Automotive

  • April 3, 2013

    GM Looks To Ax Suit Alleging It Hid Data Ahead Of IPO

    General Motors Co. asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a proposed securities class action accusing the car manufacturer of concealing key details about its inventory management prior to its post-bankruptcy initial public offering, arguing that the market was actually "awash" in data about its vehicle production levels.

  • April 3, 2013

    Concepcion Looms Large In Calif. High Court Wages Case

    An ex-car dealership worker Wednesday urged the California Supreme Court to allow a state labor commission to hear his claim for unpaid vacation time, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, which favored arbitration in civil disputes, shouldn't foreclose his state remedies.

  • April 3, 2013

    Honda Beats TCPA Class Action With Felon At The Wheel

    An Illinois federal judge last week tossed a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against Honda Finance Corp. and First Credit Services Inc., ruling that the plaintiff, a felon, was not a good class representative and the class was too broadly defined.

  • April 3, 2013

    Ex-Ford Lawyer Reinstated In Suit Against Carmaker

    A California appeals court said Tuesday an ex-Bowman and Brooke LLP attorney should be reinstated as the plaintiff’s lawyer in a lemon law suit against Ford Motor Co., after finding that his previous experience representing the automaker did not disqualify him from participating in the case.

  • April 3, 2013

    1.9M Hyundais, Kias Recalled Over Brake Lights, Air Bags

    Korean automakers Hyundai Motors Co. and Kia Motors Corp. on Monday recalled nearly 1.9 vehicles for problems with brake lights and air bags that may increase the risk of crashes or injuries for drivers and passengers.

  • April 2, 2013

    Toyota Seeks To Limit Atty Funding In Acceleration MDL

    Toyota Motor Corp. told a California federal court on Monday that it should not be forced to set aside funds for plaintiffs' attorneys, on top of the settlements or judgments paid to plaintiffs, in multidistrict litigation over an alleged acceleration defect.

  • April 2, 2013

    McDermott Wins Discovery Coup In GM Workers' ERISA Suit

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday that McDermott Will & Emery LLP doesn’t have to turn over disputed documents of discussions the firm held with its client State Street Bank & Trust Co., denying a bid by plaintiffs in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit over the bank’s General Motors Corp. stock holdings.

  • April 2, 2013

    Ford Slammed Over Fuel Efficiency Estimates In Hybrids

    Ford Motor Co. has overstated the fuel efficiency of its 2013 Fusion and C-Max Hybrid vehicles by as much as 10 miles per gallon and breached its contract with consumers who relied on the estimates, alleges a proposed class action removed to Florida federal court Monday.

  • April 1, 2013

    Revstone Seeks Extra Time To File Exclusive Ch. 11 Plan

    Revstone Industries LLC on Monday asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to extend the exclusivity period for it to file a Chapter 11 plan, a move that would give the auto parts conglomerate continued control over its frequently contentious bankruptcy.

  • April 1, 2013

    Mercedes Wants Defective-Engine Case in NJ Federal Court

    Mercedes-Benz USA on Monday urged a California federal judge to transfer a putative class action claiming Mercedes' cars contained defective gears that caused breakdowns and cost thousands of dollars to fix, arguing that it belonged in New Jersey federal court with a similar case.

  • April 1, 2013

    Lear Accelerates $1B Share Buyback Plan With Investor Deal

    Automotive seating and electrical distribution systems firm Lear Corp. has reached an agreement with investors Marcato Capital Management LLC and Oskie Capital Management LLC that includes an $800 million stock buyback over the next 12 months, the company announced Monday.

  • March 29, 2013

    Antitrust Scholars Back Eaton's High Court Bid In Price Case

    A group of 18 well-known antitrust and economics scholars, along with the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to review the Third Circuit's decision upholding a truck parts maker's monopolization case against power management company Eaton Corp.

  • March 29, 2013

    US Law Doesn't Trump Truckers' Wage Claims, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday that federal transportation law did not preempt state wage law claims against a trucking company, certifying a class action against 3PD Inc. and finding that the company had misclassified delivery drivers as independent contractors.

  • March 29, 2013

    EPA Emissions Proposal Slashes Gasoline Sulfur Content

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed new emissions and fuel standards for passenger cars and trucks which would lower the sulfur content in gasoline by more than 60 percent, winning praise from environmental groups and automakers while raising the ire of the oil industry.

  • March 28, 2013

    Fla. Senate Panel OKs Tax Credit Cut Over Insurers' Pleas

    The insurance industry was out in force Thursday to ask the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee to reconsider eliminating more than $200 million in tax credits with a bill that would reclaim them to offset a reduction in annual vehicle registration fees for state residents.

  • March 28, 2013

    Ford Hit With Acceleration Defect Class Action

    A group of purchasers hit Ford Motor Co. with a putative class action Thursday in West Virginia federal court in connection with alleged defects in Ford’s vehicles that cause unintended acceleration, echoing a similar issue that has been heavily litigated against Toyota Motor Corp.

  • March 28, 2013

    6th Circ. Strikes Down Challenge To Truck Safety Rules

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday rejected a trucking industry group's challenge of new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration roofing safety standards that apply to previously unregulated custom-made work trucks, finding the rule provides manufacturers with a reasonable path to compliance.

  • March 28, 2013

    NHTSA Slammed Over Plan To Ramp Up Rulemaking Process

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday proposed a new direct final rulemaking procedure that would allow it to expedite the adoption of rules it considers "noncontroversial," prompting outcry from industry groups over the potential threat to agency transparency.