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Automotive

  • June 13, 2018

    ​​​Feds Urged To Steer Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure

    Local transportation agency chiefs and researchers told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday that the federal government’s lead on coordinating investment and fine-tuning regulations will be crucial to getting the nation’s highway infrastructure ready for connected and autonomous vehicles.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ford Asks 6th Circ. To OK Toss Of Ex-Patent Atty’s Suit

    Ford Motor Co. asked the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday to reject a bid by a former patent lawyer for the company to revive her claims that the automaker was conspiring to stop her from finding another job, saying that her “unfitness as an employee” — not a conspiracy — is at the root of her troubles.

  • June 12, 2018

    3rd Circ. Unconvinced Hertz Execs' 'Bad Tone' Indicated Fraud

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday pressed two pension funds to show why Hertz Global Holdings Inc.’s misrepresentations about its financial status were intentionally misleading, as they alleged in their securities fraud class action, and not merely the result of mismanagement.

  • June 12, 2018

    Toyota Sheds Suit Alleging Car Wires Enticed Hungry Rats

    A California federal judge dismissed Toyota owners' class claims that the automaker sold them vehicles with soy-coated wires that attracted rats, ruling Monday that the alleged damages did not fall under either express or implied warranties.

  • June 12, 2018

    Investors Slam Fiat Chrysler's 'Bait And Switch' Discovery Bid

    Fiat Chrysler investors asked a New York federal judge Monday to reject the automaker’s request for a three-month extension of discovery in a stock-drop suit alleging the company lied about using emissions-cheating devices in vehicles and complying with safety recalls, calling it a "bait and switch" move.

  • June 12, 2018

    UK Worries Towbar Co.'s €169M Merger Will Harm Competition

    The U.K.’s competition enforcer said Tuesday it has concerns tow truck and trailer equipment maker Horizon Global Corp.’s planned €169 million ($198.9 million) purchase of the Brink Group from its private equity backer would leave too few competitors in the supply of towbars to large car manufacturers.

  • June 12, 2018

    Fla. Judge Urges Takata MDL Attys To Pick Up The Pace

    A Florida federal judge urged attorneys on Tuesday in the multidistrict litigation over faulty Takata Corp. airbags to move the cases along, and said the suggested fall 2019 date for a trial on plaintiffs’ economic loss claims might not be soon enough.

  • June 12, 2018

    Investors Fight Former DNC Chair’s Bid To Nix Visa Scam Suit

    A group of Chinese investors have asked a Virginia federal judge to let them move forward with their claims that they were swindled out of more than $500,000 each in an alleged visa scheme run by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Anthony Rodham, the brother of Hillary Clinton.

  • June 12, 2018

    Squire Patton Boggs Nabs Dentons Litigator In Atlanta

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has lured a former Dentons partner to its new Atlanta office, adding a litigator who helped steer an auto parts maker clear of proposed class claims over potentially defective airbags.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ford’s $50M Faulty Touch-Screen Deal Faces Skeptical Judge

    Ford’s proposed deal to end claims it sold cars with faulty touch screens could be worth more than $50 million, the customers’ attorneys told a California federal judge Monday, but the judge worried the proposed notice and claims process would mean many class members go unpaid.

  • June 11, 2018

    BMW Can't Immediately Appeal In $33M Fisker Clawback Case

    A Delaware federal judge refused Monday to let BMW immediately appeal a bankruptcy court order keeping alive a $32.6 million clawback suit by the trustee for the estate of electric-car company Fisker, saying there's nothing present to justify such an appeal.

  • June 11, 2018

    GM Ignition Switch Suit Goes From SDNY To NM State Court

    A New York federal judge on Monday sent a suit blaming a fatal accident on a GM car’s ignition mechanism back to New Mexico state court, saying the accident at issue took place after GM reorganized and was only “remotely related” to the company’s 2008 bankruptcy.

  • June 11, 2018

    Uber Can’t Arbitrate Claims It Tricked Lyft Drivers

    A California state appeals court on Friday affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny Uber’s bid to arbitrate claims it used fake Lyft accounts to hurt competition, finding that claims brought by a Lyft driver are unaffected by a separate agreement he signed as an Uber driver.

  • June 11, 2018

    Chinese Electric Car Co. Closes $500M Series B Round

    A Chinese smart electric car company said Monday it has closed its series B fundraising round with $500 million in commitments that it will use toward mass production, research and development, and product development.

  • June 11, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Moves To Trim Jeep Grand Cherokee Defect Suit

    Fiat Chrysler asked a California federal judge Friday to trim claims in a suit alleging it deceived consumers into buying Jeep Grand Cherokees with defective power distribution systems, saying the plaintiffs have no evidence to back their claims.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ford’s Victory In Power-Steering Suit Upheld At 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s decision to hand Ford Motor Co. a quick win on three consumers’ claims that the auto giant hid the fact that its Focus and Fusion cars had power-steering defects, saying the drivers hadn't actually alleged any error in the lower court’s summary judgment ruling.

  • June 8, 2018

    ITC To Probe Toyota, Panasonic Car Infotainment Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate imports of certain vehicle infotainment systems after Broadcom accused Toyota, Panasonic and several other Japanese companies of infringing six of its patents.

  • June 8, 2018

    Six Congressional Democrats Ask FBI To Investigate Pruitt

    Six congressional Democrats on Friday sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation asking it to look into whether U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt used his position to benefit himself, referencing recent accusations saying he assisted his wife's business ambitions.

  • June 8, 2018

    Tesla Urged To Fix Driver-Assist System After Crash Report

    Consumers Union told Tesla on Friday to move quickly to improve its driver-assist system in light of the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary findings on a fatal March crash involving one of the company's vehicles, saying the “alarming” report makes it clear that the feature needs safety fixes.

  • June 8, 2018

    Kia Recalls 507K Vehicles Over Faulty Airbags, Seatbelts

    Kia Motors America is recalling more than 507,000 vehicles equipped with airbags and seatbelts that might become unresponsive in a crash, the automaker said in a Thursday letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Relief From CFPB’s Auto Guidance May Be Short-Lived

    Dowse Rustin IV

    In a dramatic win for the auto finance industry, Congress recently voted to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance related to fair lending and interest rates for indirect loans. However, such rollbacks may not be enough to create long-lasting regulatory relief, say attorneys with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Future Of Antitrust Claims At The ITC

    Matthew Rizzolo

    In March, the U.S. International Trade Commission's dismissal of U.S. Steel’s complaint caused some to question whether there remained a viable path for antitrust-based claims at the ITC. But the initiation of an antitrust-based Section 337 investigation just days later shows that the door for antitrust claims at the ITC has not closed, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.