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Automotive

  • August 10, 2018

    Trump Orders Metal Tariff Hike For Turkey As Lira Tumbles

    President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will double the national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, citing the rapid depreciation of the country’s currency over the past several weeks.

  • August 9, 2018

    Electric Car Startup Says Rival's No-Poach Terms Are Unlawful

    Electric vehicle startup EVelozcity sued Faraday & Future on Thursday in California state court, calling a contract term its competitor imposes to prevent departing employees from encouraging colleagues to also leave for another company “illegally restrictive.”

  • August 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Nixes Drivers' Challenge To Seattle Union Law

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a group of independent drivers who contract with the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft cannot pursue a challenge to a Seattle ordinance that lets for-hire drivers form quasi-unions, saying the harms they purportedly would suffer are too speculative for their claims to be heard.

  • August 9, 2018

    GM Trust, Lenders Told To Resolve $1.5B Loan Row Quickly

    A New York bankruptcy judge Thursday urged General Motors Co.'s bankruptcy trust and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA to pick up the pace following a bellwether ruling in 2017 intended to resolve a dispute over the nature and value of security interests in GM plants related to a $1.5 billion term loan.

  • August 9, 2018

    Jaguar Abandoned 'Defender' TM, Carmaker Bombardier Says

    Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has abandoned its trademark on the “Defender” name because it hasn’t sold one in the United States since 1998, British automaker Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. argued in legal papers filed in Michigan federal court defending its counterclaims to the former’s patent infringement suit.

  • August 9, 2018

    City Council Backs Rental Car Fee In San Diego-Area Dispute

    The City Council of Chula Vista, California, unanimously approved a resolution memorializing its support for a $3.50 rental car fee imposed by the San Diego Port District challenged by Hertz, Enterprise and the San Diego airport authority.

  • August 9, 2018

    NYC Uber Cap A Harbinger Of More Hard-Line Rules

    The first-of-their-kind limits that New York City placed on the rapid expansion of Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing services may inspire cities and municipalities to craft more hard-line rules for newer entrants in on-demand transportation, experts say, but consumers could end up paying the price.

  • August 9, 2018

    GM Dodges Nationwide Claims In Faulty Headlight Suit

    General Motors has successfully contained to California a proposed nationwide class action accusing it of selling Cadillacs with faulty headlights, after a federal judge ruled the federal warranty law the consumers were bringing their claims under didn't apply to drivers outside the state.

  • August 9, 2018

    Nissan Settles Incentive Row With Ohio Dealerships

    Nissan North America Inc. and four Cleveland-area car dealerships have struck an undisclosed settlement resolving claims that the automaker incentivized their rival and unfairly burdened them with financial incentives, according to an Ohio federal court order.

  • August 9, 2018

    Nissan Pushes To Arbitrate Driver's Claims In Sunroof Suit

    Nissan North America Inc. asked a California federal judge on Wednesday to compel individual arbitration for one of the named plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging the carmaker sold vehicles with defective panoramic sunroofs, saying she signed a broad arbitration agreement when she purchased her vehicle.

  • August 8, 2018

    Verizon, Vehicle IP Spar Over Navigation Patent At Fed. Circ.

    Mobile navigation app patent holder Vehicle IP LLC urged a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday to revive its infringement claims against a Verizon Wireless affiliate, saying a lower court, for a second time, improperly inserted restrictive language into its claim construction when it axed the suit.

  • August 8, 2018

    Arctic Cat, Bombardier Can’t Redo Snowmobile Patent Trial

    Bombardier and Arctic Cat each lost bids for a new trial in a snowmobile patent dispute when a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence supporting a jury’s finding that Arctic Cat infringed one of Bombardier’s patents, and that the contested claims in two patents were invalid.

  • August 8, 2018

    SEC Wants Discovery Deadline Extended In Mobileye Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday urged a New York federal court to set aside a magistrate judge's order refusing a discovery extension in the insider trading suit connected to Intel Corp.'s $15.3 billion purchase of Israeli tech company Mobileye NV, asking that the discovery deadline be pushed to the date of trial.

