Automotive

  • February 21, 2018

    Ford Design Patents Hold Up In Spat Over F-150 Parts

    A Michigan federal judge refused to invalidate two Ford Global Technologies LLC design patents in a dispute over replacement Ford F-150 parts, finding Tuesday that a vehicle’s aesthetics matter for consumers and that the design of a truck’s hood is therefore patentable.

  • February 21, 2018

    Mich. Car Dealers Slam Tesla Info Grab As A Ploy

    The Michigan Automobile Dealers Association asked a federal judge Tuesday to shut down Tesla's bid to force the group to hand over documents about its lobbying efforts supporting a 2014 state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers, saying Tesla’s demands are full of smoke.

  • February 21, 2018

    EU Auto Shippers, Part Cos. Settle Cartel Probes For $673M

    European Union antitrust officials on Wednesday announced three separate settlements totaling €546 million ($673 million) with maritime car shippers and automotive parts suppliers that admitted price-fixing and improper coordination via cartels that allocated customers.

  • February 21, 2018

    Santander To Pay Conn. Consumers $2.9M In Settlement

    Santander Consumer USA has agreed to pay $2.9 million in relief to consumers affected by its alleged violations of Connecticut banking law in handling repossessed motor vehicles found during a 2016 examination by the State of Connecticut Department of Banking, according to a consent order filed on Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2018

    Public Transit Tech Co. Moovit Nabs $50M From Investors

    Public transit application maker Moovit App Global Ltd. scored $50 million from a recent funding round led by Intel Capital and including the venture capital arm of BMW, as the company looks to expand and improve its existing platform and add to its global sales team.

  • February 20, 2018

    GM, Bosch Can't Dodge Drivers' Emissions-Cheating Claims

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday denied bids by General Motors LLC and Robert Bosch LLC to escape a proposed class action claiming that so-called defeat devices similar to those used in Volkswagen’s diesel cars are installed in some GM vehicles, saying the drivers plausibly alleged a conspiracy.

  • February 20, 2018

    Citing 'Time Travel,' DeLorean Hits Beauty Co. With TM Suit

    DeLorean Motor Co., set to relaunch the iconic 1980s sports car made famous in “Back to the Future,” is suing a cosmetics company for trademark infringement for using the DeLorean name on an “age-suspending” lotion.

  • February 20, 2018

    Cab Co. Says Bankruptcy Trustee's Suit Based On Falsehoods

    A lawsuit filed by a Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy of Chicago's Yellow Cab Affiliation Inc. accusing one of its subsidiaries of stashing assets contains too many plainly false allegations to go forward, the subsidiary said Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    VW, Audi, Bosch Push To End Non-Diesel Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG, its subsidiary Audi and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH have asked a California federal judge to dismiss suits that accuse them of cheating on emissions tests for thousands of non-diesel vehicles, saying the suits are vague and unsupported by regulators’ findings.

  • February 20, 2018

    Uber Says It's Not Delaying NYC Cabbies' Wage Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. pushed back against a remark made by New York taxi drivers awaiting a ruling on whether their wage-and-hour claims can be heard as a collective, saying in a letter on Friday it wasn’t intentionally delaying the case.

  • February 20, 2018

    EPA Defends Superfund Listings' Logic At DC Circ.

    A D.C. Circuit panel pressed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in oral arguments Tuesday to justify the reasoning underlying its placement of sites in Indiana and Colorado on the federal Superfund list, with the judges expressing doubt about agency efforts to show connections between two aquifers.

  • February 20, 2018

    NBA Player Gets OK To Exit Damaged Rolls-Royce Suit

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday dismissed a car dealership's claims accusing San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay of selling it a damaged Rolls-Royce Phantom through a third party, saying the dealership failed to prove the third-party seller acted as Gay’s “agent.”

  • February 20, 2018

    6th Circ. Will Hear Objections To $40M Deals In Car Parts MDL

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Friday swatted down efforts by a group of vehicle buyers to quash objections to $40 million in settlements in antitrust multidistrict litigation against a pair of auto parts companies. 

  • February 16, 2018

    Driver Files Sex Harass Suit Against Trucking Companies

    Trucking companies American Driver Resource and Navistar International Corp. subjected a female driver to sexual harassment, used racial epithets in her presence and then ignored her when she complained, according a suit filed in Illinois federal court Friday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Greenwood Refused 'God Bless The USA' TM

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, country singer Lee Greenwood appeals after being refused a registration on the name of his most famous hit, Major League Baseball welcomes spring training by aiming to block a "Spring Training" mark, and Allstate takes its "Drivewise" battle with Kia to the board.

  • February 16, 2018

    Takata Wins Nod For Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation, $1.6B Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Friday to confirm Takata’s Chapter 11 plan that centers on a $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems Inc. and uses proceeds to pay victims of Takata's dangerously defective air-bag inflators, after hearing that the major creditor groups were all on board.

  • February 16, 2018

    Uber Driver Can't Sue Over Gun-Carrying Ban, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge on Friday tossed an Uber driver’s proposed class action alleging the rideshare giant’s rule prohibiting drivers and passengers from carrying a gun violates their constitutional rights, finding that the driver has not claimed he’s been harmed by the policy and therefore can’t sue.

  • February 16, 2018

    Nissan Trims Suit Over Defective Sunroof Class Action

    Nissan has succeeded in trimming some breach of warranty and unfair trade practices claims from a proposed class action in California federal court alleging its panoramic sunroofs are prone to “explosively” shatter as a result of defects in the glass.

  • February 16, 2018

    Uber Says 3rd Time Not Charm For Driver Data Hack Class

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to toss for good a third amended putative class action claiming Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying the lead plaintiffs still haven’t demonstrated they were immediately harmed by the hack.

  • February 16, 2018

    Honda Sued By Insurer Over Damage From Odyssey Fire

    Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Co. has sued American Honda Motor Co. in New Jersey state court over a policyholder's car and house damage after a Honda Odyssey minivan allegedly burst into flames.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 2

    Ella Foley Gannon

    The laws relating to energy that were enacted during the 2017 California state legislative session will bring a host of changes to existing state programs and policies. Interested stakeholders must familiarize themselves with the state's new policies on solar consumer protection, emerging technologies, zero-emission vehicles and retail utilities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Witness Preparation Also Requires Witness Training

    Ric Dexter

    A witness who has been told what to do and what not to do will be ineffective at best. Instead, witnesses must be taught how to handle the process, and how to approach the answer to every question that they encounter. These are new skills, and they must be practiced in order to be learned, says Ric Dexter, an independent litigation consultant.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How California Energy Laws Changed In 2017: Part 1

    Ella Foley Gannon

    For energy industry observers, the 2017 California state legislative session produced a few significant bills along with a host of more minor bills. While protecting the environment, the Legislature also sought environmental justice, with new legislation relating to the state's cap-and-trade program, air quality and distributed energy resources, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • 9th Circ. Ups Ante On Cert. Of Nationwide Settlement Classes

    James Morsch

    A closer examination of the Ninth Circuit’s reasoning in the Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation reveals that the recent decision does not break new ground in terms of class action law but does highlight the difficulties in certifying nationwide class actions, even for settlement-only classes, says James Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.