Automotive

  • April 29, 2014

    Automotive M&A Activity Hit Decade Low In 2013, Report Says

    Global automotive mergers and acquisitions declined in 2013, with the volume of deals and the total disclosed deal value hitting the lowest levels in a decade due in part to a sluggish European economy, according to a report released Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

  • April 29, 2014

    Mercedes-Benz, Best Buy Hit With IP Claims Over Displays

    Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc. were slapped with patent infringement suits in Texas federal court Thursday by a subsidiary of nonpracticing entity Acacia Research Corp. that alleges the companies ripped off patented display-screen components.

  • April 29, 2014

    Hyundai Dealership Owner On The Hook For Unpaid Rent

    A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a trial court’s finding that a former Hyundai auto dealership operator could be held personally liable for fraudulent inducement of a contract in connection with the dealership’s failure, and his refusal, to pay rent on the premises.

  • April 29, 2014

    Google's Bold Driverless-Car Claims May Backfire In Court

    Google Inc.'s Monday claim that its driverless cars can now detect road conditions a “human physically can't” marks the company's latest boast about the burgeoning technology, but attorneys warn that such guarantees allow future plaintiffs to deflect responsibility for an accident onto the tech giant.

  • April 29, 2014

    Pep Boys' Mechanics Win Class Status In Wage Spat

    A California federal judge on Monday certified a class of former employees alleging The Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack of California's wage policies violate state labor laws, but axed certification of an ex-employee class claiming the tire service chain forced them to buy their own tools.

  • April 29, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Alstom, Allergan, Bayer

    France's Alstom is said to have accepted General Electric's more than $12 billion offer for its energy business, while Allergan is in early talks with Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson as alternatives to Valeant's $45.7 billion unsolicited bid.

  • April 29, 2014

    The Golden State Warrior: Judge S. James Otero

    California Central District Judge S. James Otero talks to Law360 about sparring with Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, navigating the isolating life of a trial judge and cutting loose with his law clerks to cope with the burdens of presiding over the nation's largest federal district.

  • April 29, 2014

    Mercedes Recalls 284K Sedans To Fix Rear Lights

    Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday said it is recalling more than 284,000 C-Class sedans in the United States and Canada because the rear lights can fail, increasing the risk of accidents.

  • April 29, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Kirkland's Anne McClain Sidrys

    There is a misconception that for women attorneys to be successful they need to put on a front that they are tough as nails and have no life. But it’s OK to talk about your family and your commitments outside of work — your peers, supervisors and clients will respect you as a well-rounded person, says Anne McClain Sidrys, chairwoman of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Chicago office recruiting committee.

  • April 29, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Porter Hedges' Joyce Soliman

    There are definite advantages to practicing in a law firm, and yet the negative stereotypes about law firms persist in the psyche of young lawyers. Women associates need to hear what they are missing out on if they do not pursue partnership within their law firm, says Joyce Kao Soliman, leader of Porter Hedges LLP's property and finance group.

  • April 28, 2014

    5 Years Later: What We've Learned Since GM's Bankruptcy

    The American automotive industry has revitalized itself in the five years since General Motors and Chrysler’s historic bankruptcies, and experts say the sector has learned some valuable lessons about how to manage operations along the way. Here, Law360 looks at three lessons the industry has taken away.

  • April 28, 2014

    Union Leader Nominated To GM Board Of Directors

    A United Auto Workers vice president has been nominated to sit on General Motor Co.'s board of directors, the company announced Friday, in what could mark a first for the beleaguered automaker.

  • April 28, 2014

    GM Slams 'Forum Shopping' In Ignition Defect Class Actions

    General Motors Co. on Friday fought back against “forum shopping” consumers trying to pull dozens of ignition switch recall lawsuits nationwide into the Central District of California, saying any consolidated litigation belongs in New York, where GM's bankruptcy court is considering whether to shut down the suits.

  • April 28, 2014

    UAW Seeks Int'l Mediation In Union Dispute With Nissan

    The United Auto Workers has asked the U.S. State Department to mediate, under international guidelines, a dispute with Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. over the union's efforts to organize workers at a company assembly plant in Mississippi, the UAW said Monday.

  • April 28, 2014

    Hyundai Says Calif. Lemon Class Action Is A Bust

    Hyundai Motor America urged a California federal court Friday to toss a proposed class action alleging it should pay all registration fees and full-coverage insurance for cars deemed to be lemons, arguing it already fulfills its legal obligations under California’s lemon law.

  • April 28, 2014

    Sens. Want DOT To Park GM's Recalled Vehicles

    Two Democrats on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to advise owners of the roughly 2.6 million recalled General Motors Co. vehicles to stop driving them until they are repaired.

  • April 28, 2014

    Judge Puts The Brakes On 2nd Avis Toll Fee Class Action

    A New York federal judge on Monday halted a class action alleging Avis Budget Group Inc. and Avis Rent A Car System LLC unfairly levied fees for toll collection devices, saying it would have to wait until a parallel action is resolved. 

  • April 28, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Patton Boggs' Laura Weidenfeld

    As a classical trumpet player — usually the only woman in the back row of the orchestra — I learned to be confident asserting my own independent voice while understanding and respecting the important contributions of each member of the group — key lessons about what’s important to succeed, in an orchestra or in law, says Laura Laemmle-Weidenfeld, a member of Patton Boggs LLP's executive committee.

  • April 28, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Axelrod Firm's Sheryl Axelrod

    Firms that better include women and minorities stand to multiply their profits. Start by getting a representative number of women on the compensation committee and in leadership positions. If 30 percent of your attorneys are women, 30 percent of your leaders should be, says Sheryl Axelrod, president of The Axelrod Firm PC.

  • April 25, 2014

    GCs Name Most Elite Law Firms

    The 26 law firms identified by general counsel as having exceptionally strong brands share a systematic approach to client service that has built brand equity over time, according to a new survey.