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Automotive

  • December 4, 2018

    Volkswagen Gets Win In Minn. Emissions State Suit

    A Minnesota appeals court said that federal law blocked the state's claims against Volkswagen AG over its emission scandal that impacted thousands of cars in the state, deciding that the Clean Air Act preempted allegations concerning both used and new vehicles.

  • December 4, 2018

    Derivative Suit Over Allstate Claims Surge Put On Hold

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday pressed pause on a derivative suit accusing several Allstate Insurance Corp. executives of conspiring to lie about why insurance claims had increased, saying two similar proceedings in state court should play out first.

  • December 4, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz Says Bid To Reinstate $115M Fraud Award Fails

    Mercedes-Benz told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Tuesday to reject a former business partner's bid to reinstate a $115 million punitive damages award against it, arguing it's based not on the contract between it and a former partner, but on alleged oral agreements.

  • December 4, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Daimler, Ardian, Grail

    Daimler AG is considering taking a larger stake in a joint venture with Beijing-based BAIC Motor Corp., Ardian is looking to raise as much as €6 billion ($6.8 billion) by way of its latest buyout fund, and Grail is considering going public in the U.S.

  • December 4, 2018

    'Tariff Man' Trump Holds Open Extension Of China Truce

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the possibility that his 90-day tariff ceasefire with China could be extended to allow for further negotiation while at the same declaring himself a “Tariff Man” who views the imposition of duties as a central component of his economic philosophy.

  • December 4, 2018

    4 Firms Vie To Lead Adient Investors' Stock-Drop Suit

    Levi & Korsinsky LLP, Thornton Law Firm LLP, Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann LLP and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP are in the running for lead counsel in a stock-drop proposed class action against auto parts giant Adient PLC, according to motions filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • December 4, 2018

    Nissan Drivers Seek Class Cert. In Engine Defect Suit

    Car consumers asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to certify five classes in a putative class action against Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its American arm, Nissan North America Inc., alleging that the automaker violated consumer protection and breach-of-warranty laws by concealing dangerous engine defects.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    NYC Approves Base Pay Rules For Uber, Lyft Drivers

    New York City officials voted Tuesday to establish a first-of-its-kind minimum pay rate for drivers who drive for app-based ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, ensuring they’ll be paid a standard rate for trips, which officials say will help support a livable wage.

  • December 4, 2018

    India, Switzerland Join WTO Push Against US Metals Tariffs

    The Indian and Swiss governments advanced their World Trade Organization complaints against the Trump administration’s national security tariffs on steel and aluminum on Tuesday, bringing the total number of partners ready to litigate against the duties to nine.

  • December 3, 2018

    Bike Rally Co. Wants $207K Attys' Fees In TM Dispute

    Lawyers in a trademark-rights suit revolving around the famous South Dakota motorcycle meetup Sturgis want the Eighth Circuit to award them $207,000 in legal fees for claims on which they prevailed.

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Slams Investors' Antitrust Stock-Drop Suit

    Volkswagen AG and several of its board members told a New York federal judge Saturday that investors suing over allegedly inflated stock prices cannot sustain a proposed antitrust and securities fraud class action by regurgitating unproven allegations that the German automaker colluded with Daimler AG and BMW AG.

  • December 3, 2018

    Insurer Wants Out Of Coverage For Hertz's Toll-Pass Partner

    Navigators Insurance Co. sued American Traffic Solutions Inc. and The Hertz Corp. on Friday in California federal court, asking for an order that there is no coverage regarding underlying claims that they surprised rental customers with toll-pass fees, and saying it wants back $200,000 in defense costs.

  • December 3, 2018

    Shell, Jiffy Lube Hit With No-Poach Antitrust Suit

    A former Jiffy Lube worker filed a proposed class action antitrust suit against the chain and its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, in Pennsylvania federal court Monday, alleging that "no-poaching" agreements between different franchise owners illegally suppress employee wages.

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court Denies Truck Cos.' Cert Bid In Classification Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a trio of cases by Washington state trucking carriers alleging the state is threatening to disrupt the industry's regulation by imposing an unemployment tax on them that effectively destroys their ability to use independent contractors and disregards what they say is the nationwide industry standard.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Defeats Drivers' Bid To Revive Suspension Defect Claims

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. won its bid to deny a reconsideration request from drivers attempting to revive breach of express warranty claims in a proposed class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects in Florida federal court.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trump Aides Leave Details Of China Trade Deal Murky

    President Donald Trump on Monday looked to take a victory lap celebrating the trade truce he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the weekend, but the president’s advisers offered few details about what commitments Beijing supposedly made.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • December 2, 2018

    Trump Vows To Leave NAFTA To Force Vote On New Accord

    President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he will withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement as a means of forcing Congress to vote on the updated version of the accord that he signed at the G-20 summit on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Blockchain Can Certify Global Supply Chains

    Rebecca Campbell

    Companies in mining and other industries are seeking to demonstrate the sustainability and ethical integrity of their products and supply chains. Because of its ability to improve transparency and accountability through incorruptible data sharing, blockchain may be ideal for this purpose, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Test Driving 3 Senate Bills To Amend Plug-In EV Tax Credits

    Erica York

    Three pending Senate bills to amend the federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles range from immediately ending the credit to expanding and extending it for another decade. Erica York of the Tax Foundation weighs in on the pros and cons of each proposal.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • New UK Law Lays The Groundwork For Driverless Cars

    Michaela Herron

    As autonomous vehicle technology advances rapidly, there remains much to be done in a legislative context to prepare for the future. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 is the first legislative step the government of the United Kingdom has taken to pave the way for autonomous vehicles, says Michaela Herron of Bristows LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Closer Look At EPA Inspector General's New Strategic Plan

    Brian Stansbury

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.