Automotive

  • November 8, 2017

    Toyota Made Trucks With Faulty Rear Bumpers, Driver Says

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Rolls-Royce Bribe Schemers Hit With FCPA Charges

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Tosses Antitrust Claims Against Auto Body Maker

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Allstate Accuses Kia Of Ripping Off 'Drivewise' In TM Trial

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Lyft, Jobcase Hit With TCPA Suit Over Spam Text Claims

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    House Dem Asks White House To Act On Connected-Car Rule

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    States Oppose Takata's Bid To Extend Airbag Lawsuit Freeze

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Uber Says Rider Waived 'Keypad Issue' In Price-Fixing Suit

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Drivers Fight Fiat Chrysler's Quick Win Bid In Jeep Hack Suit

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Drivers Slam Kia's Bid To Cut Class Claims In Wiring Suit

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Rent-A-Wreck Pushes Back Over Founder's Bid To Toss Ch. 11

    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.

  • November 7, 2017

    Fiat, Bosch Can’t Escape Emissions MDL, Diesel Drivers Say

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Insurers Won't Indemnify Truck Dealer In Mesothelioma Suit

    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."

  • November 6, 2017

    Taxi Cos.' Plan For Uber Suits Misses The Mark, Judge Finds

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Takata Seeks To Pause Air Bag Suits For Another 90 Days

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    GM Investors Sue In Del. For Emissions Compliance Records

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    The Law Firms Spinning The White House Turnstile

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    S. Korea Hits Auto Parts Makers With $33M In Antitrust Fines

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    What Trump’s War On Regulations Means For Lawyers

    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.

  • November 6, 2017

    Has Trump Been Good For BigLaw?

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    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.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    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.

  • Self-Driving Trucks Get Closer To Hitting The Road

    Lawrence Hamilton

    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.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    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.

  • Why EPA's Auto Emissions Review Could Be A Game-Changer

    Granta Nakayama

    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.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    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.

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    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.

  • How Plaintiffs And Defense Counsel Misperceive Each Other

    Daniel Karon

    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.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    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.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    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.