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Automotive

  • September 17, 2018

    Nissan Can't Arbitrate Claims In Defective Sunroof Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday denied Nissan North America Inc.'s attempt to compel arbitration for a consumer in a potential class action accusing the carmaker of selling vehicles with defective sunroofs, finding that Nissan is not a third party to an arbitration agreement the customer signed with the dealership.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks CIT To Nix Challenge To Steel Tariffs

    The federal government on Friday brushed aside notions that the Cold War-era national security law the Trump administration used to levy steel tariffs is unconstitutional, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that Congress has left foreign affairs to the president and as commander-in-chief his authority under the law is "at a maximum." 

  • September 14, 2018

    Full 9th Circ. Won’t Rehear Seattle Uber Union Law Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to revisit a recent decision reviving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's antitrust challenge to a Seattle ordinance letting app-based, ride-hailing drivers bargain collectively, rejecting the city’s petition for a rehearing before the full appeals court.

  • September 14, 2018

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

    The last week has seen Denmark's tax authority file another fraud suit against more investment firms, insurance giants like Amlin and Axa sue a seafood distributor, and a bid to appeal a decision from former shareholders of a business in RBS' controversial restructuring unit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 14, 2018

    Auto Parts Buyers Must Seek Damages One-On-One, Cos. Say

    A pair of Taiwanese parts suppliers urged a Wisconsin federal judge Thursday to decertify two groups of aftermarket sheet metal parts purchasers seeking damages to close out price-fixing allegations where every other defendant has settled, with the suppliers arguing the buyers’ damages claims must be handled individually.

  • September 14, 2018

    New Calif. Law Commits Ride-Hailing Cos. To Emissions Cuts

    California has passed a law that directs state regulators to set reduced greenhouse emissions targets for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft in a push that could force the popular services to run electric cars, just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed an order calling for the state to be carbon-neutral by 2045.

  • September 14, 2018

    Car Dealer Loses RICO Suit Over Alleged Scam By Employees

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday canned a racketeering suit brought by an auto dealership owner accusing his former business associates of conspiring to run his business into the ground, saying his failure to prove they were part of an enterprise proved "fatal."

  • September 14, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Wachtell, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Renesas Electronics bought Integrated Device Technology Inc. for $6.7 billion, the Carlyle Group snapped up Sedgwick Claims Management Services for $6.7 billion, a consortium of buyers took over MPM Holdings, and Science Applications International Corp. acquired Engility Holdings for $2.5 billion.

  • September 14, 2018

    Epsilon Settles Alleged Iran Sanctions Violations For $1.5M

    Epsilon Electronics Inc. will pay $1.5 million to resolve claims that the car accessory seller violated U.S. sanctions on Iran by selling equipment to a company known to distribute most of its products to the Middle Eastern country, the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday.

  • September 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Thor Industries, Covea, Volkswagen

    Indiana-headquartered RV manufacturer Thor Industries could buy Erwin Hymer in a deal valuing the German peer at more than €2 billion, U.K. insurer Covea is still hoping to acquire French reinsurer Scor, and Volkswagen is preparing a potential IPO for its multibillion-dollar heavy-truck business.

  • September 14, 2018

    Mercedes Can't Park Suit Alleging It Fired Harassed Worker

    A Michigan federal judge Thursday refused to let Mercedes-Benz out of a suit brought by an ex-employee alleging the company terminated her after she complained about gender discrimination, saying there is reason to believe that is why the company fired her.

  • September 14, 2018

    Colo. Auto Brokerage Violated EFTA, Consumers Say

    Two Colorado residents hit a Colorado Springs auto brokerage with a putative class action on Thursday accusing the car dealer of violating the Electronic Fund Transfer Act by only extending credit if a car buyer agreed to enroll in an automatic payment plan.

  • September 13, 2018

    Ex-Uber Exec Blames Ex-PR Chief For Firing In New Suit

    A former top Uber executive in Asia sued the ride-hailing giant’s one-time public relations chief in California Superior Court in San Francisco County on Thursday, alleging she made misleading and disparaging remarks about him in violation of a nondisparagement agreement that caused him to get fired.

  • September 13, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Must Face Driver's Gearshift Defect Suit

    A Michigan federal judge has denied Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ attempt to dismiss an individual suit within multidistrict litigation alleging the automaker manufactured cars with faulty gearshifts that resulted in a parked car rolling over a woman's leg, saying the motorist had a valid reason for filing her suit late.

  • September 13, 2018

    GM Recalls 1M Vehicles Over Power Steering Defect

    General Motors has issued a recall of more than 1 million 2015-model trucks and SUVs, saying an electrical defect in the vehicles' power steering can cause drivers to lose control during low-speed turns.

  • September 13, 2018

    Paul Weiss, Greenberg Steer $3.1B Apollo-Backed MPM Sale

    Silicone and materials producer MPM Holdings Inc. on Thursday said an investor group will take over the company in a $3.1 billion deal, with Greenberg Traurig LLP steering the buyer and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guiding the Apollo Global Management LLC-backed seller.

  • September 13, 2018

    VW Says Investors Can’t Piggyback On German Probe

    Volkswagen AG on Tuesday told a New York federal judge that investors are relying on unproven accusations in a German antitrust probe to make their claims that the automaker inflated its stock price, and the automaker urged the court to strike the suit.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Not In A Hurry To Broker Trade Peace With China

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is not rushing to hold new trade talks with Beijing as he signaled a willingness to forge ahead with his aggressive enforcement push that threatens to hit every product imported from China with hefty tariffs.

  • September 13, 2018

    NLRB Opts For Rulemaking To Craft Joint Employer Test

    The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday released a proposed rule that would roll back a controversial 2015 decision loosening the board's test for determining whether affiliated businesses are joint employers, turning to rulemaking after ethics questions torpedoed the NLRB's effort to undo the Obama-era ruling through case law.

  • September 12, 2018

    Unmanifested Defects Claims OK'd In GM Ignition Switch MDL

    A New York federal judge Wednesday found plaintiffs in dozens of states in the General Motors ignition switch MDL can recover damages even if the alleged defect never manifested and can recover earnings lost while dealing with the defect.

Expert Analysis

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • 5 Key Defenses For Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Patrick Reilly

    Potential theories of liability for autonomous vehicles have not yet been fleshed out or tested in court, but we can expect negligence and product liability lawsuits — not to mention statutory claims — as the government begins regulating. Manufacturers can lean on at least five available defenses if litigation arises, say attorneys at at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Brexit: Bracing For A No-Deal Scenario

    Ross Denton

    Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.