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Automotive

  • September 21, 2018

    5G Uses And Regulatory Hurdles: What You Need To Know

    As the 5G technology standard takes shape and major wireless carriers push to make the service commercially available by next year, experts have identified virtual reality, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence as some of the top applications for the souped-up wireless networks. But regulatory hurdles and legal questions still beset the innovations.

  • September 21, 2018

    High Court Case On ERISA Burden Ends In Settlement

    A U.S. Supreme Court case that could have resolved a circuit split over where the burden of proof falls in Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciary-breach cases ended Thursday, with the high court tossing a suit between Alerus Financial NA and an employee stock-ownership program after the parties settled.

  • September 21, 2018

    Massachusetts Man Sues Toyota After Rodents Ate His Car

    A Massachusetts driver says Toyota has for years been outfitting vehicles with cost-saving, environmentally friendly electrical insulation that "uniquely attracted" rodents, causing an infestation and extensive damage to his vehicle, which is the subject of a lawsuit in Boston.

  • September 21, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Lone Star, Deutsche-Commerzbank, Magneti

    Lone Star is reportedly mulling floating Xella, a tie-up between banking giants Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank has earned the favor of the German government, and Calsonic Kansei Corp. has roughly €5 billion ($5.9 billion) in financing for its bid to buy Magneti Marelli SpA.

  • September 21, 2018

    Truckers Insist Calif. Dynamex Standard Is Unconstitutional

    A trucking group on Thursday defended its suit claiming federal law overrides California's newly adopted standard for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees in wage order disputes, saying an onslaught of litigation over the standard proves there is an “actual controversy” requiring the court to intervene.

  • September 21, 2018

    Lyft Drivers Move For $1.95M Settlement Over Premium Pay

    A group of drivers for Lyft Inc. asked a California federal judge to approve the ride-hailing service's $1.95 million settlement of a class action suit alleging the company underpaid drivers who were supposed to receive prime-time premium pay, with about 33 percent of the payout going toward the class's attorneys' fees and expenses.

  • September 21, 2018

    Buyers' Flawed Emissions Tests Doom RICO Suit, Fiat Says

    Fiat Chrysler and engine manufacturer Cummins have pressed their bids to dump an amended proposed class action alleging they outfitted Dodge Ram trucks with emissions-cheating software, saying that consumers conducted unreliable tests that cannot support their Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims.

  • September 21, 2018

    Uber Gets Customer's TCPA Suit Sent To Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge agreed that an Uber user leading a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against the ride-hailing company consented to arbitrate any disputes when he signed up for the app, sending the suit to arbitration Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Uber Presses 9th Circ. To Undo Driver Misclassification Suits

    Uber told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that its recent finding that federal law doesn’t preempt California’s decades-old standard for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors should dismantle a class of hundreds of thousands of Uber drivers alleging they were misclassified and denied expense reimbursements and tips.

  • September 20, 2018

    Protect Right To Relief In Ford Harassment Suit, Judge Urged

    Counsel for Ford workers alleging they work in a severely hostile environment of sexual harassment urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to certify their claims as a class, saying it would protect their right to relief that wasn't contemplated in a different deal the automaker entered with federal employment regulators.

  • September 20, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Securities Fraud Row Against Hertz

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a putative securities class action against Hertz Global Holdings Inc. over allegedly false and misleading statements about its financial condition and internal controls, saying the explanation that former company executives engaged in mismanagement is more plausible than shareholders' claims of a systemic fraud.

  • September 20, 2018

    Enterprise Beats Joint Employer Wage Suit For Now

    A Massachusetts federal judge has thrown out a proposed class action alleging that Enterprise Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries jointly employed assistant branch managers who were misclassified as overtime-exempt.  

  • September 20, 2018

    Media Giants Face Another Antitrust Suit Over TV Ad Rates

    A Mississippi auto dealer filed a putative class action against Hearst, Sinclair, Tribune and other media conglomerates in Maryland federal court Wednesday claiming they colluded to boost local television advertising rates, the latest in an onslaught of antitrust suits against the broadcasters.

  • September 20, 2018

    British Luxury Carmarker Aston Martin Sets IPO Price Range

    Aston Martin Lagonda said on Thursday that it expects to sell 25 percent of its shares in an upcoming London initial public offering for between £17.50 ($23.22) and £22.50 apiece, which could give the British luxury carmaker a market capitalization ranging from £4.02 billion to £5.07 billion once it lists.

  • September 20, 2018

    Hanon Scoops Up Thermal And Energy Mgmt Biz For $1.2B

    South Korea-based automotive supplier Hanon Systems said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire the fluid pressure and controls unit of Magna International Inc., a mobility technology company and automotive supplier, in a deal valued at approximately $1.2 billion.

  • September 20, 2018

    Gas Station Claims Holding Co. Spiked Rent By $65K A Month

    A family-owned gas station less than 30 miles west of Boston asked a federal judge on Thursday to stop holding company Global Cos. LLC from forcing it to pay $65,000 more per month to lease the station, a day after filing a suit claiming the corporation instituted the rate hike to drive the business from the property.

  • September 19, 2018

    GM Criminal Case Ends After $900M Deal, 3-Year Oversight

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal claims that General Motors Co. committed wire fraud and made false statements related to a deadly problem with ignition switches were officially dismissed in New York federal court Wednesday after three years of oversight following a $900 million deal.

  • September 19, 2018

    Fenwick & West Guides Proterra's $155M Funding Round

    Proterra Inc., which makes heavy-duty electric transportation equipment for the North American mass transit market, said on Wednesday that it has closed a $155 million funding round led by Daimler AG and family investment firm Tao Capital Partners, which was guided by Fenwick & West LLP.

  • September 19, 2018

    Progressive Must Face Most Of Drivers' Car Value Claims

    A California federal judge denied most of Progressive Casualty Insurance Co.'s motion to dismiss a driver's putative class action alleging it unfairly undervalued vehicles declared totaled, finding Wednesday that the driver's claims under the Unfair Competition Act are viable.

  • September 19, 2018

    Drivers Reach $44.8M Deal With Toyoda Gosei In Parts MDL

    Toyoda Gosei has agreed to pay $44.8 million to end claims in multidistrict litigation it was part of a conspiracy to fix the prices of six types of auto parts, drivers told a Michigan federal judge Tuesday in their bid for initial approval of the class action settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention has been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • NY Revives Fair Lending Risks For Indirect Auto Lenders

    Melanie Brody

    The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.