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Automotive

  • November 20, 2018

    Lewis Brisbois Attys Threatened With Jail For Order Breach

    A Dallas judge has threatened to jail a representative of security company GardaWorld and attorneys at Lewis Brisbois for refusing to turn over GPS data for a truck involved in a fatal collision.

  • November 20, 2018

    House Dems Press EPA For Info On Climate Rule Rollbacks

    Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turn over information on its efforts to undo climate change-related regulations, a preview of Trump administration scrutiny to come once Democrats gain control of the chamber in January.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tesla Drives Away From Sudden-Acceleration Claims

    All of the named plaintiffs in a putative class action against Tesla Inc. have agreed to drop their class claims accusing the electric car maker of selling vehicles that suddenly accelerate without warning, according to a stipulation filed Monday in California federal court.

  • November 20, 2018

    Collisions By Runaway Semi Are One 'Accident,' 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday held that multiple collisions caused by a runaway tractor-trailer are a single accident subject to a $1 million limit in the truck owner’s primary policy with Mid-Continent Insurance Co., reversing a lower court’s ruling that the company is liable for an additional sum an excess insurer paid to settle claims stemming from the crashes.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tower Taps Freshfields For €255M Sale Of European Biz

    Tower International Inc., which makes structured metal components for the automotive industry, said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell its European assets to privately owned Financière SNOP Dunois SA for €255M ($298 million) in a deal guided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

  • November 19, 2018

    Lyft Says Ex-Chamber Atty, New Firm Can't Represent Drivers

    Taking a page from the litigation playbook of rival Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft petitioned a California federal court Friday to block a former U.S. Chamber of Commerce lawyer and his new firm from representing anyone with a driver employment classification case against the company.

  • November 19, 2018

    State Farm RICO Suit Too Strong To Settle, Objector Says

    One State Farm policyholder has come forward to object to the $250 million settlement resolving a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit claiming the insurance giant rigged an Illinois Supreme Court election to escape a massive judgment, arguing the settlement sold short a strong case worth more than $7 billion.

  • November 19, 2018

    Covil Wants $33M Fatal-Mesothelioma Award Axed

    Covil Corp. wants a North Carolina federal judge to overturn a $33 million verdict in favor of a former tire worker whose widow says he died of asbestos exposure on the job, saying the case was presented like a punitive-damages case even though the door to punitive damages was closed before trial.

  • November 19, 2018

    Snubbed Driver's Lyft Background Suit Must Be Arbitrated

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered arbitration in a prospective Lyft Inc. driver's proposed class action alleging he was unfairly blocked from picking up passengers after the ride-hailing company ran a background check, saying the driver is bound by an arbitration provision in Lyft's terms of service.

  • November 19, 2018

    Uber Ex-CEO Seeks To Dump Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    Uber's ex-CEO Travis Kalanick asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a Texas-based retirement fund’s revamped proposed class action claiming Uber’s and Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • November 19, 2018

    Ford Trucks Are 'Ticking Time Bombs,' Drivers Say

    A group of drivers who bought Ford diesel trucks with high-pressure fuel pumps from 2011 onward filed a proposed class action in California federal court Friday claiming the auto giant sold the vehicles knowing they were “ticking time bombs” prone to catastrophic engine failure.

  • November 19, 2018

    Nissan Chairman Arrested In Japan Amid Misconduct Claims

    Carlos Ghosn, the CEO and chairman of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance and one of the world’s best-known businessmen, was arrested by Japanese authorities early Monday morning after an investigation sparked by a whistleblower revealed he underreported his income and misused Nissan company funds for years.

  • November 16, 2018

    KYB, Maruyasu Get Initial OK For $34M In Parts MDL Deals

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday tentatively approved KYB Corp.’s $29 million deal and Maruyasu Industries Co. Ltd.’s $5.3 million deal to end proposed consumer class actions alleging they conspired to fix the prices of shock absorbers and steel tubes in sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation.

  • November 16, 2018

    Monster Energy Scares Up $5M Win In Calif. TM Trial

    An automotive tool company infringed the trade dress of beverage giant Monster Energy Co.’s trademark green-and-black “monster” packaging with its “Monster Mobile” line of tools, a California federal jury found Friday, while declining to rule the infringement willful and awarding a $5 million verdict far short of the $50 million Monster sought.

  • November 16, 2018

    Nissan Lender Sues Dealer For $4.5M In 'Out-Of-Trust' Sales

    Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. sued a Maryland Acura dealer Thursday for defaulting on $4.5 million worth of financed inventory that served as collateral, and is seeking an order restraining the dealer from selling any more financed cars out from under the lender.

  • November 16, 2018

    EPA's Renewable Fuels Policy Leads To Court Morass

    Few federal energy and environmental policies are as fiercely fought over in court as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program, which requires an increasing amount of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. Here's a look at where major RFS-related litigation stands and an update on whether a congressional solution to the legal standoff is in the cards.

  • November 16, 2018

    Trump Says Acting EPA Chief Should Take Reins Officially

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he intends to nominate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to stay in the job for the long haul.

  • November 16, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Jones Day, Simpson, Gibson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, SAP SE inks an $8 billion cash deal for Qualtrics International Inc., Veritas Capital and Elliott Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital takes Athenahealth private for $5.7 billion, and Johnson Controls sells its power solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners for $13.2 billion.

  • November 15, 2018

    Insurer Must Face Fraud Claim Over Release, 3rd Circ. Says

    An insurer may be held liable under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act in a suit alleging a company agent fraudulently induced a woman into releasing one of its other customers from liability over a car crash, the Third Circuit said Thursday in a precedential opinion reviving her class action CFA claim.

  • November 15, 2018

    Insurer Can't Sue Renter Over RV Fire, Minn. Justices Say

    The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed that a state statute bars Depositors Insurance Co. from suing the renter of a policyholder's RV to recover money it paid out after the vehicle spontaneously combusted.

Expert Analysis

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 2

    Michaela Herron

    With autonomous vehicles expected to hit the streets of the United Kingdom soon, manufacturers, insurers and their legal counsel face the challenge of determining how the U.K.'s product liability laws will be applied to questions of negligence, evidence and contracts raised by self-driving vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And UK Product Liability Law: Part 1

    Michaela Herron

    Autonomous vehicles present a number of challenges to the United Kingdom's product liability legal framework, especially with regard to the vehicles' heavy reliance on software, consumers' expectations of safety and the need for compliance with varying local traffic rules, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.