• March 22, 2018

    House Panel Grills Ross Over Economic Risks Of Steel Tariffs

    A day before a national security-based global steel and aluminum tariff is set to take effect, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tried to ease fears of House Ways and Means Committee members that the trade action could hurt U.S. businesses and fair-trading allies more than it helps U.S. producers level the playing field with China.

  • March 22, 2018

    'Star Trek' Actor's Family Settles Suit Over Jeep Accident

    "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin’s parents have reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a gear shift they say led to their son’s death after the car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his mailbox, according to a filing in California state court.

  • March 22, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives BMW Drivers' Noisy-Brakes Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived a putative class action against BMW over expensive ceramic brakes that emit a loud, shrill squeal, saying driver Norik Barakezyan had fully alleged the noise was a manufacturing defect and a safety hazard.

  • March 22, 2018

    Ford Truck's Shoddy Roof Caused Rollover Deaths, Jury Told

    Counsel for the children of a pair of farmers killed when their Ford Super Duty pickup truck rolled over told a Georgia jury during Thursday opening statements that Ford had known for years that the roofs of its heaviest trucks were weak and susceptible to the “total collapse” that killed the couple.

  • March 22, 2018

    GM Seeks To End Consumer Suit Over Oil-Guzzling Cars

    General Motors LLC asked a California federal judge Thursday to dismiss a putative class action alleging that defects in its Chevy Equinoxes cause their engines to burn through oil, citing various warranty issues and saying the drivers had failed to show GM knowingly hid the defect and that it put them in danger.

  • March 22, 2018

    Bosch Slams VW Car Owners' RICO Claims

    German auto parts giant Bosch told a California federal judge on Wednesday that a proposed class of drivers who offloaded affected vehicles before Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke in September 2015 didn’t suffer any financial losses from the alleged racketeering activities so they don't have standing to sue.

  • March 22, 2018

    Elon Musk Could Rake In Billions Under Compensation Plan

    Tesla shareholders on Wednesday approved a gargantuan performance-based compensation package for the company’s leader, Elon Musk, but he would need to grow the carmaker to rival Google’s parent and other tech giants in order to receive all of its nearly $56 billion potential maximum value.

  • March 22, 2018

    Mich. Residents Say New GM Must Face Groundwater Suit

    Michigan residents suing General Motors over groundwater contamination urged a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday not to curtail their claims, saying their due process rights were violated when, despite the car company’s prebankruptcy knowledge of the issue, they weren’t notified about proceedings that would affect their rights.

  • March 22, 2018

    PTAB Nixes Air Bag IP Asserted Against Major Automakers

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday invalidated all claims of an air bag patent asserted against Toyota, Hyundai and others by a subsidiary of major patent licensing company Acacia Research Corp.

  • March 22, 2018

    Swiss Microsensors Maker Prices $290M IPO Atop Range

    Swiss microsensors company Sensirion Holding AG on Thursday raised 276 million Swiss francs ($290 million) after its initial public offering priced atop its range on signs of strong demand, making it one of three Swiss companies to either debut IPOs this week or proceed with offerings.

  • March 22, 2018

    Summit Unit Can’t Block Financing Bid, Auto Parts Co. Says

    The credit arm of Summit Partners is trying to prohibit an automotive parts supplier from exploring alternative financing sources, according to a lawsuit removed to Michigan federal court Wednesday, which says the attempts by Summit are based on an expired exclusivity agreement.

  • March 21, 2018

    Chrysler Workers Must Look To Union In Fair Pay Suit: Panel

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday remanded a fair representation and fair pay suit against Chrysler to the lower court, instructing the court to hold the case in abeyance while the suing employees pursue internal union remedies.

  • March 21, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Settles Dealers' Antitrust Claims For $1.2M

    South Korean auto parts manufacturer Continental Automotive Electronics LLC has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle automobile dealerships’ class claims that the company conspired to fix the prices of instrument panel clusters for car dashboards, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ex-UAW Exec Got Shoes, Gun In FCA Bribe Scheme, Feds Say

    A former senior United Auto Workers official is the latest to be charged in the government’s rapidly expanding bribery case against union executives, with prosecutors accusing her of using Fiat Chrysler Automotive US LLC funds to buy designer shoes, spa trips, graphite golf clubs and a $2,182 Italian shotgun.

  • March 21, 2018

    Consumer Groups Ask 9th Circ. To Rehear Hyundai MDL Deal

    Global automakers and tort reform and consumer advocates have urged the Ninth Circuit to rethink its recent rejection of a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation over Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Kia Motors Corp. vehicle fuel efficiency, saying the ruling has potentially devastating consequences by forcing courts to weigh state law variations in nationwide deals.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ch. 7 Trustee Fights Cab Co.'s Bid To Duck Transfer Suit

    The Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy of Chicago's Yellow Cab Affiliation Inc. Tuesday said the claims that his suit accusing its officers of stashing assets contains too many false allegations are themselves inaccurate misdirection.

  • March 21, 2018

    US Allies May Earn Immediate Steel, Aluminum Tariff Relief

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated Wednesday that several close U.S. allies may earn immediate exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs set to take effect this week and that the U.S. aims to wrap up a permanent set of country-specific exclusions by the end of April.

  • March 20, 2018

    Navistar Wins Latest Round In Fight Over Ex-VP's Benefits

    A former vice president of truck engine manufacturer Navistar was struck a blow in Illinois federal court Monday in his fight for a larger benefits package after his termination when a federal judge found no evidence for his argument there was a "change in control" of the company prior to his exit.

  • March 20, 2018

    Dealer Accuses Experian's Autocheck Of Misleading Reports

    Used car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. has sued Experian Information Solutions Inc. in Florida federal court for allegedly exaggerating car damage information in its Autocheck vehicle history reports to the dealer's and the public's detriment.

  • March 20, 2018

    Texas Court Finds Car Accident Injury Suit Untimely

    A Texas appeals panel on Tuesday tossed a woman's personal injury suit against a tire company employee who was driving a company car that was involved in an accident with her vehicle, finding that while she may have filed her suit against the driver within the two-year deadline, it wasn't served on him until well after.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.