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Automotive

  • July 20, 2018

    Truckers Fight Calif.'s New Independent Contractor Standard

    A nonprofit trade association representing some 6,000 trucking operators has filed suit in California federal court asking a judge to find that federal law supersedes a recent landmark state Supreme Court ruling redefining employees versus contractors that some observers say could devastate the industry.

  • July 20, 2018

    Texas Court Limits Info Toyota Must Disclose In Seats Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday ordered a trial court to dial back its overbroad discovery order against Toyota in a suit launched by the parents of two children who were injured by front seats in a Lexus that collapsed backward in a rear-end collision.

  • July 20, 2018

    11 Firms To Steer IPOs Topping $3B In Busy Summer Stretch

    Eleven firms will steer initial public offerings by 11 companies that are projected to raise more than $3.3 billion during the week of July 23, led by an estimated $1.5 billion offering from a Chinese e-commerce giant, potentially setting up a furious finish for the month.

  • July 20, 2018

    Baltimore Sues Chevron, Others Over Climate Change

    The city of Baltimore on Friday added its name to a growing list of local governments that have filed suit against Chevron, BP and a slew of other energy companies accusing them of contributing to climate change that is causing sea level rise, extreme weather and other problems of concern to a city with 60 miles of waterfront.

  • July 20, 2018

    Atty DQ'ed Over Presuit Talks In Allstate Insurance Fight

    A Montana federal judge ruled Thursday that the attorney for a woman in a car insurance dispute with Allstate could not serve as trial counsel due to his presuit communications with the insurance company, finding the attorney may have to testify over information he provided about his client’s demands.

  • July 20, 2018

    NHTSA Probes Alleged Stalling, Overheating Of Ford Escapes

    Documents posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website on Friday state that the agency has opened an investigation into complaints that some 2013 model Ford Escapes are overheating and suddenly losing power at highway speeds.

  • July 20, 2018

    Steel Importers Ask CIT For Quick End To Trump's Tariffs

    A coalition of steel users on Thursday urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to hand it a quick win in its efforts to knock down the Cold War-era trade law President Donald Trump has used to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, reiterating its claims that the law is unconstitutional.

  • July 20, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Freshfields, Kirkland

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Phillips Edison took over a real estate investment trust that it manages in order to create a $6.3 billion business, Linde AG offloaded parts of its business interests in North America to a joint venture between Messer Group GmbH and a CVC Capital Partners fund for $3.3 billion, and Asahi Kasei Corp. agreed to buy Sage Automotive Interiors from Clearlake Capital Group for $700 million.

  • July 19, 2018

    16 AGs Sue EPA Over 'Super-Polluting' Truck Rule Rollback

    The attorneys general for New York, California and other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for suspending a rule that limited the number of remanufactured, heavy-duty trucks that could be sold, a decision issued on Scott Pruitt's last day as agency administrator.

  • July 19, 2018

    NY Appeals Board Agrees That Uber Drivers Are Employees

    The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board affirmed an administrative law judge’s determination that three former Uber Inc. drivers and those similarly situated were employees for the purpose of receiving unemployment benefits, rejecting the ride-hailing giant’s bid to withdraw its appeal, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Uber Slams Rival's 'Troubling Pattern' Of Axing Attys In IP Row

    A California state judge tapped the brakes on Uber’s bid to end claims it stole an inventor’s ride-sharing concept, saying Thursday she would wait until the man finds a new attorney — even after Uber pointed out “a troubling pattern,” noting the plaintiff had terminated contracts with three consecutive law firms in the case.

  • July 19, 2018

    Capital One Worker Says Cancer-Related PTO Led To Firing

    A former employee of Capital One’s automotive lending unit told a Texas federal court Thursday that he was wrongly fired for being late on two days for reasons that were related to his cancer. 

  • July 19, 2018

    GM Ch. 11 Judge Undecided On $1B Ignition Switch Deal

    The judge presiding over the bankruptcy case for General Motors LLC’s predecessor said Thursday he’s not yet decided on whether class certification is needed for him to approve a proposed Chapter 11 settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits that could possibly cost the carmaker $1 billion in new stock.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ford, Bosch Say Super-Duty Truck Emissions Suit Baseless

    Ford Motor Co. and auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC rebuked a proposed Michigan class action alleging they rigged 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests, saying Wednesday the vehicle owners’ unsubstantiated racketeering and fraud claims based on contrived road tests won’t hold up in court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Investors Sue Kleiner Perkins, I-Bankers Over Fisker Loss

    A group of investors who claim they were conned into buying shares in electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive just before it filed for bankruptcy have sued the company’s former executives, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and the leaders of a now-defunct Chicago investment banking firm in Illinois state court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Senate Enviro Committee Goes Easy On Trump CEQ Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality left a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday largely unscathed, avoiding much of the controversy that has dogged many of the administration’s other nominees for environmental positions.

  • July 19, 2018

    CDK Seeks Arbitration Or Toss Of Dealership Claims In MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC asked an Illinois federal court on Wednesday to either compel arbitration or dismiss claims against it by the car dealership class in multidistrict litigation alleging it monopolized access to data in software licensed to car dealerships, saying the dealers don’t have standing as indirect purchasers of applications that utilize the data.

  • July 19, 2018

    Trump Faces Widespread Calls To Steer Clear Of Car Tariffs

    A chorus of automakers and advocacy groups on Thursday implored the Trump administration to not slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and parts, questioning the administration’s national security rationale for the potential duties and warning of the economic calamity that could ensue if they take effect.

  • July 19, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Clearlake’s $700M Sale Of Auto Interior Co.

    Clearlake Capital Group LP said Thursday it will hand over South Carolina-headquartered Sage Automotive Interiors to Japanese materials and chemicals manufacturer Asahi Kasei Corp. in a $700 million deal, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP guiding the investment firm in the sale.

  • July 18, 2018

    Lyft Wants Snubbed Driver's Background Suit Arbitrated

    Lyft Inc. asked a California federal judge Tuesday to order arbitration in a prospective driver’s proposed class action alleging he was unfairly blocked from picking up riders after Lyft ran a background check, saying the driver is bound by an arbitration provision in Lyft’s terms of service.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Employee Performance Ratings: Tainted Or Sainted?

    Lisa Harpe

    The recent focus on pay equity and employers’ pay practices has heightened the need to consider equal employment opportunity outcomes in performance ratings systems. Lisa Harpe and Sarah Gilbert of DCI Consulting Group discuss the current legal environment and proactive steps to examine performance ratings in the context of evaluating pay equity.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.