Automotive

  • July 10, 2017

    Toyota Asks 8th Circ. To Rethink Sudden Acceleration Ruling

    Toyota Motor Corp. urged the Eighth Circuit on Friday to reconsider an $11.4 million verdict awarded in a suit alleging an acceleration defect caused a fatal crash, saying the trial court wrongly allowed evidence that could have misled the jury.

  • July 10, 2017

    Takata Ch. 11 Tort Committee Has Tough Road Ahead

    An official committee in the Takata Chapter 11 that includes personal injury victims is a crucial way to ensure those claimants' rights, but it will be a tough journey through a difficult and delicate bankruptcy where there may not be enough money to go around, experts say.

  • July 7, 2017

    Judge Rips VW's Offering Memo In Investors' Emissions Suit

    A California federal judge was skeptical Friday of Volkswagen AG’s bid to toss a proposed class action brought by bondholders alleging the automaker knowingly misled investors about its emissions-cheating scandal, saying during a hearing it made a “misstatement by omission” in an offering memo to them.

  • July 7, 2017

    Brand Battles: Uber, Golden State Warriors, KC Royals

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uber takes on an "Uber Energy," the Golden State Warriors become the latest sports team to battle a single pesky applicant, and the Kansas City Royals appeal after being refused a registration on the team's stadium name.

  • July 7, 2017

    Uber Can Depose Google Co-Founder, Judge Says

    Uber will be allowed to depose Google co-founder Larry Page and Senior Vice President David Drummond but can’t collect information on self-driving cars from Lyft as it defends against Waymo’s claims that it stole autonomous vehicle secrets, a federal magistrate judge said in separate orders Friday.

  • July 7, 2017

    Ford Loses Bid For Rehearing In Challenge To Versata Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday stood by its decision not to review several Versata patents that were challenged by Ford Motor Co., rejecting the automaker’s argument that it misinterpreted legal precedent surrounding the inter partes review time-bar.

  • July 7, 2017

    Takata Ch. 11 Gets Committee With Personal Injury Victims

    Takata’s Chapter 11 case had an official committee appointed Friday that includes personal injury victims of the defective airbag inflators that drove the company into bankruptcy, giving such claimants a rare and powerful voice in the proceedings.

  • July 6, 2017

    Ex-Audi Manager Charged In VW Emissions Conspiracy

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges Thursday in Michigan federal court against a former Audi manager who allegedly directed employees to design and install software for the company’s “clean diesel” vehicles to cheat U.S. emissions tests, part of a wider enforcement action against Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries.

  • July 6, 2017

    Cadillac Owners Hit GM With Leaky Sunroof Class Action

    General Motors Co. knew about a sunroof defect in about 222,000 Cadillac SUVs that lets water leak into the interior, but refused to cover it under the vehicles’ warranties, a proposed class of owners said in a complaint filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • July 6, 2017

    BMW Blasts Inflated Atty Fees In Roof Defect Settlement

    Attorneys for BMW on Thursday accused plaintiffs' counsel in a roof defect case in New Jersey federal court of engaging in accounting tricks and other dubious calculations to ensure their settlement fee award topped out at $1.87 million — double the low end of a previously agreed range.

  • July 6, 2017

    VW Urges 9th Circ. To OK $14.7B Emissions Deal

    Volkswagen on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold its $14.7 billion settlement with drivers of its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and the government over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal, saying that the settlement has garnered broad support from both consumers and federal regulators.

  • July 6, 2017

    Honda Can’t Use Takata Guilty Plea In Airbag Suit: Drivers

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation over Takata’s potentially explosive airbags urged a Florida federal court Wednesday to reject Honda Motor Co.’s bid to use Takata’s criminal guilty plea as part of its defense, saying the agreement includes substantial hearsay that could taint the jury and wrongly paint Honda as a "victim."

  • July 6, 2017

    Waymo Can't Force Turnover Of Docs In Uber IP Dispute

    A former Google engineer doesn’t have to turn over potentially incriminating documents in Waymo’s trade secrets fight with Uber over self-driving car technology, a California federal magistrate judge has ruled, finding that the man is protected by the Fifth Amendment if he withholds the information.

