Automotive

  • November 13, 2017

    Allstate Cites Brand Harm In 'Drivewise' TM Fight With Kia

    Allstate urged a California federal judge to prohibit Kia from using the name “Drive Wise” for its vehicle safety technology on Monday after a jury found the moniker was likely to cause confusion with the insurer’s own trademarked “Drivewise” data program, citing reputational harm and confused customers.

  • November 13, 2017

    GST Autoleather Cleared For Ch. 11 Bidding, Borrowing

    Last minute talks produced an interim breakthrough Monday on post-petition borrowing and Chapter 11 bidding for bankrupt upholstery maker GST Autoleather Inc., although tensions remain high between unsecured creditors and lenders.

  • November 13, 2017

    Takata Judge Won't Exempt States From Airbag Suit Stay

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata case ruled Monday that state and government agencies will not be exempted from a five-day extension of a litigation freeze connected to the debtor’s dangerously defective airbag inflators.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    German Co. Reaches $2M Deal In Car Door Latch Antitrust Suit

    German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert AG has agreed to pay $2.28 million to settle a proposed class action from consumers alleging the company conspired to fix the prices of vehicle door latches, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    AutoZone Hit With Religious, LGBT Discrimination Claims

    A former AutoZone employee has accused the company of religious and sexual orientation discrimination, saying he was called a “flaming queen” and worse by co-workers and that the company refused to accommodate his desire to attend church on Sundays, according to a lawsuit removed to Massachusetts federal court Thursday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Honda Ducks Defective Engine Starters Suit For Now

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a driver's putative consumer fraud class action alleging Honda sold Accord and Crosstour vehicles with defective engine starter systems, but gave the driver a second chance to clarify allegations that Honda knowingly sold consumers impaired cars.

  • November 9, 2017

    Judge Slams Uber's 'Irritating' Response To Jury Instruction

    The California federal judge overseeing the self-driving car trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber admonished Uber’s lawyers in a short order on Wednesday, saying he was upset that when he asked for a response on a proposed jury instruction, Uber only replied that it agreed with the proposal.

  • November 9, 2017

    VW Seeks Dismissal Of Fla., Utah Counties' Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge Wednesday to toss suits brought by counties in Florida and Utah seeking billions of dollars over defeat devices, saying that, like Wyoming’s dismissed suit, the counties are trying to enforce federal emissions standards.

  • November 9, 2017

    Calif. Jury Finds Kia Infringed Allstate's 'Drivewise' TM

    Allstate Insurance Co. won its trademark infringement suit against Kia Motor Corp. on Thursday when a California federal jury found Kia's high-tech "Drive Wise" vehicle add-ons could be confused with Allstate’s trademarked "Drivewise" driver safety program.

  • November 9, 2017

    EPA Floats Repeal Of Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed to repeal Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, claiming that the agency doesn't have the Clean Air Act authority to regulate them.

  • November 9, 2017

    NY Drivers Seek Class Cert. Over Illegally Seized Cabs

    Drivers who had their vehicles illegally seized by New York City when the city assumed they were operating unlicensed taxicabs asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday to certify a class after a recent judgment in their favor.

  • November 8, 2017

    Dealer Calls Foul On Rudy Gay For Selling Damaged Rolls

    A St. Louis car dealership accused San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay of hiding damage to a Rolls-Royce he sold the company in 2016, saying in a suit removed to Missouri federal court Wednesday that a judge should “blow the proverbial whistle.”

  • November 8, 2017

    Allstate Defends Brand Against Kia In 'Drivewise' TM Trial

    Allstate product and marketing executives testified in front of a California federal jury on Wednesday that the insurer spent hundreds of millions of dollars creating and marketing its trademarked “Drivewise”-branded safety program, which the company says Kia Motor Co. infringed with its tech-forward vehicle add-ons.

  • November 8, 2017

    Volvo Can't Boot Electric Car Suit After 7th Circ. Revival

    An Illinois federal judge preserved the bulk of claims brought by a proposed class of Volvo hybrid SUV owners on Wednesday, saying the complaint, recently revived by the Seventh Circuit, has enough information to allege the company misled them on how far the car could drive on a charge.

  • November 8, 2017

    Humvee Co. Sues Activision Over 'Call Of Duty' Games

    The company behind the Humvee truck hit Activision Blizzard with a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday over its use of the iconic military vehicle in its “Call of Duty” video games.

  • November 8, 2017

    Trump's Enviro Pick Gets Frosty Reception At Senate Hearing

    President Donald Trump's pick to lead the White House's Council on Environmental Quality was predictably grilled by Senate Democrats on Wednesday over her skepticism of man-made climate change, but Kathleen Hartnett White also faced heat in her confirmation hearing from Republicans representing corn-producing states over her prior criticism of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels program.

  • November 8, 2017

    2nd Circ. Revives Garage's Contract Claims Against Insurer

    A New York federal judge shouldn’t have given Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. the win over many of an auto repair shop’s claims that the insurer didn’t provide enough money to adequately repair damaged vehicles, the Second Circuit said Wednesday, vacating most of the lower court’s decision.

  • November 8, 2017

    Michelin Wins $2.5M More From Insurer After Fraud Losses

    A South Carolina federal judge on Tuesday found Federal Insurance Co. owes Michelin North America an additional $2.5 million in coverage for a theft from its retirement fund, saying the existence of a second policy allegedly covering the same claim is between Federal and the second insurer, and is not Michelin’s problem.

  • November 8, 2017

    One In Three VW Cars In UK Still Need Defeat Device Fix

    A third of Volkswagen AG cars equipped with defeat devices to fool emissions tests have not been fixed, and the rate of repairs has slowed since the cheating scandal broke two years ago, a U.K. parliamentary committee said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.