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Automotive

  • August 22, 2018

    Lawmakers Ask DOJ Antitrust Chief For OPEC Bill Support

    Congressional judiciary committee leaders asked the antitrust chief of the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on bills that would allow the agency to sue the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries over allegedly inflated oil prices, saying the agency's support would help pass the legislation.

  • August 22, 2018

    Mercedes Driver Says Red Paint Peels Off, Blisters

    A Mercedes driver slammed Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz with a proposed class action in Georgia federal court Tuesday, alleging the “Mars Red” paint on thousands of its Mercedes vehicles is defective because it forms small blisters, bubbles and peels off.

  • August 22, 2018

    Investors' 'Assumption' Not Enough For Fraud Suit, Bank Says

    TCF National Bank and its indirect auto finance affiliates urged a California federal court Tuesday to throw out a securities fraud suit accusing them of misrepresenting a key prospective performance metric to investors in their auto-loan asset-backed securitizations, arguing the case boils down to little more than a “mistaken assumption.”

  • August 22, 2018

    Officials' Promises Can't Save DC Taxi Driver Antitrust Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday threw out an antitrust suit by taxi drivers over a new regulation they say unfairly blocked them from the market, finding that it hadn't been reasonable for the drivers to expect the rule to go their way.

  • August 22, 2018

    Google Says Uber's Due Diligence Report Belongs In IP Row

    Arbitrators adjudicating Google’s claims that two former employees launched a startup with stolen self-driving car trade secrets should be able to look at a due diligence report Uber commissioned before buying the startup, Google told a California appeals panel Wednesday, arguing the report was publicly available and not privileged material.

  • August 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Aramco, VW, Apple

    State-run oil giant Saudi Aramco scrapped plans to list at home and abroad, Volkswagen AG recently made a bid to buy self-driving startup Aurora Innovation, and European antitrust regulators are set to approve Apple’s bid to buy Shazam.

  • August 22, 2018

    Lyft Responsible For Kicked-Out Passenger's Death, Suit Says

    The parents of a Lyft passenger killed in a hit-and-run on a Los Angeles County highway after allegedly being kicked out of the vehicle by his driver filed a wrongful death suit against the ride-sharing giant in California state court on Tuesday.

  • August 22, 2018

    Auto Insurer Root Locks In $100M Series D Funding Round

    Root Insurance Co., which uses drivers’ mobile phones to individualize insurance rates, said on Wednesday that it has closed its series D funding round with $100 million in financing, bringing the company’s valuation to $1 billion.

  • August 22, 2018

    Subaru Drivers Seek OK Of Engine Failure Settlement

    Drivers who filed a class action alleging Subaru knowingly sold them cars with defective parts that led to engine failure asked a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday to approve a settlement that includes reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket repairs and compensation to those who sold or traded in their vehicles.

  • August 21, 2018

    Ignition-Switch Case Count Below 1,000, GM Lawyers Report

    Lawyers for General Motors told a Manhattan federal judge at a conference on Tuesday that fewer than 1,000 individuals' claims remain in the long-running multidistrict litigation over the automaker’s dangerous ignition-switch defect, although it isn’t clear when the cases will finally wrap up.

  • August 21, 2018

    Ex-Fisker Auto Board Member Can't Escape Shareholder Suit

    A Delaware federal court Tuesday refused to dismiss a former Fisker Automotive board member from a shareholder suit accusing the company of lying about its shaky financial footing prior to its 2013 bankruptcy, but it did dismiss a company owned by the board member.

  • August 21, 2018

    Pa. Immunity Waiver For Crashes Applies To Empty Vehicles

    Pennsylvania government agencies can't escape liability for injuries caused by parked municipal vehicles, the state's Supreme Court found Tuesday as it revived a suit on behalf of a contractor killed on the job, issuing a ruling that said a carveout to local sovereign immunity law applies to unoccupied vehicles.

  • August 21, 2018

    Eaton Stockholders Appeal Fraud Case To 2nd Circ.

    Stockholders of Eaton Corp. have appealed to the Second Circuit the dismissal of a class action alleging the company defrauded investors regarding a possible spinoff of its auto parts business. 

  • August 21, 2018

    Auto Parts Reseller Seeks Redo On IPO Suit Dismissal Bid

    Automotive parts reseller Fenix Parts Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge Monday to reconsider his decision to let a suit it is facing over an initial public offering proceed, saying that he allowed the plaintiff investors to avoid a one-year statute of limitations using a legal principle that they never asked for and even argued against.

  • August 21, 2018

    Harley-Davidson Dealership Looks To Ditch Fla. TCPA Suit

    A Miami-area Harley Davidson dealership asked a Florida federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a putative class action accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or to require more specific accusations, arguing the current complaint is too vague.

  • August 21, 2018

    Auto Industry Mobilizes Against New Security-Based Tariffs

    U.S. automotive industry groups on Tuesday banded together in a broad coalition to launch a new campaign to prevent President Donald Trump's administration from setting tariffs on cars, trucks and parts using the Cold War-era national security law that has already been used to stymie steel and aluminum imports.

  • August 20, 2018

    EEOC Hits Harley-Davidson Dealership With Sex Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday that it has sued the owners of a Tampa Bay-based Harley-Davidson dealership in Florida federal court, claiming the company repeatedly promoted men to manager sales positions instead of promoting a qualified female candidate.

  • August 20, 2018

    Tesla Wants Model 3 Stock-Drop Suit Curbed

    Tesla told a California federal judge Friday that investors in a stock-drop suit over its Model 3 manufacturing delays still have no facts backing up their claims that Tesla deliberately painted an overly rosy view of the pace of production, saying the suit ignores Tesla’s actual disclosures.

  • August 20, 2018

    BMW, Bosch Aim To Put Brakes On Emissions-Cheating Suit

    BMW of North America LLC and auto parts manufacturer Robert Bosch LLC asked a New Jersey federal court Friday to dump a consolidated class action alleging they lied about certain vehicles’ emissions performance, saying the lawyer-driven litigation is based on trumped-up copycat claims lifted from the Volkswagen scandal.

  • August 20, 2018

    NJ Appeals Court Revives FedEx Driver's Slip-And-Fall Suit

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday revived a FedEx driver's suit against a Jersey City property owner alleging he landed in the hospital after taking a spill on the icy driveway of the car dealership that rents the property, finding the landlord liable for keeping the driveway safe.

Expert Analysis

  • El Pollo Loco Verdict Hinges On Good Faith, Fair Dealing

    Steven Yatvin

    Last month, a California court awarded an El Pollo Loco franchisee over $8 million after a company-owned restaurant was established near his operation. The case suggests that, regardless of any contractual agreements, franchisors should consider how a neutral third party would view their dealings with franchisees, says Steven Yatvin of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

  • A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice and many state attorneys general have addressed class action reform by objecting to proposed class action settlements. While we are sympathetic to concerns about class litigation abuse, what's needed is careful oversight at the earliest stages of litigation, say Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Jonathan Feczko

    Autonomous vehicles promise to change the way we commute, work and even plan cities. But equally dramatic may be the way they change how we prepare and try litigation following motor vehicle accidents. Exploring how autonomous vehicle litigation might look will help practitioners better prepare for the wave to come, say Jonathan Feczko and Zachary Adams of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.