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Automotive

  • 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.

  • August 7, 2018

    Dealers Slam Car Parts Makers For Stalling Price-Fixing Case

    Saying it’s the latest in pre-trial “gamesmanship” designed to “hamstring” their case, automobile dealerships and end payors suing auto parts makers for alleged price-fixing asked a federal judge in Michigan on Tuesday to reject KYB Corp. and Showa’s attempt to scrap an evidence-sharing timetable.

  • August 7, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Says RICO Emissions MDL Uncertifiable

    Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that consumers alleging it outfitted Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating devices are uncertifiable, as the automaker ratchets up its efforts to dismantle multidistrict litigation in California accusing it of fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations.

  • August 7, 2018

    Ex-Navistar CEO Slams Competitors' Bid To Protect EPA Docs

    The former CEO of Navistar International Corp. urged an Illinois federal judge Monday not to allow seven heavy-duty engine manufacturers to intervene in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against him, saying their interests in protecting their compliance records with the Clean Air Act don’t require intervention.

  • August 7, 2018

    EU To Shield Finance Sector From New US Sanctions On Iran

    The European Union has pledged to help financial services companies continue trading with Iran after rules designed to allow a wider range of European firms to bypass reimposed U.S. sanctions entered into force on Tuesday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Uber, Calif. Commission Duck Unfair Licensing Regs Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed a suit accusing the California Public Utilities Commission of creating a licensing scheme for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft that two drivers claimed was preempted by federal transportation law and violated their equal protection rights.

  • August 6, 2018

    San Diego Airport Fights Fees In Hertz Suit Against Port

    The San Diego airport authority has intervened in a case brought by Hertz and Enterprise against the city’s Port District, asking the Superior Court of California to invalidate a user fee on car rental companies, block the port from charging any additional fees on airport property and compel the port to return all fees collected on its property.

  • August 6, 2018

    Traffic Camera Co. Wants To Put Brakes On Ticket Fee Suit

    American Traffic Solutions Inc. urged a Florida federal court to toss a putative class action over convenience fees the company charged motorists who used credit cards to pay red-light tickets it processed for North Miami Beach, arguing the suit fails to state a viable claim.

  • August 6, 2018

    Ford Must Face Consumer's Door Latch Defect Suit

    A New York federal judge said Monday that Ford Motor Co. must face putative class allegations it failed to warn consumers of faulty door latches in its F-150 pickup trucks, saying a technical service bulletin that Ford circulated among dealerships may back claims that Ford knew of the defect.

  • August 6, 2018

    Cos. May Be Liable For Asbestos In Parts They Didn't Build

    Companies may be liable for failure to warn about the risks of asbestos-containing components or replacement parts in their products even if they did not build or distribute those parts, a New Jersey state appeals court said Monday in a published opinion reviving a product liability action against Ford Motor Co. and other businesses.

  • August 6, 2018

    Chamber Says 9th Circ. Shouldn't Redo Uber Union Opinion

    A Ninth Circuit panel was right to find that Seattle’s law letting for-hire drivers, like those from Uber, form quasi-unions is vulnerable to an antitrust challenge, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday in a brief urging the full court not to rethink a ruling reviving parts of the business group’s suit.

  • August 6, 2018

    US Begins To Squeeze Iran Following Nuclear Deal Exit

    The Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran’s aircraft, automotive and metals sectors as it completes its exit from the Obama administration’s historic nuclear disarmament deal, vowing to apply “unprecedented” economic pressure on Tehran.

  • August 3, 2018

    GM, Drivers Look To GenOn In Ch. 11 Ignition Switch Deal

    General Motors LLC and a group of vehicle owners sparred this week over what precedent GenOn Energy Inc.'s bankruptcy sets for GM's dispute over whether a class needs to be certified before a Chapter 11 settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits can be approved.

  • August 3, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Lacks Standing In PTAB Appeal

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled JTEKT Corp. doesn't have standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding part of a patent that the auto parts maker has said poses a risk to its development of a drivetrain product.

  • August 3, 2018

    Uber Nabs Covington Securities Atty For Corp. Transactions

    Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday it has hired the vice chair of Covington & Burling LLP's securities and capital markets group to serve as an associate general counsel, bolstering its in-house legal team ahead of a highly anticipated initial public offering in 2019.

  • August 3, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Subpoenas Trimmed In Tailpipe-Fraud Loss Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday partly agreed to quash subpoenas Fiat Chrysler issued for documents and deposition testimony from two investigators for a certified class of investors alleging the automaker lied about using emissions-cheating devices in vehicles and complying with safety recalls.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • A 'Broad' Approach To Toxic Tort Class Cert. At 6th Circ.

    Carol Wood

    Last week, in Martin v. Behr Dayton Thermal Products, the Sixth Circuit affirmed an Ohio federal court’s certification of a so-called “issue class” under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(4). The ruling may serve as persuasive authority for future toxic tort plaintiffs who seek to certify a class without establishing a defendant’s liability to any individual class member with common proof, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Employee Performance Ratings: Tainted Or Sainted?

    Lisa Harpe

    The recent focus on pay equity and employers’ pay practices has heightened the need to consider equal employment opportunity outcomes in performance ratings systems. Lisa Harpe and Sarah Gilbert of DCI Consulting Group discuss the current legal environment and proactive steps to examine performance ratings in the context of evaluating pay equity.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.