Automotive

  • November 14, 2017

    BMW Hit With New Engine-Defect Class Action

    BMW is facing yet another class action in New Jersey federal court over engine defect claims, this one alleging that problems with certain models’ chain assemblies caused poor acceleration or sudden engine failure, according to a complaint filed Monday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Uber's 'Inadequate' Driver Screening Led To Rape, Women Say

    Two women who say they were raped by Uber drivers hit the ride-hailing company with a multimillion-dollar California federal class action Tuesday alleging its “woefully inadequate” driver screening process has allowed drivers to sexually assault or harass more than 1,000 riders.

  • November 14, 2017

    Takata's Japanese Parent Wins Ch. 15 Recognition

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata family of cases said Tuesday that he would grant the company’s Japanese parent Chapter 15 recognition over the objections of a group of plaintiffs suing over the debtor’s dangerously defective airbag inflators who say their due process rights are being squelched.

  • November 14, 2017

    Dallas Prosecutor Fired After Alleged Uber Altercation

    A Dallas County assistant district attorney has been fired after an Uber driver accused her of drunkenly hitting and berating him, accusing him of kidnapping her, and abusing her position by threatening to have him fired.

  • November 14, 2017

    Black Ex-Tesla Worker Says Factory Is Race Bias 'Hotbed'

    Electric car maker Tesla Inc.’s California factory is “a hotbed for racist behavior” toward African-Americans that includes the frequent use of racial epithets, a former worker charged Monday in a state race discrimination class action.

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Skeptical Of Philly Cabbies’ Uber Antitrust Claims

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday expressed skepticism over claims by the attorney representing a group of Philadelphia taxi drivers that Uber’s entry into the city created an illegal monopoly in the vehicle-for-hire market, with multiple judges suggesting the company’s arrival was good for the consumer.

  • November 14, 2017

    OMERS Snaps Up French Testing Co. Trescal In €670M Deal

    OMERS Private Equity said Tuesday that it will buy Paris-headquartered calibration services provider Trescal SA from private equity parent Ardian in a deal that values the company at €670 million ($788.6 million). 

  • November 14, 2017

    Lyft Seeks Toss Of Suit Over Texts To Reassigned Numbers

    Lyft Inc. urged an Ohio federal court Monday to toss a proposed class action that alleges the ride-hailing company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to recycled telephone numbers, arguing the texts are purely informational and not sent with an “automatic telephone dialing system.”

  • November 13, 2017

    Allstate Cites Brand Harm In 'Drivewise' TM Fight With Kia

    Allstate urged a California federal judge to prohibit Kia from using the name “Drive Wise” for its vehicle safety technology on Monday after a jury found the moniker was likely to cause confusion with the insurer’s own trademarked “Drivewise” data program, citing reputational harm and confused customers.

  • November 13, 2017

    GST Autoleather Cleared For Ch. 11 Bidding, Borrowing

    Last minute talks produced an interim breakthrough Monday on post-petition borrowing and Chapter 11 bidding for bankrupt upholstery maker GST Autoleather Inc., although tensions remain high between unsecured creditors and lenders.

  • November 13, 2017

    Takata Judge Won't Exempt States From Airbag Suit Stay

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata case ruled Monday that state and government agencies will not be exempted from a five-day extension of a litigation freeze connected to the debtor’s dangerously defective airbag inflators.

  • November 13, 2017

    Senate Approves Lyft GM For Senior DOT Role

    The Senate confirmed Lyft Inc.'s general manager for the number three spot at the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, sending President Donald Trump's pick Derek Kan to head the department's policy arm.

  • November 13, 2017

    German Co. Reaches $2M Deal In Car Door Latch Antitrust Suit

    German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert AG has agreed to pay $2.28 million to settle a proposed class action from consumers alleging the company conspired to fix the prices of vehicle door latches, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    AutoZone Hit With Religious, LGBT Discrimination Claims

    A former AutoZone employee has accused the company of religious and sexual orientation discrimination, saying he was called a “flaming queen” and worse by co-workers and that the company refused to accommodate his desire to attend church on Sundays, according to a lawsuit removed to Massachusetts federal court Thursday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Honda Ducks Defective Engine Starters Suit For Now

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a driver's putative consumer fraud class action alleging Honda sold Accord and Crosstour vehicles with defective engine starter systems, but gave the driver a second chance to clarify allegations that Honda knowingly sold consumers impaired cars.

  • November 9, 2017

    Judge Slams Uber's 'Irritating' Response To Jury Instruction

    The California federal judge overseeing the self-driving car trade secrets dispute between Waymo and Uber admonished Uber’s lawyers in a short order on Wednesday, saying he was upset that when he asked for a response on a proposed jury instruction, Uber only replied that it agreed with the proposal.

  • November 9, 2017

    VW Seeks Dismissal Of Fla., Utah Counties' Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge Wednesday to toss suits brought by counties in Florida and Utah seeking billions of dollars over defeat devices, saying that, like Wyoming’s dismissed suit, the counties are trying to enforce federal emissions standards.

  • November 9, 2017

    Calif. Jury Finds Kia Infringed Allstate's 'Drivewise' TM

    Allstate Insurance Co. won its trademark infringement suit against Kia Motor Corp. on Thursday when a California federal jury found Kia's high-tech "Drive Wise" vehicle add-ons could be confused with Allstate’s trademarked "Drivewise" driver safety program.

  • November 9, 2017

    EPA Floats Repeal Of Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed to repeal Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, claiming that the agency doesn't have the Clean Air Act authority to regulate them.

  • November 9, 2017

    NY Drivers Seek Class Cert. Over Illegally Seized Cabs

    Drivers who had their vehicles illegally seized by New York City when the city assumed they were operating unlicensed taxicabs asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday to certify a class after a recent judgment in their favor.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electric Vehicle Safety Regs: A Global Comparison

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.