A group of New York City cab drivers asked a federal judge on Thursday to certify their proposed class action accusing city officials of illegally seizing taxicabs suspected of being unlicensed, saying the drivers all suffered injuries from the city’s unconstitutional, and uniform, policy.
The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has held that the maker of Humvee military vehicles was not barred from challenging a patent for a device that aids in regulating diesel-engine startup temperatures, parts of which the U.S. government recently settled an infringement case over in Federal Claims Court.
A California federal judge urged Uber and a putative class of drivers to take another stab at settling allegations over a 2014 data breach, noting that the recent hire of CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and general counsel Tony West means “it’s a new landscape for Uber.”
A proposal requiring all new cars be able to “talk” to each other to avoid crashes may be shelved for now, but experts say automakers will continue to develop “V2V” technology with the expectation that the Trump administration will eventually advance a more flexible set of standards.
A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday sank the remaining claim in a dispute between purported ex-business partners in an auto dealership, ruling that one of the parties had filed his contract breach claim after the six-year statute of limitations.
In the wake of the suggestion that the Trump administration may shelve a mandate that all new cars possess vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities, two Federal Communications Commission members said on Wednesday that it's time for the agency to revisit spectrum-sharing in the band dedicated to the auto industry.
The former president of a California company that operated electric vehicle charging stations has been sentenced in Illinois federal court to two years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding state and local governments in an effort to obtain grant funds.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said his recent decision to prohibit members of the agency’s scientific advisory committees from receiving EPA grants will reduce conflicts of interest, but experts say the move could exclude many of the nation’s best environmental scientists and damage the agency’s scientific integrity.
Automobile loans with terms of six or more years, which are more expensive and have higher default rates than shorter-term loans, are making up an increasingly greater portion of total auto loans, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report released Wednesday.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval for $741 million in settlements reached by Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda to resolve consumer class actions over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags, including an award of $166 million in attorneys’ fees for class counsel.
The Trump administration may shelve a proposed rule requiring all new cars to be able to “talk” to each other to avoid crashes and get alerts on roadway hazards, casting doubt on whether an Obama-era proposal intended to reduce accidents and traffic fatalities will survive.
Michael Waltrip Racing and a former pit crew member suing the NASCAR team in North Carolina state court over his alleged wrongful termination have settled their dispute, the former tire changer’s attorney told Law360 on Wednesday.
A California woman asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to overturn an order forcing her to arbitrate her proposed 6 million-member unauthorized charges class action against GM unit OnStar LLC, saying the company was stitching together a phony arbitration agreement to derail the suit.
Chinese automotive retail and finance platform SouChe on Wednesday said it closed a Series E funding round at $335 million, led by the company’s largest institutional investor, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
A putative class of race-enthusiast Corvette owners sued General Motors in Illinois federal court on Monday, alleging three model years of the Corvette Z06 had transmission and other defects that made it unsafe to drive on racetracks, and possibly even on highways.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said that in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, no member of one of the agency’s scientific advisory committees may receive an EPA grant while serving in that role.
A California federal judge appeared open Tuesday to granting a quick win to a putative class of Uber drivers who claim the ride-hailing company breached its contracts with drivers by deducting “safe rides” fees from driver fares, saying Uber drafted “a bad contract” that doesn’t define certain essential terms.
Carfax Inc. shouldn’t be granted a quick win over claims that it used exclusive agreements with websites and auto dealerships selling used cars to suppress competition for vehicle history reports, aggrieved dealers have told a New York federal court, arguing that Carfax hasn’t done enough to disprove the $150 million suit.
The U.K.'s competition enforcer on Tuesday said that it is requiring Euro Car Parts to sell several supply depots to preserve competition for aftermarket auto parts in certain parts of the country following its purchase of fellow parts supplier Andrew Page Ltd. out of bankruptcy last year.
A California state appeals court ruled Monday that Tesla didn't breach a stock options agreement with a former executive the company fired in late 2007, saying the employment contract was supplanted by later agreements stating the stock options weren’t yet vested.
The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.
Local governments and businesses must prepare for the disruptions that will hit their communities with the advent of autonomous vehicles. In the not-so-distant future, rules and regulations will change, methods for transporting people and goods will shift, and the way communities are designed, planned and built will be drastically altered, says Christopher Boll of Foley & Lardner LLP.
During natural disasters, governors often activate members of the National Guard to assist in rescue and recovery efforts, and Hurricane Harvey is no different. When service members enter harm’s way, several state laws provide additional protections for their civilian obligations, say Jeffrey Naimon and Sasha Leonhardt of Buckley Sandler.
The growth of third-party litigation funding has added a distinct variable to the world of civil litigation. Such funding has and will continue to change the calculus for many corporations and their defense counsel as to the tipping point between settling or pursuing a case to a court decision, says David Silver of Silver Public Relations.
The Federal Trade Commission’s recent action against Uber reflects its untested but expansive interpretation of “consumer” under the FTC Act to include not only the users in the shared economy, but also some service providers. It also highlights the agency's tightened expectations of what is required to “reasonably” secure data from internal users, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.
It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady is right — this is not the right approach to deal with steel imports. And like it or not, using bogus claims of “national security” as a pretext for what amounts to naked protectionism will invite retaliation from our trading partners, says Donald Cameron of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.
In the second installment of this article, Baker Donelson partner Alan Mogol examines how the beneficial ownership interest in a sub-trust may be used for warehouse financing, permanent financing and syndication, and the importance of compliance with securities laws in syndication arrangements.
With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.