Automotive

  • September 11, 2017

    Waymo Can't Get Uber Analysis Docs In Trade Secrets Spat

    A California magistrate judge said Monday that Alphabet Inc. self-driving car unit Waymo LLC cannot get its hands on all documents detailing Uber’s efforts to locate files that the since-fired head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle program allegedly stole from Waymo, but it can get communications potentially laying out Uber’s reasons for firing him.

  • September 11, 2017

    Dem AGs Join Fight Over Fuel Efficiency Penalty Delay

    Five Democratic state attorneys general on Monday sued federal transportation regulators in the Second Circuit over a recent delay to an Obama-era rule raising penalties on automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, joining environmental groups that challenged the delay last week.

  • September 11, 2017

    Convicted Exec Denies Guilt, Wants Iran Sanctions Suit Axed

    A man convicted of exporting motor oil to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions asked a Georgia federal court to toss his former company’s $4.25 million lawsuit pinning asset seizures and legal fees on him, arguing his innocence despite his guilty plea while saying his company’s Russian parent approved of all his work.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

  • September 8, 2017

    Global Firms Snap Up India Work With Liberalization In Limbo

    International law firms play a crucial role in India despite being barred from practicing there, and some say opening up the country’s legal industry wouldn’t drastically change how they do business.

  • September 8, 2017

    9th Circ Keeps Uber, Lyft Union Law Paused For Appeal

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday followed up on an emergency injunction it had given to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, saying it would continue to block a Seattle ordinance allowing drivers for Uber and Lyft to unionize while a suit over the new law is on appeal.

  • September 8, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Self-Driving Car Bill

    The House of Representatives’ swift passage of first-of-its-kind legislation governing how autonomous or self-driving cars are manufactured, tested and deployed in the U.S. assures carmakers and technology companies that the federal government will take the wheel on safety standards, experts say. Here, Law360 examines some of the highlights of the bill.

  • September 8, 2017

    Suing 'John Doe' Doomed Ex-Cop's Privacy Suit: 8th Circ.

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Minnesota federal judge’s ruling ending a former law enforcement officer’s privacy lawsuit over information gleaned from the state's driver's license database, finding that a specific person’s name can’t replace a John Doe after the statute of limitations has expired.

  • September 8, 2017

    VW Engineer To Appeal 3-Year Emissions Scandal Sentence

    A Volkswagen AG engineer who was sentenced late last month to three years and four months behind bars for his role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal told a Michigan federal court Thursday that he plans to appeal the judgment.

  • September 8, 2017

    Transport Co. Alleges Navistar Sold Defective Engines

    North Carolina-based Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. on Thursday sued truck manufacturer Navistar Inc. over 600 allegedly defective truck engines Cardinal bought from Navistar, alleging the manufacturer purposely concealed the defect.

  • September 8, 2017

    Valeo, FTE Offer EU Antitrust Fixes On $985M PE Deal

    French auto parts supplier Valeo SA on Thursday offered the European Commission antitrust fixes for its proposed €819.3 million ($985.4 million) acquisition of German clutch manufacturer FTE Automotive Group from Bain's private equity arm.

  • September 8, 2017

    11th Circ. Revives Auto Body Shops' Antitrust Claims

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday reversed the dismissal of complaints from five auto body shops that claim State Farm, Allstate, Geico and other insurers conspire to manipulate car repair costs and blacklist them if they refused to go along.

  • September 7, 2017

    Manufacturer Must Face Claims Of Defective Guardrail Design

    A Georgia man who claims a defective Trinity Industries Inc. guardrail pierced the length of his car and severely injured him during a car crash can proceed with his lawsuit against the company, a Georgia federal judge said Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    Trump Nominates Hunton & Williams Atty For EPA Air Job

    President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Hunton & Williams LLP administrative law group head William Wehrum to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air office.

  • September 7, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ducati, B&S, Amcor

    An Indian automotive company will offer to pay as much as $2 billion for Ducati, Dutch consumer goods wholesaler and distributor B&S is mulling an IPO and Australian flexible packaging manufacturer Amcor could offer to buy a Wisconsin-based rival with a market value of about $4.3 billion.

  • September 7, 2017

    NRDC, Others Sue DOT Over Fuel Efficiency Penalty Delay

    A trio of environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday in the Second Circuit, asking the appellate court to review and reverse a recent delay to an Obama-era rule raising penalties on automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards. 

  • September 7, 2017

    EU Consumer Authorities Pressure VW On Emissions Fixes

    European Union consumer authorities and the European Commission on Thursday called on the head of Volkswagen to fix all the cars in the bloc with emissions-cheating software in the next few months as the German automaker pledged to do last year.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Opinion

    The Proper Measure Of The Value Of Class Actions

    Gary Mason

    Despite many examples of benefits obtained by plaintiffs, corporate America loudly claims that class actions don’t benefit anyone other than the attorneys who bring them. What do they base this on? Not much, says Gary Mason of Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Opinion

    Don't Expect UAW To Back Off Campaign Against Nissan

    John Raudabaugh

    Now that a vote has taken place, Nissan has asked the United Auto Workers Union to respect the voice of the vast majority of its employees: They are not interested in union representation. However, the sheer volume of unfair labor practice charges filed against Nissan suggests the UAW is not going away any time soon, says John Raudabaugh, professor of labor law at the Ave Maria School of Law.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.