Automotive

  • October 19, 2017

    Sierra Club Sues EPA For Missing Renewable Fuel Deadlines

    The Sierra Club on Thursday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it has failed to update Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, and failed to study whether increased ethanol use has adversely impacted air quality.

  • October 19, 2017

    VW Mistaken About NLRB Bargain Unit Ruling, DC Circ. Told

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. is misapplying a new National Labor Relations Board ruling on a proposed bargaining unit to bolster the automaker's challenge to a micro-unit of Tennessee maintenance workers, an NLRB attorney told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    Lyft Scores $11B Valuation In Funding Round Led By CapitalG

    Ride-hailing service Lyft Inc. scored $1 billion in a financing round led by Google affiliate CapitalG, lifting its valuation to $11 billion with an investment that also added a board member to the California-based company, according to a Thursday statement.

  • October 19, 2017

    Bid In Harassment Suit To Stop Ford's EEOC Deal Notice Fails

    An Illinois federal judge Wednesday refused a request by Ford Motor Co. workers in a putative class action against the company for alleged sexual harassment to stop the auto giant from sending out notices of its settlement of similar claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying they hadn’t met the legal requirements.

  • October 19, 2017

    GM To Pay $120M To End States' Ignition-Switch Probes

    General Motors Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $120 million to settle investigations by attorneys general from 49 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s alleged concealment of a deadly defect in the ignition switches of its vehicles.

  • October 19, 2017

    Investors Lose Bid For 20M Docs In Volkswagen MDL

    A California magistrate judge on Wednesday denied investors’ request for more than 20 million pages of documents in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions scandal, saying the investors haven’t proven all the documents are relevant to their claims.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ford Fiesta, Focus Transmission Settlement Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge on Wednesday put his final stamp of approval on a class action settlement between Ford Focus and Fiesta drivers and the automaker, overruling objectors and ending a five-year-old lawsuit over allegedly defective transmissions.

  • October 19, 2017

    Mitsubishi To Pay $1.3M To Settle Conspiracy Claims

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for truck alternators and starters, according to a filing in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • October 19, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Sold Dangerously Faulty Radiators, Suit Says

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC sold vehicles with radiators that would unexpectedly break down and damage vehicles' transmissions, putting drivers at risk of physical harm as well as financial injuries, according to a proposed class action removed to Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Capacitor Maker Nippon Chemi-Con Indicted For Price-Fixing

    A federal grand jury indicted Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. for participating in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Workers Say Racial Slurs, Discrimination Rampant

    Three African-American former Tesla workers say they were consistently the target of racial slurs and faced discrimination at a California factory, according to a suit recently filed in state court.

  • October 18, 2017

    NYC Driver Says Lyft Unlawfully Deducted Workers' Comp Fee

    A New York City Lyft driver Wednesday filed a putative class action in state court accusing the company of illegally deducting a workers' compensation fee from his and other drivers’ pay.

  • October 18, 2017

    Ex-GM Worker Can't Sue Company Over Rape Conviction

    A former General Motors LLC employee can’t pursue claims against the company that its employees' allegedly false testimony contributed to his wrongful rape conviction, since New GM isn’t liable for alleged misconduct that occurred under Old GM, a New York bankruptcy judge said Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Uber Beats Most Claims In Cab Co.'s Competition Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out most of a defunct taxi company’s claims that Uber Technologies Inc. is running an unlicensed, unregulated taxi service that unfairly competes with “authentic” taxis, but asked the parties to provide more information about the claims that remain.

  • October 18, 2017

    Bridgestone To Pay $9M To Exit Auto Parts Price-Fixing Suit

    Tire maker Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to pay $9.36 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme for certain rubber parts, the company said Tuesday in Michigan federal court.

  • October 18, 2017

    Tribal Lenders Look To Avoid Taint Of Racer's $2B Fraud

    The conviction of auto racer Scott Tucker and his attorney on Friday over a $2 billion payday lending fraud paints the tribal lending businesses embroiled in the scheme in a harsh light, ratcheting up pressure on other lending tribes to show their operations are legitimate and have controls in place that could head off a similar mess.

  • October 17, 2017

    Takata Tort Claimants Say Carmakers Trying To Skirt Liability

    Automakers that are funding the Takata Corp. bankruptcy have been “stonewalling” on discovery to let case deadlines pass and ultimately sidestep liability connected to the defective air-bag inflators that sparked Takata's Chapter 11, the official tort claimants committee said late Monday.

  • October 17, 2017

    Bosch Says VW Dealers Can’t Show Harm In RICO Action

    Robert Bosch GmbH Inc. asked a California federal judge Tuesday to end a putative racketeering class action brought by dealerships alleging the auto parts maker helped Volkswagen AG skirt emissions regulations, saying there’s no evidence Bosch knew what its parts were used for or that dealerships were injured by the scheme.

  • October 17, 2017

    Treasury Backs GM Trust's $1.5B Loan Clawback Appeal

    The U.S. government on Monday backed efforts to appeal a bankruptcy court's valuations of General Motors' assets in a clawback case over a $1.5 billion GM term loan, noting its interest in maximizing recoveries for the federally supported estate.

  • October 17, 2017

    Mitsuba Will Pay $23M To End Auto Parts Antitrust Suits

    Mitsuba Corp. and its U.S. unit have agreed to pay $22.8 million to resolve claims that they took part in a massive conspiracy to fix prices of a variety of auto parts, according to a Tuesday motion seeking preliminary approval of a proposed settlement in Michigan federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.