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Automotive

  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Slams Drivers' Expert In EcoDiesel MDL

    Fiat Chrysler has urged a California federal judge to reject a bid by consumers to use what the company says is “flawed and unreliable” expert testimony to pursue class certification in multidistrict litigation alleging the company defrauded consumers into buying Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles outfitted with emissions-cheating devices.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Justices Let Philly Area Taxi Drivers Dodge City Rules

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a string of taxicab regulations handed down by the Philadelphia Parking Authority should not apply to vehicles operating across city borders under the jurisdiction of both the PPA and the state's Public Utility Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    Musk, Tesla Board Face Chancery Suit Over 'Erratic' Conduct

    Pointing to unchecked, "erratic" behavior by Tesla founder Elon Musk and board failures to head off recent, costly consequences, a company shareholder launched a derivative suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Wednesday, seeking damages and governance reforms.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Katten, GrayRobinson Steer $275M Baggage Delivery Co. Deal

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP led parking, ground transportation and event logistics company SP Plus in its $275 million purchase of airline baggage delivery service Baggage Airline Guest Services, which was guided by GrayRobinson PA, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Senate Bill Would Give Temporary Tax Relief To Tesla

    A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would lift the cap on the $7,500 federal subsidy for consumers of electric vehicles made by companies such as Tesla, before phasing out the tax incentive altogether.

  • October 17, 2018

    Bosch Presses Bid To Sink Ford Pickup Truck Emissions Suit

    Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC told a Michigan federal court Tuesday that consumers alleging it helped Ford Motor Co. rig 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests cannot try to use a recent California ruling in a Volkswagen case to keep alive their racketeering and fraud claims.

  • October 17, 2018

    Truckers Tell High Court State Taxes Threaten Deregulation

    Trucking carriers in Washington state have said the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear a trio of cases to preserve federal trucking deregulation or states will continue to pass employment laws undermining the carriers.

  • October 17, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser, Others Want $90M In State Farm Judge Case

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Clifford Law Offices PC and several other firms have asked for $90 million in fees and expenses for their work representing a class of State Farm customers who settled claims the insurance giant rigged an Illinois judicial election for $250 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TPA, Thor, New Wave Loans Residential

    TPA Group has reportedly landed $11.5 million in financing for a Florida warehouse project, a Thor Equities venture is said to have scored a $305 million loan for three New York office and retail properties, and New Wave Loans Residential has reportedly loaned $8.3 million for the recent purchase of a Florida automotive property.

  • October 17, 2018

    EPA's Science Review, Truck Emissions Rules On Back Burner

    The Trump administration has indicated it will delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's controversial proposal to avoid rulemaking based on research that isn't publicly available and indefinitely shelve the EPA's repeal of Obama-era emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks.

  • October 17, 2018

    Hertz Says Consumer's Robocalls Suit Too Narrow For Class

    The Hertz Corp. has asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss a consumer's proposed class action alleging invasion of privacy based on robocalls the company made to him when his mother kept a car weeks past due, saying the circumstances are too specific to represent a group.

  • October 16, 2018

    Uber Gets Car Crash Negligence Suit Sent To NY

    An Illinois federal judge has transferred to the Southern District of New York a negligence suit filed by a Chicago man who was paralyzed when his Uber ride crashed, saying most of the case's "material events" happened in the Big Apple.

  • October 16, 2018

    Mitsuba To Pay $4.6M To Bow Out Of Car Parts MDL

    Mitsuba Corp. has agreed to shell out $4.6 million and cooperate with its accusers to escape claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation alleging it was part of a conspiracy to fix prices on two types of auto parts, direct buyers told a Michigan federal judge in a pair of proposed settlements on Monday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Uber Reaches $1.3M Deal In Drivers' Collective FLSA Action

    Uber Technologies Inc. will pay $1.3 million to settle Fair Labor Standards Act claims from more than 5,000 drivers who aren’t bound by arbitration agreements and alleged the ride-hailing giant misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees, according to a North Carolina federal court filing Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Philly UberBlack Drivers Press 3rd Circ. For Employee Status

    Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told the Third Circuit on Monday that they're similar to migrant workers who are compensated at the whim of an economically dominant entity, meaning they should be recognized as employees entitled to proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 16, 2018

    $20M SEC Settlements For Musk, Tesla Approved By Judge

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday signed off on a pair of settlements that will see Tesla Inc. and its embattled CEO Elon Musk pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $20 million apiece to end claims that Musk misled investors in tweets about taking the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker private.

  • October 16, 2018

    VW Can't Duck Court Rules In Robocall Suit, Class Says

    A certified class of Volkswagen owners suing over robocalls has urged a California federal court not to bend its rule restricting parties to only one summary judgment motion, saying the German automaker already wasted its only chance.

Expert Analysis

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • UK Product Liability Law In The Autonomous Vehicle Era

    Sarah Batley

    The United Kingdom is positioning itself as the go-to location to develop, test and drive automated vehicles, and has already enacted legislation to provide an insurance model for AVs. But it is not yet clear whether existing U.K. product liability law will be able to accommodate the challenges posed by this new technology, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Ethics Considerations For 4 Types Of Artificial Intelligence

    Johannes Stiehler

    Deciphering the ethics of artificial intelligence can be tricky. It always helps to have a human in the mix, but taking that element completely out of the equation makes answering questions about accountability much more pressing, says Johannes Stiehler of Ayfie Group AS.

  • Opinion

    Time To Jump-Start Stalled Autonomous Vehicle Regulation

    Tod Northman

    While consumer advocate Ralph Nader is right to express concern over proposed driverless car legislation, his premise that lawmaking is moving too fast is wrong. The real problem is that lawmaking is not moving at all, say Tod Northman and Chris Pantoja of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Musk Case Signals New Era Of SEC Internet Enforcement

    John Reed Stark

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's complaint last week against Elon Musk and the settlement that followed seems like an obvious, routine and easy win for the government. But there is a lot more to the Tesla tweet debacle than meets the eye, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How Corporate Reputation Risk Is Exacerbating D&O Liability

    Nir Kossovsky

    At a time when the materiality of corporate reputation risk is widely recognized, but institutional safeguards against that risk are not, what are the implications for directors and officers? The current state of play is not comforting, says Nir Kossovsky of Steel City Re.