Automotive

  • February 7, 2018

    DOJ Taps Compliance Monitor In Hoegh Price-Fixing Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a Maryland federal judge Tuesday that it has tapped an independent compliance monitor for Norwegian shipping company Hoegh Autoliners AS, which was hit with a $21 million criminal fine last year for conspiring to fix prices for shipping cars and trucks.

  • February 7, 2018

    BMW Dealerships Not ‘Places Of Business,' Judge Rules

    BMW dealerships that are owned by other companies are not “places of business” for the automaker under the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling, a California federal judge has held in a decision transferring a patent case against BMW to Delaware for improper venue.

  • February 7, 2018

    Tesla Demands Dealer Docs In Mich. Direct Auto Sales Fight

    Tesla told a Michigan federal judge Tuesday that the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association shouldn’t be allowed to hide evidence about its lobbying efforts supporting a 2014 state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers, a law the electric car maker insists was an “anti-Tesla” amendment.

  • February 6, 2018

    Kalanick Tells Jury Self-Driving Cars Are 'Winner-Take-All'

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took the stand Tuesday in a California federal jury trial over allegations his company stole self-driving car trade secrets from Alphabet unit Waymo, testifying that leadership in driverless car technology is an “existential” challenge for the ride-hailing company he co-founded.

  • February 6, 2018

    Former UAW VP's Widow Admits To Tax Fraud In Chrysler Con

    The widow of a former United Automobile Workers vice president pled guilty to filing false tax returns in Michigan federal court Tuesday, an offense stemming from $1.5 million in bribes her husband accepted from Fiat Chrysler during collective bargaining negotiations between the company and the union.

  • February 6, 2018

    Nissan Fights Cert. Bid In Sports-Car Clutch Defect Suit

    A proposed class of Nissan sports car owners shouldn’t be approved because their claims involving a “soft” or “sticky” clutch pedal are dominated by individual issues, the automaker told a California federal court on Monday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Advance Auto Parts Hit With Shareholder Class Action

    Advance Auto Parts was hit with a class action in Delaware federal court on Tuesday by shareholders who say that the company’s alleged concealment and then revelation of poor financial conditions caused two drops in their shares’ value.

  • February 6, 2018

    Uber Exec Says Company Can't Justify Covering Up Breach

    A top cybersecurity executive for Uber told lawmakers Tuesday that the company cannot justify covering up a massive 2016 data breach that exposed 57 million user accounts while paying hackers to delete the data and keep the episode quiet.

  • February 6, 2018

    Uber Seeks Arbitration In Breach Suit Alleging Hush Payment

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday moved to force into arbitration a proposed class action in Illinois alleging the ride-hailing giant failed to safeguard app users’ private information and tried to cover up a 2016 data breach with a $100,000 payment to hackers behind the breach.

  • February 6, 2018

    Takata Whistleblowers Say Ch. 11 Plan Must Reserve $250M

    A pair of purported whistleblowers who say they could be entitled to up to $250 million of the nearly $1 billion restitution fund in Takata’s criminal case over faulty air bag inflators objected Tuesday to the company’s Chapter 11 plan on grounds it doesn’t take into account any pending whistleblower award.

  • February 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mitsubishi, Triton, Boeing

    Multiple sizable investment funds have expressed interest in a planned $2.8 billion British offshore wind project, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is selling a majority of its 10 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors, and Boeing is looking to establish a new venture based around the commercial aviation business of Brazil's Embraer.

  • February 6, 2018

    Buyers Fight Arbitration Bid In Auto Parts Price-Fixing MDL

    Direct purchaser plaintiffs asked a Michigan federal judge Monday to reject KYB Corp.'s bid to toss or force into arbitration a complaint alleging KYB conspired with other manufacturers to fix prices on auto parts, specifically shock absorbers, saying they’re not parties to KYB’s limited warranty.

  • February 6, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Settles Car Buyers' Antitrust Claims For $4M

    Automobile parts supplier Continental Automotive Electronics LLC has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to car buyers to settle antitrust claims related to a sprawling multidistrict litigation over an alleged auto parts price-fixing scheme, according to a proposed agreement filed in Michigan federal court on Monday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ford Wins Toss Of Mustang Defect Suit Over Class Issue

    A Florida federal judge tossed, for now, a proposed class action accusing Ford Motor Co. of misrepresenting that a type of Mustang was suitable for the racetrack, saying the 17 named plaintiffs haven’t stated where they purchased the vehicles and thus aren’t members of any proposed classes.

  • February 5, 2018

    Uber Cheated In Self-Driving Car Race, Waymo Tells Jury

    In the race to develop self-driving car technology, Uber was like Rosie Ruiz, the woman who won the Boston Marathon by riding the subway to victory, an attorney for Waymo told a California federal jury during opening statements Monday, saying Uber stole the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary’s trade secrets to “leapfrog” ahead of the competition.

  • February 5, 2018

    VW Owners Who Sold Cars Pre-Scandal Make Standing Args

    A proposed class of drivers who offloaded affected vehicles before Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke in September 2015 told a California federal judge Friday they have standing to sue and suffered losses for the premium price they paid to buy or lease the purportedly environmentally friendly cars.

  • February 5, 2018

    1st Circ. Weighs Instructions In Insider Trading Verdict

    First Circuit judges on Monday questioned the legitimacy of a securities fraud conviction of a man who claims jurors should have been informed that evidence indicating he knew trading on his wife’s insider knowledge was illegal cannot, in itself, constitute guilt.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ford Fends Off Patent Atty's 'No Poaching' Suit

    A suit from a Michigan lawyer casting herself as the victim of a conspiracy led by a Ford Motor Company lawyer to keep her from getting hundreds of potential jobs should be thrown out, a federal magistrate said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Chamber Urges 9th Circ. To Nix Seattle’s Uber Union Law

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday to find Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize doesn’t qualify for an exemption to federal antitrust laws, arguing that the city’s powers to regulate transportation companies don’t extend to authorizing collective bargaining.

  • February 5, 2018

    3 Questions About Self-Driving Car Liability

    A recent negligence suit against General Motors is the first of what lawyers have long said would be many suits stemming from accidents involving self-driving car technology, opening up a new frontier in assessing legal liability. Here, lawyers talk to Law360 about the challenges of discovering who is liable when a self-driving vehicle is involved in an accident.

Expert Analysis

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    As with 2016, there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting indirect purchaser claims in 2017. Unlike 2016, however, several circuit court decisions addressed important issues such as ascertainability, 23(b)(3) predominance, and indirect versus direct purchaser status, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Trends In Automotive Technology: 2017 And The Road Ahead

    David Cavanaugh

    Automotive technology promises to be a focus of intellectual property disputes and regulatory attention in the coming years. In this article, attorneys with WilmerHale look back at 2017 developments to see where auto industry patenting, IP litigation and policymaking may be heading.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 1

    Randall Kahnke

    This year, the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act continued to be the source of the most significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, as courts and litigants began to grapple with its interpretation and application, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement Picks Up In 2nd Half Of 2017

    Michael Skopets

    The last few months have seen increased enforcement activity related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved more than 15 cases against corporations and individuals, issued several declinations, and initiated at least five new investigations, say Michael Skopets and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Ltd.