Automotive

  • September 21, 2017

    Tesla Uses Test-Drivers’ Personal Info For Marketing: Suit

    Tesla Inc. stores and transmits consumers’ personal information to credit companies that assess drivers’ creditworthiness for the automaker’s marketing and sales purposes, a driver has alleged in a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • September 21, 2017

    Auto Software Maker Accuses Rival Of IP Cybertheft

    An Illinois-based maker of software designed to let car enthusiasts and repair shops tune vehicle computers went after a rival in Washington federal court Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the company's systems and making off with trade secrets.

  • September 20, 2017

    Eaton Beats Investor Suit Over Tax Statement That Hurt Stock

    A New York federal judge dismissed a proposed shareholder class action against Eaton Corp. PLC on Wednesday, saying company officials didn’t defraud shareholders about their desire or ability to sell a major business unit in the wake of a controversial merger that moved its HQ to low-tax Ireland.

  • September 20, 2017

    Confusion Over Twins Leads To FCRA Suit Against Avis

    A case of mistaken identity cost a woman a job at car rental company Avis after a background check turned up an “extensive criminal history” that actually belonged to her twin brother, according to a Fair Credit Reporting Act suit filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • September 20, 2017

    Waymo Pegs Uber Trade Secret Theft Harm At $2.6B

    Amid revelations on Wednesday that a Waymo-commissioned expert report estimated damages caused by Uber’s alleged trade secret theft at $2.6 billion, U.S. District Judge William Alsup accused the Alphabet spinoff of crying “crocodile tears” in seeking to delay trial over the purported theft of self-driving car technology.

  • September 20, 2017

    Sunoco Seeks Redo At 3rd Circ. Over Credit Card Claims

    Sunoco Inc. on Tuesday asked the Third Circuit to review its split decision refusing to let the energy giant force arbitration in a credit card customer’s proposed class action over an allegedly broken promise for rewards at gas stations, saying that the majority “misperceived” contract law and contravened relevant court precedents.

  • September 20, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Must Face Drivers’ Faulty Transmission Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday kept alive a proposed class action alleging Mercedes-Benz USA LLC made vehicles with faulty transmissions, saying the drivers have standing and sufficiently alleged facts that indicate a transmission defect.

  • September 20, 2017

    Tenn. Residents Seek Class Cert. In Traffic Debt Dispute

    Three Tennessee residents on Tuesday asked a federal judge to certify a proposed class and three subclasses of people who allegedly had their driver’s licenses unconstitutionally suspended for failing to pay money owed for traffic violations, arguing that nearly 135,000 people currently can’t regain driving privileges just because they’re poor.

  • September 20, 2017

    GM Gas Tank Defect Suit Revived By Bankruptcy Judge

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday allowed a woman allegedly burned by a defectively designed gas tank to move forward with her second attempt to hold General Motors LLC liable.

  • September 19, 2017

    Uber Says Mobile Ad Co. Took It For An $83M Ride

    A mobile advertising company duped Uber Technologies Inc. out of more than $82.5 million by doctoring data to inflate the success of its ad campaign, the ride hailing company alleged Monday in California federal court.

  • September 19, 2017

    Emissions Cheating Played Role In Early Deaths, Study Says

    Excess emissions from diesel cars outfitted with so-called defeat devices to make the cars appear more environmentally friendly than they actually were may have contributed to up to 10,000 premature deaths a year from air pollution in the European Union, according to a study released Monday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Germany's Knorr-Bremse Kills $694M Takeover Of Swiss Rival

    Germany’s Knorr-Bremse pulled its 5.52 billion Swedish kronor ($694 million) buyout for Swiss brake company Haldex on Tuesday, after failing to secure an extension on the tender offer and seeing pushback from both its target and antitrust regulators.

  • September 19, 2017

    Prosecutors Seek 5-Year Fraud Sentence For Ex-Tech Exec

    The president of a California company that built electric vehicle charging stations should spend four to five years in prison for defrauding local and state governments out of grant funds, prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge on Monday, describing the scheme as “calculated and sustained.”

  • September 19, 2017

    Car Restoration Co. Founder Can't Duck Trademark Suit

    A California federal judge has kept alive allegations that a car restoration company’s president infringed trademarks belonging to the trust for the famous race car driver Carroll Shelby, saying the court has jurisdiction over the man.

