Automotive

  • August 14, 2014

    Recall Report: GM, Amgen, McCormick

    General Motors Co. issued a whopping six recalls in the past week for more than 312,000 vehicles, including 202,000 Saturn SUVs with ignition switch problems, while Amgen Inc. notified consumers that syringes of its anemia drug may contain foreign particles and McCormick & Co. Inc. recalled its ground oregano over salmonella concerns.

  • August 14, 2014

    TRW Says Magna's 739 Camera IP Claims Are Out Of Control

    Auto parts supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. on Thursday urged a Michigan federal judge to order Magna Electronics Inc. to reduce the number of claims in a patent infringement row over automobile camera technology, arguing Magna is asserting 739 claims, which TRW calls an “unrealistic amount.”

  • August 14, 2014

    VW, Bentley Can't Dodge Safety Patent Claims, Judge Told

    A California federal judge on Wednesday was urged to deny Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and Bentley Motors Inc.’s bid to toss willful infringement claims in a suit accusing the automakers of ripping off Signal IP’s car safety technology, with the patent holder saying the motion attempts to sidestep the facts of the suit.

  • August 14, 2014

    Steel, Auto Industries Revive Push For Currency Rules In TPP

    The North American steel, automotive and textile industries on Wednesday once again called for U.S. trade negotiators to include rules cracking down on nations that manipulate their currency in future trade deals, citing a specific urgency to implement such language in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • August 14, 2014

    Brazilian Watchdog Targets Unions Over Price-Fixing

    Brazil's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday recommended that a pair of unions and their presidents be fined for allegedly fixing the price of driving schools as well as that of photo and camera services in the South American nation.

  • August 14, 2014

    Nissan Wants Bosch Held Liable In Sound System Patent Fight

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. on Wednesday asked a Texas federal court to hold Robert Bosch LLC liable if the automaker is found to have infringed two Affinity Labs of Texas LLC sound system patents, saying that while the underlying suit relates to technology included in Nissan vehicles, it was manufactured by Bosch.

  • August 14, 2014

    Top Jiffy Lube Franchisee Sued Over Unsolicited Calls

    Jiffy Lube International Inc.’s largest franchisee, Heartland Automotive Services Inc., was slapped Wednesday with a putative class action in Illinois federal court, accusing the quick-lube operator of making unsolicited and unauthorized automated advertising calls to cellphones.

  • August 13, 2014

    Avis Wants Expert Testimony Slashed In Reward Fee Row

    Avis Budget Group Inc. urged a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday to exclude an expert's testimony in support of a putative class’s bid for certification in a suit accusing the car rental giant of imposing a hidden surcharge on its travel reward program participants, calling her conclusions unreliable.

  • August 13, 2014

    Hertz, Dollar Thrifty Sued Over Managers' Unpaid Bonuses

    A manager at an Oakland, California, Thrifty rental car location has filed a class action suit alleging Hertz Corp. and its Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group unit failed to pay her and other managers their promised bonuses in 2013 and 2014.

  • August 13, 2014

    GM Sued For Alleged Antifreeze Defect In Chevy Cruze Models

    A Chevrolet Cruze owner targeted General Motors Co. with a putative class action on Monday, accusing the carmaker of concealing defects that allowed antifreeze to leak from radiators in 2011 and later Cruze models, which allegedly damaged the cars.

  • August 13, 2014

    Jaguar Land Rover Recalls 41,000 SUVs Over Air Bag Issue

    Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC is recalling almost 41,000 sports utility vehicles over an issue that may cause the front seat passenger air bags to not fully deploy in the event of a crash, according to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • August 13, 2014

    Cahill Partner Tapped As Toyota Safety Monitor In DOJ Deal

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP partner and former U.S. Attorney David Kelley has been tapped to monitor Toyota Motor Corp.’s compliance with safety regulations as a result of its $1.2 billion agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over claims it hid unintended acceleration defects, the company said Wednesday.

  • August 13, 2014

    Saab Owner's Supplier Withdraws Forced Bankruptcy Petition

    National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the company that bought most of Swedish automaker Saab Automobile AB's assets out of bankruptcy last year, said Wednesday that one of its suppliers has agreed to withdraw a petition seeking to force it into bankruptcy over alleged unpaid bills.

  • August 12, 2014

    Coda Estate Hits Ex-JV Partner With $14M Clawback Suit

    The bankruptcy estate for defunct electric carmaker Coda Holdings Inc. lodged an adversary action in the case late Monday looking to recover nearly $14 million in allegedly avoidable transfers to its China-based joint-venture battery partner, and also lodged a breach of contract claim against the company.

  • August 12, 2014

    Saab Owner Hit With Forced Bankruptcy Petition In Sweden

    The company that bought most of automaker Saab Automobile AB's assets out of bankruptcy last year was reportedly hit with a petition by a supplier in a Swedish court Tuesday seeking to force it into bankruptcy over alleged unpaid bills.

  • August 12, 2014

    Ex-Kia Worker Says He Was Fired For Exposing Hiring Bias

    A former human resources employee of Kia Motors Corp.’s North American manufacturing plant claims he was fired for exposing that he was ordered to keep down the number of African-American, female and elderly employees hired by the company, according to a suit recently removed to Georgia federal court.

  • August 12, 2014

    FedEx To Pay $2M to Settle Meal Break Class Action

    A FedEx Corp. unit has agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle a proposed class action filed by a group of current and former package handlers who alleged the company failed to provide proper meal and rest breaks, according to a Tuesday filing in a California federal court.

  • August 12, 2014

    Chrysler Says Jeep Owner Got Rid Of Evidence In Row

    Chrysler Group LLC on Monday told a California federal judge the “facts are clear” a plaintiff claiming her Jeep Liberty’s windows froze in position disposed of her vehicle with the intention of destroying evidence before filing suit, urging the judge to reject her attempt to avoid sanctions for spoliation of evidence.

  • August 12, 2014

    Tenn. High Court Uncaps Nissan Tech's Disability Pay

    The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday said a Nissan North America Inc. worker who injured both shoulders on the job didn’t need to have his disability benefits capped at 1 1/2 times his impairment rating because he accepted an offer from the automaker to buy out his job.

  • August 12, 2014

    Chrysler Creates New Vehicle Safety Office

    Facing scrutiny over safety and quality issues, Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday it has established a new office of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance, which will be led by a longtime company executive with experience in the area.