Automotive

  • January 20, 2017

    Texas Jury Clears Harley-Davidson In Accident Suit

    A Texas federal jury on Thursday found in Harley-Davidson Inc.’s favor in an injured couple’s $3.4 million suit alleging their motorcycle was defectively designed because it didn’t have anti-lock brakes, which would have prevented their crash.

  • January 20, 2017

    Ill. High Court Strikes Down Chicago Tax On Car Rentals

    The Illinois Supreme Court told Chicago on Friday to stop collecting taxes on suburban businesses that may rent cars for use within city limits, saying that the way the city imposes the tax violates the home rule article of the state constitution.

  • January 20, 2017

    Indian Auto Parts Co. Snags Finnish Peer For $611M

    India’s Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to expand its reach into North America and Europe with the €571 million ($610.6 million) purchase of Finnish counterpart PKC Group PLC, a deal that will also expand the Indian automotive component company’s commercial vehicle offerings.

  • January 20, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Investors Sue Over Emissions, Recall Missteps

    Fiat Chrysler investors on Thursday launched a proposed class action lawsuit in New York federal court accusing the automaker of inflating its stock price by making false statements related to the use of emissions software and failing to implement recalls and mandated safety compliance protocols.

  • January 20, 2017

    Judge Refuses Stipulated Stay in Uber Drivers Class Action

    A federal judge in New York on Friday refused to stay a class action suit by Uber drivers demanding to be classified as employees, saying that it would take too long for the Supreme Court to decide whether the National Labor Relations Act precludes enforcement of class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements.

  • January 20, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Worker Cops To Misdemeanor In Email Hacking Suit

    A former Tesla Motors Inc. mechanical engineer on Thursday pled guilty in California federal court to a misdemeanor charge after allegedly hacking his manager’s email and subsequently posting a confidential customer complaint and false, disparaging remarks about the electric car company.

  • January 19, 2017

    Most Influential Judges On Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

    A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.

  • January 19, 2017

    The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency

    Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.

  • January 19, 2017

    In The Polarized Era Of Trump, BigLaw Searches For Balance

    The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.

  • January 19, 2017

    Rolling Back Regulation In The Age Of Trump

    The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.

  • January 19, 2017

    Foreign Car Dealers Not Protected From Arbitration: Judge

    A Michigan federal judge ruled on Thursday that a Kuwaiti auto dealer must arbitrate its breach of contract claims against Ford Motor Co., rejecting its contention that a federal law that protects “any” dealership from a powerful automaker’s demand for arbitration applies outside the U.S.

  • January 19, 2017

    Uber Reaches $20M Deal With FTC Over Driver Pay Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. agreed Thursday to pay $20 million in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over claims it made to prospective drivers about how much they could earn in a year and financing deals they could score on a new vehicle.

  • January 19, 2017

    Jury Says Truck Crash Victim's Family Entitled To Over $16M

    An Alabama jury found Thursday that the family of a man killed in an October 2013 automotive crash involving the truck he was driving was entitled to more than $16 million in punitive damages over a defective cab guard.

  • January 19, 2017

    Takata Bidders Reportedly To Seek Court-Led Rehab In Japan

    Two potential bidders in Takata Corp.'s rehabilitation will present proposals in Japan seeking a court-mediated restructuring of the embattled air bag manufacturer’s operations in the country, according to media reports.

  • January 19, 2017

    Ford Scores $531K Judgment Against Indebted Ohio Dealer

    Ford Motor Co. on Thursday won a $531,000 judgment against the owner of a now closed Ohio dealership for failing to pay back a loan given out through the automaker’s credit arm, when a Florida federal judge ruled Ford won by default after the owner never responded to the suit.

  • January 19, 2017

    Calif. Leads In Executing Clean Car Tech, Study Says

    California is leading the U.S. in greenhouse gas reduction and in implementing zero-emissions vehicle technologies, even surpassing the national standards put in place by the federal government, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board.

  • January 19, 2017

    Uber, Lyft May Land Feb. 1 At Boston Airport

    Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft could start picking up passengers at Boston's Logan Airport as early as Feb. 1, an attorney for the Massachusetts Port Authority told a federal judge Thursday — an announcement that angered the cab drivers who are suing to stop that from happening.

  • January 19, 2017

    BMW, Tesla, Others Add 652K Cars To Takata Air Bag Recall

    More than a dozen automakers, including Tesla, BMW and Nissan, on Wednesday agreed to recall another 652,000 vehicles equipped with possibly faulty Takata Corp. air bag inflators, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • January 19, 2017

    NHTSA Ends Tesla Probe, Finding No Safety Defect

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday said that it had wrapped up its preliminary investigation of a fatal crash of a Tesla operating in Autopilot mode, finding that there was no safety defect that would prompt a recall.

  • January 19, 2017

    Automotive Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Representing a world-renowned automaker in litigation over the largest emissions-related scandal to hit the industry is no easy feat, but attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP tackled the challenge head-on, virtually saving Volkswagen from financial ruin in order to drive away with a spot on the list of Law360’s Automotive Practice Groups of the Year.

Expert Analysis

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What To Expect From China’s Anti-Monopoly Law This Year

    Huang Wei

    In 2016, the development of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law was fruitful in all respects, including guideline drafting, public enforcement and litigation. We have nine predictions for 2017, say Huang Wei and Rebecca Yin of Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • 2 States, 2 Visions For Driverless Vehicle Regulation

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    When it comes to automated vehicles on public roads, a new Michigan law and draft regulations in California present competing approaches to balancing innovation with safety. Michigan takes a permissive approach, allowing automakers to experiment with technologies and business models, while California proposes extensive vetting of automated vehicles before they hit the road, say Michael Reynolds and Jason Orr of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Time Is Running Out For Auto Cybersecurity Standards

    Jonathan Michaels

    According to a new report from Billington Cybersecurity, the automotive industry needs to adopt tougher cybersecurity standards for autonomous vehicles. However, at a time when we cannot wait to create a defense, legislation aimed at establishing federal standards to secure automobiles and protect drivers’ privacy is failing to pass, says Jonathan Michaels of MLG Automotive Law APLC.