Automotive

  • April 16, 2013

    Pa. Court Overturns Mistrial Ruling In Asbestos Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday reversed the granting of a mistrial in an asbestos suit won by Ford Motor Co., Honeywell International Inc. and another company, ruling that the plaintiffs never properly objected to the participation of an extra juror.

  • April 16, 2013

    Daimler To Sell Remaining 7.5% EADS Stake

    German automaker Daimler AG has initiated the sale of its remaining 7.5 percent stake in Airbus parent EADS NV, with the Dutch aerospace company telling the automaker it will buy roughly €600 million ($788.4 million) in the offering, Daimler said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2013

    Linklaters Reps Hertz In Chinese Car Rental Stake Buy

    Private equity-backed Hertz Corp. will scoop up a 20 percent stake in China Auto Rental, a move that gives the New Jersey rental car mainstay a toehold in a fast-growing market, the company said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2013

    Chrysler Gets Defective Brake Suit Moved To NJ

    A proposed class action accusing Chrysler Group LLC of concealing a defect in its 2009 and 2010 Dodge Journeys will now be litigated in New Jersey after the carmaker on Friday successfully persuaded a California federal judge to move the lawsuit.

  • April 15, 2013

    Bankrupt Revstone Seeks To Sell Aluminum Forging Biz

    Bankrupt auto parts manufacturer Revstone Industries LLC asked a bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Friday to approve a plan to sell all the assets of its aluminum forging affiliate, despite having no lead or stalking horse bidders in place.

  • April 15, 2013

    Toyota Asks Justices To Send Brake Case To Arbitration

    Toyota Motor Corp. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that a putative class action over alleged brake defects in its hybrid vehicles must be sent to arbitration, arguing that even the arbitrability of claims against a nonparty to a customer agreement must be decided by an arbitrator.

  • April 15, 2013

    AEX, Drivers Reach Settlement In Wage Class Action

    American Eagle Express Inc. has reached a $700,000 settlement with a certified class of delivery drivers who claimed the courier misclassified them as independent contractors in violation of Pennsylvania's Wage Payment and Collection Law, according to a motion filed in federal court Friday.

  • April 12, 2013

    Toyota, Others Seek Sanctions In 'Baseless' NPE Suit

    Toyota Motor Corp. and other automakers asked a Texas federal court recently to throw out a patent suit by nonpracticing entity Rydex Ltd. and award attorneys' fees as punishment for filing what the defendants call a "frivolous" and "baseless" suit.

  • April 12, 2013

    Malpractice Suit Against Fuqua Firm Revived by Texas Court

    A Texas court on Thursday revived a malpractice suit against Fuqua & Gappelberg LLP that alleged the firm mishandled a motorcycle product liability lawsuit against BMW of North America Inc., with the panel saying a trial judge had handed down overly harsh “death penalty” sanctions.

  • April 12, 2013

    US Backs Japan's Inclusion In Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

    The U.S. on Friday backed Japan's inclusion into ongoing negotiations for a Pacific free trade agreement after both nations agreed to tackle long-standing trade barriers that have impeded America's insurance industry and automobile exports.

  • April 12, 2013

    Honda Settles Class Action Over Defective Civic Models

    A California judge on Thursday approved a deal allowing American Honda Motor Co. Inc. to shut down a nationwide class action in exchange for replacing allegedly defective Civic parts and prematurely worn tires, and reimbursing consumers who have already paid out of pocket.

  • April 11, 2013

    Old GM Pays $5.5M In Final Enviro Settlement

    The trust winding up the old General Motors Corp. has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle claims related to pollution at a site in upstate New York, its last environmental settlement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday.

  • April 11, 2013

    Chrysler Ducks Dodge Ram Engine Defect Class Action

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed class action alleging Chrysler Group LLC's 2010-2013 Dodge Ram trucks have defective engines that cause the vehicles to lose power, ruling the plaintiffs haven't adequately shown the federal court has authority to hear the case.

  • April 11, 2013

    Honda, Toyota, Nissan Recall 3M Vehicles Over Air Bag Defect

    More than 3.3 million Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. vehicles are being recalled for a problem with their air bags that could cause them to fail to inflate or explode, sending metal particles into the interior, the companies said Thursday.

  • April 9, 2013

    VW Can't Ditch $6.2M Window-Defect Award In Mo. High Court

    The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a trial court’s award of $6.2 million in fees to the attorneys who successfully represented a class of consumers who sued Volkswagen Group of America Inc. over defective windows.

  • April 9, 2013

    Toyota Prevails Over Car Crash Liability Claims

    Toyota Motor Corp. escaped liability on Friday for a car crash that left a woman with severe leg fractures and other injuries, with a Washington state jury finding that the front of the woman's 2004 Lexus was not defective.

  • April 9, 2013

    Calif. Appeals Court Gives Mercedes Another Go At Arbitration

    A California appeals court on Monday reversed a decision denying Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC's bid to compel arbitration in a putative class action over alleged debt collection violations, telling a lower court to consider whether unconscionable portions of a car purchase contract's arbitration clause can be severed.

  • April 9, 2013

    Deals Rumor Mill: Google, Fiat, Telefonica

    An executive at WhatsApp throws water on rumors of a billion-dollar sale to Google Inc., while Fiat SpA's CEO puts a timeline on the company's anticipated Chrysler Group LLC takeover.

  • April 8, 2013

    Nev. Can't Bar RRG's Minimum Auto Insurance: 9th Circ.

    The Nevada commissioner for insurance cannot bar the Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance Risk Retention Group from issuing so-called first-dollar automobile insurance policies because of a federal law that prevents state law from restricting such risk retention groups from operating, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • April 8, 2013

    Mazda Issued Inaccurate Warranty Notices, Suit Says

    Mazda Motor Corp. was recently hit with a putative class action in New Jersey court alleging the company issued a warranty notice to customers that misstated the requirements for pursuing a refund on a defective vehicle.