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Automotive

  • November 26, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bayer, Fiat, Total

    Bayer AG reportedly plans to hold talks about selling some consumer health brands at an upcoming board meeting, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could sell off a robotics unit, and the Venezuelan oil ministry rejected an offer to buy Total SA’s stake in a natural gas project.

  • November 26, 2018

    BMW Blasts Discovery Extension Bid In M3 Engine Defect Suit

    BMW urged a New Jersey federal court Monday to deny a request to extend fact discovery by consumers who alleged that the automaker fraudulently concealed a defect in its M3 vehicles that can lead to catastrophic engine failure, arguing that an extension is both unnecessary and ill-timed.

  • November 26, 2018

    Mitsubishi Sacks Chairman Ghosn Amid Misconduct Claims

    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. ousted Carlos Ghosn as its chairman on Monday shortly after Nissan Motor Co. similarly booted the automotive executive as its chairman after he was arrested by Japanese authorities for alleged financial misconduct.

  • November 26, 2018

    McDermott Nabs Ex-Cooley Litigation Head In Los Angeles

    McDermott Will & Emery has hired the former head of Cooley LLP’s Los Angeles litigation practice to join the firm’s growing West Coast class action and complex commercial litigation group.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 71 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 21, 2018

    Attys Nab $5.9M For Negotiating $19.7M Price-Fix Settlements

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday awarded $5.9 million in fees and expenses to attorneys who worked on obtaining $19.7 million in settlements with Mitsubishi Electric and Furukawa in litigation alleging auto parts companies conspired to fix the price of wire harness products.

  • November 21, 2018

    Pa. Justices Require Consent For 3rd-Party Insurance Claims

    A worker’s compensation insurer needs the consent and participation of an injured worker in order to bring claims against the parties responsible for the injury, and merely claiming a lawsuit was filed “on behalf of” the injured worker is insufficient, a split Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday.

  • November 21, 2018

    CDK Balks At Doc Request In Dealership Data Antitrust MDL

    CDK Global LLC called a request for discovery “abusive” and a “scorched-earth approach” in the multidistrict litigation accusing the seller of dealer management systems of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal court Tuesday it should not have to respond to the request.

  • November 21, 2018

    Disclosures Still Doom Model 3 Stock-Drop Suit, Tesla Says

    Tesla Inc. told a California federal judge Tuesday that an amended suit alleging it hid information about production delays for its Model 3 sedan cannot tie any purported misstatements to any decline in Tesla's stock price, especially since the electric automaker was upfront about its unexpected production problems.

  • November 21, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't End EPA Fuel Standards Fight, For Now

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday declined to rule on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to dismiss challenges to its decision to revisit Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles, saying the EPA should include arguments that the decision isn't reviewable in its main defense.

  • November 21, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Trump's Metal Tariff Battle Boils Over

    In Law360's latest look at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the fleet of cases spurred by the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum are now set for formal adjudication by a panel, teeing up a potentially explosive battle over the WTO's national security exception.

  • November 21, 2018

    Taiwanese Biotech Tops 3 IPOs Totaling $46M In Short Week

    A Taiwanese biotechnology company raised nearly $22 million after pricing a downsized U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday, represented by Cooley LLP and K&L Gates LLP, concluding an abbreviated Thanksgiving week that generated three small IPOs that raised $46 million total.

  • November 21, 2018

    Trade Court Tosses Chinese Tire Co.'s Tariff Challenge

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has refused to lower a triple-digit duty tagged on one of the largest tire manufacturers in China, tossing aside the exporter’s bid to shield its products from the penalty rate imposed after it gave the U.S. government incorrect information about its shipments.

  • November 20, 2018

    CFPB Reaches Nearly $12M Settlement With Santander Unit

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday that a Santander consumer finance unit has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and more than $9 million in restitution as part of a settlement resolving claims over its disclosures related to an auto loan add-on product and auto loan extensions.

  • November 20, 2018

    Attys For ‘Eviscerated’ Uber Driver Class Seek Fare-Suit Fees

    Attorneys for a putative class of hundreds of thousands of Uber drivers that was slashed to a certified class of 9,600 because of a Ninth Circuit decision in another case against the company argued Monday for more than $3.3 million in fees for their $1.9 million win.

  • November 20, 2018

    Lewis Brisbois Attys Threatened With Jail For Order Breach

    A Dallas judge has threatened to jail a representative of security company GardaWorld and attorneys at Lewis Brisbois for refusing to turn over GPS data for a truck involved in a fatal collision.

  • November 20, 2018

    House Dems Press EPA For Info On Climate Rule Rollbacks

    Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turn over information on its efforts to undo climate change-related regulations, a preview of Trump administration scrutiny to come once Democrats gain control of the chamber in January.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tesla Leaves Sudden-Acceleration Claims In The Dust

    All of the named plaintiffs in a putative class action against Tesla Inc. have agreed to drop their class claims accusing the electric car maker of selling vehicles that suddenly accelerate without warning, according to a stipulation filed Monday in California federal court.

  • November 20, 2018

    Collisions By Runaway Semi Are One 'Accident,' 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit has held that multiple collisions caused by a runaway tractor-trailer are a single accident subject to a $1 million limit in the truck owner’s primary policy with Mid-Continent Insurance Co., reversing a lower court’s ruling that the company is liable for an additional sum an excess insurer paid to settle claims stemming from the crashes.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tower Taps Freshfields For €255M Sale Of European Biz

    Tower International Inc., which makes structured metal components for the automotive industry, said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell its European assets to privately owned Financière SNOP Dunois SA for €255M ($298 million) in a deal guided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • NY Revives Fair Lending Risks For Indirect Auto Lenders

    Melanie Brody

    The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.