• March 23, 2018

    VW Says Owners Who Sold Pre-Scandal Haven't Shown Harm

    Volkswagen AG’s U.S. subsidiaries have pressed their bid to dismiss claims from a proposed class of drivers who sold their Volkswagen vehicles before the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal broke, telling a California federal judge that these drivers still haven’t shown an injury that would give them standing.

  • March 23, 2018

    Bus Co. Hit With $18.7M Verdict In Cyclist Death Trial

    A Nevada jury on Friday awarded $18.7 million to the teenage children of a surgeon who was killed when he collided with a Motor Coach Industries-built tour bus while riding his bicycle, finding that the company had failed to provide adequate warning about the dangers of the vehicle.

  • March 23, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Ford Engineer Defends Truck Design In Rollover Death Trial

    During Friday testimony in a Georgia wrongful death trial, an engineer who designed Ford’s Super Duty pickup trucks defended his team’s commitment to safety under questioning by counsel for the children of a couple killed when their Super Duty rolled over during an accident.

  • March 23, 2018

    Ford Sanctioned For Discovery Woes In Acceleration Case

    A West Virginia federal judge on Thursday ordered Ford Motor Co. to pay more than $488,000 in sanctions for lying during the discovery phase in a putative class action over unintended vehicle accelerations and for defying a court order to produce its full electronic throttle control system.

  • March 23, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a commercial fraud claim against Pakistan's United Bank Ltd., a contract dispute between two hedge funds, and a professional negligence suit against tax and trust specialist Withers LLP. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 23, 2018

    Brand Battles: Empire State Building, GM, Aaron Judge

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the owners of the Empire State Building get mad about a skyline logo, General Motors takes on a ride-hailing service called Bolt, and the Major League Baseball players' union goes to bat for New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

  • March 23, 2018

    Appeals Panel Finds Russian Car Tariffs Violate WTO Rules

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Thursday upheld a decision that Russia’s anti-dumping duties on light commercial vehicles from Germany and Italy violated global trade rules, finding even further in the European Union's favor than the trade body's initial review did.

  • March 23, 2018

    Honeywell Retirees Ask Full 6th Circ. To Mull Benefits Row

    A trio of Honeywell International Inc. retirees asked the full Sixth Circuit on Thursday to revisit a recent ruling that lifted an injunction preventing the company from terminating health care benefits for roughly 50 retirees who worked at a Michigan auto parts plant amid a dispute about its obligation to pay those benefits.

  • March 23, 2018

    US Allies Get Tariff Reprieve As China Prepares Retaliation

    The Trump administration’s sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum entered into force on Friday with exceptions granted to a handful of key allies but not to China, prompting Beijing to immediately prepare stiff tariffs of its own on U.S. agricultural and manufactured goods.

  • March 23, 2018

    GKN Rallies Investors Against Takeover In Pensions Pledge

    Engineering firm GKN PLC has urged shareholders to resist an "entirely opportunistic" offer from Melrose Industries PLC and promised to halve its own pension liabilities as it keeps up its fight against a hostile takeover.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 Things Missing From Debates On US-China Fights

    Scott Kieff

    Hardly a moment passes without another shot fired in the many high-profile fights between the U.S. and China over trade, intellectual property and antitrust. In this area, there is a problem and solution too often overlooked by commentators and business leaders, says Scott Kieff, a principal at McKool Smith PC and former commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For those structured as corporations, the decrease in the maximum corporate tax rate and the repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax offer good news. But since many law firms are organized as pass-through entities, several limitations on deductions mean they won’t see as much benefit from the new tax law as some other industries, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Alice Angst Intensifies

    Robert Stoll

    With three decisions last month, the ethereal world of patent subject matter eligibility is getting even murkier. As jurists and practitioners try to work through the confusion created by the U.S. Supreme Court's untenable Alice test, the U.S. patent community is suffering, says ​​​​​​​Robert Stoll, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and former commissioner for patents.

  • 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 used 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.