Automotive

  • 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.

  • June 16, 2014

    GM Recalls 3.2M More Vehicles For Ignition Defect

    General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 3.16 million cars in the U.S. with an ignition switch defect similar to one that prompted an earlier recall of 2.6 million vehicles, caused at least 13 deaths and 62 crashes and spawned government investigations and scores of lawsuits.

  • June 16, 2014

    GM Has Fixed Just 155K Of Millions Of Recalls: House Panel

    General Motors Co. has repaired only about 155,000 of the 2.6 million vehicles recalled in February due to an ignition switch defect, while the automaker remains adamant that a growing supply of parts will allow it to complete the replacements by October, according to a memo released Monday by congressional investigators.

  • June 16, 2014

    EU OKs Federal-Mogul's $155M Honeywell Deal After Sales

    The European Union's antitrust enforcement arm on Monday cleared Federal-Mogul Corp.'s bid to purchase competitor Honeywell International Inc.'s brake parts business for $155 million only after Federal-Mogul agreed to sell off a pair of brake pad factories to allay the watchdog's competition concerns.

  • June 16, 2014

    Giti Tire Invests $560M In South Carolina Plant

    Singapore tiremaker Giti Tire Pte. Ltd. is investing $560 million in a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina, company executives and South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley announced Monday.

  • June 16, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Steptoe & Johnson's Flanery

    People sometimes ask me, “How did you manage to succeed in your career?” My response is always the same, “I just have a lot of friends,” says Sharon Flanery, chairwoman of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC's energy and natural resources department.

  • June 16, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Nexsen Pruet's Marguerite Willis

    Asked to get coffee? Check. Mistaken for a court reporter or a secretary? You bet. Grabbed and kissed by a client? Yes, on several occasions. Propositioned by a partner? More than once. Passed over for a plumb legal assignment, which was instead given to a male colleague? Never, ever, without a spitfire of a fight, says Marguerite Willis, co-leader of Nexsen Pruet LLC's antitrust and unfair competition practice.

  • June 13, 2014

    Devil's In The Details Of Tesla's Open Patent Pledge

    Tesla Motors Inc.'s Thursday announcement that it will not sue other companies that use its patented electric car technology leaves critical legal questions unanswered that may discourage anyone from taking up the offer, attorneys say.

  • June 13, 2014

    7th Circ. Orders 'Scofflaw' Truck Co. Owners To Pay NLRB

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday ordered the “scofflaw” owners of a trucking company to pay $600 a month out of their retirement funds until they cover back pay intended as redress for unfair labor practices, or face being taken into custody.

  • June 13, 2014

    Camp's Plan To Ditch LIFO A Nightmare For Businesses

    Efforts by Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., to bar use of the "last in, first out" accounting method would blow a big hole in the balance sheets of already struggling manufacturing and retail businesses, all in the name of raising new tax revenues, experts say.

  • June 13, 2014

    Calif. Appeals Court Backs BMW Win In Lemon Warranty Row

    A California appeals court on Thursday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of BMW North America LLC in a suit alleging it refused to repair a lemon car, saying the lower court wrongly denied the car owner’s proposed jury instructions but that the instructions wouldn’t have changed the suit's outcome.

  • June 13, 2014

    TRW Can't Put The Brakes On Car Camera Patent Suit

    A Michigan federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. to stay a patent suit over camera technology in cars, ruling that potential reviews by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and an investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission did not merit halting the case.

  • June 13, 2014

    Hyundai Buyers Fight To Separate From Fuel-Economy MDL

    Virginia consumers on Thursday urged a California federal judge to remand their case from multidistrict litigation accusing Hyundai Motors America and Kia Motors America of overstating vehicle fuel efficiency, arguing Hyundai's opposition to the remand makes misconduct claims against their counsel that distract from the issue at hand.

  • June 13, 2014

    JPML Shouldn't Join Auto Shop Antitrust Suits, Insurers Say

    A group of insurers on Thursday urged the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to deny automotive body shops’ bid to centralize five cases accusing the insurers of conspiring to manipulate car repair costs to reduce their payments, saying the allegations are too dissimilar.

  • June 13, 2014

    GM Recalls Chevrolet Camaros For Ignition Switch Problem

    General Motors Co. said on Friday it is recalling more than 500,000 current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key fob out of the run position and cause the vehicle to lose power, an issue that has led to at least three crashes.

  • June 13, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Alibaba, American Securities

    Private equity firm American Securities may roll together three auto-parts makers and take the combined company public at a valuation of $4 billion including debt, while Alibaba is drawing up more detailed regulatory filings to appease investors in advance of its U.S. initial public offering.

  • June 13, 2014

    WilmerHale Adds Hogan Lovells China Expert To Calif. IP Team

    Seeking to solidify its patent litigation team in Silicon Valley, WilmerHale recently hired a former Hogan Lovells partner with an extensive background in the automotive and technology sectors and experience tackling intellectual property disputes in both China and the United States.

  • June 13, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Ogletree Deakins' Melissa Bailey

    When I was a senior associate at a different firm, a partner did not send me to investigate a workplace accident because he said the predominantly male workforce would not feel comfortable talking to me. Although it bothered me, I didn’t do anything about it. I wish I had, says Melissa Bailey, a member of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC's board of directors.

  • June 13, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Sterne Kessler's Eldora Ellison

    A number of the young, female attorneys I know are more hesitant than their male counterparts to throw out ideas at meetings or to ask for leadership positions. But some of the biggest confidence boosters come from taking chances and realizing that the world didn’t end as a result, says Eldora Ellison, co-leader of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC's patent office litigation practice and a member of the firm's executive committee.

  • June 12, 2014

    CarMax Wins Bid To Keep Calif. Wage Class In Fed. Court

    CarMax Auto Superstores California LLC on Thursday won its bid to keep a putative class action seeking allegedly unpaid wages for mechanics, detailers and other employees in California federal court, with a judge ruling that CarMax showed the amount at issue likely exceeds the sum required for removal from state court.