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Automotive

  • December 5, 2018

    Harley-Davidson Settles Brake Defect Suit On Eve Of Trial

    Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Groups LLC and the wife of a man who died from motorcycle-accident injuries struck a confidential settlement Tuesday on the eve of a California jury trial, resolving claims that an anti-lock braking system defect in the motorcycles contributed to the man’s death.

  • December 5, 2018

    Tesla Faces Securities Suit Over $1.8B Bond Offering

    A pension fund’s proposed class action alleging Tesla Inc., its CEO Elon Musk and several big banks acting as underwriters misled investors about a $1.8 billion bond offering was removed from California state court Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Progressive Settles $23M Bad Faith Case As Trial Nears

    Progressive and the family of a child hit by a policyholder's car announced a settlement Tuesday in Florida federal court in a case accusing the insurer of exposing the policyholder to a $22.7 million judgment by failing to coax him to complete critical paperwork.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How High Court May Rule On The Bare-Metal Defense

    S. Christopher Collier

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed foundational tort principles at oral argument in Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, which concerns a defendant's liability under maritime law for products it did not make, sell or distribute. The court’s ruling will doubtless influence lower courts considering other bare-metal challenges, say S. Christopher Collier and Michael Arndt of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. 

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.