Overlook 3rd-Party Liability

    Kendall Dunson

    Employers may be at fault when employees are injured, but many workplace injury cases are inextricably intertwined with product liability. A current case involving an auto parts manufacturing firm in Alabama shows how what may initially appear to be a workers’ compensation claim may actually turn out to be a case involving a dangerous product or piece of equipment, says Kendall Dunson of Beasley Allen.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.