  • July 6, 2017

    EPA Keeps Biofuel Requirements Steady For 2018

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday maintained the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply in 2018, but also hinted at major future changes to the agency's renewable fuels program by saying it would explore a “reset” of required biofuel levels.

  • July 5, 2017

    GM Says Engine Defect Class Action Doesn’t Claim Harm

    General Motors urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss a proposed class action contending the automaker knowingly sold defective vehicles with engines that consume an abnormally high quantity of oil, arguing that there’s no allegation anyone has been harmed by the purported defect.

  • July 5, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Stay $374K Fine On Firm Suing Car Parts Co.

    The Fifth Circuit declined Monday to stay $374,000 in sanctions against a California law firm found to have ignored a Mississippi court’s order not to pursue claims against an auto parts manufacturer elsewhere, rejecting the argument that the firm should not be required to pay up or dump its case in California federal court while appealing the sanctions.

  • July 5, 2017

    Justice Stevens On Gorsuch And Sticking With The Cubs

    Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch, the pitfalls of originalism, and his beloved Chicago Cubs, in the second article based on Law360’s exclusive interview with the legendary jurist.

  • July 5, 2017

    Volvo Plans To Only Launch Electric Cars After 2019

    Every Volvo model launched from 2019 on will have an electric motor, the company said Wednesday, announcing that it will eventually stop focusing on cars with internal combustion engines and will put electric and hybrid cars at the center of its future business model.

  • July 5, 2017

    PTAB Agrees To Review Part Of Polaris ATV Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Wednesday to review part of a Polaris Industries Inc. patent in inter partes review, opening another chapter in the legal fight between the powersports vehicle manufacturer and rival Arctic Cat Inc. over all-terrain vehicles.

  • July 5, 2017

    Dodge Ram Drivers Sue Fiat, Cummins Over Diesel Engines

    A proposed class of Dodge Ram owners has sued Fiat Chrysler and Cummins Inc. in Michigan federal court, claiming Fiat knowingly sold hundreds of thousands of trucks with defective Cummins diesel engines that dramatically reduced fuel efficiency and engine performance.

Expert Analysis

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    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: Tips For Advising Clients On RPM

    Janet McDavid

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Leegin, optimism that resale price maintenance agreements would become an easier tool for manufacturers quickly dampened. Particularly where companies have international and U.S. nationwide sales, implementing RPM agreements can be fraught with the same difficulties that existed pre-Leegin, say Janet McDavid and Meghan Rissmiller of Hogan Lovells.

  • A Midyear Review Of US Economic Sanctions Efforts

    Michael Casey

    The notable U.S. sanctions developments in the first six months of 2017 have not been limited to policy changes. Earlier this year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control resolved the largest sanctions enforcement action ever brought against a nonfinancial institution, and the agency has taken a number of aggressive positions in other recent matters, say Michael Casey and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Takeaways From Mechanic's 10th Circ. Sex Harassment Suit

    Yvette Davis

    The Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Needham, where it reversed the dismissal of a sexual harassment claim based on "quid pro quo" set of facts, highlights for employers that labels or categories are irrelevant to harassment claims, exhausting administrative remedies is much easier than most employers might appreciate, and more importantly, employers must be vigilant and proactive, says Yvette Davis of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

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    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: No Big Changes In The Marketplace

    Michael Lockerby

    The experience of the past decade simply has not borne out the U.S. Supreme Court dissent’s prediction that Leegin “will likely raise the price of goods at retail” and “create considerable legal turbulence as lower courts seek to develop workable principles,” says Michael Lockerby, co-leader of Foley & Lardner LLP's distribution and franchise practice group.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Series

    Leegin's 10-Year Checkup: US Influence On RPM Overseas

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    In recent decades, as the rule of reason has been extended to analysis of vertical restraints in U.S. antitrust law, competition law regimes in other countries have likewise applied greater flexibility to the analysis of nonprice vertical restraints. However, none has gone so far as to adopt the U.S. Supreme Court's Leegin rule for resale price maintenance, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Why We Must Teach Self-Driving Cars How To Crash

    Todd Benoff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.