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  • September 11, 2018

    GM Hit With Class Action Over Oil-Guzzling SUVs In Fla.

    Two car owners hit General Motors with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Monday that accuses the automaker of selling 2010-2017 Chevrolet Equinox SUVs with defective oil-guzzling engines and monitoring systems that cause the vehicles to stall, break down and overheat.

  • September 10, 2018

    Tesla Defends Aggressive Pay Plan For Musk In Chancery Suit

    The directors of electric car maker Tesla Inc. defended the compensation package for company founder and CEO Elon Musk in a motion to dismiss a proposed shareholder class action suit in Delaware Chancery Court, saying Friday the plan would only award Musk if the company hit “audacious” growth benchmarks.

  • September 10, 2018

    BMW AG Wants Out Of Auto Recyclers' Takata Air Bag Claims

    BMW AG tried Friday to get out of class claims from automotive recycling companies over defective Takata Corp. air bags, arguing that the Florida federal court overseeing the air bag multidistrict litigation does not have jurisdiction over the German auto company.

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Put Dealership At Disadvantage, 9th Circ. Hears

    A San Jose dealership asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to overturn decisions ending two lawsuits it filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, one alleging the company coerced it into paying increased rent, and another alleging the automaker hurt local competition by offering better incentives to rival dealerships.

  • September 10, 2018

    Auto Parts Maker Can't Nix Trademark Over Atty Error

    A Missouri federal court on Monday refused to cancel auto parts company O’Reilly Automotive Stores Inc.’s trademark over an inadvertent filing by the company’s attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, finding that the error was not enough to constitute fraud.

  • September 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Volvo Cars, EQT Partners, SABIC

    Volvo Cars has reportedly put its plans to go public in Stockholm on hold indefinitely, EQT Partners is mulling going public, and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has tapped Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and M. Klein & Co. related to a SABIC stake sale.

  • September 10, 2018

    Severson & Werson Adds 3 Partners To Trial Practice

    Severson & Werson has expanded its trial practice, bringing three new partners versed in a variety of court cases to its San Francisco office from Archer Norris PLC.

  • September 10, 2018

    Jeep Drivers Say Transmissions ‘Plagued With Problems’

    Jeep Cherokee drivers slapped Fiat Chrysler America LLC with a proposed class action Friday, telling a New York federal court that the automaker has failed to fix a defective nine-speed automatic transmission that has been “plagued with problems from the start.”

  • September 10, 2018

    Opposition Prompts Tweaks To Metal Tariff Exclusion Process

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday announced a series of changes meant to improve the process for companies looking to avoid the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs in the face of widespread complaints about the agency’s handling of exclusion requests.

  • September 10, 2018

    GM Can't Appeal Valuations In Liquidation Row With Creditors

    A New York federal judge on Friday found a General Motors bankruptcy trust has no grounds to appeal a 2017 bankruptcy court decision on the value of the company’s manufacturing machinery as part of a long-standing dispute over a $1.5 billion prebankruptcy loan.

  • September 10, 2018

    Mercedes Driver Fights To Keep Radiator Defect Suit Intact

    A Mercedes-Benz driver urged a Massachusetts federal court Friday to keep intact his proposed class action claiming the automaker hid a radiator defect from consumers, arguing that the company's dismissal bid is “nothing more than advocacy” that the court must ignore.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    Bondholder's Fixed VW Suit Survives But Can't Be Expanded

    In the latest development stemming from the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal, a California federal judge told a bondholder Friday that its second amended complaint could survive the carmaker's dismissal bid, but could not be amended to include insider trading claims.

  • September 7, 2018

    Restore Class In Auto Loan Interest Suit, 7th Circ. Urged

    Several used-car dealerships asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn an order decertifying their class action accusing Indiana-based lender NextGear Capital Inc. of charging customers interest before distributing any money, saying the lower court incorrectly held that contract ambiguities can't be resolved on a class-wide basis.

  • September 7, 2018

    Versata, Not Ford, Owns Trade Secrets In IP Row, Judge Says

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday found as a matter of law that Versata Software Inc. does own trade secrets embedded in automotive software Ford Motor Company was licensed to use, but stopped short of finding without a trial whether Ford outright stole those secrets out from under the software maker.

  • September 7, 2018

    As Biz Opposes China Tariffs, Trump Says More On The Way

    With companies across a litany of sectors fiercely pushing back against the White House’s looming tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, President Donald Trump said Friday that he has a new wave of duties in the wings that would cover an additional $267 billion.

  • September 7, 2018

    Software Co. Settles Auto Dealer Data Breach Claims In NJ

    A data management company has agreed to implement cybersecurity measures as part of a settlement to resolve an investigation by New Jersey authorities into a data breach that exposed the personal information of car dealership customers across the country, including Garden State residents, the state attorney general's office announced Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Auto-Franchise Atty Joins Quarles & Brady In Chicago

    Quarles & Brady LLP has announced it picked up an automotive franchising expert from Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP to join the firm’s Chicago office as partner.

Expert Analysis

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    TCPA: An Antiquated Law That Needs To Be Fixed

    David Carter

    After years of bearing witness to an influx of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, reading nearly every TCPA opinion issued by the federal courts and talking with countless businesses, my conclusion is that the TCPA fails to reach its primary goal of protecting consumers from unwanted calls, says David Carter of Innovista Law PLLC.

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Cos. Must Prepare For Collective Consumer Suits In Germany

    Julia Schwalm

    In reaction to the diesel emissions scandal, German lawmakers have developed a new type of collective litigation for consumers. For companies that are the targets of such an action, the advantage is that there will be fewer cases to defend against and to coordinate, say Julia Schwalm and Jakob Schellmann of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • For Self-Driving Car Makers, Industry Standards Matter

    Allen Patatanyan

    When a self-driving Uber car ran over an Arizona pedestrian earlier this year, the company inadvertently shone a spotlight on the importance of industry standards. Failing to meet these benchmarks could be interpreted as a violation of the standard of care owed to a plaintiff by a corporate defendant, says Allen Patatanyan of West Coast Trial Lawyers.