  • September 18, 2017

    Waymo Seeks Trial Delay In Self-Driving IP Row With Uber

    In what Uber called a “do-over request,” Waymo asked a California federal judge Saturday to delay the trial date for its trade secret misappropriation suit against Uber, saying it needs to scale a “mountain of evidence” revealed by a report that was only proffered after a Federal Circuit ruling last week.

  • September 18, 2017

    Takata Injury Claimants Get More Time To Probe Financing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday gave Takata Corp. personal injury claimants more time to challenge the unusual funding arrangement that the debtor has with its automaker customers, over the objections of both parties, ruling that to do otherwise would improperly curb their due process rights.

  • September 18, 2017

    Navistar Fights Truck Buyers' Bid For Bellwether In MDL

    Truck and bus manufacturer Navistar Inc. on Friday blasted a request from truck buyers in multidistrict litigation alleging it knowingly sold vehicles with defective diesel engines to let Illinois claims go first, telling an Illinois federal judge that those claims aren’t representative of the others.

  • September 18, 2017

    Citi Settles DOJ Suit Over Military Car Repos

    CitiFinancial Credit Co. will pay $907,000 to settle a Texas federal suit alleging the consumer finance company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by illegally repossessing cars from on-duty military service members, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Dodge Owners Slam Sanctions Bid In Clutch Defect Suit

    A proposed class of Dodge Dart owners alleging clutch defects fired back at Fiat Chrysler’s bid to have them sanctioned, telling a California federal judge on Friday that the automaker’s request comes too late and that they didn’t allow key evidence to be discarded as junk.

  • September 18, 2017

    GM To Recall 2.5M Cars In China For Takata Air Bags

    General Motors and its Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GM, are recalling more than 2.5 million cars with faulty Takata air bags, shortly after Volkswagen also announced a recall of 4.86 million vehicles for the same issue, according to media reports Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Cartel Case Against German Automakers Unlikely To Succeed

    David Balto

    At first the cartel allegations plaguing the German auto industry seemed like a slam-dunk, but now the case is not as clear. Any antitrust claim against the German auto industry has two major hurdles to overcome, says David Balto, a former policy director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 2 Litigation Trends Offer Guidance On TCPA Compliance

    Fredrick Levin

    Recently, several courts have begun to take a hard look at Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance issues, and their decisions offer useful guidance. In particular, the rulings have shed light on issues concerning automatic telephone dialing systems and consumers' ability to revoke consent, say Fredrick Levin and Andrew Grant of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Punitive Damages In Mass Torts: Outrageous And Reckless

    Stephen McConnell

    There is no consistency to the punitive damages process: One case might be halted by a judge who applies Daubert to preclude junk science, while another judge waves virtually the same case by and a jury socks the defendant with a $110 million verdict. Our system of civil litigation looks like jackpot justice, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Our Cities

    Christopher Boll

    Local governments and businesses must prepare for the disruptions that will hit their communities with the advent of autonomous vehicles. In the not-so-distant future, rules and regulations will change, methods for transporting people and goods will shift, and the way communities are designed, planned and built will be drastically altered, says Christopher Boll of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Harvey Crisis: How State Laws Will Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    During natural disasters, governors often activate members of the National Guard to assist in rescue and recovery efforts, and Hurricane Harvey is no different. When service members enter harm’s way, several state laws provide additional protections for their civilian obligations, say Jeffrey Naimon and Sasha Leonhardt of Buckley Sandler.

  • Practicing Law In The Era Of 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    David Silver

    The growth of third-party litigation funding has added a distinct variable to the world of civil litigation. Such funding has and will continue to change the calculus for many corporations and their defense counsel as to the tipping point between settling or pursuing a case to a court decision, says David Silver of Silver Public Relations.

  • FTC’s First Foray Into Gig Economy Data Security

    James DeGraw

    The Federal Trade Commission’s recent action against Uber reflects its untested but expansive interpretation of “consumer” under the FTC Act to include not only the users in the shared economy, but also some service providers. It also highlights the agency's tightened expectations of what is required to “reasonably” secure data from internal users, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.