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Automotive

  • 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.

  • September 29, 2014

    23 Deaths Now Linked To GM Ignition Switch Defect

    The number of deaths linked to the sprawling General Motors Co. ignition defect has now increased to 23, according to claims details released Monday by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a settlement program to compensate crash victims.

  • September 29, 2014

    EU To Explain Reasoning For Apple, Fiat Tax Investigations

    The European Commission is expected to soon explain why it believes certain tax rulings granted to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA in Ireland and Luxembourg violated European Union state aid law and warrant current EU investigations into the companies' tax dealings, according to a Monday news report.

  • September 29, 2014

    Indian Clutch Maker Says Navistar Broke $20M Contract

    Indian auto parts maker Clutch Auto Ltd. on Friday urged an Illinois federal judge to rule that Navistar Inc. breached a contract with the supplier, saying it spent $20 million manufacturing clutches for certain Navistar models, with the company then refusing to compensate Clutch for its work or help sell its inventory.

  • September 26, 2014

    Sears, Big Lots Accused Of Selling Knockoff Wiper Blades

    Retailers Sears Holdings Corp. and Big Lots Inc. were sued Friday in Illinois by Scan Top Enterprise Co. Ltd., which claims the retailers are selling wiper blade connectors from an auto accessory manufacturer that infringe its patents and copyrights.

  • September 26, 2014

    Tesla Beats Suit Over $6.5B Stock Drop After Battery Fires

    A California federal judge on Friday axed a proposed class action accusing Tesla Motors Inc. of causing a $6.5 billion drop in its market value by lying about its electric cars' safety, saying he didn't see any evidence that Tesla’s statements after three battery fires were false.

  • September 26, 2014

    Austin City Council Moves Toward Authorizing Uber, Lyft

    City leaders in Austin, Texas, voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to provisionally approve rules that would allow rideshare operators Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to operate legally within city limits.

  • September 26, 2014

    GM Financial To Issue $2B Notes As Credit Rating Jumps

    General Motors Financial Co. told regulators Thursday that it will issue $2 billion in notes to raise money for general corporate purposes, the same day Wall Street upgraded the lender's credit rating.

  • September 26, 2014

    Ford Recalls 850K Sedans, SUVs For Restraint System Issues

    Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling nearly 850,000 2013-2014 C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America because of a problem with the electric module that controls the cars’ deployable restraint systems, potentially causing air bags to not properly deploy during an accident.

  • September 26, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: AbbVie, ZF Friedrichshafen, T-Mobile

    AbbVie Inc. is looking into ways it can raise additional funding to help finance its planned $54 billion takeover of European rival Shire PLC, while the specifics of how ZF Friedrichshafen AG will finance last week's $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. have begun to surface.

  • September 26, 2014

    Calif. DAs Threaten Uber, Other Ride Apps With Legal Action

    The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles have threatened legal action against ride-sharing companies Sidecar Technologies Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. for their “ongoing” violations of California state law, including misrepresenting that their drivers underwent thorough background checks and charging illegal “shared ride” fees.

  • September 26, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Inequitable Conduct Win For Honda

    A Federal Circuit majority panel on Friday ruled that GPS patents asserted against American Honda Motor Co. are unenforceable because the inventor intentionally withheld information about prior art from the patent office, an opinion issued after the court remanded the case following establishment of the Therasense standard for proving inequitable conduct.

  • September 26, 2014

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Chief Tackles Swollen Caseload

    In Law360's latest look at Friday's operations of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the director-general takes steps to address an unprecedented uptick in new cases, Russia clogs the European Union's effort to advance its case on car tariffs and Argentina fights a recent ruling against its import policies.