Automotive

  • November 17, 2017

    Disbarred Atty, 2 Others Get Prison For Auto Loan Scheme

    A disbarred attorney and two others were sentenced to between six and 18 months in prison for their role in orchestrating a seven-month money laundering and automobile loan scheme that bilked banks out of loans worth about $696,000, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • November 17, 2017

    NHTSA Follows Up On VW Recall For Alleged Air Bag Defect

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a recall involving an alleged defect affecting eight Volkswagen vehicle models that could cause the front driver air bag to fail to deploy during a crash, the agency said in a letter.

  • November 17, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Lloyds, Ross Stores, Hines

    Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly in talks to sell its London headquarters for nearly $200 million, Ross Stores is said to have sold a Florida property for more than $16 million, and Hines has reportedly paid more than $200 million for a stake in a Los Angeles project being developed by the Martin family of Martin Automotive Group fame.

  • November 17, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Andrews, Mayer, Jones, Delaby

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Marathon Petroleum dropped down $8.1 billion in assets to its master limited partnership, Caesars Entertainment acquired Centaur for $1.7 billion, Shanghai Pharma snapped up the China business of Cardinal Health for $557 million, and OMERS bought Trescal in a $788.6 million deal.

  • November 16, 2017

    Tenn. Aims To Exit Drivers' Suit Over License Suspensions

    The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security urged a federal court on Wednesday to toss a proposed class action that accuses him and several counties, cities and their respective clerks of unconstitutionally suspending the licenses of low-income residents, arguing they were rightly suspended under state law.

  • November 16, 2017

    Class Deal OK'd After 9th Circ. Ruling Saves TCPA Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a deal settling putative class claims for 8,313 car dealership customers accusing the business and its marketer of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, an agreement reached after the case was revived based on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling.

  • November 16, 2017

    Taiwanese Auto Parts Co. To Pay $3.35M In Price-Fix Suit

    A class of car-part direct purchasers asked a Wisconsin federal judge Thursday to approve a $3.35 million settlement with Taiwanese automotive component maker Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd. to resolve a lawsuit over alleged price-fixing on certain aftermarket sheet metal products.

  • November 16, 2017

    Top Uber Cases To Watch

    Uber, which for years has faced a legal onslaught targeting multiple facets of its ride-hailing business, is battling allegations of aggressive operating tactics including fostering a culture that allowed sexual harassment and mismanagement to thrive and misclassifying drivers as independent contractors. Here, Law360 examines some of the more high-profile cases that Uber has been embroiled in.

  • November 16, 2017

    Fisker Buyer Urges Del. Bankruptcy Court To Toss Stock Suit

    Wanxiang Clean Energy USA LLC and the firm it spun off after buying bankrupt electric carmaker Fisker Automotive urged the Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday to throw out a lawsuit from the liquidating trust challenging an equity sale it says was designed to dilute its stake in the spinoff.

  • November 16, 2017

    Armstrong Teasdale Sanctions Lifted In Fiat Hack Case

    Armstrong Teasdale attorneys for a proposed class of Jeep owners suing Fiat Chrysler over hacking concerns on Wednesday escaped sanctions that had been imposed on them for revealing confidential information, when the Illinois federal judge overseeing the suit found a magistrate judge lacked authority to level the penalties.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive RICO Claims Over Allied Bankruptcy

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday found that investment firm Yucaipa Cos. Ltd. had no standing for its $170 million RICO suit claiming two hedge funds conspired to wipe out its debt claim against bankrupt car hauler Allied Systems Holdings Inc.

  • November 16, 2017

    Class Attys In Uber Text Message Spat Seek $6.4M In Fees

    The attorneys representing a group of individuals who allegedly received unwanted text messages from Uber asked an Illinois federal court Wednesday for $6.35 million in fees after securing a $20 million settlement, saying the deal is an exceptional result that wouldn’t have happened without their efforts.

  • November 16, 2017

    Pols Weigh In On NAFTA's Labor, Car Rules Ahead Of Talks

    As the fifth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement began Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came forward with a fresh set of demands, looking to exert their will on the agreement’s rules for labor and automobiles.

  • November 15, 2017

    Motorsport Co. Files For Ch. 11, Aiming To Clear $300M Debt

    Velocity Holding Company Inc. and its 18 powersports industry subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware on Wednesday, declaring liabilities of more than $100 million in a comprehensive recapitalization aimed at eliminating $300 million in debt.

  • November 15, 2017

    EPA Unveils Some Ozone Info After Enviro Lawsuit Threat

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday identified more than 2,000 counties in the U.S., as well as tribal lands, that meet ozone standards set in 2015, weeks after environmentalists threatened to sue the agency for blowing a statutory deadline to publish the list.

  • November 15, 2017

    Bridgestone's $9.4M Price-Fixing Deal Gets Initial OK

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday gave her initial approval to a $9.36 million settlement between Bridgestone Corp. and a putative class of car dealerships, which claim the tire maker took part in a price-fixing scheme for rubber parts that reduce engine and road vibration.

  • November 15, 2017

    Toyota Has Reached Deals In 496 Cases In Acceleration MDL

    Toyota has struck deals in 496 lawsuits over deaths and injuries stemming from an alleged unintended-acceleration defect in some of its vehicles, lawyers on both sides of multidistrict litigation told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Auto Dealer Review Site Launches Suit Over 'Confusing' Mark

    A company that operates a website allowing consumers to review auto dealers launched a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday seeking to block another company from using a mark it calls “confusingly similar” to its own DealerRater mark.

  • November 15, 2017

    Geico Hit With Auto Repair Shop Price-Fixing Suit

    Geico has reached unlawful agreements with a group of preferred auto collision repair shops to fix the maximum price of repairs and steer policyholders from competing repair shops, a competing shop claimed in Oregon federal court Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Progressive To Settle Medicare FCA Suit For $2M

    Two units of insurance giant Progressive will pay more than $2 million to settle allegations that they pushed car insurance policyholders’ medical claims that they should have paid off on Medicare and Medicaid, in violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.