Massachusetts-based Toyota dealer Ira Automotive Group LLC sold a consumer a truck with a faulty rear bumper that detached while the driver was attempting to mount the cargo bed, causing him to fall and break two bones, according to a suit filed in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday.
Five men have been hit with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges stemming from their alleged involvement in the bribery of officials from various countries in exchange for government contracts for Rolls-Royce Group PLC, according to documents unsealed in Ohio federal court Tuesday.
The Federal Circuit affirmed on Tuesday a district court’s dismissal of claims brought by an auto body manufacturer accusing a rival of trying to monopolize the U.S. market for fiberglass utility bodies for trucks, while simultaneously upholding its finding that the rival did not infringe the manufacturer’s trade dress.
Allstate Insurance Co. told a California federal jury on Tuesday that Kia Motors Inc. is infringing its trademark for its “Drivewise” driver data and rewards program, kicking off a trial that seeks to stop the automaker from using the moniker for its own vehicle technology products.
Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. and employment social network Jobcase have been accused of sending unsolicited spam texts to prospective drivers, in a proposed nationwide class action filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s ranking Democrat on Tuesday urged the White House to press ahead with a proposed rule requiring all new cars to “talk” to one another so that the public can experience the technology’s safety benefits sooner rather than later.
Counsel for government agencies whose enforcement actions were enjoined by a litigation freeze by the Delaware bankruptcy court order on lawsuits connected to Takata’s dangerously defective airbag inflators said Tuesday they will oppose an extension, saying that “mere convenience” for the debtor is not enough to keep the freeze in place.
Uber Technologies Inc. told a New York federal court on Monday that the customer accusing the ride-hailing service of price-fixing can't raise the issue of his phone's keypad obscuring a hyperlink to the terms of service at this point in the case because he should have known about it all along.
Car owners claiming some Jeep vehicles are susceptible to hacking told an Illinois federal court on Monday that Fiat Chrysler can’t duck claims it breached warranty agreements with consumers, arguing in a heavily redacted brief that they’ve obtained substantial evidence that the alleged vulnerabilities have caused injuries.
A proposed class of Kia drivers who say their vehicles’ soy-based wiring attracted hungry rodents slammed the automaker’s bid to get rid of all class allegations as “unfortunate and unnecessary,” telling a California federal court on Monday that Kia’s argument is based on nonexistent deadlines.
Discount car rental company Rent-A-Wreck shot back at its founder’s challenge to its Chapter 11 filing, saying he has provided nothing to back his claim the filing is a judgment-dodging scam.
Drivers suing Fiat Chrysler and Bosch in multidistrict litigation over alleged cheating on emissions testing urged a California federal court Monday to keep their claims alive, saying they suffered economic losses when they purchased or leased the vehicles.
Ohio-based Central Mutual Insurance Co. and parent All America Insurance Co. on Friday sued a truck dealer and the estate of an Illinois man, saying they shouldn't be held liable for indemnifying the dealer in a case involving the man's death from mesothelioma because it does not constitute "bodily injury."
A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday rejected a plan by nearly 800 Boston-area taxi companies for the prosecution of seven recently consolidated lawsuits in which they accuse Uber Technologies Inc. of competing unfairly by failing to comply with local taxi rules, saying the proposal fell short.
Takata Corp. asked the Delaware bankruptcy court Monday to extend the litigation freeze on hundreds of lawsuits over the defective air bag inflators linked to at least a dozen deaths for another 90 days past its Nov. 15 deadline, arguing that the lawsuits would pull focus from its bankruptcy exit efforts.
Citing allegations that General Motors Co. installed Volkswagen-style emissions control “defeat” devices on some diesel vehicles, GM shareholders sued in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday for access to records on corporate duty compliance and said damage claims could follow.
A change in administration opens revolving doors for BigLaw, allowing some attorneys to transition to a government gig while giving others the chance to move into the private sector. Here are the firms and attorneys cycling through some prominent executive branch positions.
South Korea’s competition agency said Monday it has fined three companies 37.1 billion won ($33.3 million) for allegedly restricting competition by rigging bids for fuel pumps and variable valve timing systems in automobiles.
Corporations and their attorneys can be some of the country’s most ardent deregulation enthusiasts, but many are struggling to navigate uncertainty clouding the Trump administration’s efforts to pare down the rulebook.
Last November’s Election Day triumph for Donald Trump seemed likely to bring about, as one consultant put it, a “legal industry on steroids.” A year on, though, the picture for law firms is decidedly mixed.
Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.
For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed bipartisan legislation in support of autonomous vehicles, but specifically excluded commercial motor vehicles. Labor unions and other stakeholders fear that deployment of autonomous trucks could lead to widespread job losses. However, safety considerations may ultimately bring self-driving commercial vehicles into service, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-examination of the midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards is a high-stakes rulemaking with major implications for automobile manufacturers and the public. And it will reverberate beyond the automobile industry, shaping domestic demand for oil and renewables, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.
We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.
What makes the practice of law so stressful? Our thesis is that it comes from being terrible to each other. As a plaintiffs lawyer and a defense lawyer, we asked what we believed our opposition thought about us and how our opposition judged us — and then we compared notes, say Daniel Karon of Karon LLC and Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.
Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.
Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.