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Automotive

  • October 11, 2018

    BMW Increases Stake In Chinese Auto JV For €3.6B

    The BMW Group on Thursday said it plans to increase its stake in a joint venture with Chinese carmaker Brilliance China Automotive for €3.6 billion ($4.17 billion), extend the joint venture’s contract, and invest more than €3 billion in new auto plants and existing plant expansions.

  • October 11, 2018

    Vehicle Registration Co. Must Show Docs In Antitrust MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to quash a digital registration company's request for discovery from a vehicle information services firm in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying the pretrial process shouldn't stop just because the case might eventually get dismissed.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ford Knowingly Sold Defective Brake Systems, Suit Says

    Ford Motor Co. sold trucks with defective braking systems that it knew posed a serious risk to drivers, ultimately requiring many of them to pay out-of-pocket for necessary repairs, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Michigan federal court.

  • October 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: AHS, Fisher, Bill Ussery Motors

    AHS Residential has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex that includes retail space for $38 million, Fisher Brothers is said to have leased out nearly 30,000 square feet in New York to One William Street Capital Management, and Bill Ussery Motors has reportedly paid nearly $11 million for a Florida office building.

  • October 11, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Asks Justices To Review Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to immediately appeal an Illinois district court’s certification of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the Seventh Circuit ignored “manifest errors” in the class certification order that cleared the way for a multistate trial.

  • October 11, 2018

    Uber Aims To Dump Drivers' FLSA Suit Over On-App Time

    Uber Technologies Inc. urged a Texas federal court Wednesday to dump a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging the ride-hailing giant misclassified drivers as independent contractors to cheat them out of compensation for all the time they spent logged into the app waiting for rides.

  • October 10, 2018

    Car Fees Alone Can't Pave Road To Full Infrastructure Funds

    As more states turn to fees on hybrid and electric cars to boost infrastructure funds that gasoline taxes woefully strain to fill, the current low market share of such vehicles means they are unlikely to be a cure-all for present-day revenue shortfalls.

  • October 10, 2018

    3 Takeaways From DOT's New Automated Vehicles Policy

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s newly updated policy on self-driving or autonomous cars eases the rules for development while also paving the way for upgrading infrastructure and integrating the new technology with other modes of transportation, experts say. Here, Law360 examines a few takeaways from the Automated Vehicles 3.0 guidance.

  • October 10, 2018

    GM Hid Knowledge Of Faulty Brakes In Some Cars, Suit Says

    A California couple Tuesday filed a putative class action in a California federal court alleging General Motors knowingly sold Cadillacs, Chevrolets and GMC SUVs and pickups with dangerously defective brakes.

  • October 10, 2018

    NHTSA Says Rating Doesn't Back Tesla's 'Safest Car' Claim

    Following claims by Tesla Inc. that its Model 3 has the lowest risk of crash injuries of any car tested by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency has said that its safety rating system does not work that way.

  • October 10, 2018

    Commerce Slashes Duties On Chinese Off-Road Tire Co.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce proposed slashing a double-digit duty tagged on a Chinese tire manufacturer to below 1 percent, as part of the agency’s annual review of a decade-old tariff on imports of off-road tires from China.

  • October 10, 2018

    12 Firms Vying To Lead 9 Tesla Take-Private Tweet Suits

    Twelve law firms submitted bids in California federal court on Tuesday asking that nine securities class actions — filed against Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk over his tweets about taking the company private — be consolidated and to be appointed as lead counsel.

  • October 10, 2018

    Bosch Says Conspiracy Claims In Emissions Suit Groundless

    A consolidated class action against BMW of North America LLC and Robert Bosch LLC accusing them of designing emissions systems that eluded test standards ultimately fails because it never establishes a conspiracy between the two companies, Bosch argued in a brief filed Tuesday in New Jersey federal court.

  • October 9, 2018

    Covil Corp. Must Pay $32.7M Over Tire Plant Worker's Death

    A North Carolina federal jury has awarded $32.7 million in a suit accusing Covil Corp. of causing a tire plant worker's mesothelioma death due to asbestos exposure, finding the defunct pipe insulation supplier failed to warn the worker of the dangers of asbestos in the products it sold.

  • October 9, 2018

    OK To Have Electric Car Credit Repeal In Larger Deal: Senator

    A leading Republican senator who introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal the tax credit for electric vehicle consumers is open to having that bill included in a larger tax-oriented deal that could come up later this year.

  • October 9, 2018

    Uber, Drivers' $345K Pay Deal Receives First OK

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tentatively signed off on a nearly $350,000 deal in a class action claiming Uber denied drivers their fair share of riders' payments after the parties tweaked a claims release.

  • October 9, 2018

    Fla. Car Dealer Cuts Deal To End TCPA Class Action

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday administratively closed a consumer class action accusing used car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. of sending unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, based on the plaintiff's notice that the parties have reached a settlement.

  • October 9, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Can't Toss Car-Hacking Row Over Jurisdiction

    It’s too late for Fiat Chrysler to challenge an Illinois federal court's jurisdiction over Michigan and Missouri drivers who say their Jeeps were vulnerable to hacking, a judge ruled Tuesday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Ford Can't Make IUOE Workers Join UAW, NLRB Says

    Ford Motor Co. violated federal labor law by assigning a handful of International Union of Operating Engineers-represented maintenance workers it absorbed from a contractor to a United Automobile Workers local representing other employees, a National Labor Relations Board panel said on Friday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Loan Class Suit Revived With Instructions To Mull NJ Ties

    A New Jersey state appeals court revived a proposed class action challenging interest charged on car title loans, ruling Tuesday that a lower court tossed the case for jurisdictional purposes before considering new evidence that could support the Garden State’s connection to the matter.

Expert Analysis

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • NY Revives Fair Lending Risks For Indirect Auto Lenders

    Melanie Brody

    The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Report Highlights Challenges Of Partial Vehicle Automation

    Laura Foggan

    A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reviewing advances in vehicle automation technology, notes the difficult questions that may arise when assigning responsibility in an accident involving both a human driver and a vehicle equipped with automated driving technology, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.