Automotive

  • March 20, 2014

    Motorcycle Rider Can't Blame BMW For Erection, Judge Finds

    A California judge last week tossed a lawsuit against BMW of North America LLC and Corbin-Pacific Inc. by a man who claimed a four-hour motorcycle ride gave him a long-lasting erection, finding that an expert could not connect the motorcycle's vibrations to the condition.

  • March 20, 2014

    Geico, Others Accused Of Violating NJ Insurer's Trademark

    The owner of a New Jersey insurance business filed a million-dollar lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Geico, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Allstate Insurance Co. and others are allowing a third-party site to send customers their way under his trademarked name.

  • March 20, 2014

    NY Bill To Restrict Tesla Sales Advances In Assembly

    A key New York State Assembly committee cleared a bill Wednesday that would prevent car manufacturers from selling directly to consumers and force Tesla Motors Inc. to sell its electric cars through third-party dealers, adding to a movement the company claims protects the dealership "monopoly."

  • March 20, 2014

    Judge Approves $1B Toyota Pact, Says 'Fraud Can Kill'

    A New York federal judge on Thursday accepted Toyota Motor Corp.’s $1.2 billion deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that it hid defects that caused vehicles to accelerate suddenly, saying the case “demonstrates that corporate fraud can kill.”

  • March 20, 2014

    GM Faces Canadian Class Actions Over Vehicle Recall

    The fallout from General Motors Co.'s recall of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches swelled across U.S. borders Wednesday when the manufacturer was hit with proposed class actions in two Canadian courts on behalf of drivers whose engines failed or threaten to fail on the road.

  • March 19, 2014

    Toyota’s $1.2B Bruising Could Mean Bleak Future For GM

    Whether General Motors Co. faces a criminal penalty as backbreaking as Toyota Motor Corp.'s $1.2 billion fine for its handling of a recent recall depends much more on its past honesty with regulators than it does on what's dominated headlines as of late: the amount of time it took to recall the vehicles.

  • March 19, 2014

    GM Hit With $5M Class Action Over Ignition Switch Defect

    General Motors LLC was slapped on Wednesday in Michigan federal court with a $5 million putative class action accusing it of knowing as far back as 2004 about a deadly ignition switch problem that recently resulted in recalls of 1.6 million vehicles.

  • March 19, 2014

    Accident Victim's $25M Win Upheld Despite Question Of Blame

    A California appeals court on Monday upheld a nearly $25 million verdict in favor of a woman who became paralyzed in a car accident when her seatback collapsed, but remanded the case for a retrial on the allocation of damages, ruling that a seat designer could not be held strictly liable for a product it did not manufacture.

  • March 19, 2014

    Motor Transport Cos. Exempt From Local Income Tax In Ohio

    Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a transportation company is exempt from paying a local income tax on its net profits because state law preempts local taxes from being applied to motor transportation companies.

  • March 19, 2014

    Anti-Union Workers Say Volkswagen Helping UAW

    Anti-union Volkswagen AG workers asked a Tennessee federal court on Tuesday to bar VW from helping the United Auto Workers organize the automaker's Chattanooga plant, saying the company will assist the UAW's organizing push if the union manages to get its recent loss in a representation election overturned.

  • March 19, 2014

    EU Fines Ball Bearing Makers $1.3B For Price-Fixing

    The European Commission slapped five companies with fines totaling nearly €1 billion ($1.3 billion) for conspiring to fix the prices of ball bearings used in automobiles, the regulator said in a statement Wednesday.

  • March 19, 2014

    Toyota To Pay $1.2B In Criminal Probe Over Acceleration Issue

    Toyota Motor Corp. was slapped with a record $1.2 billion penalty on Wednesday in connection with criminal allegations that it hid two defects from consumers, regulators and lawmakers that caused vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally.

  • March 18, 2014

    Toyota May Sign $1B Deal To End Fed Acceleration Probe

    Toyota Motor Corp. is allegedly in talks to settle a federal investigation into customer complaints about unintended acceleration in some of its vehicles, and the U.S. Department of Justice may announce a potentially billion-dollar deal as early as Wednesday, according to reports.

  • March 18, 2014

    The Merry Crusader: Judge Jed Rakoff

    New York Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff talks to Law360 about musical theater, media relations and his most important judicial opinion.

  • March 18, 2014

    GM's Recall Mea Culpa Creates Nightmare For Defense Counsel

    While they may help General Motors Co. regain consumers' trust, the beleaguered automaker's repeated public apologies for waiting so long to recall 1.6 million vehicles have the potential to cripple the company in litigation over the ignition switch defect, attorneys say.

  • March 18, 2014

    Fla. Senate OKs Bill Barring Anti-Gun Insurance Bias

    The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would prohibit property and automobile insurers from discriminating against gun owners and give gun owners the right to sue under the state's unfair trade practice law if they're denied coverage.

  • March 18, 2014

    Fla. Senate Passes $400M Rollback Of Motor Vehicle Fees

    The Florida Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to cut nearly $400 million in motor vehicle fees, an initiative that Gov. Rick Scott has also made the largest component of his pledge for $500 million in tax and fee reductions in his proposed budget.

  • March 18, 2014

    GM CEO Knew Of Chevy Cobalt Safety Review In December

    General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that she knew in December about an internal safety review of the Chevrolet Cobalt, one of the GM models among the 1.6 million vehicles that the embattled automaker recalled last month over an ignition switch problem.

  • March 18, 2014

    Caterpillar Gets Discovery On Faulty Engines Pared Down

    A Florida federal judge modified a discovery order in a putative class action alleging Caterpillar Inc. sold faulty bus engines, ruling Monday that the plaintiffs had failed to show the discovery on one of the two at-issue engines was necessary for class certification.

  • March 18, 2014

    GM Names New Safety Executive In Wake Of Recall

    Amid the fallout from its recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a deadly ignition switch defect, General Motors Co. created a new executive position on Tuesday to oversee vehicle safety and named a longtime company engineer to fill the role.