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Automotive

  • January 2, 2015

    US Dings China's Procurement, Auto Policies In WTO Report

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently criticized a litany of Chinese policies as potentially flouting World Trade Organization rules, including Beijing's policies pertaining to government procurement and electric vehicles, along with numerous complaints about lax intellectual property enforcement.

  • January 2, 2015

    Automotive Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2015

    Automotive attorneys in 2015 will be keeping an eye on safety legislation and regulation stemming from the massive number of recalls that have rocked the industry, while also watching out for upcoming rules for auto loans and vehicle-to-vehicle technology.

  • January 2, 2015

    Automotive Cases To Watch In 2015

    As 2015 rolls in, the world’s top automakers will battle a slew of lawsuits over defects that led to large-scale recalls, while a popular parts retailer attempts to dodge an employment discrimination row and ride-sharing companies face an onslaught of suits over allegedly dubious business practices.

  • December 23, 2014

    SEC Settles With Auto Loan Co. Agent In $110M Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday settled in Massachusetts with a sales agent named as a defendant in its suit accusing subprime auto loan provider Inofin Inc. of carrying out a $110 million fraud against investors to fund real estate projects and open car dealerships, bringing the long-running litigation to a close. 

  • December 23, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Stryker, HeidelbergCement, BeijingWest

    Stryker Corp. could make a bid to takeover Smith & Nephew PLC, which has a market capitalization of about $15.2 billion, within the next month, while HeidelbergCement AG is planning to sell Hanson Building Products Ltd. to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for up to $1.3 billion.

  • December 23, 2014

    Volvo Asks High Court To Revisit $72M Truck Emissions Fine

    Volvo Powertrain Corp. on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit part of its challenge to a $72 million fine for violating a 1999 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consent decree over diesel engine emissions, saying $62 million of the fine was unfairly imposed for engines that never made it to the United States.

  • December 23, 2014

    Goodyear Not Barred From Aggregating Asbestos Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that endorsements in several Travelers Indemnity Co. umbrella policies don't prevent Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. from aggregating multiple asbestos bodily injury claims into a single claim for purposes of seeking coverage under the policies.

  • December 23, 2014

    GM Hit With Chevy Volt Steering Defect Claims

    General Motors LLC was slapped with a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court, alleging that a defective steering system in its Chevrolet Volts causes the steering wheel to freeze intermittently while driving.  

  • December 23, 2014

    Navistar Hit With $7.7M Asbestos Verdict In NY

    A New York state jury has saddled bus manufacturer Navistar International Corp. with a $7.7 million verdict in a wrongful death suit brought by the widow of school bus driver who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the school's garage.

  • December 23, 2014

    Claims Pared In Michelin Tire Price Discrimination Row

    A South Carolina judge on Monday gave Michelin North America Inc. a partial pretrial victory in a suit accusing it of giving discounts to tire dealers in order to drive a truck retailer out of business, ruling that a dealer agreement doesn’t allow for any liability over terminating the deal.

  • December 22, 2014

    BMW Recalls 140,000 More Cars With Takata Air Bags

    BMW of North America LLC and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles became the latest automakers to buckle to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand their recalls of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp. driver's side air bags, days after Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. announced similar recall expansions.

  • December 22, 2014

    Parts Cos. Sued Over Shoddy Chrysler Clutches

    Auto parts makers Stoneridge Inc., FTE Automotive USA Inc. and Arrow Manufacturing Co. were hit with a putative class action in Oklahoma federal court on Friday alleging they manufactured defective clutch systems used in almost a million vehicles sold by Chrysler Group LLC’s prebankruptcy iteration.

  • December 22, 2014

    Ford Roof Defect Suit Can't Get Past Pa. En Banc Panel

    An en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday upheld an earlier three-judge panel’s decision that Ford Motor Co. was not liable for an automobile accident that left a mother paralyzed and caused serious injuries to her daughter.

  • December 22, 2014

    Pa. Woman Sues Uber Over Altercation With Philly Driver

    A Pennsylvania woman has sued Uber Technologies Inc. in state court over an incident in which one of its drivers allegedly left his car in Center City Philadelphia and repeatedly punched her in the face.

  • December 22, 2014

    Nissan Dodges Class Cert. In Defective Transmission Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday denied class certification in a suit accusing Nissan North America Inc. of concealing defective transmissions, saying that all of the claims raised by the named plaintiffs in the suit have been curbed for being untimely and unsupported by evidence.

  • December 19, 2014

    Law360 Names Law Firms Of The Year

    Showcasing strength in numbers and the agility needed to serve up top-notch client service on a number of fronts, two law firms secured a combined 18 Law360 Practice Group of the Year awards in 2014 to earn the distinction of Law360's Firms of the Year.

  • December 19, 2014

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year, awarded to firms that came through for their clients in 2014, sealing the big deals and winning the high-stakes suits.

  • December 19, 2014

    Ford Credit Gets Calif. Lease Notice Class Action Trimmed

    A California judge on Friday trimmed a putative class action alleging Ford Motor Credit Company LLC collects car lease payments from co-signers without providing a notice required by California law, tossing allegations that the practice violates the state’s unfair competition laws.

  • December 19, 2014

    NY Reaches $12M Settlement With Subprime Auto Lender

    New York’s top financial enforcement agency on Friday announced a settlement that could reach up to $12 million with a subprime auto lender and its owner over an alleged scheme to steal millions of dollars from consumers, among other unfair practices.

  • December 19, 2014

    Ally Hotfoots Out Of TARP With US' $1.3B Stake Sale

    Ally Financial Inc. said Friday that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has sold the rest of its interest in the company, raising $1.3 billion as the once-troubled auto lender exits the Troubled Asset Relief Program.