Automotive

  • October 31, 2017

    Ford Workers Want Class Certified In Harassment Suit

    Ford workers alleging “blatant” and “severe” sexual harassment at two of the automaker’s Chicago plants asked an Illinois federal court on Monday to certify a class of all the female employees at both plants, just days after accusing Ford of trying to preemptively sabotage their certification bid.

  • October 30, 2017

    2 Firms Blast Ford's Claims They Misled Settlement Opt-Outs

    Two law firms representing thousands of Ford Fiesta and Focus drivers who opted out of a class action settlement over allegedly defective transmissions told a California federal court Saturday that the automaker’s claims that they misled their clients in order to get them to opt out are baseless and defamatory.

  • October 30, 2017

    Uber Wants Out Of Lyft Driver's Updated Spying Class Action

    Uber asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a Lyft driver’s amended suit accusing it of illegally tracking competing drivers, insisting the rejiggered complaint still quotes from a single online article and Wikipedia to make unfounded allegations that cannot pass muster as a class action.

  • October 30, 2017

    Expert Cleared To Testify In Ford Minivan Fire Insurance Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Friday denied Ford Motor Co.’s attempt to end a suit blaming a wiring defect in a Ford minivan for a 2012 house fire, saying the homeowners and their insurer had produced a qualified expert witness.

  • October 30, 2017

    Ex-Ford Plant Employer To Pay Union $21.6M In Hiring Row

    The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday that it had signed off on a deal in which VIUSA Inc. will pay $21.6 million to settle allegations from Teamsters Local 89 that it refused to hire Teamster-represented employees at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Kentucky.

  • October 30, 2017

    Texas Justices To Weigh 'Sham Affidavit' Split In Truck Row

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that tees up an alleged split among the state’s intermediate appellate courts on whether Texas recognizes the “sham affidavit doctrine,” in a $3 million dispute over allegedly defective commercial delivery trucks.

  • October 30, 2017

    Bosch Can’t Nix Suit Claiming Role In VW Emissions Scandal

    Auto parts maker Robert Bosch GmbH Inc. on Monday lost its bid to dodge a suit over its alleged role in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, as a California federal judge found certain dealerships showed they have suffered concrete injuries due to Bosch’s role in developing engine components that helped certain cars fool emissions regulators.

  • October 30, 2017

    NHTSA Mulls Clearing Roadblocks For Self-Driving Cars

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering whether to allow self-driving cars to be designed without steering wheels or brake pedals, saying it wants more information on whether it should ax federal regulations mandating car features meant for traditional, human drivers.

  • October 30, 2017

    GM Settles Calif. Ignition-Switch Case For $13.9M

    General Motors on Friday agreed to a $13.9 million settlement with California over claims in Orange County state court that the company mishandled its 2014 ignition-switch defect recall, the latest in a series of settlements of GM ignition-switch claims this month.

  • October 30, 2017

    DC Circ. Pauses Heavy-Duty Truck Trailer Emissions Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted a request by a truck-trailer manufacturers trade association to delay the implementation of a federal rule meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty truck trailers.

  • October 27, 2017

    Uber Scores Tony West For General Counsel From PepsiCo

    Uber Technologies Inc. has hired as its chief legal officer Tony West, general counsel of PepsiCo and a former senior Justice Department official.

  • October 27, 2017

    Avis Wage Class Action Axed For Entangling Wrong Cos.

    A group of contract custodial workers accusing Avis Budget Group Inc. of violating a Seattle suburb's $15 minimum wage for hospitality and transportation employees can’t pursue their claims because they waited far too long to add the right Avis entity to the case, a Washington federal judge ruled Friday, just a week after certifying the class.

  • October 27, 2017

    Nissan Loses Bid To Toss Rusty Floorboard Suit

    Nissan North America Inc. must face class action claims that it sold Nissan Altimas with defective floorboards that prematurely rust through, allowing those inside the car to see the road beneath them, a Missouri federal judge said Friday.

  • October 27, 2017

    Brazil's Antitrust Watchdog Finds Taxi Cos. Didn't Harm Uber

    Brazil’s antitrust watchdog on Friday announced the conclusion of an investigation into lawsuits, violence and threats against Uber drivers and their passengers by members of the taxi industry, finding insufficient evidence of anti-competitive conduct.

  • October 27, 2017

    Waymo Can See Drafts Of Secret Uber Report, Judge Says

    Waymo LLC can see drafts of a 2016 report prepared for Uber as the ride-hailing giant considered buying a self-driving truck company founded by an ex-Waymo employee, a California federal magistrate judge said Friday, ruling on fact-finding issues in Waymo’s lawsuit over Uber’s alleged theft of trade secrets.

  • October 27, 2017

    Biz Turns To Feds For Certainty On Automated Truck Rules

    The commercial trucking industry is urging the federal government to draft performance and technical specifications for automated and connected trucks in order to preclude potentially conflicting rules from states, a preemptive move meant to lock in legal certainty surrounding the fast-evolving technology, experts say.

  • October 27, 2017

    NLRB Asks 8th Circ. To Not Rehear Profane Protester Case

    The National Labor Relations Board has urged the full Eighth Circuit to not review a panel decision ordering Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to rehire a worker fired for making racial comments toward black replacement workers during a lockout, saying the initial ruling was in line with board precedent for assessing picket line behavior.

  • October 27, 2017

    NHTSA Investigates Loose Ford Fusion Steering Wheels

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the safety of Ford Motor Co.'s Fusion vehicles after receiving three reports that the steering wheel became loose and in one case detached altogether.

  • October 26, 2017

    Audi Must Face Counterclaims Over Sale, Auto Group Argues

    North American Automotive Services Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to keep alive its eight counterclaims against Audi after the automaker sued to block NAAS' purchase of the Wyoming Valley Audi dealership chain last year.

  • October 26, 2017

    Tesla Fired Union-Supporting Workers, UAW Tells Labor Board

    The United Auto Workers filed unfair labor practice charges Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board against Tesla Motors Corp., claiming the electric vehicle maker terminated a group of employees to discourage union activity and disciplined others for such actions as wearing items with the union’s logo.

Expert Analysis

  • The Whys And Hows Of Motor Vehicle Titling Trusts: Part 1

    Alan Mogol

    When motor vehicles are acquired and titled in the name of an equipment finance company, a subsequent syndication of lease financing including a transfer of legal title to a motor vehicle can involve significant burden and expense. A titling trust program to facilitate syndication of such leases can have many advantages, says Alan Mogol of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Uber Finds Out Just How Serious FTC Is About Privacy

    Sheila Millar

    Uber recently joined the growing number of companies that have agreed to Federal Trade Commission consent orders obligating stringent auditing and reporting requirements. In previous cases, the FTC has imposed such requirements for shorter periods, but where it has found privacy breaches to be particularly egregious, it hasn't been shy about imposing detailed and extensive conditions, says Sheila Millar of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Rebuttal

    Assessing 'The Value Of Class Actions'

    Andrew Pincus

    In a recent Law360 opinion piece, Gary Mason claimed that class actions provide “significant benefits” to class members. But the study he conducted to support this conclusion shows just the opposite, says Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 3rd Circ. Introduces New Ascertainability Uncertainty

    Robert Hickok

    Though the recent opinion in City Select Auto Sales v. BMW Bank of North America did not make any sweeping changes to the Third Circuit’s ascertainability jurisprudence, it did alter the relevant analysis slightly — and that may prove an important development in the court that created the two-pronged ascertainability standard, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)