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Automotive

  • August 3, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Says Indian Look-Alike Is Ripping Off Jeep

    Fiat Chrysler has slapped an Indian competitor with a complaint claiming it ripped off the classic design of the Jeep, manufactured the automobile overseas and then sold it to consumers in the United States, telling the U.S. International Trade Commission that the trademark violation has undercut sales.

  • August 3, 2018

    VW, Bondholders Spar Over Axing Emissions Fraud Suit

    Volkswagen and bondholders squared off before a California federal judge Friday over claims the automaker duped investors into buying overpriced bonds based on misleading offering documents that concealed its diesel emissions scandal, with Volkswagen arguing that bondholders haven't adequately pled they relied on the documents to make the investments.

  • August 3, 2018

    Brand Battles: Honda Aims To Block Ford 'Pilot' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Honda takes exception to a new Ford "Pilot" brand, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia goes after a rival logo, and a battle six decades in the making erupts between Jiffy Pop and Jif.

  • August 3, 2018

    Auto Dealer Attys Seek $33M From Latest MDL Settlements

    Attorneys for a group of car dealers have asked a Michigan federal court for $33 million in fees for their work in the third round of class action settlements in multidistrict litigation for bid-rigging and price-fixing of car parts by 23 different auto parts makers.

  • August 2, 2018

    Uber's Spot In $22M BofA Fee Deal Not Unusual, Court Told

    Bank of America and account holders who claim they were improperly charged overdraft fees on Uber trips paid for by debit card defended their $22 million proposed class action settlement, telling a New York federal judge that the liability release Uber would get in the deal isn’t problematic.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fiat, Bosch Face Uphill Fight In Axing MDL’s RICO Claims

    A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by Fiat Chrysler and Bosch’s arguments that only regulators, not consumers, are entitled to relief under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in multidistrict litigation over cheating on emissions testing, saying, “At the end of the day, they paid for a car that they didn’t get.”

  • August 2, 2018

    Auto Emissions Plan Puts Trump, Calif. On Collision Course

    The Trump administration's proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and yank California's authority to set its own requirements sets the stage for a vicious legal battle that experts say goes to the heart of the federal government's obligation to regulate GHGs as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA.

  • August 2, 2018

    Ford Can't Shave All Classes In Faulty Touch Screen Row

    A California federal judge kept intact certain state claims in a class action alleging Ford Motor Co. sold vehicles with faulty touch screens, shaving only a Massachusetts consumer fraud claim as the parties ready for trial after abandoning an estimated $50 million settlement that the judge called problematic.

  • August 2, 2018

    GM Trims Claims From Drivers' Emissions-Cheating Suit

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday dismissed 14 of the 54 counts that General Motors is facing in a lawsuit over allegations that it used emissions-cheating devices in its diesel pickup trucks, finding that several state claims did not fit the allegations and others did not provide for punitive damages.

  • August 2, 2018

    Trump Admin. Targets Obama Auto Emissions Standards

    The Trump administration on Thursday said it wants to weaken Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for vehicles made from 2021 to 2026 and revoke a Clean Air Act waiver that allows California to set its own GHG specifications.

  • August 1, 2018

    Steve McQueen Heirs Sue Ferrari For Car Using Actor's Name

    The descendants of Steve McQueen are suing Ferrari for millions of dollars, claiming the luxury automaker knowingly infringed on the family’s trademarks by releasing a special edition “McQueen” Ferrari — without authorization or compensation to the iconic actor’s heirs.

  • August 1, 2018

    Drivers Get Cert., But Claims Trimmed In Toll Roads Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of drivers who accuse California toll operators of unlawfully using their personal information to collect unpaid tolls and charge overblown fines, while also trimming the drivers’ claims against the operators and contractor 3M.

  • August 1, 2018

    Tesla Defends Elon Musk's Tweets In Fight With Auto Union

    Tesla on Wednesday defended Elon Musk’s recent tweets addressing the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize workers at the electric automaker's Fremont, California, plant, rebuking allegations that its chief executive publicly implied that workers would lose their stock options if they unionized.

  • August 1, 2018

    FTC Sues Auto Dealers For Allegedly Deceiving Navajo Buyers

    A group of related automobile dealers located in Arizona and New Mexico near the edge of the Navajo Nation’s borders has been hit with a federal lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission alleging that, among other things, it put out ads for vehicles that were misleading and that many of those impacted were nation members.

  • August 1, 2018

    Senate Grills EPA Chief On Auto Emissions, Renewable Fuels

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new acting head faced off Wednesday with senators who largely focused their questions on policy matters such as renewable fuel requirements and the possible rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards, a departure from recent hearings that often spotlighted former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical issues.

  • August 1, 2018

    EPA Says It Doesn't Plan To Revisit 2015 Ozone Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a court filing Wednesday that it “does not intend” to revisit a 2015 rule that tightened ozone standards, answering a lingering question that had both industry and environmental groups on edge.

  • August 1, 2018

    Jaguar Land Rover Aims To Ax Suit Over Timing Chains

    Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC asked a New Jersey district court Tuesday to toss a proposed class action alleging the company concealed a defect in the timing chains of its vehicles, saying a single repair for a lone plaintiff doesn't justify nationwide class claims.

  • August 1, 2018

    Car Dealers Want $10.8M Pact OK'd In Price-Fixing Case

    A group of car dealers has asked a federal judge in Michigan to approve a $10.8 million settlement in a proposed class action against Tokai Rika Co. Ltd., resolving multidistrict litigation accusing the Japanese auto parts maker of taking part in a bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracy involving many others.

  • August 1, 2018

    Ford Sues Dealership Chain Over $40M In Defaulted Loans

    Ford Motor Co.’s financing unit has sued a chain of Texas car dealerships for $40 million, claiming the chain and its owners defaulted on financing agreements by delaying payments on sold cars and falsifying records to obtain extra loans.

  • July 31, 2018

    Lawmakers Bristle At Plan To Split Up NAFTA Talks

    Four House Democrats from states bordering Canada have warned the Trump administration against shifting away from a full North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation to strike a standalone deal with Mexico, according to a letter circulated Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Lax Regulations Make Scooters A Perfect Liability Storm

    Neama Rahmani

    Scooters and mopeds are all the rage across the country, but these cheap rides can be costly in terms of public safety. It’s a perfect storm from a safety and liability standpoint. States and cities must enact laws that protect drivers and pedestrians, including licensing and insurance requirements, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Reading The China Tariff Tea Leaves

    Mark Ludwikowski

    With tariffs against some $250 billion of Chinese goods taking effect Friday, U.S. companies that do business with China are wondering what happens next. While China is the more export-dependent country, it is unlikely to face the sort of industry protests and lobbying aimed at the Trump administration in opposition of the tariffs, says Mark Ludwikowski of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • The EPA's New Biofuels Plan And A Residue Of Uncertainty

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued its long-awaited proposal concerning the next round of annual volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. While the proposal generally indicates stability and growth for the RFS program, it is conspicuously silent on several issues that could substantially affect biofuels markets, say Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.