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Automotive

  • May 24, 2018

    Chrysler Pushes Bulk Of Race Bias Claimants Into Arbitration

    Fiat Chrysler won a bid to push the bulk of a racial discrimination proposed class action into individual arbitration, according to a Michigan federal judge's ruling Thursday that found the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Epic Systems bars the employees from arbitrating their bias claims as a class.

  • May 24, 2018

    Del. Clawback Suits Paused For GM NY Bankruptcy Mediation

    Two clawback suits being pursued by the litigation trust formed in the Chapter 11 case of General Motors Corp. will stall after a Delaware Chancery judge on Thursday paused discovery while mediation over allegedly improper transfers of funds to secured lenders continues in New York bankruptcy court.

  • May 24, 2018

    EPA Extends Comment Period On Scientific Review Revamp

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it is extending the public comment period on a controversial proposal to require the publication of data underlying scientific studies that are considered when promulgating regulations, and will also hold a public hearing on the matter.

  • May 24, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Wants RICO Claim Tossed In Emissions MDL

    Fiat Chrysler told a California federal judge that drivers in a multidistrict litigation over the alleged rigging of emissions tests have not salvaged their claims against the company, saying the judge should at least cut a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim from the consolidated class action.

  • May 24, 2018

    Car Wars: Trump's Latest Flex Will Test Bounds Of Trade Law

    President Donald Trump’s newly launched probe of national security threats posed by car imports has sent shockwaves through the trade bar and teed up a clash over the scope of an already controversial Cold War-era law that has emerged as a linchpin for the administration's trade enforcement regime.

  • May 24, 2018

    Elon Musk Tweets Threaten Tesla Workers, Auto Union Claims

    Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk violated federal labor law in a recent tweet suggesting the company’s workers would lose their stock options if they unionized, the United Auto Workers union alleged in a charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

  • May 24, 2018

    NTSB Says Uber Self-Driving Car Didn't Recognize Pedestrian

    The Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car that fatally struck a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify her as a pedestrian and was not set up for emergency braking, according to a report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

  • May 24, 2018

    Chinese Auto Parts Co. Challenges Anti-Dumping Rate

    A U.S. subsidiary of Chinese auto parts giant Wanxiang Group Corp. has challenged a U.S. Department of Commerce ruling saying that heavy tariffs applied to its wheel hub assemblies, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that it should have been assigned the same zero rate as its parent company.

  • May 24, 2018

    Ford Pension Suit Doesn't Need Justices' Input, Gov't Says

    The federal government has said that the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t need to consider a dispute over whether a woman's claims against Ford under an Employee Retirement Income Security Act provision kept her from bringing claims under another, arguing that the Sixth Circuit’s ruling meshed with high court precedent.

  • May 24, 2018

    China's Ganfeng Plans IPO Amid Carmakers' Hunt For Lithium

    As electric vehicles continue to infiltrate the market, China’s largest producer of battery raw material, Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd., announced Thursday it is filing for an initial public offering.

  • May 23, 2018

    TCPA Class Action Over Car Dealer's Texts Will Go To Trial

    A class action against used-car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. for allegedly sending unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act will head to a jury as a Florida federal judge found Wednesday that too many factual disputes remain for her to decide the case.

  • May 23, 2018

    Uber Removes Self-Driving Cars From Arizona After Crash

    Uber Technologies Inc. will stop operating self-driving cars in Arizona following a fatal accident in Tempe, but will focus on its driverless testing in California and Pennsylvania, the ride-sharing giant said Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    Trump Eying New Security-Based Tariffs On Imported Cars

    At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce late Wednesday launched an investigation that may result in new duties on imported cars using the same national security statute that cleared the way for the administration’s steel and aluminum levies earlier this year.

  • May 23, 2018

    'Dieselgate' Stalled Sales, VW Salespeople Say In Class Action

    News that Volkswagen rigged U.S. diesel emissions tests — a scandal sometimes referred to as “Dieselgate” — has harmed the “hardworking men and women who make their livelihood selling vehicles in the Volkswagen brand” and led to reduced sales, according to a consolidated class action filed in California federal court on Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    House Panel Weighs Self-Driving Cars' Effect On Insurance

    A U.S. House panel discussed Wednesday the ways the insurance industry will adapt to widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles, considering questions about data access, liability and cybersecurity.

  • May 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Careem, Lowe’s, Barclays

    Dubai-based ride-hailing company Careem Networks is looking to raise $500 million, Pershing Square Capital Management has secured a nearly $1 billion stake in home improvement chain Lowe’s, and Barclays isn’t eyeing any potential mergers with its rivals.

  • May 23, 2018

    Drivers Amend Autobahn Parts Suit To Facilitate $1.6M Deal

    A group of drivers amended their claims in California federal court Tuesday against auto dealer Autobahn Inc. to help effectuate a proposed settlement that would provide the drivers with $1.6 million in vouchers for dropping claims the company misled them into believing it used genuine Mercedes parts to repair their vehicles.

  • May 23, 2018

    US Metal Tariffs Still Under Fire As India Files WTO Case

    The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum found another foe on Wednesday as the Indian government filed a formal World Trade Organization case alleging the U.S. used national security concerns as a veil to shield its producers from international competition.

  • May 22, 2018

    Toyota, Customer Dismiss 4th Circ. Melting-Dashboard Appeal

    The Fourth Circuit assented Tuesday to Toyota's and a customer's joint dismissal of claims that some Toyotas' dashboards melted or degraded from sun exposure, in an appeal that was to center around the denial of Toyota's wish to arbitrate.

  • May 22, 2018

    TRW Auto Challenges Retiree Benefits Award At 6th Circ.

    The U.S. arm of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. urged the Sixth Circuit on Monday to reject an arbitrator’s award of free health care for life to retirees, arguing that nothing in the automotive company’s collective bargaining agreement with its union staff entitled retirees to that level of benefits.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.