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Automotive

  • June 5, 2018

    Autobahn Defends $1.6M Settlement In Auto Parts Suit

    While confident it would prevail at trial, Autobahn Inc. told a California federal judge Monday that a $1.6 million settlement reached last month would be a cheaper and preferable outcome for both the company and the group of drivers alleging it misled them into believing it used genuine Mercedes parts to repair their vehicles.

  • June 5, 2018

    Harm Of Trump's '2-For-1' Order Is Clear, Challengers Say

    Public interest groups asked a D.C. federal court Monday to agree that they had standing to challenge President Donald Trump's executive order that two federal regulations have to be repealed for each new one, citing several examples they said showed the policy's harm and arbitrary nature.

  • June 5, 2018

    Uber Says High Court's Waiver Ruling Dooms Driver Class

    The Ninth Circuit should dissolve a class of hundreds of thousands of current and former Uber drivers who allege they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied fair wages, Uber told the appeals court Monday in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing class action waivers.

  • June 4, 2018

    Toyo Fights Chinese Tire Co.'s Quick Win Bid In IP Row

    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. urged a California federal court on Monday to deny a Chinese tire maker’s bid for an early win in a suit asserting that the Chinese rival had falsely claimed it did not make the tires at issue in a trade dress infringement dispute, arguing that the Chinese tire maker’s arguments were “at odds” with the evidence.

  • June 4, 2018

    Tesla Race Bias Case Not Going To Arbitration

    A California state judge has denied Tesla's bid to send to arbitration a proposed class suit alleging it tolerated harassment toward black workers at its Alameda, California, plant, ruling the electric-car maker can't enforce a contract the accuser never signed.

  • June 4, 2018

    GM Escapes Bulk Of Consumers' Suit Over Oil-Guzzling Cars

    A California federal judge on Friday dismissed the majority of a putative class action alleging defects in General Motors LLC’s Chevy Equinoxes cause their engines to burn through oil, finding the plaintiff drivers had not adequately alleged their vehicles suffered from a manufacturing defect that was under express warranty.

  • June 4, 2018

    Drivers Can’t Dodge Chrysler Expert Testimony In Defect Row

    A California federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class of consumers’ bid to exclude Fiat Chrysler's expert testimony in a suit claiming the company inadequately addressed clutch defects in Dodge vehicles, saying the disagreement with the experts doesn’t affect the admissibility of the testimony.

  • June 4, 2018

    Ford, Consumers Reach Deal In Faulty Touch Screen Row

    Ford has agreed to pay up to $500 in cash and offer free software upgrades to a class of consumers alleging the automaker sold vehicles with faulty touch screens to stave off a jury trial, according to a settlement agreement filed in a California federal court Friday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Daimler Units Dropped From German Auto Antitrust MDL

    A group of Daimler AG subsidiaries have exited multidistrict litigation against German luxury car makers accused of conspiring to limit innovation by trading sensitive technical information on technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment, according to a dismissal order signed on Friday.

  • June 1, 2018

    GM Settles First-Known Suit Over Self-Driving Car Crash

    General Motors Co. has agreed to settle a lawsuit, believed to be the first of its kind, filed by a motorcyclist who was involved in a San Francisco crash with one of GM's self-driving cars in December, according to court filings.

  • June 1, 2018

    Trade Groups Slam Antitrust Chief's Licensed Tech Claims

    Trade groups representing the tech, auto and retail industries released a white paper pushing back at a suggestion by a top U.S. antitrust official that enforcers should shift their focus away from potential abuses by holders of patents crucial to standardized industries in favor of greater scrutiny on licensees.

  • June 1, 2018

    Uber Directors Criticize Shareholder Who Sued Over Otto Buy

    Uber’s past and current top brass asked the Delaware Chancery Court to dismiss a derivatives suit over the $680 million acquisition of OttoMotto, an ex-Google engineer’s self-driving car startup, that landed Uber in a trade secrets row, saying the suit was filed by a “disgruntled” ex-employee with ulterior motives.

  • June 1, 2018

    Ford Gas Tax Refund Bid Rejected By Mich. Appeals Court

    Ford Motor Co.’s refund bid for more than $1 million in taxes paid on gasoline used to test and ship vehicles outside of Michigan was properly denied, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.

  • June 1, 2018

    Calif. OKs Self-Driving Cars For Passenger Pickups

    California regulators on Thursday allowed self-driving cars to pick up ride-share passengers for the first time in the Golden State.

  • June 1, 2018

    Uber Workers' Comp. Deduction Suit Sent To Arbitration

    A New York federal judge told a proposed class of Uber drivers on Thursday that by signing the company's technology services agreement during registration, they were bound to arbitrate claims that the company illegally deducted a 2.5 percent fee from their pay for workers' compensation insurance.

  • June 1, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Race Bias Suit Against Auto Parts Maker

    The Eleventh Circuit revived a suit alleging a car parts maker denied a black worker a job transfer because she was not Korean, saying in a published opinion Friday that the trial court wrongly applied a stricter test meant for analyzing circumstantial evidence of bias, when the worker offered direct evidence.

  • June 1, 2018

    Chrysler Drivers Tentatively Denied Cert. In Faulty Clutch Row

    A California federal judge on Friday tentatively declined to certify a proposed class action accusing Fiat Chrysler of inadequately addressing alleged clutch defects, saying the drivers haven't satisfied due process and the proposed class is too broad.

  • June 1, 2018

    DOT Says Engineer Off Limits In Fiat Chrysler Stock-Drop Suit

    The U.S. Department of Transportation told a New York federal judge Thursday that a group of Fiat Chrysler investors cannot depose a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration engineer in their putative securities class action alleging the automaker lied about using emissions-cheating devices in vehicles and complying with safety recalls.

  • June 1, 2018

    Mercedes Doubles Down On Effort To Toss Radiator Suit

    Mercedes-Benz on Thursday again rebuked a driver’s amended putative class action accusing the automaker of concealing knowledge that it equipped some of its cars with faulty radiators, telling a Massachusetts federal judge the driver who filed the suit incorrectly believes he is entitled to “free repairs in perpetuity.”

  • June 1, 2018

    A Peek Into The World Of NAD Director Laura Brett

    Jennifer Fried of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP sits down with Laura Brett, director of the National Advertising Division, to discuss recent developments at NAD and how the division may evolve under Brett's leadership.

Expert Analysis

  • What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

    Jackie Glassman

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent announcement that it will reconsider Obama-era automobile greenhouse gas emissions standards is generating controversy, it was not unexpected, say Jackie Glassman and Rachel Tennis of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • What Makes CPSC's Polaris Settlement Special

    Heather Bramble

    For members of industry, consumer advocates and those worried about partisan deadlock, the recent settlement between Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may provide some faith in how the CPSC fulfills its important mission to keep consumers safe, says Heather Capell Bramble of Venable LLP.

  • When Your Trademark Is A False Advertisement

    Mike Justus

    False advertising issues continue to plague brand names and trademarks in a variety of forums and contexts. Recent legal trends are instructive for trademark and advertising counsel, says Mike Justus of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.