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Automotive

  • October 8, 2014

    Judge Urged To Sanction EEOC For ‘Frivolous’ Age Bias Suit

    A Tennessee auto part plant slapped the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a sanctions motion in federal court on Tuesday, saying that the agency’s age discrimination claims don’t hold water, and it knows it.

  • October 8, 2014

    Saab Gets More Time For Reorganization

    The owner of Saab Automobile AB will get almost eight more weeks to develop its reorganization plan, a Swedish court decided on Wednesday in conjunction with a group of the company's creditors.

  • October 8, 2014

    Ford Can't Skirt Explorer Exhaust Defect Row In Fla.

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Ford Motor Co.’s bid to skirt a putative class action accusing it of installing a defective exhaust system in its Explorer models that exposes passengers to carbon monoxide and other gases, saying the vehicles’ warranties include coverage of design defects.

  • October 7, 2014

    Justices Question Their Powers In Class Action Removal Row

    The standard for transferring class actions from state to federal court was at the center of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments Tuesday, but the case before the justices might just turn on whether the high court has the authority to correct a Tenth Circuit ruling that heightened the standard and split from at least seven other circuits.

  • October 7, 2014

    NHTSA Investigating Ford Vehicles Over Steering Complaints

    Nearly a million Ford Motor Co. vehicles are being investigated over potential problems with their electronic power steering systems that some drivers say made them lose control of their vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.

  • October 7, 2014

    EEOC Fights BMW Bid To Turn Table In Criminal Check Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a South Carolina federal court Monday that the agency's own use of background checks is not relevant to allegations that BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC's use of criminal record checks disproportionately screens out black job applicants.

  • October 7, 2014

    Volkswagen, Bentley Slam Signal IP's Safety Patent Claims

    Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and Bentley Motors Inc. on Monday fired back at Signal IP’s car safety patent infringement suit in California federal court, urging the judge to declare the automakers haven’t ripped off the safety technology and that the patents asserted in the suit are invalid.

  • October 7, 2014

    China's Top Car Services Co. eHi Plans $100M IPO In US

    China’s leading car services provider and No. 2 car rental company eHi Car Services Ltd. is seeking to raise as much as $100 million in a public debut on the New York Stock Exchange, the company said in a regulatory filing last week.

  • October 7, 2014

    Revstone Can Release Funds Held From $13M Canadian Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday granted Revstone Industries LLC’s request to release to its estate $6 million held over from the $13 million sale of equity in a Canadian unit despite objections from General Motors Co. that the debtor was unraveling a settlement that allowed the deal to close.

  • October 7, 2014

    Hyundai Wants 'Opportunistic' Santa Fe Stalling Suit Axed

    Hyundai Motor Co. on Monday urged a California federal judge to toss a putative class action over a stalling defect in certain Santa Fe vehicles, saying the suit was filed one week after Hyundai started a service campaign to remedy the issue, with plaintiffs attempting to “capitalize” on the automaker’s voluntary efforts.

  • October 6, 2014

    BMW Demo Buyers Get Preliminary OK Settling Class Action

    A New Jersey federal judge preliminarily approved a class action settlement Monday involving BMW of North America LLC, in which plaintiffs alleged the luxury carmaker improperly sold demonstration vehicles as new, cheating customers of warranty coverage.

  • October 6, 2014

    Inventor Presses Supreme Court To Review 1st-To-File

    An inventor has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his suit alleging that it was unconstitutional for the U.S. to change to a first-to-file patent system, saying the Federal Circuit incorrectly ruled he lacked standing to sue because he couldn't prove he had been injured by the America Invents Act provision.

  • October 6, 2014

    GM Ignition Switch Death Tally Upped To 24

    Another death has been linked to the General Motors Co. ignition defect, with the total number upped to 24 from 23 within the past week, according to a claims report released on Monday by Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney overseeing the compensation fund for victims of crashes stemming from the defect.

  • October 6, 2014

    BMW Escapes $85M Mini Cooper Pump Class Action

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed an $85 million putative class action accusing BMW of North America LLC of concealing defective water pumps in some Mini Cooper vehicles, ruling the plaintiff only vaguely alleged BMW knew about the defects.

  • October 6, 2014

    Mazda Slapped With Suit Over Melting Dashboards

    Mazda Motor Corp. was hit Friday with a putative class action in California federal court, accusing the automaker of concealing that certain models have dashboards that can't withstand exposure to sunlight and subsequently melt, emit a chemical smell and take on a reflective quality that can cause temporarily blindness in drivers.

  • October 6, 2014

    Avis Accused Of Denying Drivers Chance To Contest Tickets

    Avis Budget Rental Car Group LLC indiscriminately charged drivers for traffic tickets they incurred while renting Avis vehicles, without providing renters an opportunity to protest them, according to a nationwide class action filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • October 6, 2014

    TRW To Pay $1.7M To End Dealer Claims In Price-Fixing MDL

    TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has agreed to fork over $1.7 million to settle auto dealerships' claims in a multidistrict litigation accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts makers to fix the price of occupant safety systems, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court.

  • October 3, 2014

    3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Suit Over Visteon Retiree Benefits

    United Auto Workers on Thursday was denied an en banc hearing before the Third Circuit, which ruled in August to deny the union a reinstatement of health care benefits for Visteon Corp. retirees because a termination of the benefits went unchallenged in bankruptcy court.

  • October 3, 2014

    Toyota Tacoma Trucks Prone To Rust, Owners Say

    An Arkansas Tacoma truck owner hit Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. with a federal putative class action Friday, alleging some Tacoma frames were vulnerable to rust, less than a week after Toyota recalled almost 700,000 Tacomas over separate corrosion concerns.

  • October 3, 2014

    Saab Seeks Delay Of Reorganization As Deal Talks Continue

    The struggling owner of Saab said Friday that its court-appointed administrator would ask its creditors next week for a few more months to complete its reorganization.