Automotive

  • May 3, 2013

    Fed. Circ. Revives Ford's Suit Over Car Part Duties

    The Federal Circuit on Friday gave new life to Ford Motor Co.'s long-running suit seeking repayment of import duties on Canadian car parts, ruling U.S. Customs and Border Protection hasn't sufficiently addressed why it didn't accept Ford's late filing of paper certificates of origin.

  • May 2, 2013

    Bridgestone Asks Judge Not To Drop Coach America's Ch. 11

    Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC asked a federal judge in Delaware on Wednesday not to dismiss the Chapter 11 case for Coach America Inc. because it claims the estate still owes it more than $1 million for tires the charter bus company used while it was being sold.

  • May 2, 2013

    Yamaha Out $3.3M In Ala. Suit Over Rhino Vehicle Injuries

    A jury in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday dinged Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. for $3.3 million in a lawsuit filed by a woman who was severely injured when her Rhino off-road vehicle flipped over while she was driving around her farm.

  • May 2, 2013

    EU Launches Antitrust Probe Over Peugeot Restructuring

    The European Commission launched an in-depth investigation Thursday into whether €7 billion ($9.1 billion) in state aid to help restructure French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen's financing unit complies with the European Union's antitrust rules.

  • May 2, 2013

    Fla. House Passes Bill To Incentivize Natural Gas Vehicles

    Florida’s Legislature on Thursday passed a bill implementing a new tax structure for natural gas fuels and incentives for the purchase and use of natural gas-fueled vehicles, a move the state’s lawmakers have claimed will bring both economic and environmental benefits.

  • May 2, 2013

    Old GM Judge Nixes Trust's Bid For $13.5M In Cleanup Costs

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday denied a request by an environmental trust established as part of the old General Motors Corp.'s wind-down process for another $13.5 million from the estate to clean up its contaminated properties.

  • May 1, 2013

    Volkswagen Unit Slips Recorded-Call Class Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action accusing the auto financing arm of German-based Volkswagen AG of improperly recording consumer phone calls, saying that the suit is time-barred. 

  • May 1, 2013

    Electric Car Co. Files Ch. 11, To Sell Unit To Fortress

    Electric-car maker Coda Holdings Inc. rolled into bankruptcy in Delaware on Wednesday with plans to sell its automobile assets to lenders led by Fortress Investment Group LLC, while shifting gears to concentrate on its energy-storage business.

  • April 30, 2013

    Volvo Owes $8.6M In Leg Injury Suit, Appeals Court Says

    A New York state appeals court on Tuesday upheld the bulk of an $8.75 million verdict against Volvo Car Corp. in a suit brought by a man who lost his leg after being hit by a Volvo that was missing a clutch starter safety switch, cutting only $170,000 from the award. 

  • April 30, 2013

    NJ High Court To Weigh Bad Faith Claims Brought After Trial

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday said it will consider whether bad faith claims against insurers who refuse to settle requests for uninsured motorist coverage are barred if the claims aren't filed in a motorist's original coverage lawsuit. 

  • April 29, 2013

    Bankrupt Battery Co.'s Creditors Look To Nix $28M GM Claim

    The creditors committee for former battery maker A123 Systems Inc. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday to disallow General Motors LLC's $27.9 million claim for rejection damages, saying the automaker failed to provide any documentation to justify the figure.

  • April 29, 2013

    High Court's Eaton Snub Forces Close Look At Discounts

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a controversial Third Circuit ruling in a monopolization case against Eaton Corp., a rejection that attorneys say will force big-market players to consider the broader effects of their loyalty discounts rather than simply keeping their prices above costs.

  • April 29, 2013

    Ford Backs $4.5M Seat Belt Verdict Reversal In High Court

    Ford Motor Co. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that it shouldn't take on an appeal of a Tenth Circuit ruling that overturned a $4.5 million seat belt malfunction verdict against the carmaker after excluding the testimony of the plaintiff's main witness.

  • April 29, 2013

    DOE Blasts $225M Suit By Electric Car, Battery Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday asked a Washington federal judge to toss a $225 million lawsuit alleging loan applications were rejected because of political cronyism, saying a failed electric vehicle maker lacked standing and that a sister company sued prematurely.

  • April 29, 2013

    Husch Blackwell Adds Product Liability Pro From Jenner

    Husch Blackwell LLP has lured a co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP's products liability practice group over to its Chicago office, adding a partner who represents pharmaceutical and automotive companies and handles environmental, personal injury and other areas of litigation, Husch Blackwell said Monday.

  • April 29, 2013

    Supreme Court Declines Truck Parts Co.'s Monopolization Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review the Third Circuit's decision upholding a truck parts maker's monopolization lawsuit against power management company Eaton Corp. despite claims that the ruling conflicted with a long line of case law on loyalty rebates.

  • April 26, 2013

    NJ Lawmakers Seek To Extend Lemon Law To Used Cars

    Members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly on Thursday introduced two bills that would expand consumer protections under the state’s lemon law by allowing consumers to return used — not just new — vehicles that are materially defective for full repayment.

  • April 26, 2013

    Ex-Ford Atty Can Represent Defect Class, Calif. Court Says

    A California appeals court on Thursday reinstated a plaintiff's lawyer who had been disqualified from a defective vehicle class action against Ford Motor Co., finding that his time defending the carmaker against lemon law suits does not prevent him from representing consumers in an unrelated case.

  • April 26, 2013

    Iowa Court Affirms $33M Judgment In Cooper Rollover Case

    An Iowa appeals court on Wednesday upheld a $33 million verdict in a case over a deadly rollover accident, finding no fault in the jury's determination that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. was completely liable for selling tires prone to tread separation.

  • April 25, 2013

    Fiat Wrangles With UAW Trust Over Price Of Chrysler Stake

    Having used the same formula to arrive at prices more than $200 million apart, Fiat SpA and a United Auto Workers trust both looked to a Delaware Chancery judge Thursday to pick a the winner in their fight over the cost of a 3.3 percent stake in Chrysler Group LLC.