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Automotive

  • December 12, 2018

    VW Banks On Federal Shield To Beat States' Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG’s recent wins against states that separately sued the German automaker for environmental or anti-tampering law violations over its 2015 diesel emissions-cheating scandal have reinforced the federal government’s authority to regulate motor vehicle and emissions standards, spelling trouble for other pending state and county lawsuits.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    Fatal Crash Of Thrice-Lent Car Not Insured, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s ruling that a man’s State Farm liability coverage doesn’t apply to wrongful death claims arising from a fatal one-car crash that occurred when the man’s estranged wife’s boyfriend allowed an intoxicated woman to drive the man’s Porsche.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    Ex-Tesla Worker Forced To Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

    Tesla Inc. has won its bid to force arbitration of a former employee’s whistleblower claims he was fired for reporting to supervisors that the automaker had engaged in illicit conduct in dealing with customers, with a New Jersey federal judge finding that the worker waived his right to go to court under the parties’ arbitration agreement.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fiat Presses Supreme Court To Undo Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to resolve a circuit split and allow it to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court's certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the lower court's "manifest errors" cannot go unchecked.

  • December 11, 2018

    Exec Recruiting Firm Dodges GC Candidate's Sex Bias Suit

    A Michigan federal judge Tuesday tossed an attorney’s suit alleging an executive recruiting firm sabotaged her candidacy for a general counsel vacancy at an auto parts company because she's a woman, but declined to sanction her for filing a flimsy suit.

  • December 11, 2018

    VW Slams Bondholder's Bid To Redo Emissions Fraud Suit

    Volkswagen has told a California federal judge that a bondholder cannot tack on insider trading claims to a proposed class action alleging it was duped into buying overpriced bonds based on misleading offering documents concealing the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

  • December 11, 2018

    Climate Report Proves Carbon Regs Must Stick, EPA Told

    The dire conclusions in the blockbuster climate change report recently released by the Trump administration contradict White House efforts to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and power plants and the proposals should be yanked immediately, dozens of state attorneys general and city and county attorneys said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Auto Part Maker Can't Fire Worker Over Cursing: NLRB Judge

    A Nexteer Automotive Corp. worker didn't lose the protection of federal labor law when he hurled profanity toward a supervisor in a closed-door meeting, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, deeming the worker's firing unlawful and calling for him to get his job back.

  • December 11, 2018

    EBay Buyout Of UK Car Site Probed By Antitrust Watchdog

    The U.K.'s antitrust watchdog said Tuesday it had launched an investigation of EBay Inc.’s planned takeover of a vehicle shopping site based in that country.

  • December 11, 2018

    Online Used Car Dealer Vroom Nabs $146M From Investors

    A group of private investors has agreed to inject $146 million into online used car retailer Vroom Inc., which intends to use the capital infusion to bolster its technology, make acquisitions and hire new talent, the companies said Tuesday.

  • December 10, 2018

    State Farm Deal Objector Slams Conduct Of Class Counsel

    The attorney representing the only class member to object to the $250 million settlement resolving allegations State Farm bought an Illinois Supreme Court justice with campaign donations says class counsel called the lawyer's friends and clients to push him to drop the objection, according to a court filing.

  • December 10, 2018

    Motorcyclist Restarts Suit Over 21st Century Benefits Denial

    A motorcyclist won another shot at his lawsuit against 21st Century Centennial Insurance Co. for denying accident benefits, as a Florida state appeals court found Friday that an exclusion the company cited could be read as applying only to four-wheeled vehicles.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ex-Fisker Auto Board Member Wants Investor Suit Trimmed

    A former Fisker Automotive board member has told a Delaware federal court that stockholders' amended claims either come too late or do not specifically show how the company deceived investors about its financial health prior to declaring bankruptcy.

  • December 10, 2018

    Nissan, 2 Former Execs Indicted For Understating Ghosn Pay

    Nissan Motor Co., the company's former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and a former board member were indicted in Japan on Monday on charges of having underreported Ghosn's compensation in securities filings.

  • December 10, 2018

    Investment Co. Sues Schnader Harrison Over $10M Deal Flub

    A Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP attorney allowed a Canadian investment firm to become “ensnared in a toxic relationship” with an electric vehicle company by allowing the investment firm's stock value to be undercut and costing the firm $10 million, according to a malpractice suit filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • December 10, 2018

    Trump's NAFTA Withdrawal Threat Irks Centrist Dems

    A group of moderate Democratic lawmakers met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday and expressed their discontent with President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement in order to force a vote on a revised version of the pact.

  • December 10, 2018

    Looming Japan Trade Talks Tee Up Bitter Fight In Auto Sector

    A top trade group representing U.S. automakers on Monday urged the Trump administration to pry open the Japanese market in upcoming trade talks with Tokyo just as labor advocates called for leaving automotive trade out of the talks altogether.

  • December 10, 2018

    Drivers Fight To Save VW Faulty-Engine Deal Amid Objections

    Drivers in litigation against Volkswagen AG have urged a New Jersey federal judge to deny objections from fellow class members that threatened to scuttle a reimbursement deal struck with the automaker in May over engine defect claims, arguing the vast majority of the class supports the settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Parking Lot And Garage Operations Tax

    David Machemer

    Historically, the parking lot tax was one of a handful of taxes that were not actively audited. However, in the past few years in Cook County, Illinois, there has been a significant uptick in audits and challenges to taxpayer positions on the tax, says David Machemer of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • Prop 65 Compliance Gets More Complicated

    Anne Marie Ellis

    Recent amendments to California's Proposition 65 changed the nature and content of chemical exposure warnings required for many products, substances and locations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs bar is stepping up its attempts to target Prop 65 violators, says Anne Marie Ellis of Buchalter PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.