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Automotive

  • July 3, 2014

    Judge Drives CarMax Wage Class Action To Arbitration

    CarMax Auto Superstores California LLC on Wednesday dodged a putative class action seeking allegedly unpaid wages for its mechanics, detailers and other employees, with a California federal judge saying the company could enforce arbitration agreements the workers had signed in their employment applications.

  • July 3, 2014

    Insurers Say Auto Repair Rates Antitrust Suit Lacks Facts

    Allstate Insurance Co., Progressive Direct Insurance Co. and other insurance providers accused of conspiring to manipulate car repair costs to reduce their reimbursement rates told a Utah federal judge on Wednesday to toss one of several suits by auto repair shops, saying that no evidence of a conspiracy exists.

  • July 3, 2014

    Texas High Court Won't Send Ford Crash Suit To Mexico

    The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday blocked an attempt by Ford Motor Co. to move a wrongful death suit out of Texas state court and into Mexico, where the car crash at issue happened, ruling relatives of the deceased who live in Texas could anchor the case in state.

  • July 3, 2014

    Subaru Recalls 660K Vehicles Over Possible Brake Problems

    Subaru of America Inc. is recalling more than 660,000 vehicles, including its model years 2005 to 2009 Outback and Legacy vehicles, for a potential problem that could cause brake lines to rust and brake fluid to leak, a Subaru spokesman confirmed Thursday.

  • July 3, 2014

    6th Circ. Tosses Former Chrysler Exec's FCA Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit brought by a former Chrysler Group LLC executive alleging the carmaker terminated him for uncovering and attempting to report fraudulent activity against the U.S. government.

  • July 2, 2014

    NHTSA Prods Chrysler On Jeep Recall Parts

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday questioned whether Chrysler Group LLC was acting quickly enough to produce the vehicle part it needs to fix more than 1.5 million Jeep vehicles over a potential fire hazard.

  • July 2, 2014

    Honda Wins AIA Review Of Cruise Control Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday instituted an inter partes review of several claims of a cruise control patent after American Honda Motor Co. and others petitioned the board saying the claims in question were unpatentable.

  • July 2, 2014

    Ford, GM, Others Urge Judge To Sanction Attys In IP Row

    Attorneys in a patent suit against automakers including General Motors LLC and Ford Motor Co. should be sanctioned, even though they began representing the plaintiffs after the allegedly frivolous complaint was filed, a Delaware federal judge was told Tuesday.

  • July 2, 2014

    Sens. Want Answers On NHTSA's Auto Injury Follow-Through

    Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday to explain how it knows automakers obey a law requiring them to report dangerous defects, telling the agency's head it seems some carmakers underreport.

  • July 2, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Samsung, Shutterfly, BMW

    Investment bankers are vying to win roles from the founding Lee family of Samsung Group as the $407 billion giant is untangled, while Shutterfly Inc. has hired Qatalyst Partners to find buyers for the digital photo printing company.

  • July 2, 2014

    Lemon Law Allows Atty Fees Over Vendor Contracts: NJ Court

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Wednesday said consumers pursuing claims under the state’s Lemon Law can win attorneys’ fees over third-party contracts, rejecting Hyundai Motor America’s argument the law doesn’t cover attorneys retained to assist with contracts with third-party vendors. 

  • July 2, 2014

    Werner Truck Driver Can't Prove Retaliation Over Wage Suit

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a truck driver's retaliation suit alleging he started receiving negative performance reviews after he brought a wage-and-hour class action against his employer Werner Enterprises Inc., saying the time between the case filing and the beginning of the reviews didn't prove retaliation.

  • July 2, 2014

    GM Defect Suits First Must Address Due Process Of Sale Order

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday tentatively ordered consumers in ignition-switch defect class actions against General Motors Co. to first tackle the procedural due process issues surrounding the company’s contention that its 2009 reorganization bars the economic loss claims.

  • July 2, 2014

    UberX, Lyft Can't Roll In Pennsylvania, Say Judges

    Two Pennsylvania administrative law judges ruled on Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. must halt their ride-sharing-for-hire operations in the state, concluding that they have been operating without required brokerage licenses from the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

  • July 1, 2014

    Jaguar Hit With $50M Breach Suit Over NY Dealerships

    An auto dealer who was snubbed in his attempt to buy another set of New York dealerships selling vehicles made by Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC, Honda Motor Co. and Volvo Group North America slapped his one-time acquisition target with a $50 million breach of contract suit Monday.

  • July 1, 2014

    Mazda Seeks Exit From RX-8 Flooded Engine Row

    Mazda Motor of America Inc. urged a California federal judge on Monday to end a putative class action accusing the automaker of refusing to repair flooded engines in its RX-8 vehicles, in breach of warranties, saying the suit will only result in Mazda and the court wasting resources litigating "meritless" claims.

  • July 1, 2014

    Ford, GM Latest Targets Of Display-Screen IP Suits

    General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. on Monday were each hit with patent infringement suits in a Delaware federal court by a subsidiary of nonpracticing entity Acacia Research Corp., alleging the companies ripped off patented display-screen components.

  • July 1, 2014

    Claims Pared In Chrysler Leaky Sunroof Action

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday pared claims in a putative class action against Chrysler Group LLC over an alleged manufacturing defect that causes leaking sunroofs in a number of its Jeep models, tossing claims for breach of express warranty and negligence, but keeping the implied warranty and state consumer protection law claims in play.

  • July 1, 2014

    NY High Court Nixes $9M Verdict Against Volvo In Injury Suit

    New York’s highest court on Tuesday reversed an $8.6 million jury verdict against Volvo Cars of North America over a leg injury a Yonkers man sustained, saying the trial court improperly gave the jury instructions used in malpractice suits instead of suits alleging design defects.

  • June 30, 2014

    GM Settlement Plan Strong Enough To Block Most Injury Suits

    General Motors Co.'s plan to compensate victims of its deadly ignition switch defect should provide enough money to a wide enough swath of victims to ward off the great majority of potential personal injury and wrongful death litigation, attorneys say, despite some victims' hesitance to cede all control to one claims administrator.