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Automotive

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Defeats Drivers' Bid To Revive Suspension Defect Claims

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. won its bid to deny a reconsideration request from drivers attempting to revive breach of express warranty claims in a proposed class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects in Florida federal court.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trump Aides Leave Details Of China Trade Deal Murky

    President Donald Trump on Monday looked to take a victory lap celebrating the trade truce he struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the weekend, but the president’s advisers offered few details about what commitments Beijing supposedly made.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • December 2, 2018

    Trump Vows To Leave NAFTA To Force Vote On New Accord

    President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he will withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement as a means of forcing Congress to vote on the updated version of the accord that he signed at the G-20 summit on Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Calif. Auto Dealers' Breach Suit Against Contractor Gets Pared

    A California federal judge on Thursday partly trimmed Price Simms Auto Group’s amended breach of contract suit alleging a contractor, Candle3 LLC, furnished faulty electrical work and didn’t properly complete projects to convert six of its dealerships to clean energy, saying certain claims still aren’t specific enough.

  • November 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: StandardAero, Vodafone, SoftBank

    Warburg Pincus, Blackstone and Carlyle Group are reportedly the final bidders for StandardAero, the EU is likely to open a probe into Vodafone's planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) deal with Liberty Global, and SoftBank has decided against setting a price range for the public offering of its telecom unit.

  • November 30, 2018

    Rust-Oleum Wants New Trial Over Rain-X False Ad Claims

    Rust-Oleum Corp. has asked a federal judge in Texas to order a new trial in the false advertising lawsuit brought against it by the maker of a competing car windshield water-repellent product because, it argues, the jury that sided against it went against the evidence.

  • November 30, 2018

    Porsche Buyers Sue Over Defective Engine Cooling System

    A proposed class of drivers has sued Porsche Cars North America Inc., claiming the adhesive used to hold together engine cooling systems in the company’s vehicles is defective and can cause pipes to fall off, making the engines overheat and shut down.

  • November 30, 2018

    Hausfeld Plucks DOJ Antitrust Veteran For DC Partner

    Hausfeld LLP has named Paul Gallagher, a longtime antitrust lawyer from the U.S. Department of Justice, as a partner in its Washington, D.C., competition practice.

  • November 30, 2018

    Capital One Agrees To Decline $8.4M Won In Taxi Loan Suit

    Capital One Equipment Finance Corp. agreed to turn down a summary judgment award of $8.4 million in damages in its enforcement action against a group of taxi corporations that defaulted on their loans, filing a joint motion to vacate the order that cited continued negotiations in Illinois federal court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Leaders Ink NAFTA Rewrite, Teeing Up Legislative Climb

    President Donald Trump and his counterparts from Canada and Mexico on Friday formally signed the modernized North American Free Trade Agreement they completed in September, which would keep the three neighbors under a unified set of trading rules once the deal is ratified.

  • November 29, 2018

    Carchex LLC Must Face Overtime Suit, Maryland Judge Says

    Auto warranty provider Carchex LLC can’t sidestep a class action by former call center employees who claim they weren’t compensated for working overtime, a Maryland federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the company’s motion to dismiss was "without merit."

  • November 29, 2018

    VW's $48M Investor Deal Over Emissions Gets Green Light

    Volkswagen AG's $48 million deal with investors in multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal has gotten a California federal judge's preliminary approval, ending claims that the company knowingly issued false financial reports about its compliance with environmental laws.

  • November 29, 2018

    Fiat Revs Up Electric, Hybrid Autos With $5.7B For Italy Plants

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Thursday it will pour more than €5 billion ($5.7 billion) into the company’s Italian manufacturing plants over the next three years as it updates a number of vehicle models and focuses more heavily on electric and hybrid technologies.

  • November 29, 2018

    Chrysler, DOJ Ordered To New Talks In Emissions Suit

    Citing delays in resolving the case, a California federal judge has ordered Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the U.S. Department of Justice to meet directly with a court-mandated settlement master to try to reach an agreement to end the government's suit over the auto company's diesel emissions.

  • November 29, 2018

    Group Urges FCC Not To Reallocate Auto Safety Spectrum

    The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday urging it not to reallocate a band of spectrum that is currently used for automotive safety features, saying it could undermine transportation systems.

  • November 28, 2018

    Miami Court Ruling Could Upend Red-Light Camera Programs

    A decision by a Miami-Dade County judge could throw another twist into a long-running battle over the use of red-light cameras in Florida, as the court found that differences among various municipalities' programs violate the state legislature's intent for uniform traffic laws.

  • November 28, 2018

    Fiat Must Face Most Economic Loss Claims In Gearshift MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday trimmed some state claims from multidistrict litigation accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of making vehicles with faulty electronic gearshift systems that could cause them to roll away, but preserved the bulk of economic loss claims.

  • November 28, 2018

    USTR Hints At New Tariffs On Chinese Cars Ahead Of G20

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer raised the specter of new tariffs on Chinese cars on Wednesday, adding a new layer of intrigue to President Donald Trump’s scheduled summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at G20 this week.

  • November 28, 2018

    Faked Recall Notices Spur FTC Injunction Against Car Dealers

    A Maryland federal judge has OK'd a permanent injunction in a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission against several car dealerships in the state barring the companies from sending out falsified recall notices to drum up business.

Expert Analysis

  • How FIRRMA Changes The Game For Tech Cos. And Investors

    Steven Croley

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, signed into law in August, will significantly alter how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States conducts its work. Emerging technology companies, and their prospective investors, must be mindful of whether investments are now subject to CFIUS jurisdiction, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • UK Product Liability Law In The Autonomous Vehicle Era

    Sarah Batley

    The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Ethics Considerations For 4 Types Of Artificial Intelligence

    Johannes Stiehler

    Deciphering the ethics of artificial intelligence can be tricky. It always helps to have a human in the mix, but taking that element completely out of the equation makes answering questions about accountability much more pressing, says Johannes Stiehler of Ayfie Group AS.

  • Opinion

    Time To Jump-Start Stalled Autonomous Vehicle Regulation

    Tod Northman

    While consumer advocate Ralph Nader is right to express concern over proposed driverless car legislation, his premise that lawmaking is moving too fast is wrong. The real problem is that lawmaking is not moving at all, say Tod Northman and Chris Pantoja of Tucker Ellis LLP.