Automotive

  • January 26, 2018

    Uber Driver Pushes For Cert. In Suit Over Fares

    An Uber Technologies Inc. driver on Thursday urged a California federal judge to certify his proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing giant’s pricing model charges passengers a fare before their ride begins based on inflated projections but pays drivers based on the actual distance and time they drove.

  • January 25, 2018

    Benchmark Capital Drops Directors Suit Against Ex-Uber CEO

    A venture capital firm dropped its director-selection suit in Delaware Chancery Court against Uber Technologies Inc. co-founder Travis Kalanick on Thursday after the two sides reportedly reached a deal last week.

  • January 25, 2018

    Mahle Behr's $1.5M Deal In AC Price-Fixing Suit Gets 1st OK

    A federal judge in Michigan on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a nearly $1.5 million proposed settlement releasing German manufacturer Mahle Behr from claims that it was part of a conspiracy to fix prices for vehicle air conditioning systems, ruling that the deal between the company and a proposed class of U.S. car buyers is “fair, reasonable and adequate.”

  • January 25, 2018

    Ford Pushes To Consolidate Transmission Defect Cases

    Ford Motor Co. asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to consolidate 165 cases pending against the car manufacturer over alleged acceleration problems in Fiesta and Focus transmissions into an MDL in Los Angeles, explaining that the company anticipates more suits.

  • January 25, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Cert. In Avis Insurance Fraud Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday said a Florida federal judge improperly decertified a class action alleging Avis and subsidiary Budget Rent-A-Car fraudulently sold foreign customers supplemental insurance that didn’t actually provide coverage for car rentals, reviving a Scottish consumer’s breach of contract and fraud claims and ordering the class recertified.

  • January 25, 2018

    Honda, Nissan, Class Defend $702M Air Bag Settlements

    Lawyers for Honda, Nissan and a class of vehicle owners who sued the car manufacturers over the cost of replacing their defective Takata air bags asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to reject a litany of objections to settlements worth more than $702 million.

  • January 24, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Hires Fiat Defender, Ex-Toyota Attys

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has reeled in three new hires with deep backgrounds in the automotive industry for its business and distribution litigation practice, including one who has represented industry giants like Fiat Chrysler and General Motors in product liability disputes.

  • January 24, 2018

    9th Circ. Sets High Bar For Nationwide Class Settlements

    Multistate consumer class action settlements will have to clear a higher bar before scoring approval, experts say, after the Ninth Circuit ruled that a California judge didn't thoroughly consider varying state consumer protection laws before certifying a nationwide settlement class of consumers accusing Hyundai and Kia of overstating their cars' fuel efficiency.

  • January 24, 2018

    Mayer Brown Nabs Ex-Bracewell White Collar Chair

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired a former head of Bracewell LLP's white collar practice who previously prosecuted high-profile anti-terrorism and foreign bribery cases in Manhattan, the firm said on Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    2 Dealership Workers Convicted In $1.6M Racketeering Plot

    Two Indianapolis car dealership workers accused of taking part in a racketeering scheme that allegedly duped lenders and insurance companies out of $1.6 million have been found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and transporting stolen goods, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Conservative Groups Tell Trump To Oppose Gas Tax Increase

    Two influential conservative organizations with ties to the Koch brothers called on President Donald Trump on Wednesday to oppose an increase in the federal gas tax as part of an infrastructure bill, in a break with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • January 24, 2018

    Takata Seeks OK For $22M Stock Buy To Duck Mexico Tax

    Hoping to avoid a $9 million tax bill in Mexico, bankrupt vehicle safety device and air bag component maker Takata sought Delaware court approval late Tuesday to plow a $22 million intercompany receivable back into a Mexican affiliate that owes the money.

  • January 24, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Says Uber Driver Can Get Unemployment

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision Wednesday upending a finding that income a man earned driving for Uber rendered him ineligible to receive unemployment benefits after losing his job as a behavioral health specialist.

  • January 24, 2018

    GM Hit With First-Known Suit Over Self-Driving Car Crash

    General Motors LLC became possibly the first automaker sued over an accident involving a self-driving vehicle when a motorcyclist said he suffered neck and shoulder injuries after one of GM's vehicles veered into his lane and knocked him to the ground.

  • January 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Axes $200M Settlement In Hyundai, Kia Fuel MDL

    In what one judge called "a major blow to multistate class actions," a divided Ninth Circuit on Tuesday nixed a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging Hyundai and Kia misstated vehicle fuel efficiency, saying a California federal judge failed to weigh variations in state law before certifying a nationwide class.

  • January 23, 2018

    Takata Sues RL Polk Over Noticing Debacle

    Bankrupt air bag maker Takata filed an adversary suit on Tuesday against bankruptcy administration vendor R.L. Polk & Co., who Takata says caused an extra $1.6 million in expenses by botching almost 5 million addresses on a mailing list.

  • January 23, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds 2 Partners To Chicago Office

    DLA Piper’s Chicago office gained two experienced litigation partners this week with the addition of Amy Rubenstein and John Scholnick from Schiff Hardin LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 23, 2018

    Ex-GE Capital GC Joins Baker Donelson In Baltimore

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has broadened its financial services transactions practice group with the addition of General Electric Capital’s former general counsel, who spearheaded tens of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment financing.

  • January 23, 2018

    Swiss Artist Says GM Used Mural In Ad Without Permission

    The Swiss artist known as Smash 137 accused General Motors Co. of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Monday, alleging that the carmaker featured one of his murals in a Cadillac marketing campaign without asking permission.

  • January 23, 2018

    Refiners Slam EPA Renewable Fuel Mandates In DC Circ.

    Refiners and a biodiesel trade group have taken aim at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, with the refiners telling the D.C. Circuit Monday the agency wrongly shifted the compliance burden onto refiners and importers.

Expert Analysis

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • 7 Ways To Take Video Depositions That Your Jury Will Like

    Jeb Butler

    Depositions are all about sound bites. You’ll either play them for the jury on video or use them for sharp, crisp impeachment. Either way, the message must be pithy and concise, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Deflating Uber's 'Puffery' Defense On Safety Claims

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber and taxi companies in California, Texas and New York are debating whether Uber's use of words like "safe" and "safety" is misleading and deceptive or mere "puffery." Conflicting rulings from federal courts suggest litigation on this issue will continue, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.