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Automotive

  • December 3, 2014

    Honeywell Sues Turbo Engine Co. Over Misuse Of Logos

    Honeywell International Inc. has launched a trademark infringement and false advertising suit in New Jersey federal court accusing Pure Turbos Inc. of using its logos and trademarks without permission to promote a slew of products including turbo engines and other vehicle parts.

  • December 3, 2014

    NHTSA Nominee Vows Enforcement Push After Year Of Recalls

    President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told a wary Senate panel Wednesday that he would restore the agency’s tarnished reputation following the General Motors Co. and Takata Corp. recalls by increasing efforts to catch automakers who don't report safety defects, and to enforce recalls.

  • December 3, 2014

    BMW, Mercedes Accused Of Infringing Door Locking Patent

    An electronic lock company filed three separate lawsuits in Texas federal court Wednesday, alleging Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, BMW of North America LLC, and Vivent Inc. infringed the company’s patent for a door locking system.

  • December 3, 2014

    Takata Exec Won’t Back Down From Refusal To Expand Recall

    A Takata Corp. executive facing a combative congressional panel on Wednesday stood by the company’s refusal to expand a recall on driver’s side air bag inflators, even as a Honda Motor Co. executive told lawmakers his company would expand its own recall nationwide.

  • December 3, 2014

    Dealer Sues Dollar Thrifty Over Botched Rental Car Buy

    A Pennsylvania used car dealer on Tuesday hit rental giant Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. with a suit in Utah federal court, claiming one of Thrifty’s franchisees tricked it into wiring nearly $500,000 to buy a fleet of 25 vehicles, only to pocket the funds and refuse to deliver the cars.

  • December 3, 2014

    Wis. Panel Gives Green Light To $670M In Highway Repairs

    Three major highway repair projects worth a combined $670 million have been given the go-ahead by the Wisconsin Transportation Panel, paving the way for what officials call a safer, more reliable highway system in the state once the legislature affirms the panel's decision.

  • December 3, 2014

    Arbitration Denied Again In Class Action Against Car Dealer

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's determination that a putative class action brought against a car dealership is not subject to arbitration on the grounds that a sales contract superseded a retail purchasing agreement with an arbitration clause signed just before.

  • December 3, 2014

    Ford Accused Of Cheating Lessees Out Of Overpayment Equity

    Ford Motor Co.’s consumer credit arm enforces illegal leasing policies that prevent lessees from capturing the full amount of equity that accrues on their vehicles as a result of overpayment, a proposed class action filed Tuesday in California court said.

  • December 3, 2014

    Honda Lending Arm Braces For Feds' Loan Pricing Action

    Honda Motor Co.'s U.S. financing unit said Tuesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice are set to file charges alleging it discriminates against certain borrowers in its pricing practices for loans made through auto dealerships.

  • December 2, 2014

    Calif. Police Liable For Contracted Tow Drivers, Court Told

    A woman injured in a collision with a tow truck engaged in California Highway Patrol-supervised activities on Tuesday urged the state’s Supreme Court to find that the CHP is a “special employer” for tow drivers it contracted and therefore is responsible for tort damages under a secondary liability theory.

  • December 2, 2014

    NHTSA’s Graco Probe Looks To Atone For GM, Takata Recalls

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into the timeliness of Graco Children’s Products Inc.'s recall of more than 6 million car seats is designed bolster the regulator’s reputation after lawmakers questioned its effectiveness during the General Motors Co. and Takata Corp. recalls, experts say.

  • December 2, 2014

    JPMorgan Says GM Finagled End To Interest On $1.5B Loan

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Monday told the Second Circuit that it would never have intentionally relinquished its claim to secured interest on a $1.5 billion loan to General Motors Corp.’s bankruptcy predecessor, arguing that GM knew the bank accidentally signed termination paperwork but went ahead and filed anyway.

  • December 2, 2014

    PE-Backed Auto Parts Maker MPG Revs Up For $308M IPO

    Auto parts manufacturer Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. set terms Monday for a $308 million initial public offering as its private-equity backer American Securities LLC looks to trim its stake in MPG amid an automotive industry rebound.

  • December 2, 2014

    Daimler, Mercedes Sued Over Fuel-Injection Patent

    Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and Robert Bosch LLC have been hit with a suit in Virginia federal court claiming the companies ripped off three patents for engine fuel injection systems.

  • December 2, 2014

    Venable Sues Ex-Client Over $300K In Legal Fees

    Venable LLP has sued a former client for more than $300,000 in legal fees that it says it earned taking over for Wiley Rein LLP as counsel in a government contracting dispute.

  • December 2, 2014

    Dutch Carmaker Spyker Files For Bankruptcy

    Dutch carmaker Spyker NV, the onetime owner of Saab Automobile AB, entered restructuring on Tuesday amid what it characterized as “short-term” operational and liquidity headwinds — a day after Saab's current owner announced a change in control during its own reorganization.

  • December 2, 2014

    Takata Forms Panel To Monitor Air Bag Production

    Takata Corp. said Tuesday it is forming an independent quality assurance panel to audit its manufacturing process in the wake of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's order last week that the embattled air bag maker expand its recall over the defective inflator parts nationwide.

  • December 2, 2014

    Tracy Morgan's Attys Say Wal-Mart Trying To Delay Suit

    Tracy Morgan's attorneys have accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of engaging in unfair tactics to delay the comedian's negligence suit over a deadly New Jersey crash caused by one of the retailer's truck drivers, saying Monday that the company is using the driver to stall discovery in the case.

  • December 2, 2014

    Hyundai Capital Hit With Class Action Over Repo Practices

    The consumer finance arm of Hyundai Motor Co. has been hit with a proposed class action in California court for allegedly violating consumer protection laws by failing to provide required details on notifications to customers telling them their recently repossessed vehicles are to be sold.

  • December 1, 2014

    Ford, Automakers Ask JPML To Move Air Bag Suits To Pa.

    Ford Motor Co. and other automakers being sued over the recall of faulty Takata Corp. air bags in millions of vehicles asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday to consolidate the class actions in the Western District of Pennsylvania.