Automotive

  • January 17, 2018

    Corvette Drivers' Warranty Claims Outrun GM Dismissal Push

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday trimmed claims from a proposed class action over the Corvette Z06, but kept the suit’s warranty claims, finding ambiguities in General Motors LLC’s contract language made it unclear whether it was on the hook for an alleged design flaw that causes the race cars to rapidly decelerate.

  • January 17, 2018

    GKN Rebuffs £7.4B Takeover Bid By Turnaround Firm Melrose

    GKN PLC said Wednesday it will not accept an unsolicited takeover offer by turnaround investment firm Melrose Industries PLC in a deal that would have valued the aerospace and automotive engineering firm at £7.4 billion ($10.2 billion).

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    Calif. Judge OKs $7.75M Uber Driver Deal Over Objections

    Uber will pay $7.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging drivers are misclassified as independent contractors after a California judge on Tuesday signed off on the deal over objections that it was too small.

  • January 16, 2018

    Trump Tax Reform Costs Citigroup $22B, Co. Says

    Citi said Tuesday that the new tax law could mean future growth for the company but that it's taking $22 billion in charges in the short term as a result of the reform, while other companies announced smaller but still substantial one-time hits, like GM's $7 billion write-down.

  • January 16, 2018

    Uber Slams Waymo's Hidden-Evidence Claims As 'Whining'

    Uber has rejected Waymo’s claims that it intentionally withheld key discovery documents in a California federal lawsuit, telling Waymo to “stop whining, and try its case,” which alleges that Uber stole its self-driving car technology.

  • January 16, 2018

    DAs Seek Uber Data Showing If It Shelved Drunken Drivers

    San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys asked a California judge Tuesday to order Uber to hand over data on whether it suspended drivers accused of using drugs or alcohol on the job, or if the company misrepresented its zero-tolerance policy — an alleged violation that could cost Uber $15 million.

  • January 16, 2018

    Nissan Wants Sentra Transmission Defect Suit Trimmed

    Nissan North America Inc. has asked a California federal judge to trim a proposed class action alleging certain Nissan Sentras had faulty transmissions prone to overheating, saying the lead plaintiff cannot support his "broad" claims for restitution, implied warranty violations and unjust enrichment.

  • January 16, 2018

    Mich. Lobbying Firm Slams AG Subpoena In Tesla Sales Row

    A lobbying firm objected Monday in Michigan federal court to a subpoena from the state attorney general in Tesla’s suit over a Michigan law passed in 2014 that bans the automaker from selling directly to consumers, saying the subpoena is too broad and would unfairly burden the firm.

  • January 16, 2018

    Drivers Ask Judge To Reject $3M Uber Settlement

    A group of drivers on Tuesday blasted a proposed $3 million agreement that would end allegations by a separate group of New York drivers against Uber Technologies Inc., telling a New York federal court that it was an improper attempt to settle sales tax claims against the company.

  • January 16, 2018

    Self-Driving Tech Startup Pony.ai Raises $112M

    Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai on Tuesday said private equity firms and other investors contributed $112 million to the company’s most recent funding round as it looks to forge ahead with improvements on its self-driving technologies.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    VW, Porsche Cut $235M Canadian Emissions Deal

    Volkswagen Canada, Audi and Porsche have agreed to pay CA$293 million ($235 million) to resolve class claims alleging they rigged vehicles to cheat emissions tests and to end the Competition Bureau’s probe into their marketing practices, tacking millions onto the $25 billion that Volkswagen has already agreed to pay in settlements over its vehicles' emissions, the bureau announced Friday.

  • January 12, 2018

    Auto Parts Buyers Say Too Late To Revive Price-Fixing Suit

    Purchasers of aftermarket vehicle components Thursday urged a Wisconsin federal court to uphold a default judgment potentially totaling $162 million against a pair of Taiwanese parts suppliers over price-fixing allegations, saying the companies’ attempt to resurrect the case comes too late.

  • January 12, 2018

    3 Charged In $6.3M Car Dealership Embezzlement Scheme

    Three California men were arrested Friday for their alleged role in the embezzlement of $6.3 million through Sonnen Motorcars, which owns three car dealerships, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • January 12, 2018

    High Court To Hear Ex-CEO's Appeal Over GE Legal Tab

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear the appeal of an unusual two-judge Fifth Circuit panel decision that ordered a former trucking company CEO to pay about $5 million in legal fees that General Electric Capital Corp. incurred in the bankruptcy resulting from the CEO's fraud.

  • January 12, 2018

    GST Pushes To Halt Unsecured Creditors' Lien Challenge

    GST AutoLeather Inc. and its top lender pushed the Delaware bankruptcy court late Thursday to shut down unsecured creditors’ bid to challenge senior liens, arguing that such a fight would only disrupt the auto upholstery supplier’s Chapter 11 case for a “leverage ploy” in recovery negotiations.

  • January 12, 2018

    Hitachi Wants Auto Parts Price-Fixing MDL Arbitrated

    Hitachi Ltd. took aim Thursday in Michigan federal court at another piece of the massive multidistrict litigation accusing auto parts companies of price-fixing, arguing shock absorber direct purchasers must be forced into arbitration because of a binding agreement with another company that should be applied to all.

  • January 11, 2018

    Suit Over Rudy Gay's Damaged Rolls Is Barred, Court Told

    A dealership's fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims against San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay and his sales agent over a damaged Rolls-Royce Phantom must be tossed because the economic loss doctrine bars them, the agent told a Missouri federal court Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Trends In Automotive Technology: 2017 And The Road Ahead

    David Cavanaugh

    Automotive technology promises to be a focus of intellectual property disputes and regulatory attention in the coming years. In this article, attorneys with WilmerHale look back at 2017 developments to see where auto industry patenting, IP litigation and policymaking may be heading.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year, the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act continued to be the source of the most significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, as courts and litigants began to grapple with its interpretation and application, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement Picks Up In 2nd Half Of 2017

    Michael Skopets

    The last few months have seen increased enforcement activity related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved more than 15 cases against corporations and individuals, issued several declinations, and initiated at least five new investigations, say Michael Skopets and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Ltd.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.