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Automotive

  • September 12, 2014

    Enterprise Case Could Open Consumer Protection Floodgates

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case against an Enterprise Holdings Inc. branch that attorneys say could shake up consumer protection litigation by allowing plaintiffs to move forward with claims simply by showing that a company’s allegedly deceptive conduct had forced them hire legal counsel.

  • September 12, 2014

    Hertz, Icahn Latest To Compromise To Thwart Proxy Fight

    An agreement to give three board seats to Carl Icahn made Hertz Global Holdings Inc. the latest activist target to strike a settlement rather than risk a bitter proxy battle, a trend that defined this proxy season as corporate agitators continue to pick up steam.

  • September 11, 2014

    Toyo Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Tire Patent Settlements

    Sentury Tire Americas has hit Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. with an antitrust suit in California federal court, alleging the rival coerced tire manufacturers and distributors to boycott Sentury as part of dubious settlements that resolved Toyo's design patent infringement suits.

  • September 11, 2014

    Auto Parts Co. To Pay $1M To End Calif. Air Emissions Case

    Utah-based H&S Performance LLC has reached a $1 million settlement to resolve claims by the California Air Resources Board that it violated air pollution laws by selling aftermarket auto performance parts in the Golden State, according to the regulator Wednesday.

  • September 11, 2014

    Remy To Pay Tecnomatic $32M To Settle Hybrid Motor Suit

    Industrial parts manufacturers Remy International Inc. said Thursday it would pay Tecnomatic SpA $32 million and enter into a cross-licensing agreement for Tecnomatic's patents to settle dueling suits in Indiana federal court over hybrid engine parts for which it had sought Tecnomatic’s help in making.

  • September 11, 2014

    Groups Ask High Court To Chuck EEOC Conciliation Rule

    Retail, trucking, insurance and business groups on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to nix a Seventh Circuit rule forbidding courts from reviewing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's required efforts to conciliate bias claims before suing employers, saying the decision offers “blind trust” in the agency.

  • September 11, 2014

    Parts Maker Denies Indemnity Duty For Chrysler Defect Suit

    The U.S. unit of German auto parts maker FTE automotive GmbH filed a lawsuit Monday in New York bankruptcy court against the Chrysler Group LLC bankruptcy trust, seeking to dodge responsibility for footing indemnification costs or paying out insurance proceeds over allegedly defective clutch systems.

  • September 11, 2014

    GM Fights To Stall Discovery On Post-Bankruptcy Accidents

    General Motors Co. on Thursday asked the New York federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over its ignition switch defect to hold off on allowing further discovery even on personal injury suits involving accidents that occurred after its 2009 bankruptcy and economic loss suits involving post-2009 vehicles.

  • September 11, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Pabst, ZF Friedrichshafen, Burger King

    Multiple suitors are after Pabst Brewing Co., which could fetch just under $1 billion, while German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG is on the verge of unloading its 50 percent stake in a joint venture with Robert Bosch GmbH to complete its intended purchase of a U.S. rival.

  • September 11, 2014

    Nevada Assembly Clears Way For $5B Tesla Factory Deal

    The Nevada Assembly voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of two bills designed to help bring a $5 billion Tesla Motors “gigafactory” to the state, according to new reports.

  • September 11, 2014

    Patent Holder Slams Volvo's Fee Bid In Safety Seat Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday was urged to reject Volvo Car Corp.’s bid for attorneys' fees in a convertible child safety seat patent suit following a July judgment for the automaker, with the patent holder saying Volvo is improperly attempting to recoup fees post-judgment while an appeal is pending.

  • September 11, 2014

    AutoZone Not Liable For Employee Theft, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit attempting to hold AutoZone Texas LP liable for alleged employee theft against an auto repair shop client, saying the auto parts retailer demonstrated that it had no knowledge that false charges were being made and that the retailer properly investigated the claims.

  • September 11, 2014

    VW, Chrysler Hit With $46M In Price-Fixing Fines In China

    Chinese antitrust authorities on Thursday announced that auto manufacturers Volkswagen AG and Chrysler Group LLC's Chinese units were hit with a combined $46 million fine for price-fixing, the latest in a series of actions against numerous carmakers amid increased enforcement of China's 2008 anti-monopoly law.

  • September 11, 2014

    5 Insights From Ford General Counsel David Leitch

    We look for outside counsel who, among other things, embrace a highly collaborative approach to problem solving, recognizing that our in-house attorneys are very capable peers and that Ford’s interests may require working with firms that are in other contexts viewed as competitors, says David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co. and former deputy counsel to President George W. Bush.

  • September 10, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Microsoft, Visteon, Alliance Cosmetic

    Microsoft Corp. is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, the creator of the popular video game "Minecraft," in a deal that could be worth more than $2 billion, while auto parts manufacturer Visteon Corp. is considering a split into two separate companies, one focused on electronics and one focused on climate controls.

  • September 10, 2014

    Pa. Justices Urged To Toss Enterprise Customer's Claims

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was urged Wednesday to overturn a decision allowing a woman to proceed with consumer protection claims against a regional Enterprise Holdings Inc. branch over an allegedly inflated repair bill despite failing to show she’d relied on any misrepresentations made by the company.

  • September 10, 2014

    Claims Pared In Mercedes Faulty Suspension Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a suit accusing Mercedes-Benz USA LLC of installing a defective air suspension system in its GL model sport utility vehicles, dismissing state law claims for breach of warranty and manufacturing violations but refusing to toss design defect and federal warranty claims.

  • September 10, 2014

    2nd Circ. Upholds Hyundai Atty Fees In Dealer Row

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed an award of attorneys’ fees to Hyundai Motor America in a suit attempting to block the automaker from ending a dealer contract over sales fraud allegations, saying the court was within its right to award fees and remanding Hyundai’s bid for fees stemming from the appeal.

  • September 10, 2014

    Onex Ties Up Allison Transmission Exit With $2.4B Profit

    Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp. and its affiliates said Wednesday that they are selling their remaining 2.7 million shares in Allison Transmission, cashing out a total $2.4 billion in proceeds from the investment in Allison made along with The Carlyle Group.

  • September 10, 2014

    Mazda Gets Warranty Claims Trimmed In Engine Defect Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday pared claims in a putative class action accusing Mazda Motor of America Inc. of selling vehicles with faulty engine valve systems, tossing state-law warranty claims but granting leave to amend, and keeping an unfair competition law claim in play.