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Automotive

  • 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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Uber Deal Could End Drivers' Pricing-Model Class Action

    The man representing a class of more than 9,000 Uber drivers asked a California federal judge to bless a deal that would end claims that the ride-hailing company's so-called upfront pricing model denies drivers their fair share of riders' payments.

  • August 27, 2018

    US-Mexico Cinch Trade Deal, Trump Aims To Rename 'NAFTA'

    President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. and Mexico have finalized the terms of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying he is not tied to including Canada in the agreement and may drop the NAFTA name altogether.

  • August 24, 2018

    Tesla Disclosure Docs Could End Stock-Drop Suit, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday mulled dismissing a stock-drop class action over Tesla's Model 3 manufacturing delays based on disclosures in which the car company seemed to warn shareholders of production issues, but an attorney for the proposed class said that nixing the case would be a "reversible error."

  • August 24, 2018

    Ex-DOT Worker Will Be Deposed In Fiat Chrysler Investor Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge rejected the U.S. Department of Transportation’s second request to prevent the deposition of a former employee by a group of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles investors in their stock-drop suit against the company, saying the department faces no “undue burden” if the engineer testifies.

  • August 24, 2018

    VW Says Drivers Who Sold Cars Before Scandal Can’t Sue

    A proposed class of Volkswagen AG customers who sold their vehicles before the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal killed the cars’ value can’t allege a financial injury, VW told a California federal judge during a Friday hearing on its dismissal bid, while the class countered that they paid a premium for the cars’ ersatz environmentalism.

  • August 24, 2018

    Autoworkers' Suit Against Fiat Chrysler, UAW Nixed

    A Michigan federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action by autoworkers against car maker Fiat Chrysler and the United Automobile Workers alleging the company and union colluded to sacrifice workers' interests during collective bargaining, ruling that the workers have not exhausted contractual remedies and internal procedures to address their grievances.

  • August 24, 2018

    GM Aims To Ax Chevy, GMC Defective Transmission Suit

    General Motors LLC asked a Michigan federal court Thursday to dump an amended proposed class action alleging it sold certain Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles with defective transmissions, saying a Florida driver's thin allegations don’t hold up and he cannot represent a nationwide class.

  • August 24, 2018

    A Deluge Of Suits Over Connected Devices Could Be Coming

    Hackers are racing to infiltrate internet-connected everyday products — and the security gaps they exploit could spawn a sea of lawsuits, industry lawyers say, raising thorny questions about when manufacturers are liable.

  • August 24, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Toys R Us, McSam Hotel, Mill Creek

    Bankrupt Toys R Us is reportedly selling various South Florida buildings to Memorial Healthcare System and a local auto dealer, McSam Hotel Group is said to have sold a leasehold to a Midtown hotel for $22.15 million, and Mill Creek Residential Trust has reportedly dropped $37.25 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • August 24, 2018

    Workers' Doc Dump Can't Fix Visa Fraud Suit, Tesla Says

    Tesla Inc. and its contractor Eisenmann Corp. told a California federal judge Thursday that a pair of workers cannot dump 1,000 pages of extra material on the court to bloat their claims the companies participated in a visa fraud scheme to illegally import low-cost foreign labor for Tesla’s manufacturing plant and other automakers’ job sites. 

  • August 23, 2018

    Capital One Denied Quick Win In $34M NY Taxi Medallion Suit

    A New York state judge has denied Capital One Equipment Finance Corp.’s motion to immediately recover payment on 22 loans totaling $33.7 million that went into default since taxicab-management companies and their guarantors assumed the debt in 2012 and 2013 

  • August 23, 2018

    Detroit Mayor Says Mich. Insurance Law Is Unconstitutional

    The mayor of Detroit filed suit in federal court on Thursday against the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, alleging the state’s law requiring motorists to purchase no-fault auto insurance is unconstitutionally discriminatory because it has pushed premiums so high that it deprives low-income Michiganders of their ability to drive.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • House Hearing Stirs Debate On Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

    Susan Lent

    A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.