Automotive

  • June 18, 2014

    NHTSA Probes 1.3M Chrysler Vehicles Over Ignition Switches

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it has opened two investigations into possible ignition switch defects in approximately 1.25 million Chrysler Group vehicles, a similar problem to the defect that led to the massive General Motors Co. recall linked to at least 13 deaths.

  • June 18, 2014

    GM Recalls Devalue All Cars, $10B Class Action Says

    General Motors Co.’s reputation has been so badly damaged by its recent onslaught of recalls that even vehicles not included in the recalls have depreciated in value, according to a consumer class action filed Wednesday seeking more than $10 billion on behalf of all GM vehicle owners.

  • June 18, 2014

    Porter Wright Nets Diverse Squire Sanders Litigator In Ohio

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has added to its Cleveland team a former Squire Sanders litigator sporting a diverse practice focused on product liability defense for the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors that also touches on antitrust and trade secret disputes, the firm said Monday.

  • June 18, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Oracle, T-Mobile, GE

    Oracle is closing in on a $5 billion deal for Micros Systems six years after a previous acquisition went belly-up, while T-Mobile is hedging its bets in case a takeover by Sprint Corp. falls through.

  • June 18, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bush Seyferth's Cheryl Bush

    We are a women-owned law firm, and potential clients sometimes make assumptions about the types of cases we handle. We work hard to show that we excel at bet-the-company trials and appeals on a national basis. If we can get them to listen, we usually get the work, says Cheryl Bush, majority owner and managing partner of Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC.

  • June 18, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Davis Wright's Kelli Sager

    I find it challenging sometimes to express my views honestly without being viewed as too harsh or domineering — even when a male colleague who says the same thing, or worse, would be heralded, says Kelli Sager, a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • June 17, 2014

    CIT Again Dismisses Ford's $6M Jaguar Duties Suit

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Tuesday again dismissed Ford Motor Co.'s $6 million suit seeking refunds for shipments of Jaguar-brand cars imported into the U.S., ruling that some of the automaker's claims are time-barred and declining to exercise jurisdiction over the rest.

  • June 17, 2014

    CRST Truckers Denied Class Cert. In Medical Testing Row

    A California federal judge on Monday refused to certify a putative class action accusing trucking company CRST Van Expedited Inc. of forcing employees to pay for medical examinations in order to be employed as drivers, trimming claims against the company and saying the proposed class lacks commonality.

  • June 17, 2014

    2nd Circ. Asks Del. High Court To Rule On Doc Authorization

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday asked the Delaware Supreme Court to determine what, precisely, a secured lender must authorize in order to end a lending agreement, in a dispute between a JPMorgan Chase & Co. unit and the unsecured creditors of General Motors Corp.’s bankruptcy company.

  • June 17, 2014

    GM CEO To Tell House Panel Changes Are Underway

    General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will promise Congress on Wednesday to implement recommendations made in a scathing internal report that exposed a pattern of incompetence that led to a recall of millions of cars for a deadly ignition switch defect.

  • June 17, 2014

    Trucking Co. Points Finger At Trailer Maker In Patent Row

    Perkins Motor Transport Inc., in the midst of a patent infringement suit over its “Road Train” heavy haul trailer, filed a third-party complaint Tuesday against the trailer’s manufacturer, Trail King Industries Inc., which Perkins claims should be held liable in its place.

  • June 17, 2014

    Uber, Lyft Face Pa. Ban As Seattle Legalizes Services

    A Pennsylvania agency on Monday filed an emergency petition asking for a cease-and-desist order blocking for-hire taxi services Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from operating in the state, the same day the city of Seattle reached an agreement to legalize the mobile ride-share companies' services.

  • June 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Proskauer's Monica Shilling

    While I don’t usually think of it as an old boys’ network, there are times when I’m at a closing dinner, and I notice people looking over in a restaurant — it is only then that I realize I’m the only woman sitting at a table with 13 men and that people are curious as to what is going on, says Monica Shilling, co-head of Proskauer Rose LLP's global private equity group.

  • June 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Levine Sullivan's Gayle Sproul

    Find a firm or a law department with a collegial atmosphere, or create one. Don’t stay in an environment that is uncomfortable or one that does not make you feel like a valued member of the team, says Gayle Sproul, a member of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP's executive committee.

  • June 16, 2014

    Hazard Light Patent Spat Gets No Traction In High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from the inventor of automatic hazard lights in a suit seeking to force the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration to allow his patented device to be installed in cars.

  • June 16, 2014

    Hertz Facing Investor Class Action Over Inaccurate Filings

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Friday in New Jersey federal court accusing the car rental company of defrauding shareholders by filing inaccurate financial reports, following Hertz’s disclosure that it found accounting errors for the past three years.

  • June 16, 2014

    Ford Says Repo'd Car Sales Row Belongs In Fed. Court

    Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC urged a Maryland federal judge to not remand a proposed class action alleging the company improperly sells vehicles repossessed over defaulted payments, saying Friday that the plaintiff incorrectly argued that some claims in the $8.2 million damages calculation were time-barred.

  • June 16, 2014

    NJ Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Tesla Direct Sales

    The New Jersey State Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill allowing electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in the state, overruling a recent state Motor Vehicle Commission decision.

  • June 16, 2014

    Supreme Court Turns Down Truck Drivers' Arbitration Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a contract dispute between Swift Transportation Co. Inc. and a proposed class of truck drivers, in which the Ninth Circuit held that federal law does not authorize courts to compel arbitration in cases to which the law does not apply, 

  • June 16, 2014

    9th Circ. Says Truck Drivers Not Independent Contractors

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday overturned a lower court's ruling that several hundred Affinity Logistics Corp. retail store delivery drivers in California were independent contractors, saying that substantial evidence exists to show that Affinity maintained control over the drivers' working conditions.