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Automotive

  • October 2, 2014

    GM Fights Recall Discovery In Ignition Switch MDL

    General Motors Co. sought Thursday to keep ignition switch plaintiffs in federal multidistrict litigation in New York from proceeding with discovery on issues relating to its recall of millions of vehicles this year, arguing the plaintiffs' request was too "broad" and their goals too vague.

  • October 1, 2014

    Dura Auto Workers Want 6th Circ. To Rehear Drug Test Case

    Workers for Dura Automotive Systems Inc. on Tuesday urged the Sixth Circuit to grant an en banc rehearing in their lawsuit over employee drug testing, saying an appellate panel had erred in finding that Dura's requirements didn't constitute medical exams or disability-related inquiries under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • October 1, 2014

    Daimler Plant Under Fire For Alleged Racial Discrimination

    Oregon’s labor commissioner on Wednesday accused Daimler Trucks North America LLC of allowing racial discrimination at a Portland plant, alleging white workers used racial slurs and sabotaged minorities’ work, causing some to get fired. 

  • October 1, 2014

    Ford Isn't Owed $445M In Tax Interest, 6th Circ. Says

    The Internal Revenue Service doesn't owe Ford Motor Co. $445 million in interest on alleged overpaid taxes, a Sixth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, saying a law that Ford had relied upon had not been enacted when the automaker remitted the payments at the center of the dispute.

  • October 1, 2014

    EU To Investigate Portugal's $45M Public Aid To Volkswagen

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched an investigation into Portugal's proposal to give Volkswagen Autoeuropa €36 million ($45 million) in public funds toward the development of a new car production method in the southwestern district of Setubal.

  • October 1, 2014

    1 Mammoth Deal Helps 2 Firms Dominate September M&A

    Two renowned M&A practice groups barreled into fall, each breezing past their rivals with announced deals worth more than $32.5 billion, including a team effort on one of the biggest deals to hit the buzzing energy sector this year.

  • September 30, 2014

    NH High Court Sides With Indian Carmaker In Contract Row

    New Hampshire’s highest court on Tuesday held a lower court erred in finding a contract dispute between Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and local dealers fell under the state auto board’s jurisdiction, saying the foreign manufacturer wasn’t properly served with the suit under the Hague convention standards.

  • September 30, 2014

    Hyundai Gets Contract Claims Pared In Sonata Brake Row

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday trimmed claims in a putative class action accusing Hyundai Motor America Inc. of equipping certain Sonata vehicles with defective brakes and refusing to cover repair costs, tossing claims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment but keeping the express warranty and state law claims in play.

  • September 30, 2014

    Mitsubishi Sued Over Truck Engine Emissions Defect

    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court on Monday, accusing the truck giant of installing a defective emissions control system in its diesel-powered, medium-duty trucks that causes various parts to fail and the trucks to lose power.

  • September 30, 2014

    Hyundai Slams Supplier's Bid To Toss Counterfeit Parts Row

    Hyundai Motor America Inc. on Monday urged a California federal judge to reject a bid to toss its suit accusing Pinnacle Group LLC of importing and selling Hyundai-branded auto parts and falsely marketing them as “genuine,” saying it isn’t trying to shut down competition but rather stop the illegal activity from continuing.

  • September 30, 2014

    EU Says Apple, Fiat Tax Deals Gave Unfair Advantages

    The European Commission on Tuesday told Ireland and Luxembourg that several tax rulings issued to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA gave them unfair economic advantages, noting in Apple’s case that there appeared to be some “reverse engineering” to determine its subsidiaries’ taxable income.

  • September 29, 2014

    Ford Sues Car Equipment Co. For Hacking, Copying Database

    Ford Motor Co. sued vehicle diagnostic equipment company Autel US Inc. and an affiliate on Monday in Michigan federal court, alleging Autel had hacked into one of Ford's software programs and copied information for use in its diagnostic tools.

  • September 29, 2014

    Products Cases To Watch As Supreme Court Term Kicks Off

    The U.S. Supreme Court this term is poised to consider whether to take up yet another hotly debated question related to generic-drug injuries — one that would determine the future of claims that a generics maker failed to update a product's warning label — as well as mull a petition over the scope of the Class Action Fairness Act. Here are some of the most-watched product liability cases.

  • September 29, 2014

    Toyota To Recall 690K Tacoma Pickup Trucks Over Fire Fears

    Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday said it has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it plans to recall about 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks over concerns that faulty rear suspension systems could cause fuel tank leaks and potentially lead to fires.

  • September 29, 2014

    Wal-Mart Says Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt In Crash

    Comedian Tracy Morgan and other passengers in a limousine weren't wearing seat belts when a Wal-Mart truck allegedly rear-ended them, injuring several and killing comedian James McNair, the retail giant claimed in court documents filed Monday.

  • September 29, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Mark Zuckerberg, Cadillac, Urban Compass

    Mark Zuckerberg is said to be close to buying a Hawaii mansion for a reported $66 million, while Cadillac is supposedly close to signing for space in New York and Urban Compass is reportedly taking space on Park Avenue.

  • September 29, 2014

    The 4 Firms In-House Counsel Fear The Most

    A quartet of BigLaw powerhouses that clean up in the courtroom have been identified by in-house counsel as the firms they least like to see on the other side of the table in litigation proceedings, according to a recent survey.

  • September 29, 2014

    Ford Shirked ADA Duties, EEOC Says In Telecommute Case

    Ford Motor Co. had an obligation to — but did not — consider potential telecommuting arrangements for a disabled employee who suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told the full Sixth Circuit on Friday.

  • September 29, 2014

    Carmakers, Insurers Want Garlock Asbestos Records Unsealed

    Ford Motor Co., Honeywell International, Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and a slew of insurers urged a North Carolina bankruptcy judge Thursday to reject a bid to seal aggregated estimations of past and pending mesothelioma claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, saying the information should be released to the public.

  • September 29, 2014

    Auto Parts Co. To Pay $26M Fine, Plead Guilty To Price-Fixing

    Auto-parts maker Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. will pay $26 million and plead guilty to fixing prices for its steering wheels, air bags, and hoses, part of a sprawling probe that the U.S. Department of Justice says has yielded $2.4 billion in fines from 29 companies so far.