Automotive

  • April 12, 2013

    Malpractice Suit Against Fuqua Firm Revived by Texas Court

    A Texas court on Thursday revived a malpractice suit against Fuqua & Gappelberg LLP that alleged the firm mishandled a motorcycle product liability lawsuit against BMW of North America Inc., with the panel saying a trial judge had handed down overly harsh “death penalty” sanctions.

  • April 12, 2013

    US Backs Japan's Inclusion In Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

    The U.S. on Friday backed Japan's inclusion into ongoing negotiations for a Pacific free trade agreement after both nations agreed to tackle long-standing trade barriers that have impeded America's insurance industry and automobile exports.

  • April 12, 2013

    Honda Settles Class Action Over Defective Civic Models

    A California judge on Thursday approved a deal allowing American Honda Motor Co. Inc. to shut down a nationwide class action in exchange for replacing allegedly defective Civic parts and prematurely worn tires, and reimbursing consumers who have already paid out of pocket.

  • April 11, 2013

    Old GM Pays $5.5M In Final Enviro Settlement

    The trust winding up the old General Motors Corp. has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle claims related to pollution at a site in upstate New York, its last environmental settlement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday.

  • April 11, 2013

    Chrysler Ducks Dodge Ram Engine Defect Class Action

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed class action alleging Chrysler Group LLC's 2010-2013 Dodge Ram trucks have defective engines that cause the vehicles to lose power, ruling the plaintiffs haven't adequately shown the federal court has authority to hear the case.

  • April 11, 2013

    Honda, Toyota, Nissan Recall 3M Vehicles Over Air Bag Defect

    More than 3.3 million Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. vehicles are being recalled for a problem with their air bags that could cause them to fail to inflate or explode, sending metal particles into the interior, the companies said Thursday.

  • April 9, 2013

    VW Can't Ditch $6.2M Window-Defect Award In Mo. High Court

    The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a trial court’s award of $6.2 million in fees to the attorneys who successfully represented a class of consumers who sued Volkswagen Group of America Inc. over defective windows.

  • April 9, 2013

    Toyota Prevails Over Car Crash Liability Claims

    Toyota Motor Corp. escaped liability on Friday for a car crash that left a woman with severe leg fractures and other injuries, with a Washington state jury finding that the front of the woman's 2004 Lexus was not defective.

  • April 9, 2013

    Calif. Appeals Court Gives Mercedes Another Go At Arbitration

    A California appeals court on Monday reversed a decision denying Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC's bid to compel arbitration in a putative class action over alleged debt collection violations, telling a lower court to consider whether unconscionable portions of a car purchase contract's arbitration clause can be severed.

  • April 9, 2013

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, Fiat, Telefonica

    An executive at WhatsApp throws water on rumors of a billion-dollar sale to Google Inc., while Fiat SpA's CEO puts a timeline on the company's anticipated Chrysler Group LLC takeover.

  • April 8, 2013

    Nev. Can't Bar RRG's Minimum Auto Insurance: 9th Circ.

    The Nevada commissioner for insurance cannot bar the Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance Risk Retention Group from issuing so-called first-dollar automobile insurance policies because of a federal law that prevents state law from restricting such risk retention groups from operating, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • April 8, 2013

    Mazda Issued Inaccurate Warranty Notices, Suit Says

    Mazda Motor Corp. was recently hit with a putative class action in New Jersey court alleging the company issued a warranty notice to customers that misstated the requirements for pursuing a refund on a defective vehicle.

  • April 5, 2013

    Toyota Pays $16M To Settle Calif. DA's Acceleration Suit

    Toyota Motor Corp. on Friday agreed to pay $16 million to settle consumer protection claims brought by the district attorney for Orange County, Calif., who said the company had concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration.

  • April 5, 2013

    Oil Industry Outrage Won't Stop New EPA Gas Standard

    Oil industry groups have pledged to battle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to dramatically cut the sulfur content in gasoline, but experts say they will struggle to succeed, given that the proposal has already won support from automakers and many states.

  • April 5, 2013

    Rare Job Tasks Can Be 'Essential' Under ADA, 8th Circ. Says

    The Eighth Circuit has ruled that employers can deem a job task an “essential function” under the Americans with Disabilities Act even if it's rarely performed.

  • April 4, 2013

    Fla. High Court Says Car Crash Liability Law Preempted

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the federal Graves Amendment, which shields car rental companies and businesses that lease cars from vicarious liability for harm caused by their drivers, preempts state law, letting a DaimlerChrysler unit off the hook for damages in a 2003 car accident.

  • April 4, 2013

    Japanese Auto Parts Co. Fined $5M Over Bid-Rigging Scheme

    Canadian competition authorities said Thursday that Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., a Japanese supplier of automotive parts, has been fined about $5 million for taking part in an international bid-rigging scheme in the industry.

  • April 4, 2013

    Caterpillar Sold Vehicles With Defective Engines, Suit Says

    Industrial machinery giant Caterpillar Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Tuesday in New Jersey federal court alleging it leased and sold heavy-duty vehicles with defective engine systems that constantly failed and did not last as long as Caterpillar advertised they would.

  • April 3, 2013

    Texas Appeals Court Affirms Ford Win In SUV Rollover Action

    A Texas appellate court reaffirmed Wednesday that Ford Motor Co. isn't liable for a Ford Explorer rollover accident that killed a teenager, ruling a trial court correctly allowed Ford to introduce evidence that the deceased wasn't wearing a seat belt during the accident.

  • April 3, 2013

    Employers Can't Average Piece-Rate Pay: Calif. Appeals Court

    A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that a class of auto mechanics paid on a piece-rate basis were also entitled to minimum wages for time spent waiting during their shifts and that their employer could not average their compensation to show minimum wage compliance.