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Automotive

  • October 16, 2018

    Audi Fined $925M In Germany Over Diesel Emissions

    German authorities on Tuesday hit Volkswagen’s luxury division, Audi AG, with a $925 million fine for selling cars rigged to pass emissions tests despite their emissions being higher than allowable standards.

  • October 15, 2018

    NJ Judge Tosses Suit Over 'Back To The Future' Car Royalties

    A New Jersey federal judge has scrapped a lawsuit over royalties a DeLorean automobile dealer received from the car logo’s use in merchandising materials for the “Back to the Future” film franchise, ruling Friday that the suit was barred by a settlement resolving related litigation launched by the widow of the car’s visionary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    Treasury Must Hand Over 60 More Docs In Auto Pension Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of the Treasury to hand over 60 more documents related to the 2009 bailout of General Motors as part of a dispute between current and former salaried workers for Delphi Corp. and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. over an alleged deal with GM that cut their pension fund.

  • October 15, 2018

    RJ Reynolds Hit With $43M Verdict In Lung Cancer Trial

    A Boston jury has awarded $43.1 million in damages after finding that the blame for a man’s fatal lung cancer lay with R.J. Reynolds but not with rival tobacco company Philip Morris or an auto parts firm accused of selling asbestos-laden brakes.

  • October 15, 2018

    Uber's Negligence Led To Rider's Assault By Driver, Court Told

    A New Jersey man alleging Uber is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that the ride-hailing giant cannot dodge blame in his negligence suit and that his amended claims are fully fleshed out.

  • October 15, 2018

    Drivers Urge Court To Keep Economic Claims In Air Bag Case

    A group of drivers seeking economic damages against four car companies over the use of defective Takata Corp. air bags urged a Florida federal court on Friday not to dismiss their claims, saying they overpaid for cars they were told were safe but which in reality had a dangerous defect.

  • October 15, 2018

    Justices Asked To Revive Va. Consumers' Hyundai Gas Claims

    Virginia consumers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate their claims that Hyundai Motor America Inc. misrepresented the fuel economy of its Elantra cars, saying the Fourth Circuit overstepped in tossing them, since they were already preserved in broader multidistrict litigation in California being reviewed by the Ninth Circuit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Allstate Hit With Pa. Suit Over Car Loss Tax Exclusion

    The Allstate Corp. is facing class claims in Pennsylvania state court accusing the insurer of failing to meet its statutory obligation to include sales tax in its calculation of how much it should pay in compensation for totaled vehicles.

  • October 15, 2018

    Uber Failed To Prove Location Tracking Patent Invalid: PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has upheld two X One Inc. patents on location tracking technology, with the board finding that the claims challenged by Uber Technologies Inc. were not obvious in light of prior art.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Mercedes Manager Fired After Laryngectomy Awarded $5M

    A Washington federal jury on Thursday awarded nearly $5 million to a former Mercedes Benz of Seattle finance director who claims he was wrongfully fired after receiving a prosthetic voice box as a result of undergoing surgery for throat cancer.

  • October 12, 2018

    Fiat Taking A ‘Free Ride’ With Wireless Tech, Bluetooth Says

    Fiat Chrysler is selling cars it says are Bluetooth-compatible and is using the Bluetooth name in its marketing efforts without the tech company’s permission, according to a suit filed Thursday in Washington federal court.

  • October 12, 2018

    Blind Customer Says NYC Car Service Violates Disability Law

    Dial 7 Car & Limousine Service Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court on Friday accusing it of violating federal disability law and state human rights laws by failing to maintain a website accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

  • October 12, 2018

    Brand Battles: HBO Aims To Depose 'Game Of Thorns'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, HBO jousts with a botanical garden over a thorny issue, four different Major League Baseball clubs get into the October action, and Volkswagen takes on a "beer and wine safari" over a logo featuring a "hippie bus."

  • October 12, 2018

    Tire Co. Seeks To Bar Rival From Selling 5K Copycat Tires

    Tire maker OTR Wheel Engineering Inc. urged a Washington federal judge on Thursday to stop West Worldwide from selling nearly 5,000 tires, saying they were the same products at issue in its Lanham Act trial win, which was recently upheld by the Ninth Circuit.

  • October 12, 2018

    6th Circ. Refuses To Rehear Fiat Worker's Race Bias Suit

    The Sixth Circuit has refused to rehear the racial discrimination case of an African-American clay modeler at Fiat Chrysler whose case was dismissed because she did not list her potential civil claims when filing for bankruptcy as required, even though she had yet to file her suit at that point.

  • October 12, 2018

    Class Attys Defend 'Boss, Give Money' Notice On WeChat

    Attorneys bringing a proposed class action accusing a New York City car service of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act have argued that they should not be sanctioned for posting a notice of the case on the Chinese social media site WeChat in a post titled “Boss, Give Money.”

  • October 12, 2018

    Attys Spar Over Sanctions Bids In Appeal Of $7.5M Uber Deal

    Attorneys representing objectors to a $7.5 million settlement in a California suit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting background checks without drivers' knowledge told the Ninth Circuit that the settling class counsel’s “unethical” and “outrageous” actions are muddying their appeal.

Expert Analysis

  • Product Liability For Online Marketplaces And Car-Sharing

    Steven Kramer

    Just as Amazon and other online retail intermediaries have raised new product liability questions, similar questions are being asked about companies that provide short-term vehicle rentals. The legal theories that insulate online marketplaces from strict product liability concerns can also be applied to car-sharing businesses, says Steven Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Motor Fuel Taxes

    Christopher Lutz

    Illinois businesses engaging in activities relating to fuel in any way, even those which do not believe themselves to be retailers or distributors, should be apprised of potential multijurisdictional obligations regarding the various Illinois motor fuel taxes, says Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Open-Source Software In Connected Vehicles: Pros And Cons

    Marjorie Loeb

    As automobiles become part of the internet of things, some automakers and their suppliers are turning to open-source software to reduce costs, accelerate development and enhance interoperability. But a disciplined and thoughtful approach is needed to evaluate software licensing terms, functionality, stability and security, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • Sharing Economy Brings New Opportunities For Insurers

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    The ever-expanding sharing economy operates within the framework of an insurance industry that is constantly adapting to new technologies and risks. Collaboration between traditional carriers and innovators will lead to more participants for platforms and more customers for carriers, says Alexandra Fernandez of Zelle LLP.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.