Automotive

  • January 30, 2018

    GM Can Get Potential Plaintiff Questionnaires In Ignition MDL

    A New York federal judge ruled Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation against General Motors LLC over defective ignition switches must turn over forms that potential class members submitted through the website of a firm that advertises class actions to consumers.

  • January 30, 2018

    Hertz Wants Quick Win In Consumers' Conversion Fee Suit

    The Hertz Corp. sought a quick win in a long-running suit from customers accusing it of secretly charging them currency conversion fees on overseas car rentals, telling a New Jersey federal court Monday the claims relate to its foreign subsidiaries that are not subject to state consumer protection laws.

  • January 30, 2018

    Calif. Waiver On Table, Pruitt Says At Senate Hearing

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday told senators the agency is in talks with California about establishing a national fuel economy standard, eliciting concerns that the agency may withdraw the state’s ability to regulate auto emissions on its own if no deal can be reached.

  • January 29, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Claims Ex-Execs Stole Trade Secrets, Staff

    Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future sued rival Evelozcity Inc. for trade secret misappropriation in California federal court Monday, claiming its former CFO solicited employees to leave and join his new company, encouraging them to copy and steal Faraday’s intellectual property on their way out.

  • January 29, 2018

    Philly Parking Authority Scores Win In Uber Regulation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday killed the bulk of a suit by Philadelphia taxicab operators alleging the city’s parking authority unfairly refused to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, ruling that the court couldn’t protect the cabbies from market competition.

  • January 29, 2018

    Autoworkers Accuse Fiat Chrysler, Union Of Collusion

    Days after an ex-Fiat Chrysler executive pled guilty to his role in an alleged scheme to pay off a union official, a proposed class of autoworkers sued the car maker and United Automobile Workers in Michigan federal court Friday, saying the company and the union colluded to sacrifice workers’ interests at the bargaining table.

  • January 29, 2018

    Takata Asks Bankruptcy Court To OK State Claims Discharge

    Takata pushed the Delaware bankruptcy court on Monday to rule that potentially $1 billion in claims stemming from enforcement actions by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands would be discharged by a Chapter 11 plan confirmation, a notion the states argued would make bankruptcy "a haven for wrongdoers."

  • January 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sky Betting, Autodis, Renesas

    CVC is reportedly mulling taking Sky Betting & Gaming public, Bain Capital has hired banks to aid it in an IPO of French spare car parts distributor Autodis, and Japanese semiconductor company Renesas Electronics could ink a nearly $20 billion deal for integrated circuit company Maxim Integrated.

  • January 29, 2018

    VW Says Texas Diesel Plaintiffs Can’t Rush Service Of Docs

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge on Friday to deny a bid by 23 groups of car owners who sued the automaker in Texas over its “clean diesel” emissions scandal to skip the time-consuming process of notifying overseas defendants of lawsuits.

  • January 29, 2018

    Uber Says Calif. Codes Bar Cab Drivers' Low Pricing Suits

    Uber urged a San Francisco judge Monday to toss several suits alleging its low pricing seeks to illegally squeeze taxi companies out of the ride service industry, arguing Uber is exempt from state competition laws, because its rates fall under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • January 29, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear EPA's HFC Rule Decision

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider its August decision to invalidate a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule forcing manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, rejecting rehearing bids from Honeywell International Inc., Chemours Co. FC LLC, the Natural Resources Defense Council and 11 states.

  • January 29, 2018

    NCAA Sues Over 'Markdown Madness' As Tourney Nears

    With the yearly “March Madness” tournament six weeks away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association sued a Southern California car dealership on Friday for using “Markdown Madness” in advertisements.

  • January 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Lyft's General Counsel

    Kristin Sverchek joined the transportation network company Lyft as its first legal hire and general counsel in November 2012, nearly six months after its two co-founders launched the platform. She spoke with Law360 about how she responds now to friends who doubted her decision to join a company that was part of an unfamiliar industry and how that industry continues to grow.

  • January 26, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Nears Deal On DIP Funding And Sale Plans

    Bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather Inc. told a Delaware judge Friday that issues over its post-petition funding and plans to sell off its assets had been largely resolved after an aborted attempt at gaining approval for the sale last week.

  • January 26, 2018

    Unpublished Opinion Can't Help Fiat Chrysler, Drivers Argue

    Jeep owners accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of overcharging them for vehicles that are vulnerable to hacking urged an Illinois federal court Friday to uphold its decision to keep the proposed class action alive, saying FCA cited an unpublished opinion in its bid to toss the suit.

  • January 26, 2018

    Auto Retailer O’Reilly Cans Minn. Workers’ Age Bias Suit

    Auto parts retailer O’Reilly Auto Enterprises LLC exited an age discrimination suit in Minnesota on Thursday when a federal judge rejected two employees’ claims that they were passed over for operations and sales promotions in favor of younger candidates.

  • January 26, 2018

    Uber Drivers Back $7.5M FCRA Deal Despite Objections

    A class of Uber drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting background checks without their knowledge told a California federal judge Thursday that a proposed $7.5 million settlement is “overwhelmingly favorable” despite an objection filed in December on behalf of hundreds of drivers.

  • January 26, 2018

    Florida Car Dealer Hit With Another TCPA Suit

    Florida car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. was hit with another consumer class action lawsuit on Thursday for allegedly sending consumers unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 26, 2018

    Jury Clears Ford In Faulty Focus Suspension Class Action

    A California federal jury on Thursday cleared Ford Motor Co. of all four claims in a class action alleging that a rear suspension defect in certain Focus vehicles could cause premature tire wear.

  • January 26, 2018

    Judge Parks Suit Over Rudy Gay's Damaged Rolls In Mo.

    A Missouri federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a car dealership's suit against San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay and his sales agent over a damaged Rolls-Royce Phantom under an Arizona bill of sale’s forum selection clause, which the judge said was invalid.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Is Your Company Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

    Erin Bosman

    Evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence will change countless aspects of how companies do business. Consumer product companies ceding control to technology should weigh efficiencies against the risks posed by such novel movements, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • EPA Maintains Renewable Fuel Standard Status Quo, For Now

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program has been the subject of considerable controversy this year, with important developments across all three branches of government. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze key elements of two recent EPA actions in this area, and highlight one of the looming questions for the program.

  • IP Protection Tips For Connected And Autonomous Vehicles

    Clinton Brannon

    The best intellectual property strategy to protect connected and autonomous vehicle developments will depend on multiple factors. With appropriate planning, a company may successfully employ a strategy involving both patents and trade secrets to maximize the chances of protecting innovation, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • How ITC Applied Inter Partes Review Estoppel In Ford Case

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's initial determination in Certain Hybrid Vehicles is significant because it continues the ITC trend of issuing patent owner-friendly rulings in spite of conflicting Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.