  • August 8, 2018

    NYC Is 1st Major US City To Cap Uber, Lyft Licenses

    New York City on Wednesday became the first major U.S. city to curb the number of Uber, Lyft and similar for-hire vehicles on its roads after the City Council approved a one-year freeze on issuing new licenses to app-based ride-hailing services, while also setting a wage base for drivers.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ind. Co. Seeks Duties On Chinese Steel Wheel Imports

    An Indiana-based wheel manufacturer urged the government to impose duties on imports of steel trailer wheels from China, alleging in a petition filed Wednesday that certain Chinese exporters are receiving unfair government subsidies and dumping the products on the U.S. market at less than fair value.

  • August 8, 2018

    JB Hunt Drivers Lose Class Cert. Ahead Of Calif. Wage Trial

    A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bosch, Others Get Initial OK For $3M Deal In Auto Parts MDL

    A Michigan federal judge has given early approval to a $3.1 million settlement that truck and equipment dealers struck with manufacturers Robert Bosch GmbH and three other companies, which would put to rest dealers' allegations of a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition in the auto parts industry. 

  • August 7, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Must Face Age Bias Suit Over Evaluation Policy

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Monday that Fiat Chrysler must face amended class claims that its employee evaluation policy disparately affected workers aged 55 and older, saying most of the allegations sufficiently linked the policy to older workers being denied promotions and bonuses, put on probation or fired.

  • August 7, 2018

    11th Circ. Pans Miami Taxi Cos.' Challenge To Uber, Lyft Law

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of taxi companies' claims that Florida's Miami-Dade County violated the takings clause and equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution as a result of a 2016 ordinance legalizing ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

  • August 7, 2018

    Calif. Chauffeurs Get Nod On $1M Wage Class Deal

    A California federal judge on Tuesday gave the preliminary OK to a $1.05 million deal ending a suit alleging limo company BostonCoach denied a class of chauffeurs overtime and rest breaks in violation of California law.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Opinion

    TCPA: An Antiquated Law That Needs To Be Fixed

    David Carter

    After years of bearing witness to an influx of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, reading nearly every TCPA opinion issued by the federal courts and talking with countless businesses, my conclusion is that the TCPA fails to reach its primary goal of protecting consumers from unwanted calls, says David Carter of Innovista Law PLLC.

  • Strategies For Dealing With US-China Tariffs

    Russell Menyhart

    Increasing U.S. and Chinese tariffs have magnified the challenges of doing business internationally, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. But review of products' tariff classifications, the public comment process for proposed tariffs, and tariff exemption applications all provide companies with opportunities to reduce harm, say Russell Menyhart and Ying Zhu of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Cos. Must Prepare For Collective Consumer Suits In Germany

    Julia Schwalm

    In reaction to the diesel emissions scandal, German lawmakers have developed a new type of collective litigation for consumers. For companies that are the targets of such an action, the advantage is that there will be fewer cases to defend against and to coordinate, say Julia Schwalm and Jakob Schellmann of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • For Self-Driving Car Makers, Industry Standards Matter

    Allen Patatanyan

    When a self-driving Uber car ran over an Arizona pedestrian earlier this year, the company inadvertently shone a spotlight on the importance of industry standards. Failing to meet these benchmarks could be interpreted as a violation of the standard of care owed to a plaintiff by a corporate defendant, says Allen Patatanyan of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • 1st Circ.'s Uber Ruling Imposes Burdens On App Design

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Courts have generally recognized that online contracts can be enforced like any other agreements, but a June decision from the First Circuit invalidates an arbitration clause in an electronic contract simply because the link provided was in the wrong font and color. This decision fundamentally misunderstands the nature of internet commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Jones Day Case Highlights Questions Of Atty Privilege Abroad

    Ana Reyes

    Germany’s highest court ruled this month that prosecutors may review the Jones Day documents they seized related to the firm’s representation of Volkswagen. This is a stark reminder that American litigators need to be aware of how attorney-client privilege laws abroad can impact litigation in the United States, say Ana Reyes and Matthew Heins of Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.