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Automotive

  • July 31, 2018

    6th Circ. Urged To Rethink Class Issues In Dayton Toxic Tort

    Four companies have urged the full Sixth Circuit to rethink a panel’s recent ruling cementing the certification for classwide treatment of certain issues in a group of Dayton, Ohio, residents’ lawsuit accusing them of groundwater pollution, saying that the panel’s ruling “opened the virtual class action floodgates.”

  • July 31, 2018

    Amazon Gets Driver Misclassification Suit Trimmed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Monday trimmed a putative class action alleging Amazon.com and a delivery contractor misclassified drivers as independent contractors to deny them proper hourly wages and meal and rest breaks, giving the drivers another shot at fixing their “vague” claims.

  • July 31, 2018

    Tesla Hit With Defamation Counterclaim In 'Saboteur' Suit

    The former Tesla employee accused of stealing confidential company data and trade secrets and siphoning them to third parties countersued the automaker for defamation and invasion of privacy on Tuesday, claiming he’s been falsely labeled a saboteur and is owed at least $1 million in damages.

  • July 31, 2018

    Cummins To Recall 500K Trucks Over Faulty Emissions

    Trucking giant Cummins Inc. will recall about 500,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks whose faulty emissions control systems spew too much nitrogen oxides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board said Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    British Trucking Group Lodges £30B Class Action Over Cartel

    A trade association of United Kingdom truckers on Tuesday said it's the best candidate to represent hundreds of thousands of drivers bilked by producers in a price-fixing cartel and suggested consumers collectively could reap £30 billion ($39.37 billion).

  • July 31, 2018

    Travers Smith Guides PE Firm's $186M Vehicle Rental Biz Buy

    Mid-market private equity firm Bowmark Capital LLP said on Tuesday that it has sold Nexus Vehicle Rental to Phoenix Equity Partners for £142 million ($186.4 million), in a deal that was guided by Travers Smith LLP.

  • July 31, 2018

    Navistar Competitors Want EPA Docs Kept From Ex-CEO

    Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and other manufacturers urged an Illinois federal judge on Monday not to allow the disclosure of their compliance records with the Clean Air Act in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Navistar International Corp.’s former CEO, saying those documents contain trade secrets.

  • July 30, 2018

    Uber Dodges Rider’s Suit Over Driver Assault, For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a New Jersey man's suit alleging Uber is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” but the judge gave the rider a chance to amend his claims against the ride-hailing giant.

  • July 30, 2018

    ​​​​9th Circ. Hyundai Kia Rethink May Give Class Deals Clarity

    The full Ninth Circuit may upend a panel's ruling that courts must weigh varying state consumer protection laws before certifying nationwide class action settlements when it rehears the Hyundai Kia case this fall, offering much-needed clarity on what attorneys overwhelmingly described as an unworkable standard for class actions.

  • July 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Hymer, Aurora Capital, Treasure Data

    Potential private equity buyers are eyeing Erwin Hymer Group, Aurora Capital Partners is considering selling Restaurant Technologies Inc., and SoftBank-owned semiconductor and software designer ARM Holdings inked a deal to buy Treasure Data Inc.

  • July 30, 2018

    Motor-Oil Maker Sells 'Cancer' For Cars, Drivers Say

    A motor-oil maker conceals that its products are outdated and could damage vehicles, with one executive likening the products to cancer for cars, according to a proposed class action removed to Florida federal court.

  • July 30, 2018

    Granite REIT Selling 2 US Properties For $207M

    Granite Real Estate Investment Trust has reached a deal to sell a pair of U.S. properties to Canadian automotive supplier Magna International Inc. for $207 million, the Toronto-based REIT said Monday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Toyota, Kobe Steel Can't Duck Metal Quality Suit: Drivers

    Drivers accusing Kobe Steel Ltd. of misrepresenting the quality of certain steel, aluminum and copper products used in Toyota vehicles urged a California federal court Friday to keep their proposed class action alive, saying they don’t need to have personally experienced a defect to bring their claims.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    NJ Car Dealers Beat Fraud Suits, Lack Of Harm Cited

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday refused to revive four putative class actions against car dealerships over alleged violations of a state consumer protection law, finding the consumers could not pursue their claims because they had not been harmed by the clauses in the sale, lease and rental documents.

  • July 27, 2018

    Auto-Owners Insurers Want Out Of $14.5M Accident Claim

    Three insurance companies have asked a Florida federal court to certify that none of them is responsible for covering the estate of a dealership owner in a $14.5 million state court suit over an accident that occurred when a car dealership owner crashed a car owned by the dealership.

  • July 27, 2018

    Full 9th Circ. To Review Hyundai, Kia Fuel Economy Ruling

    The full Ninth Circuit on Friday agreed to review a split three-judge panel’s rejection of a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation over the fuel efficiency of Hyundai Motor America Inc. and Kia Motors Corp. vehicles, re-examining the issue of whether courts should be forced to weigh state law variations in nationwide deals.

  • July 27, 2018

    EPA Chief Reverses Truck Emissions Rollback Under Pruitt

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday reversed a decision made in the waning hours of former agency head Scott Pruitt’s tenure to cease enforcement of Obama-era emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks.

  • July 27, 2018

    Cozen Scores Veteran Biz Litigator From Duane Morris

    Cozen O’Connor said it has snagged a trial lawyer from Duane Morris LLP with more than 20 years of experience litigating commercial disputes over brand protection, trademark enforcement and employment law in the luxury goods, retail and auto sectors.

  • July 26, 2018

    $22M BofA Overdraft Deal Gives Uber 'Free Ride,' Court Told

    A group of state attorney general offices has urged a New York federal judge to reject Bank of America Corp.’s $22 million settlement resolving account holder claims that it improperly charged overdraft fees on debit card transactions with Uber, saying that the deal is unfair and gives Uber a “free ride.”

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Will The Robots Who Replace Us Also Pay Income Tax?

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    Modern information technology, intelligent algorithms and production robots are strongly influencing the working world in the 21st century. This article, by attorneys at CMS Francis Lefebvre, provides an overview of the future labor market as well as the impact of artificial intelligence on labor law and tax issues.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Opinion

    US Trading Partners Defy The Rules They Claim To Support

    Alan Price

    In March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Subsequently, the European Union and certain other trading partners asserted that they could immediately retaliate — contradicting the World Trade Organization rules they claim to champion, say Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

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    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • New Licenses Ease Ukraine, Russia Business Wind-Downs

    Seetha Ramachandran

    The U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control continues its effort to allow U.S. persons to wind down operations or existing contracts that would otherwise violate Ukraine- and Russia-related sanctions. Even though OFAC has issued general licenses for this purpose, U.S. persons may need to obtain specific licenses to fully divest their interests, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.