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Automotive

  • November 13, 2018

    Hertz Say Consumer's Words Discredit Suit On Rental Fees

    The Hertz Corp. is asking an Illinois federal judge to end a proposed class action claiming the rental car company uses misleading names for some of its rental surcharges, saying the consumer has admitted she did not see the names used for the charges before she rented her car.

  • November 13, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: WeWork, Aramco, BMW

    WeWork nabbed $3 billion from SoftBank, Saudi Aramco still plans to go public, and BMW is talking to banks while it weighs selling off its credit card unit.

  • November 13, 2018

    EPA Rolls Out 'Cleaner Trucks' Initiative

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday announced a future rulemaking that will “further decrease” nitrogen oxide emissions for certain heavy-duty trucks and engines while promising to also ensure regulatory certainty for industry.

  • November 13, 2018

    Jury Awards $260M After Man's Death In Crash

    A Texas jury has awarded $260 million over an accident in which a man was killed when his van ran into the side of a tractor-trailer positioned across all four lanes of a highway, according to the victim's parents' lawyers.

  • November 13, 2018

    VW Investors Challenge Bid To Toss Antitrust Stock-Drop Suit

    Volkswagen AG shareholders have pushed back against the carmaker's bid to escape antitrust and securities fraud charges in a proposed class action, telling a New York federal court that they properly backed their argument that the German automaker engaged in illegal conduct.

  • November 13, 2018

    Simpson Thacher Leads Johnson Controls In $13.2B Unit Sale

    Johnson Controls, advised by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, said Tuesday it will sell its power solutions business for $13.2 billion to Brookfield Business Partners LP and other investors, as the technology and industrial company looks to cut noncore assets and improve its financial position.

  • November 9, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a pair of disputes involving asset manager CGrowth, another suit from private equity-linked firms taking on parties linked to Thailand's KPN Group and Kodak bring a competition case against Goldman, Glencore and others the film giant has accused of manipulating aluminum prices in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 9, 2018

    VW Slams Drivers' Bid To Revive Suspension Defect Claims

    Volkswagen said Friday that a Florida federal judge properly dismissed multiple counts from a proposed consumer class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects, so there’s no need to grant consumers’ motion to revisit the ruling. 

  • November 9, 2018

    Tesla's $55B Musk Pay Deal Unfair, Investor Tells Chancery

    A 10-year Tesla compensation plan offering founder and CEO Elon Musk as much as $55.8 billion cannot avoid Delaware Chancery Court’s tough entire fairness review standards, despite director claims that more-permissive standards apply, an investor who challenged the deal argued Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Breakers Capital, HNA, AutoNation

    A Breakers Capital Partners venture has reportedly dropped $21.4 million on a Florida office property, HNA Group is said to be under contract to sell a Manhattan office tower, and AutoNation has reportedly sold a Florida auto dealership for $11 million.

  • November 9, 2018

    Uber Fined $750K Over Response To DUI Driver Complaints

    Uber Technologies Inc. was fined $750,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday because the ride-hailing giant failed to investigate or promptly suspend drivers suspected of driving under the influence.

  • November 9, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms IRS Denial Of $20M Interest For Ford

    Ford Motor Co. once again lost out on a bid for more than $20 million in interest on a tax overpayment when the Federal Circuit agreed with a lower court Friday that a higher interest rate on tax underpayments by a foreign subsidiary cannot apply to the overpayment.

  • November 9, 2018

    BMW, Daimler Car-Share Merger Wins EU Approval

    German automakers BMW and Daimler were given the green light by the European Commission to merge their car-sharing, ride-hailing and other mobility services, provided they make concessions to allay the watchdog’s concerns about a potential monopoly in six cities.

  • November 9, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Seeks OK For New Investor After Deal Sinks

    The parent company of American electric vehicle startup Faraday Future has filed suit in California federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award affirming its right to find alternative financing after a Hong Kong-based investor shirked its obligation to make a payment partway into a $2 billion agreement.

  • November 9, 2018

    Firms Score $108M In Fees In Auto Parts Price-Fixing MDL

    Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Robins Kaplan LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP will be taking home $108 million in attorneys’ fees from the third round of settlements in multidistrict litigation accusing a host of automotive part manufacturers of conspiring to fix prices, a Michigan federal judge has ruled.

  • November 9, 2018

    Hyundai Failed To Honor Sonata Warranties, Drivers Say

    Hyundai is refusing to honor the limited warranty for certain Sonata vehicles by wrongly asserting proof of regular maintenance is necessary for repairs, according to a putative class action lawsuit filed in South Carolina federal court.

  • November 9, 2018

    Mercedes Dealer Seeks New Trial After $5M Disability Verdict

    Mercedes Benz of Seattle asked a Washington federal court Thursday for a new trial after it was hit with a $5 million jury verdict for firing a finance director who received a prosthetic voice box as a result of undergoing surgery for throat cancer.

  • November 9, 2018

    3 Firms Shepherd $3.2B Merger Of Fiber Optic Cos.

    Finisar Corp., a formerly private equity-owned fiber optic supplier, has agreed to a roughly $3.2 billion cash-and-stock merger with peer II-VI Inc., the companies said Friday, in a deal steered by K&L Gates LLP, Sherrard German and Kelly PC, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Tesla Worker Charged With $9.3M Embezzlement Scheme

    A former global supply manager for Elon Musk-helmed Tesla Inc. was indicted on Thursday for his alleged role in an embezzlement scheme in which he purportedly used fake documents and email accounts to divert about $9.3 million from one auto parts supplier to another.

  • November 8, 2018

    EVelozcity Can Drive Ahead With No-Poach Contract Row

    Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future must face claims from rival EVelozcity that it imposed an illegally restrictive contract term that prevented departing employees from recruiting colleagues to another company, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday, rejecting Faraday's bid to end the suit on anti-SLAPP grounds.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Approach To Industry Custom Evidence In California

    Alan Lazarus

    In its ruling last week in Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., the California Supreme Court broke with decades of precedent and allowed a manufacturer to use evidence of compliance with industry practice to show a design was not defective. This is a surprising but welcome statement of flexibility and realism in product liability cases, says Alan Lazarus of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • What To Expect From NYC's New Ride-Sharing Regs

    Rich Meneghello

    The New York City Council recently passed a series of laws aimed at regulating the city's ride-sharing services. However, they do not provide the clarity businesses and workers in the industry were hoping for, say Rich Meneghello and Melissa Osipoff of Fisher Phillips.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • Cos. Caught Between Iran Sanctions And EU Blocking Statute

    Guy Soussan

    In response to the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the European Union has expanded the scope of its blocking statute to prohibit EU and multinational companies from complying with these sanctions. But the blocking statute does not apply if a decision to terminate business with Iran is for reasons unrelated to sanctions, which gives companies some flexibility, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • 5 Key Defenses For Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Patrick Reilly

    Potential theories of liability for autonomous vehicles have not yet been fleshed out or tested in court, but we can expect negligence and product liability lawsuits — not to mention statutory claims — as the government begins regulating. Manufacturers can lean on at least five available defenses if litigation arises, say attorneys at at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.