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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.