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Automotive

  • August 31, 2018

    Texas Justices To Hear $115M Mercedes Dealership Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a Mercedes-Benz USA LLC dealership's bid to reinstate a $115 million punitive damages award that had been cut to $600,000 and will weigh Mercedes' bid to entirely throw out a finding that it fraudulently induced the sale of the dealership.

  • August 31, 2018

    Dealmakers Expect 'Crowded' IPO Calendar After Labor Day

    As summer break fades into the rearview mirror, capital markets attorneys are looking ahead to a busy slate of initial public offerings in the coming days and weeks, eager to restart deals amid a robust outlook for IPOs.

  • August 31, 2018

    Ethics Of State Farm Attys To Take Stage In Rigged Judge Trial

    The impending trial surrounding whether State Farm secretly advanced the election of an Illinois high court justice in order to torpedo a billion-dollar judgment against it promises to put an ethics spotlight on the insurer’s legal teams, with opposing counsel poised to pry into what those attorneys knew and what they were duty-bound to disclose.

  • August 31, 2018

    ‘Indicative Ruling’ Clears $3M Auto Parts MDL Deal

    A Michigan federal judge gave the thumbs up needed Thursday for an auto parts supplier to move forward with a $3 million settlement with Japanese manufacturer Mitsuba Corp., accused in a sprawling multidistrict litigation of conspiring to fix prices for a range of car parts.

  • August 31, 2018

    Geico's Claims Mostly Crippled In Auto Parts MDL

    A Michigan federal court Thursday dismissed Geico’s price-fixing claims in massive multidistrict litigation against auto parts makers, but allowed the company an opportunity to sue the defendants individually.

  • August 31, 2018

    VW Insists Drivers Who Sold Cars Pre-Scandal Are Unharmed

    Volkswagen AG’s U.S. units told a California federal judge Thursday that a proposed class of drivers who sold their affected diesel vehicles before the emissions-cheating scandal broke in September 2015 didn’t suffer any financial losses, and their lack of standing dooms their suit.

  • August 31, 2018

    Hertz Can't Motor Out Of TCPA Suit Over Robocalls

    Hertz has lost its bid for a quick win in a consumer’s proposed class action accusing it of flouting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with robocalls, with an Illinois federal judge holding that a reasonable jury could find that he revoked consent when he asked the rental car company to stop calling.

  • August 30, 2018

    Trump's Personal Driver Of More Than 25 Years Drops OT Suit

    President Donald Trump’s former chauffeur on Thursday voluntarily withdrew his civil case alleging he worked more than 50 hours a week for decades without ever being paid overtime and that he hadn’t been given a “meaningful” raise in 12 years.

  • August 30, 2018

    Consumers Seek Cert. In Dollar General Motor Oil Feud

    Customers suing Dollar General over allegedly obsolete motor oil asked a Missouri federal court Wednesday to certify them as a class, contending they are all making essentially the same claim: that the oil, though marketed alongside brand-name oils, was useless in most modern cars.

  • August 30, 2018

    Brazilian VW Dealers Want $2.5M Award Confirmed

    Brazilian Volkswagen distributors sued The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. in Ohio federal court Wednesday, seeking confirmation of an approximately $2.5 million arbitration award issued in a dispute over an allegedly malfunctioning electronic data processing software made by the American company.

  • August 30, 2018

    Drivers Say They're Victims In Fiat Chrysler Emissions Scam

    Drivers told a California federal judge Wednesday that they were the direct victims of Fiat Chrysler and Bosch’s alleged scheme to outfit Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating devices, rebuking the automaker’s relentless attempts to dismantle a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim in multidistrict litigation.

  • August 30, 2018

    Ford Hit With $4.8M Jury Award In Explorer Defect Case

    A federal jury in Texas has awarded $4.8 million in damages to a man whose left arm was amputated when his 1999 Ford Explorer rolled over, determining after hearing six days of testimony and deliberating for about four hours that a design defect — the type of window glass used — led to his injuries.

  • August 30, 2018

    State Farm Plotted To Buy Judge, Jury To Hear In RICO Trial

    The clash of campaign contributions and judicial ethics will take center stage in a trial set to begin Tuesday in Illinois federal court, in a class action from State Farm policyholders who allege the insurer schemed to buy the vote of an Illinois Supreme Court justice who was overseeing a $1 billion case.

  • August 30, 2018

    Tesla OT Deal Nears OK After 'Grave Concerns' Addressed

    A California federal judge said Thursday she was close to granting preliminary approval to a $1 million class action settlement resolving Tesla showroom workers' claims the electric-car maker denied them overtime and meal and rest breaks, saying class counsel had addressed the "grave concerns" that kept her from approving the deal in June.

  • August 30, 2018

    St. Louis Cabbies Can't Sue Uber For Defying Regs: 8th Circ.

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday rejected a proposed class action alleging Uber stole business from St. Louis taxicab drivers by intentionally flouting local regulations requiring all for-hire drivers to get fingerprinted and obtain commercial drivers’ licenses, saying the plaintiffs don’t have a right to sue for regulatory violations.

  • August 30, 2018

    Hyundai Can't Duck Antitrust Claims In Knockoff-Parts Fight

    A North Carolina federal judge has rejected Hyundai’s attempt to quash counterclaims to its trademark infringement suit against a company it alleges imports and sells knockoff Hyundai parts billed as “genuine,” finding the parts seller adequately stated its antitrust allegations in trying to fight back against the auto giant.

  • August 30, 2018

    Tesla Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over Privatization Tweets

    A proposed class of investors on Thursday filed suit against Tesla Inc. over tweets from CEO Elon Musk about potentially taking the company private, telling a California federal court that the automaker's stock price dropped precipitously after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced it was investigating Musk's statements.

  • August 30, 2018

    EU Now Willing To Include Cars In US Trade Talks

    The European Union's top trade official said Thursday that she would be willing to include automobiles in upcoming negotiations with the U.S., departing from the two governments' agreement to keep cars out of the talks.

  • August 29, 2018

    Trump Offers Wiggle Room On Steel, Aluminum Quotas

    President Donald Trump late Wednesday unveiled a new plan that will provide exceptions to the strict quotas that have placed a cap on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina, Brazil and South Korea, throwing a lifeline to importers that had orders on the books before the quotas were installed.

  • August 29, 2018

    Attys For NY Uber Drivers Seek $1M In Fees In Fare Cut Spat

    Attorneys for Uber drivers asked a New York federal judge Wednesday to sign off on more than $1 million in fees and costs, and the $3 million settlement they negotiated in a proposed class action alleging the ride-hailing giant miscalculated taxes and deductions from drivers' fares.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The EPA's New Biofuels Plan And A Residue Of Uncertainty

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued its long-awaited proposal concerning the next round of annual volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. While the proposal generally indicates stability and growth for the RFS program, it is conspicuously silent on several issues that could substantially affect biofuels markets, say Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.