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Automotive

  • August 29, 2018

    Industry Backs White House NEPA Review, Enviros Skeptical

    The White House received strong support from industry groups in a recent comment period on its initiative to make it easier for transportation and other projects to comply with National Environmental Policy Act standards, but green groups made clear they'll oppose any moves that prioritize expediency over thorough review and enforcement.

  • August 29, 2018

    Toyota Recalls 19,400 Avalons For Likely Seat Belt Defect

    Toyota Motor North America Inc. is conducting a safety recall of 19,400 of its 2012 Avalon vehicles in the United States for possibly defective seat belt buckles, which could result in the air bag not deploying properly, the automaker announced Wednesday.

  • August 29, 2018

    VW, Bosch Say 3 Dealership Suits Must Be Axed

    Volkswagen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH said Tuesday that businesses that invested in building new Volkswagen dealerships or expanding existing ones in the midst of the German automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal don’t have standing to sue over purported financial losses they suffered from Volkswagen’s reputational hit.

  • August 29, 2018

    Ford Wants To Toss Versata Technology's Infringement Suit

    Ford Motor Co. has fired back at a software company accusing it of copyright infringement, arguing in a motion filed in Michigan federal court on Tuesday that plaintiff Versata Technology Inc. relied almost entirely on one expert witness, which the court has already deemed was inadequate to substantiate claims that Ford stole automobile configuration software.

  • August 29, 2018

    Drivers Get Initial Approval Of $1.6M Autobahn Parts Deal

    A federal judge in California has given preliminary approval to a $1.6 million settlement and class certification in a case alleging that Autobahn Inc. misled a group of drivers into believing it used genuine Mercedes parts to repair their vehicles.

  • August 29, 2018

    Aston Martin Revs Up For IPO Valuing It At $6.5B

    British luxury car maker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. on Wednesday said it plans to list at least 25 percent of its shares on the London Stock Exchange, which is estimated to lead to a valuation of £5 billion ($6.5 billion) and will be guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Slaughter & May.

  • August 28, 2018

    VW Inks $48M Deal To End Defeat-Device Securities Claims

    Volkswagen has agreed to shell out $48 million to end claims by investors in multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal that it knowingly issued false financial statements about its exposure and liabilities, according to filings in California federal court Monday.

  • August 28, 2018

    3 Takeaways From The VW Compliance Monitor's Report

    Volkswagen AG’s struggles with transparency and slow progress in implementing internal controls in the three years since its emissions-cheating scandal signal that the German automaker faces a long road ahead to right its past misdeeds, according to a new report from a U.S. government-appointed monitor. Here, Law360 examines some of the takeaways from the report.

  • August 28, 2018

    Drivers Slam VW Bid To Ditch Defective Sunroof Suit

    Drivers claiming in a proposed class action that Volkswagen knowingly sold them vehicles with spontaneously shattering sunroofs fired back at the carmaker's motion to dismiss the case, asserting Tuesday that numerous customer complaints to federal transportation officials and auto manufacturers' recalls over similar problems made Volkswagen well aware of the defect.

  • August 28, 2018

    Jeep Buyer Urges 8th Circ. To Rethink Faulty Fuel Tank Suit

    A driver alleging he was sold a Jeep vehicle with a faulty and dangerous fuel tank has asked the Eighth Circuit to rethink a panel's decision not to revive his proposed class action claiming Fiat Chrysler misrepresented the safety of its vehicles in the face of clear fire risks.

  • August 28, 2018

    Chinese Electric Carmaker Nio Launches $1.16B IPO

    Chinese electric carmaker and Tesla competitor Nio Inc. launched an estimated $1.16 billion initial public offering on Tuesday, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, potentially igniting an IPO market that is expected to heat up in September.

  • August 28, 2018

    Family Feud Over $20M Ohio Dealership Won't Be Scrapped

    A woman claiming relatives grabbed control of about $20 million in assets from a group of family-owned auto dealerships that she rightfully shares a stake in cannot have her claims decided as a matter of law, a federal judge in Ohio has ruled, saying there are enough disputable issues to warrant a trial.

  • August 27, 2018

    Ex-Fiat Chrysler Exec Gets 5 Years For Bribing Union Official

    The former vice president for employee relations at Fiat Chrysler was sentenced to five and a half years Monday in Michigan federal court for conspiring to bribe United Auto Workers union officials and for tax evasion, according to federal authorities.

  • August 27, 2018

    11th Circ. Denies Geico's Bid To Nix Cert. In Tax, Fee Dispute

    The Eleventh Circuit won’t let Geico challenge the certification of a class of Florida customers who alleged the insurance company flouted its own contract by failing to pay sales tax and transfer fees on leased vehicles after they were totaled, saying Monday the appeal was unnecessary.

  • August 27, 2018

    6th Circ. Frees Truck Manufacturer From Suit Over Crash

    The Sixth Circuit has agreed to release truck manufacturer Great Dane from a product liability suit by a woman alleging she could have avoided brain damage in a crash had the tractor-trailer involved been outfitted with a special device, according to a ruling that said the device was still experimental.

  • August 27, 2018

    Industry-Practice Evidence Upheld In Calif. Toyota Wreck Trial

    The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a jury verdict finding Toyota was not liable for a car crash that left a man paralyzed, ruling that a lower court lawfully allowed the company to introduce evidence that not installing electronic stability controls in pickup trucks was common auto industry practice.

  • August 27, 2018

    Tesla Dodges Model 3 Stock-Drop Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge on Monday tossed a stock-drop class action alleging Tesla misled investors about its Model 3 manufacturing delays, saying the company’s disclosures sufficiently warned investors of numerous challenges and didn’t paint an overly rosy view of the pace of production.

  • August 27, 2018

    Colo., Fla. Drivers Get Class Cert. In Tire Defect Case

    A California federal judge has granted state class certification for drivers in Colorado and Florida suing the importer and marketer of allegedly hazardous tires whose defects caused their treads to separate from their casings, but has denied certification of a nationwide class of drivers, citing material differences among the consumer protection laws in various states.

  • August 27, 2018

    Calif. Appeals Court Affirms Ford Win In Rear-End Injury Suit

    A California state appeals court has affirmed Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 win in an $18 million suit that alleged design defects in the Ford Taurus caused a 13-year-old boy’s brain damage from a car accident, ruling Friday that the trial in the case had been fair.

  • August 27, 2018

    Lithium-Ion Battery Maker Powers Up Growing IPO Pipeline

    Lithium producer Livent Corp., hoping to seize growing demand for lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, on Monday filed an estimated $100 million initial public offering, joining a growing number of companies that are gearing up for September IPOs.

Expert Analysis

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Will The Robots Who Replace Us Also Pay Income Tax?

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    Modern information technology, intelligent algorithms and production robots are strongly influencing the working world in the 21st century. This article, by attorneys at CMS Francis Lefebvre, provides an overview of the future labor market as well as the impact of artificial intelligence on labor law and tax issues.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.