Automotive

  • July 12, 2017

    Auto Unions Want Raised Mexican Labor Standards In NAFTA

    American and Canadian auto worker unions issued a joint statement Tuesday pressing for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, primarily higher wages and labor standards in Mexico’s auto industry, which has grown dramatically since the trilateral treaty’s 1994 launch.

  • July 12, 2017

    UK VW Drivers Report Car Problems After Emissions Fix

    The U.K. law firm representing Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda car owners in emissions litigation said Wednesday that of those who had their cars fixed, more than half report problems with performance and fuel efficiency.

  • July 12, 2017

    Auto Shop Urges Texas Justices To Review Trade Secrets Row

    Autocraft Bodywerks Inc. asked the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to reverse a lower appellate court's ruling in its trade secrets dispute with a rival auto repair shop, arguing that the lower court's interpretation of a state free speech law was overly broad and cannot stand.

  • July 12, 2017

    New GM Out Of Reach For Car Defect Punitive Damages

    A New York bankruptcy judge found Wednesday that General Motors Co. is shielded from punitive damages from product liability claims based on its prebankruptcy actions.

  • July 12, 2017

    Acura Owner Slams Bid To Halt Honda Autodialing Suit

    An Acura owner accusing American Honda Motor Co. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited calls urged a California federal judge Tuesday not to halt the litigation pending a D.C. Circuit’s decision regarding the scope of the act.

  • July 12, 2017

    Uber Says Drivers Are Ignoring Contract In Pricing Suit

    A proposed class action claiming Uber breached its contract with drivers by instituting an “upfront” pricing model that cuts into their earnings is only plausible if the California federal court ignores what the driver agreement actually says, the ride-hailing company said Friday.

  • July 11, 2017

    Justice Breyer On The Limits Of Presidential Power

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the Supreme Court’s role as a check on executive authority and the global influence on U.S. courts, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the justice. This is part of a series of exclusive Law360 interviews with current and former Supreme Court justices.

  • July 11, 2017

    GM Targets Revised Ignition Switch In New Bellwether Round

    General Motors began a new round of federal trials Tuesday over 2000s-era ignition switches that could cut cars’ power without warning, telling a Manhattan jury that a modified switch was a different animal from its more infamous predecessor and had no role in an Arizona man’s crash.

  • July 11, 2017

    Judge Says FTC Claims Already Settled In VW Emissions Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied the Federal Trade Commission’s pending motion seeking additional testimony into claims that Volkswagen AG’s U.S. unit intentionally destroyed documents after its diesel emissions cheating scandal made headlines, a procedural move in light of the FTC’s settlements with the German automaker. 

  • July 11, 2017

    Takata To Recall 2.7M More Air Bag Inflators

    Takata Corp. plans to recall 2.7 million more air bag inflators built between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S., because tests have shown predictors of future explosions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.

  • July 11, 2017

    NHTSA Reconsidering Maximum Fuel Efficiency Penalties

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is indefinitely delaying the institution of higher maximum penalties for automakers who don’t meet fuel efficiency standards as the agency seeks further comment on the proposed change, according to two notices released Tuesday.

  • July 11, 2017

    Uber Can't Pause Fee Suit While Appealing Arbitration Denial

    Uber can't pause a proposed class action challenging its cancellation fees while it appeals a California federal judge's decision not to force arbitration, the judge said Monday, finding that the company hasn't sufficiently shown it's likely to win its appeal.

  • July 11, 2017

    Commerce Tees Up Final Duties On Imported Synthetic Rubber

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday called for new tariffs on synthetic rubber used in tires imported from Brazil, Mexico, Poland and South Korea, after affirming an earlier finding that the goods have been sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • July 10, 2017

    McGuireWoods Adds Product Liability Litigator In Dallas

    McGuireWoods LLP has added a product liability and mass tort litigator with experience handling cases involving automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical manufacturers, the firm said Monday.

  • July 10, 2017

    Feinberg To Be Settlement Master In Fiat Chrysler MDL

    Experienced mediator Kenneth Feinberg will be charged with brokering a deal in multidistrict litigation over whether certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vehicles emitted excessive pollutants, after a California federal judge announced his intent to name Feinberg settlement master.

  • July 10, 2017

    Judge Taps Harvard Prof As Overseer Of $1B Takata Fund

    Harvard Law School professor and longtime mediator Eric D. Green has been chosen to serve as special master overseeing the handling of a nearly $1 billion restitution fund in the criminal lawsuit over Takata’s potentially deadly air bag inflators, a Michigan federal judge said Monday.

  • July 10, 2017

    EU-Japan Trade Agreement: What You Need To Know

    The European Union and Japan have come together on the broad strokes of a new trade agreement that will forge two of the globe’s largest economies under a united set of trading rules and send waves that reverberate far beyond the two governments’ borders. Here, Law360 offers a rundown of the deal and its potential ramifications for the trade bar.

  • July 10, 2017

    Insurer Must Cover Trucking Co. In Crash Suit, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge ruled Monday that an insurer must defend a trucking company in an underlying lawsuit by the wife of a trucker who died in a crash while on duty, saying the insurer can’t invoke an exclusion in the policy for bodily injury to employees since the company’s drivers qualify as independent contractors.

  • July 10, 2017

    New GM Bellwethers Turn To Fight Over Revised Ignition Part

    As GM starts a second phase of bellwether trials over its deadly ignition-switch defect, the company will have its first chance to address claims that even a revised version of the switch was defective, in a case that could put a dollar value on an area of liability virtually ignored in the first round.

  • July 10, 2017

    Ex-VW Employee Arrested In Germany Over Emissions Fraud

    German authorities have arrested a former Audi employee in connection with Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, according to media reports on Friday, although there is still no indication whether the man is Giovanni Pamio, who was criminally charged in the U.S. on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • A Regulatory Bellwether: Forecasting Cyber Breach Litigation

    Michael Bahar

    While the prospects of cybersecurity litigation loom ever larger, there are tangible ways that may very well decrease the unease and mitigate the risk. Businesses can likely gain significant insight into the future standards courts will use by looking at what matters most to the regulators, say Michael Bahar, Alexander Sand and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Roundup

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup

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    A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark antitrust decision in Leegin v. PSKS, this series examines the ruling's impact on resale price maintenance.

  • Use Caution Before Relying On New 2nd Circ. TCPA Decision

    Matthew Rosenkoff

    Naturally, one might read the Second Circuit's recent decision in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services to provide justification, in certain circumstances, for ignoring revocation requests under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. However, the practical applicability of Reyes may, in fact, be minor, says Matthew Rosenkoff of Taylor English Duma LLP.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: An Economist's Perspective

    Thomas Overstreet

    Despite the relative dearth of new empirical evidence from litigated cases in the decade following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Leegin, there have been new developments in the economics literature. Economic theory still strongly supports a rule-of-reason approach to resale price maintenance, says Thomas Overstreet of Charles River Associates.

  • The Dangers Of Partial CPSC Reports: The Kawasaki Penalty

    Jonathan Judge

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced that Kawasaki will pay a $5.2 million civil penalty, for untimely reporting of hazards involving off-highway vehicles and for misrepresentation in the report it did file. It is clear that the CPSC considers an incomplete report not only inadequate, but the equivalent of a false report, says Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.