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Automotive

  • April 15, 2014

    Bill To Let Tesla Direct-Sell Cars In Ariz. Fails

    An Arizona bill aimed at enabling motor vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. to sell cars directly to customers out of its own showrooms in the state, rather than at dealerships, will not be passed, according to a Tuesday report.

  • April 15, 2014

    Auto Parts Cos. Move To Squash State Antitrust MDL Claims

    A slew of car parts makers Monday urged the Michigan federal judge overseeing a sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation alleging bid-rigging and price-fixing on automotive wire harnesses to carve out end payors' “meritless” South Carolina and Arkansas state law claims from the suit.

  • April 15, 2014

    Kia Asks Texas Justices For Redo On Airbag Defect Opinion

    Kia Motors Corp. on Monday called on the Texas Supreme Court to retract a ruling that erased a nearly $1 million award for the family of a woman who died when a Kia Spectra airbag failed to deploy, saying the family is not entitled to a new trial and should take nothing.

  • April 15, 2014

    Visteon Corp., Rand McNally Caught Up In GPS Patent Blitz

    Automotive parts supplier Visteon Corp. and map publisher Rand McNally on Monday became the latest targets in a wave of suits filed in Texas federal court alleging that the companies have infringed on a patent covering car GPS and collision prevention systems.

  • April 14, 2014

    The Plaintiffs Atty Who Exposed GM's Fatal Flaws

    Three years ago, plaintiffs attorney Lance Cooper found something unusual about the ignition key on a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed, killing his clients' 29-year-old daughter: It was in the wrong position at impact. That inconsistency led to Cooper's extraordinary discovery that General Motors Co. ignition switches were defective and ultimately pushed the automaker into its largest crisis since its 2009 bankruptcy.

  • April 14, 2014

    Fisker To Dole Out $28M From Sale Proceeds

    Bankrupt electric-car maker Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. reached an agreement to pay creditor Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC and other secured lenders $8 million to cover administrative claims and to put another $20 million into a liquidating trust, according to a Friday filing in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • April 14, 2014

    EPA Must Address Renewable Fuel Standard Delays: GAO

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to identify causes for the delays in setting renewable fuel standards and issue a plan to timely release the standards, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report on the domestic petroleum refining industry released Monday.

  • April 14, 2014

    Utilities Press High Court To Nix 2008 EPA Ozone Rule

    A coalition of electric utilities asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject federal emissions standards for ozone pollution, arguing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored its obligation to set standards that are neither lower nor higher than necessary to protect the public.

  • April 14, 2014

    Exxon Accused Of Damaging Engines With Bad Gas Batch

    ExxonMobil Corp. was hit with a putative class action in Louisiana federal court Thursday that accuses it of knowingly selling a batch of defective fuel that damaged the engines of users' vehicles.

  • April 14, 2014

    US Bancorp Set To Add Ally Document Custody Unit

    U.S. Bancorp said on Monday that it had acquired auto lender Ally Financial Inc.'s document custodian business, expanding its capacity for storing and safeguarding key loan documents.

  • April 11, 2014

    BMW Recalls 156K US Cars Over Engine Defect

    BMW AG is recalling more than 156,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a potential defect that causes some 2010 to 2012 vehicles with six-cylinder engines to stall or suffer engine damage, the German automaker confirmed Friday, soon after initiating a similar recall in China.

  • April 11, 2014

    NHTSA Won't Recall Ford F-150s For Acceleration Issue

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into an acceleration problem with some 400,000 Ford Motor Co. F-150 trucks, and won’t be demanding a recall, the agency said on Friday.

  • April 11, 2014

    Sens. Rip GM, Ask DOJ To Step Into Recall Fray

    Five Democratic senators on Friday slammed General Motors Co. for its “fraudulent and reprehensible concealment” of a deadly ignition defect during its 2009 reorganization, and asked the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the recall of the 2.6 million affected vehicles.

  • April 11, 2014

    German Engine Co. Has Paid $344M In Fines Over Bribery Plot

    A five-year old bribery scandal has cost German truck and diesel engine manufacturer MAN SE more than $340 million in fines, penalties and investigation costs, according to proxy materials recently released by the company in anticipation of its upcoming annual shareholder meeting in May.

  • April 11, 2014

    Volkswagen Stands Firm On €6.6B Scania Offer

    German auto giant Volkswagen AG on Friday stood firm on its €6.6 billion ($9 billion) takeover offer for Swedish truckmaker Scania AB, refusing to raise its offer despite recent objections from several Scania minority shareholders who've derided the offer as being too low.

  • April 11, 2014

    Rising Stars: 2014's Top Attorneys Under 40

      We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2014, our list of the 163 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • April 10, 2014

    GM 'Park It Now' Bond Could Cost $1B, Atty Says

    General Motors Co. told a Texas federal court Wednesday that the plaintiffs suing to force the automaker to park its more than 2.5 million recalled cars should post a bond, which an attorney for the plaintiffs said could cost up to $1 billion.

  • April 10, 2014

    Privacy Bill For Vehicle Data-Recorders Heads To Full Senate

    A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday advanced bipartisan privacy legislation that would put drivers in control of the location and other private data scooped up by their vehicles' event data recorders, in response to concerns over the widespread access to and potential misuse of the data.

  • April 10, 2014

    Humvee Maker Loses Protest Over $562M DOD Contract

    The U.S. Federal Claims Court recently rejected Humvee designer AM General LLC’s lawsuit protesting a $562 million military vehicle awarded to rival General Dynamics Corp., and AM said Thursday that it does not intend to appeal.

  • April 10, 2014

    GM, Suspended Engineers Targeted By Personal Injury Suit

    General Motors LLC was hit with another personal injury suit over its faulty ignitions Thursday in Texas state court, targeting not only the car company but four of the engineers who worked on the Chevrolet Cobalt, including two who were suspended with pay Thursday.