Automotive

  • February 24, 2017

    Uber Sued By Woman Alleging Sexual Assault By Minn. Driver

    Uber Technologies Inc. was sued Thursday in California federal court by a Minnesota woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver, the latest suit to allege the company’s purportedly lax background check measures compromised the safety of its female passengers.

  • February 24, 2017

    Battery Maker Says DOE Loan Denial Row Belongs In DC Circ.

    A car battery maker continued to press the D.C. Circuit Friday to undo a decision remanding a $15 million loan dispute back to the U.S. Department of Energy, saying the agency’s argument that the appellate court lacks jurisdiction does not hold weight under scrutiny.

  • February 24, 2017

    Judge Shaves Claims Off Mitsubishi Faulty Odometer Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed most of a proposed class action against Mitsubishi's North American unit over allegedly faulty odometers, but gave the dealership employee who filed the suit a chance to amend his complaint.

  • February 24, 2017

    Cabbies Take Mass. Unfair Uber Regs Spat To 1st Circ.

    Boston taxicab drivers on Friday appealed to the First Circuit a Massachusetts federal judge's recent refusal to block the state's new regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, which the drivers claim violate their equal protection rights and represent an unconstitutional taking of their property.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Can't Seize Luxury Cars From Accused Fraudster: Jury

    A New York federal jury has sided with a company accused of exporting luxury cars overseas in a scheme to defraud dealerships, finding that Manhattan attorneys haven't provided enough evidence to warrant a seizure of the company's cars and $3.5 million from its bank accounts.

  • February 24, 2017

    Chinese Uber Drivers Must Arbitrate Guaranteed Income Row

    Chinese Uber drivers alleging the company didn’t pay them a promised minimum monthly income must arbitrate their claims against the company and cannot act as a class, even though they couldn’t understand the English contract binding them to arbitration, a New York federal court ruled Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Google's Driverless Car Unit Accuses Uber Of IP Theft

    Google's self-driving car unit Waymo LLC filed a lawsuit in California federal court Thursday accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of stealing trade secrets and infringing patents over its proprietary laser system used to help guide driverless vehicles.

  • February 23, 2017

    Navistar Can't Get 3rd-Party Docs In EPA Clean Air Row

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that Navistar Inc. could not get confidential business information from third-party heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers in its defense against EPA claims that it put diesel engines on the market that were not compliant with the Clean Air Act.

  • February 23, 2017

    Porsche Zooms Past Claim It Copied Hit Song For Cayman Ad

    Porsche escaped claims it created a fake version of the X Ambassadors' hit song "Jungle" for its commercial for the 718 Cayman, as the music publishing company that brought the suit agreed to voluntarily dismiss its complaint, according to court filings Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Shareholders Hit Ixia With Suit Over $1.6B Keysight Merger

    Shareholders of data technology firm Ixia sued the company, its board of directors and its proposed buyer Keysight Technologies Inc. in California federal court on Thursday, saying the deal should be stopped because the companies failed to disclose important information regarding the acquisition.

  • February 23, 2017

    Two Labor Attorneys Join SmithAmundsen In Chicago

    SmithAmundsen LLC has hired two employment attorneys from Litchfield Cavo LLP whose clients include those in the automotive, security, health care, hospitality and construction industries, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ex-Chrysler Engineer Loses Suit Over Royalties For Parts

    An Indiana federal court on Thursday tossed a patent infringement suit filed against FCA US LLC by a retired Chrysler engineer, saying the suit alleging that FCA breached an agreement by hiring outside vendors to use his patents when making parts failed to state a claim.

  • February 23, 2017

    Sierra Club To Sue EPA For Renewable Fuel Report Absence

    The Sierra Club issued a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying it had ignored its obligations to analyze the Renewable Fuel Standard by failing to publish an evaluation on air quality or communicate with Congress.

  • February 23, 2017

    VW Exec Pleads Not Guilty To Emissions Scandal Charges

    A Volkswagen executive — arrested in Miami last month in connection with the automaker’s emissions scandal — on Thursday pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and wire fraud in Michigan federal court, according to court officials.

  • February 23, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Retread Car Shipping Antitrust Suit

    The Third Circuit has denied a request by auto and equipment dealers and others to reconsider a January ruling that international shipping companies are immune from allegations of a conspiracy to stifle competition and fix prices for vehicle transportation.

  • February 23, 2017

    Final Anti-Dumping Duties On Chinese Refrigerants Decided

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced it had determined final anti-dumping duties on imports of a Chinese refrigerant compound used in automobile air conditioning systems and pharmaceutical applications that were found to have been sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • February 22, 2017

    Auto Parts Firm Speedstar Files Amended Plan To Exit Ch. 11

    Auto parts conglomerate Speedstar Holding Corp. and its affiliate debtors on Tuesday filed an amended prepackaged plan to reorganize and emerge from Chapter 11 proceedings by swapping $224 million in first-lien lender claims for common stock in the new company and $60 million in unsecured convertible notes.

  • February 22, 2017

    Mercedes Dealer Hit With $4M Verdict For Firing Disabled Man

    A Florida federal jury awarded a fired Mercedes-Benz dealership employee nearly $4.5 million in damages after finding he was discriminated against after being diagnosed with cancer and having a kidney removed, according to a verdict on Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    NJ Time Limit Backs Cert. Bid In Avis Fee Suit, Court Told

    Car renters alleging that Avis Budget Group Inc. didn’t tell them they would be charged for an electronic toll-payment service told a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday that a recent case in the state Supreme Court supports their bid for class certification because their contract claims are timely.

  • February 22, 2017

    Avis Renter Renews Class Claims In Insurance Fraud Suit

    An English consumer who attempted to lead a class action accusing Avis and subsidiary Budget Rent-A-Car of fraudulently offering supplemental insurance in their rental car contracts asked the Eleventh Circuit to recertify her class Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Individual Defense In The Shadow Of Corporate Guilty Pleas

    Jessica K. Nall

    Corporate guilty pleas can be expected to have serious implications for the individual executives and employees alleged to have been involved in the conduct under scrutiny. But whether their corporate employer pleads guilty or pursues an alternative resolution, there are other factors at play that can make a bigger difference to the eventual outcome for individuals, say Jessica Nall and Janice Reicher of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • California Omissions Claims: Safety Required?

    David Stein

    California has the nation’s most powerful consumer protection statutes, but in recent years, the state’s federal courts have imposed a major constraint on omission claims brought under those statutes. The good news for consumers is that recent developments suggest this constrictive view of California consumer protection law is ending, say David Stein and Amanda Karl of Girard Gibbs LLP.

  • Adapting Supply Relationships To Embrace Disruptive Tech

    Marjorie H. Loeb

    Building connected and autonomous vehicles requires the automotive industry, both manufacturers and traditional component suppliers, to embrace disruptive technology and work hand-in-hand with information technology providers. Bringing together these two spheres, however, will not be without its challenges, say Marjorie Loeb and Linda Rhodes of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.