Automotive

  • February 6, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Settles Car Buyers' Antitrust Claims For $4M

    Automobile parts supplier Continental Automotive Electronics LLC has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to car buyers to settle antitrust claims related to a sprawling multidistrict litigation over an alleged auto parts price-fixing scheme, according to a proposed agreement filed in Michigan federal court on Monday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ford Wins Toss Of Mustang Defect Suit Over Class Issue

    A Florida federal judge tossed, for now, a proposed class action accusing Ford Motor Co. of misrepresenting that a type of Mustang was suitable for the racetrack, saying the 17 named plaintiffs haven’t stated where they purchased the vehicles and thus aren’t members of any proposed classes.

  • February 5, 2018

    Uber Cheated In Self-Driving Car Race, Waymo Tells Jury

    In the race to develop self-driving car technology, Uber was like Rosie Ruiz, the woman who won the Boston Marathon by riding the subway to victory, an attorney for Waymo told a California federal jury during opening statements Monday, saying Uber stole the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary’s trade secrets to “leapfrog” ahead of the competition.

  • February 5, 2018

    VW Owners Who Sold Cars Pre-Scandal Make Standing Args

    A proposed class of drivers who offloaded affected vehicles before Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke in September 2015 told a California federal judge Friday they have standing to sue and suffered losses for the premium price they paid to buy or lease the purportedly environmentally friendly cars.

  • February 5, 2018

    1st Circ. Weighs Instructions In Insider Trading Verdict

    First Circuit judges on Monday questioned the legitimacy of a securities fraud conviction of a man who claims jurors should have been informed that evidence indicating he knew trading on his wife’s insider knowledge was illegal cannot, in itself, constitute guilt.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ford Fends Off Patent Atty's 'No Poaching' Suit

    A suit from a Michigan lawyer casting herself as the victim of a conspiracy led by a Ford Motor Company lawyer to keep her from getting hundreds of potential jobs should be thrown out, a federal magistrate said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Chamber Urges 9th Circ. To Nix Seattle’s Uber Union Law

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday to find Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize doesn’t qualify for an exemption to federal antitrust laws, arguing that the city’s powers to regulate transportation companies don’t extend to authorizing collective bargaining.

  • February 5, 2018

    3 Questions About Self-Driving Car Liability

    A recent negligence suit against General Motors is the first of what lawyers have long said would be many suits stemming from accidents involving self-driving car technology, opening up a new frontier in assessing legal liability. Here, lawyers talk to Law360 about the challenges of discovering who is liable when a self-driving vehicle is involved in an accident.

  • February 2, 2018

    Toyota Faces Suit Over Alleged Prius Stall Defect

    A Toyota driver has hit the car company with a proposed class action in California state court alleging that its Prius hybrid cars have a defect that creates a serious risk of stalling while traveling at high speeds, potentially resulting in a crash.

  • February 2, 2018

    Uber's Data Drama Puts 'Bug Bounties' In The Spotlight

    Uber’s $100,000 payoff to hackers who reportedly revealed a security flaw but then demanded increased payment to release stolen data has spawned regulatory backlash that may force companies to re-evaluate how they can employ so-called "bug bounty" programs without running afoul of the law.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ford Owners Pan $35M Deal In Defective Transmission Row

    Certain Ford Fiesta and Focus owners with allegedly defective transmissions on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to reject the estimated $35 million settlement reached with Ford Motor Co. in March, saying the bulk of class members won’t be able to get sufficient relief under the agreement.

  • February 2, 2018

    Head To Head: Uber-Waymo Attys Bring Grit And Wit To Trial

    A high-stakes trade secrets trial over self-driving cars will pit a meticulous questioner against a courtroom charmer, their colleagues say. Here’s what to expect from a pair of high-octane advocates known for their scrappiness and skill.

  • February 2, 2018

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Tesla Stock-Drop Class Action

    The Rosen Law Firm PA will be the lead counsel representing a proposed class of Tesla Inc. shareholders in a stock-drop suit against the electric carmaker, a California federal judge announced Friday at a hearing in San Francisco.

  • February 1, 2018

    Car Dealer Software Antitrust Suits Consolidated In Ill.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated several lawsuits filed against CDK Global LLC and The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. over accusations the software providers conspired to limit access to data stored on their dealer management systems and agreed not to compete.

  • February 1, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Reports Ch. 11 DIP, Sale, Fee Compromises

    After weeks of “chaos,” bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather, its creditors and lenders stitched together a tentative, multipart Chapter 11 sale and case compromise Thursday, positioning the company for a Feb. 12 sale approval hearing.

  • February 1, 2018

    Counties' VW Diesel Suits Could Spur Copycats, Judge Says

    A California federal judge expressed concerns at a San Francisco hearing Thursday that if he allows two counties in Florida and Utah to proceed with their litigation over Volkswagen AG’s “clean diesel” emissions scandal, it could set off thousands of copycat suits from counties across the country.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds More Ford Wins On Hybrid Vehicle Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday held that parts of three Paice LLC hybrid vehicle patents were invalid in the latest rulings to arise from a sweeping series of challenges that Ford Motor Co. brought against the tech company’s patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • February 1, 2018

    Santander Unit Wants Rethink On Bid To Toss Investor Suit

    A Santander Group vehicle financing unit on Wednesday sought a second look at its bid to toss an investor suit alleging the company’s stock price was inflated through accounting fraud, telling a Texas federal judge that his previous decision to largely spare the suit was based in part on allegations that weren’t pled in the investors’ complaint.

  • February 1, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog OKs Volvo Dealer Acquisition

    The competition authority of Belgium on Wednesday approved Volvo’s acquisition of a commercial dealership and repair company in the country, with a narrow condition meant to protect competition for commercial truck repairs in a single region.

  • February 1, 2018

    Freeland Says 'Explicitly Protectionist' US Roiling NAFTA

    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday said that the Trump administration's "explicitly protectionist" positions are complicating the effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, particularly when it comes to the thorniest issues, such as rules governing automotive trade between the partners.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year, the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act continued to be the source of the most significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, as courts and litigants began to grapple with its interpretation and application, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement Picks Up In 2nd Half Of 2017

    Michael Skopets

    The last few months have seen increased enforcement activity related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved more than 15 cases against corporations and individuals, issued several declinations, and initiated at least five new investigations, say Michael Skopets and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Ltd.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.