Automotive

  • May 17, 2018

    Auto Service Contract Clause Nixes Class Action: Panel

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday upended a trial court ruling allowing a putative consumer fraud class action against a vehicle warranty business to proceed, saying an arbitration clause in the customer's service contract clearly shows he waived his right to sue.

  • May 16, 2018

    EPA's Pruitt Acknowledges Ethics Missteps, Notes Changes

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday told senators that after months of facing ethics investigations, he has instituted new procedures intended to avoid such troublesome entanglements in the future.

  • May 16, 2018

    9th Circ. Ruling May Help Independent Contractors Unionize

    Last week's Ninth Circuit ruling reviving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's antitrust challenge to a first-of-its-kind Seattle law letting app-based drivers form quasi-unions was a blow to Uber and Lyft drivers in the Emerald City, but it may prove to be a win for independent contractors in the long run, attorneys say.

  • May 16, 2018

    DOT Needs To Stop Stalling On Seat Belt Rule, DC Circ. Told

    Auto safety groups blasted the U.S. Department of Transportation for doing little or nothing to implement a congressional mandate requiring automobile warnings when backseat passengers don't buckle up, with arguments in D.C. Circuit on Wednesday that focused heavily on its jurisdiction and what exactly was required of the DOT.

  • May 16, 2018

    Auto Parts Maker Reaches $5.2M Deal To Leave Antitrust MDL

    Japanese auto parts manufacturer Toyo Denso Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary Weastec Inc. agreed to pay approximately $5.2 million to settle a proposed class action from consumers alleging they conspired to fix the prices of ignition and power window parts, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Boston Cabbie Fights Uber’s Bid To Escape Antitrust Claims

    A Boston cab driver alleging Uber monopolized the market by helping its drivers circumvent local taxi rules asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to preserve his antitrust claims, saying the ride-hailing giant is trying to hold his proposed class action to an “unrealistic and legally unsupportable higher pleading standard.”

  • May 16, 2018

    Aussie Court Boosts Yazaki Cartel Fine To Record AU$46M

    Australia’s full Federal Court on Wednesday ordered Japanese auto parts company Yazaki Corp. to pay a record AU$46 million (roughly $34.5 million) fine for its role in an international price-fixing scheme, a nearly 500 percent increase over the fine previously ordered in the case.

  • May 16, 2018

    EPA's Wehrum Hopes To Avoid Calif. Fuel Economy Fight

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to negotiate with California in an effort to stave off a brewing legal war over greenhouse gas emissions regulations for vehicles, top agency air official Bill Wehrum told a House panel Wednesday.

  • May 16, 2018

    Greenberg Guides Transpo-Focused VectoIQ In $200M IPO

    VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., a blank-check company focused on acquiring a business in the automotive or smart mobility industry, saw shares begin trading Wednesday after raising $200 million through an initial public offering guided by Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber's Move Away From Arbitration Falls Short, Attys Say

    Uber won plaudits Tuesday with its announcement that it would no longer steer sexual misconduct claims into arbitration, but critics were quick to pump the brakes on the praise, noting that the ride-hailing giant can still use arbitration to keep class actions from seeing their day in court.

  • May 15, 2018

    Nonclass Attys Deserve Cut Of $10B VW Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    Hundreds of lawyers claiming their work helped secure the $10 billion resolution of multidistrict litigation from consumers over Volkswagen AG's diesel emissions scandal told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that they deserve a cut of attorneys' fees and costs because their contributions were significant.

  • May 15, 2018

    Judge OKs More Depositions In Fiat Chrysler Stock Drop Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday partially granted a bid from Fiat Chrysler investors to depose more witnesses and add interrogatories in their suit alleging the automaker hid the existence of emissions control instruments dubbed defeat devices in vehicles in an effort to inflate share prices.

  • May 15, 2018

    Toyota Unit Gets Early Exit From DOJ Fair Lending Deal

    Toyota’s auto lending branch said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau agreed the company has satisfied the requirements for early termination of a consent order reached in 2016 over allegations of unfair lending practices.

  • May 15, 2018

    Enviros Join EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Fight

    Seven environmental and consumer advocacy groups on Tuesday launched the latest in a string of challenges before the D.C. Circuit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to revisit Obama-era greenhouse gas vehicle emission standards.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber’s Bid To Ditch Assault Claims 'A Costly Sideshow': Judge

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday lost its bid to trim assault and false imprisonment claims filed by a 16-year-old girl who said the ride-hailing giant negligently hired a lascivious driver who held her in his car against her will, after a San Francisco judge called Uber's motion "a costly sideshow."

  • May 15, 2018

    EPA Post-VW Emission Testing Could Be Better: OIG

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General on Tuesday said the EPA has improved its vehicle emissions testing programs in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, but should do more to increase compliance.

  • May 15, 2018

    Car Dealer Data Cos. Must Face Monopolization Claims In MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has given a partial reprieve to CDK Global LLC and Reynolds & Reynolds Co. from consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging they monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, tossing part of a data integration company’s antitrust claims.

  • May 15, 2018

    Honda CR-V Owners Call Crash 'Sensing' System Dangerous

    A trio of California Honda CR-V owners filed a proposed class action Monday in California federal court against the automaker, claiming their cars came equipped with defective collision avoidance systems that are actually making them less safe.

  • May 15, 2018

    Uber, Lyft Vow Not To Push Arbitration For Sex Assault Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. said Tuesday that they will no longer push arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment against riders, drivers or employees, clearing the way for such claims to be heard in court.

  • May 15, 2018

    US Seeks To Sink Challenge To Trump's '2-For-1' Order

    The federal government has told a D.C. district court that public interest groups have again failed to show that they properly brought suit against President Donald Trump's executive order that said for every new regulation, two have to be repealed, arguing that the groups can't demonstrate the order caused specific harm.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • New Regs Pave Way For China's Self-Driving Car Strategy

    Mark Schaub

    Last month, three Chinese government ministries jointly issued national regulations for road testing of autonomous vehicles. The national rules supplement local regulations recently issued in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and are just one indication of China’s ambitions to lead the world in this new technology, say Mark Schaub and Atticus Zhao of King & Wood Mallesons.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • When Must Manufacturers Anticipate Product Misuse?

    Stephen Copenhaver

    Not all injuries arising from the abuse or misuse of a product may lead to manufacturer liability. If the misuse was not reasonably foreseeable, the law does not hold manufacturers responsible in tort. But it can be difficult to determine which misuses are reasonably foreseeable and which are not, say Stephen Copenhaver and Sarah Schiferl of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • How Lagos Might Affect Internal Investigations

    Joon Kim

    If the U.S. Supreme Court holds in Lagos v. United States that companies are able to seek restitution from criminal defendants when they are the victim of an offense, it will create another incentive to conduct internal investigations into misconduct within or against a corporation, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Why Garick V. Mercedes-Benz Stayed In Federal Court

    Allison Semaya

    Last month, a district court in Massachusetts ruled that a putative class action against Mercedes-Benz USA should remain in federal court. The case is a reminder that, though the defendant bears the burden of showing the amount-in-controversy requirement for removal has been met, determining that amount early in a lawsuit is not an exact science, says Allison Semaya of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Defending Lawyer Depositions: Lessons From Waymo V. Uber

    Arturo González

    There are general rules for preparing witnesses for deposition. But what if the witness is a lawyer for a party in the case? In the Waymo v. Uber litigation, we — Uber’s counsel — had to make many tactical decisions when preparing four lawyers for deposition and trial, say Arturo González and Michelle Yang of Morrison & Foerster LLP.