An Illinois federal magistrate judge has denied motions to delay or at least refine pretrial discovery pending the potential dismissal of a case involving automotive parts reseller Fenix Parts Inc.’s allegedly misleading initial public offering.
A Florida court committed a “manifest injustice” in its dismissal of Progressive Corp.’s appeal in a suit accusing the insurer of saddling windshield replacement companies with the cost of insurance appraisals, a state appeals panel has found.
The Sixth Circuit on Thursday revived a putative class action seeking to hold a Tennessee school district liable for a bus crash that killed six elementary school students, ruling that an injured student had sufficiently alleged the district infringed his constitutional rights.
A stockholder in a proposed class action filed in New Jersey federal court is alleging that China's largest automotive wheel manufacturer that went public on the U.S. stock market in 2015 by reverse merger deceived investors into thinking it had gotten its financial reporting practices in order when it hadn't.
Bankrupt Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday announced that it has inked licensing deals with several other companies to produce and market some of its Kenmore- and DieHard-branded products, a move executives said was one part of their “expansion strategy to unleash the power of these iconic brands.”
Three more lobbyist groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike class certification for drivers claiming Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokees can be hacked, telling the high court the suit could welcome a “wave of litigation” that would put auto innovation in park.
A California limousine company suing Uber for misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors to gain a competitive edge told a federal court Wednesday that there’s no cause for disqualifying its attorneys at Keller Lenkner LLC for previously collaborating with Uber — but not actually representing Uber — in other matters.
A stockholder in Honeywell International Inc. has filed a putative class action in New Jersey federal court alleging executives delayed revealing billions of dollars in looming liability the company faced over an automotive brake manufacturer it once owned that used asbestos in its materials.
The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday struck down a portion of a 2017 U.S. International Trade Commission decision that stopped tariffs on imports of Chinese tires from taking effect, raising questions about the commission’s inquiry into whether the imports hampered domestic producers.
Beverage giant Monster Energy Co. told a California federal jury during opening statements Wednesday that an automotive tool company infringed its trademark green-and-black "monster" packaging with a "Monster Mobile" line of tools, while the tool company argued consumers won't confuse the two because "no one drinks a wrench."
A Volkswagen AG manager who filed a putative class action in Tennessee federal court alleging he and others like him were unfairly demoted as part of a rebranding strategy is bound by an arbitration agreement he signed when hired, the automaker said Tuesday.
A New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that BMW must face most of a consolidated putative class action alleging it knowingly sold vehicles with defective chain assemblies that caused premature engine failure and profited off repairs not covered under warranty.
Homeowners accusing Meritor Inc., the Boeing Co., Rockwell Automation Inc. and Textron Inc. of property damage caused by the dumping of toxic chemicals near their homes sought Wednesday to disqualify Meritor’s lead counsel, saying they need to call him as a witness at trial.
An administrative law judge for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposed a $4.2 million civil penalty on Spartan Diesel Technologies LLC on Tuesday, finding that the agency's penalty request was adequate given the gravity of the defeat device maker's alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
A California judge granted Uber Inc. a win Wednesday in a proposed class action brought by Oakland and Berkeley taxi drivers who claim the ride-hailing giant injured their business by falsely advertising its service as safer and more affordable than alternatives, finding that the drivers can’t prove Uber’s ads harmed their business.
An Arizona magistrate judge has recommended transferring a $2 billion lawsuit by an alternative car fuel manufacturer against Tesla Inc. to California, saying copyright infringement claims relating to an electric semitruck Tesla developed have nothing to do with Arizona.
Waymo LLC scored approval from California regulators to be the first to test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver behind the wheel, the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., said Tuesday.
An hourly worker for truck body manufacturer Scelzi Enterprises Inc. has filed a proposed class action claiming the company violated state labor laws in failing to provide required breaks, not making up for it with compensation and neglecting to issue proper wage statements.
An exonerated prisoner who sued General Motors and its bankruptcy estate for allegedly violating his civil rights by cooperating with his wrongful prosecution asked a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday to allow his suit to go forward, saying his claim post-dated GM's bankruptcy although the allegedly wrongful conduct happened decades before.
Tesla was hit Tuesday with a personal injury and consumer protection lawsuit by a Florida man who allegedly suffered spinal and brain injuries when the autopilot feature in his Tesla Model S car apparently failed and crashed into a disabled car at high speed.
Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
In reaction to the diesel emissions scandal, German lawmakers have developed a new type of collective litigation for consumers. For companies that are the targets of such an action, the advantage is that there will be fewer cases to defend against and to coordinate, say Julia Schwalm and Jakob Schellmann of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.
When a self-driving Uber car ran over an Arizona pedestrian earlier this year, the company inadvertently shone a spotlight on the importance of industry standards. Failing to meet these benchmarks could be interpreted as a violation of the standard of care owed to a plaintiff by a corporate defendant, says Allen Patatanyan of West Coast Trial Lawyers.
Courts have generally recognized that online contracts can be enforced like any other agreements, but a June decision from the First Circuit invalidates an arbitration clause in an electronic contract simply because the link provided was in the wrong font and color. This decision fundamentally misunderstands the nature of internet commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Germany’s highest court ruled this month that prosecutors may review the Jones Day documents they seized related to the firm’s representation of Volkswagen. This is a stark reminder that American litigators need to be aware of how attorney-client privilege laws abroad can impact litigation in the United States, say Ana Reyes and Matthew Heins of Williams & Connolly LLP.
The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.
Last week, in Martin v. Behr Dayton Thermal Products, the Sixth Circuit affirmed an Ohio federal court’s certification of a so-called “issue class” under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(4). The ruling may serve as persuasive authority for future toxic tort plaintiffs who seek to certify a class without establishing a defendant’s liability to any individual class member with common proof, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.