Automotive

  • January 18, 2018

    Sen. Demands Answers From Pruitt On EPA Costs, Policies

    Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Markey sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday posing a slew of questions about his conduct and accusing him of driving the regulator away from its mission to protect the environment and toward industry-friendly positions.

  • January 18, 2018

    Enviro Group Beats Auto Recycler's Counterclaims For Now

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday threw out an auto salvage company’s claims that nonprofit environmental group Clean Water Action had filed a frivolous lawsuit against it, but gave the company one more chance to fix its allegations against the organization.

  • January 18, 2018

    Trump's Pick For DOJ Enviro Chief Clears Senate Committee

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s environmental division, Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Jeffrey Bossert Clark, over strong objections from Democrats.

  • January 17, 2018

    Justices Ask Whether Repair Advisers Offer Auto 'Service'

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday homed in on whether auto dealer employees who advise customers about repair work actually are engaged in "servicing" cars and therefore are exempt from overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • January 17, 2018

    Judge Trims Claims Against Ford In Shattering Sunroof Suit

    Ford Motor Co. must face some of the claims in a proposed class action over allegedly defective sunroofs that can spontaneously shatter, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington ruled Tuesday, rejecting the carmaker’s argument that the Ford Escape owner behind the suit lacks standing.

  • January 17, 2018

    Panasonic Can't Escape AC System Price-Fixing Claims

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday that Panasonic Corp. cannot escape auto dealer and consumer claims that it participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for vehicle air conditioning systems, but trimmed a pair of claims brought under Florida and South Dakota state laws.

  • January 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Taconic, Lennar, 601W

    Taconic Investment Partners is reportedly buying 12 Bronx rental buildings for more than $70 million, Lennar is said to have picked up a Florida development site for $9.65 million, and a venture including developer 601W has reportedly paid $10 million for a Chicago parking lot.

  • January 17, 2018

    Buyers Say Audi, VW Can’t Slip Gas Vehicle Emissions Suit

    Car buyers accusing Volkswagen, Audi and Bosch of lying about their gasoline cars' emissions responded to the automakers' bids to dismiss the suit, telling a California federal judge Tuesday that the case is supported by well-documented facts and expert opinion.

  • January 17, 2018

    DOT To Face More Data Fights After Safety-Record Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit’s finding that the U.S. Department of Transportation can be sued for mishandling safety citation records that potentially hurt truck drivers’ job prospects may expose the agency to fresh litigation and force it to better manage its information systems, experts say.

  • January 17, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz Settles QR Code Patent Suit

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by a Texas company over QR code technology after the automaker successfully moved the case to Georgia, according to court records filed Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2018

    Corvette Drivers' Warranty Claims Outrun GM Dismissal Push

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday trimmed claims from a proposed class action over the Corvette Z06, but kept the suit’s warranty claims, finding ambiguities in General Motors LLC’s contract language made it unclear whether it was on the hook for an alleged design flaw that causes the race cars to rapidly decelerate.

  • January 17, 2018

    GKN Rebuffs £7.4B Takeover Bid By Turnaround Firm Melrose

    GKN PLC said Wednesday it will not accept an unsolicited takeover offer by turnaround investment firm Melrose Industries PLC in a deal that would have valued the aerospace and automotive engineering firm at £7.4 billion ($10.2 billion).

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    Calif. Judge OKs $7.75M Uber Driver Deal Over Objections

    Uber will pay $7.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging drivers are misclassified as independent contractors after a California judge on Tuesday signed off on the deal over objections that it was too small.

  • January 16, 2018

    Trump Tax Reform Costs Citigroup $22B, Co. Says

    Citi said Tuesday that the new tax law could mean future growth for the company but that it's taking $22 billion in charges in the short term as a result of the reform, while other companies announced smaller but still substantial one-time hits, like GM's $7 billion write-down.

  • January 16, 2018

    Uber Slams Waymo's Hidden-Evidence Claims As 'Whining'

    Uber has rejected Waymo’s claims that it intentionally withheld key discovery documents in a California federal lawsuit, telling Waymo to “stop whining, and try its case,” which alleges that Uber stole its self-driving car technology.

  • January 16, 2018

    DAs Seek Uber Data Showing If It Shelved Drunken Drivers

    San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys asked a California judge Tuesday to order Uber to hand over data on whether it suspended drivers accused of using drugs or alcohol on the job, or if the company misrepresented its zero-tolerance policy — an alleged violation that could cost Uber $15 million.

  • January 16, 2018

    Nissan Wants Sentra Transmission Defect Suit Trimmed

    Nissan North America Inc. has asked a California federal judge to trim a proposed class action alleging certain Nissan Sentras had faulty transmissions prone to overheating, saying the lead plaintiff cannot support his "broad" claims for restitution, implied warranty violations and unjust enrichment.

  • January 16, 2018

    Mich. Lobbying Firm Slams AG Subpoena In Tesla Sales Row

    A lobbying firm objected Monday in Michigan federal court to a subpoena from the state attorney general in Tesla’s suit over a Michigan law passed in 2014 that bans the automaker from selling directly to consumers, saying the subpoena is too broad and would unfairly burden the firm.

  • January 16, 2018

    Drivers Ask Judge To Reject $3M Uber Settlement

    A group of drivers on Tuesday blasted a proposed $3 million agreement that would end allegations by a separate group of New York drivers against Uber Technologies Inc., telling a New York federal court that it was an improper attempt to settle sales tax claims against the company.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.