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Automotive

  • May 14, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear GM Paralyzed Driver Retrial Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear General Motors’ challenge to an Eighth Circuit decision clearing the way for a damages-only retrial for a Missouri man left quadriplegic after a 2012 accident involving a GMC van, even though most of the liability claims against GM were rejected.

  • May 14, 2018

    USTR Prepares For Onslaught Of China Tariff Opposition

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday announced three days’ worth of public hearings at which scores of powerful business groups are expected to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to counter China’s intellectual property practices with hefty tariffs.

  • May 14, 2018

    Justices Back Unlisted Driver Over Search Of Rental Car

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling that a man driving his fiancée's rental car did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because he was not on the rental agreement, resolving a circuit split and lending hope to his appeal of a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges.

  • May 14, 2018

    NHTSA Wants Answers For Delays In Takata Air Bag Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking 12 automakers to share their plans and timelines for replacing millions of faulty Takata Corp. air bags after they missed a December deadline, according to letters obtained by Law360 on Monday.

  • May 11, 2018

    Dealerships Nab $3.5M Deal With Calsonic In Auto Parts MDL

    Japanese auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corporation will pay $3.5 million to end certain dealership claims in multidistrict litigation alleging a widespread price-fixing conspiracy in the car parts industry, according to settlement documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

  • May 11, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Looks To Bar Depositions In Stock Drop Suit

    Fiat Chrysler has panned investors’ “eleventh-hour” bid to depose more witnesses and add interrogatories in their suit alleging that the automaker hid the existence of “defeat devices” in vehicles, telling a New York federal judge Thursday they can’t cram that much discovery in before their deadline.

  • May 11, 2018

    Mercedes Recalls Smart Cars Due To Engine Fire Risk

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC is recalling roughly 43,000 small Smart cars in the United States because of a risk that the engine can catch on fire, following a U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe.

  • May 11, 2018

    FCC Plan To Divvy Car Safety Band Tempers Toyota's Dream

    FCC commissioners may force Toyota to rework its plan to introduce vehicles able to wirelessly communicate with other vehicles and transportation infrastructure by 2021, telling the automaker that the agency is still considering letting other applications share a frequency previously reserved for auto safety.

  • May 11, 2018

    VW Notches $4M TM Win Against Counterfeit EBay Sellers

    Volkswagen won a $4 million default judgment Wednesday against a group of counterfeiters who ran an eBay store selling low-priced imitation VW and Audi-branded products, with Virginia federal court agreeing with a magistrate judge’s recommendation to award full statutory damages.

  • May 11, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Lieff Cabraser's Elizabeth Cabraser

    As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 11, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Chamber's Suit Over Seattle Uber Union Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday breathed new life into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's challenge to a Seattle law letting app-based drivers bargain collectively, partially reversing a trial court's decision that dismissed the suit and holding that the city ordinance isn't exempt from federal antitrust law.

  • May 10, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Gets Clutch Defect Suit Further Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed claims that had survived a February quick win bid by Fiat Chrysler in a proposed class action against it over alleged clutch defects, after reconsidering them in light of new evidence.

  • May 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Odebrecht, Volvo, Minto

    Creditors are reportedly pushing Odebrecht to sell its commuter rail unit, Volvo Cars’ owner has hired banks to guide an initial public offering and Minto Group wants to raise roughly CA$200 million in an IPO.

  • May 10, 2018

    Post-Dynamex, Workers Claim Lyft, Postmates Mislabel Them

    Two putative class action lawsuits filed in California state court have accused Lyft Inc. and Postmates Inc. of mislabeling drivers and couriers as independent contractors, arguing they should be considered employees under the new test adopted in the state high court’s landmark Dynamex decision last month.

  • May 10, 2018

    Commerce Chief Ross Upbeat On China Trade Talks

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that he was optimistic about the Trump administration’s ongoing trade discussions with China on everything from industrial policy to intellectual property rules, saying that last week’s trip to Beijing laid a solid foundation for future talks.

  • May 10, 2018

    Ex-Drivers' 3rd Try In Uber Data Hack Suit Dispatched

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed for good a proposed class action alleging Uber lied about a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, saying that after three attempts, the plaintiffs still couldn’t show any immediate, credible risk of fraud or identity theft from the hack.

  • May 10, 2018

    EPA Floats Overhaul Of National Ozone Limits Review

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will overhaul how it reviews national ozone limits by considering a range of adverse effects including economic and energy-related ones, following President Donald Trump's demand that the agency make it easier for states and industries to comply with national air emissions standards.

  • May 10, 2018

    Canadian Tire Drops $985M On Norwegian Sportswear Brand

    Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. said Thursday that it has agreed to acquire the parent organization of Norwegian sportswear and workwear company Helly Hansen brands and its related businesses from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for $985 million.

  • May 9, 2018

    Biofuel Groups Back EPA In Renewable Fuel Spat

    Three biofuel industry groups have told the D.C. Circuit that a slew of refiners' challenge to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply will, if successful, undermine the congressional intent for a market-driven standard.

  • May 9, 2018

    Auto Parts Co. Plan Fiduciaries Reach $2M ERISA Settlement

    The fiduciaries of automotive drivetrain products supplier Sonnax Industries Inc.’s employee stock ownership plan will pay more than $2.2 million to resolve the U.S. Department of Labor’s allegations they violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by causing the plan to lose money, the department announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Encino Bodes Well For Employers In FLSA Cases And Beyond

    Ellen Boshkoff

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro positions employers to better defend their Fair Labor Standards Act classification decisions, and provides a possible basis for employers to challenge a host of judicial interpretations of other employee rights statutes, say Ellen Boshkoff and Samantha Rollins of Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • What To Do After A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    If a company facing a product recall has managed it effectively, the hardest part is probably over. But there are four key strategies companies should keep in mind to restore order and maintain brand loyalty following a recall, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What To Do During A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Maintaining consumer trust during a recall is key. When a company is transparent, consistent and responsive, it may maintain — and potentially surpass — prior levels of consumer satisfaction, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What To Do Before A Product Recall

    Derin Kiykioglu

    Any company — no matter how well-run — may experience a consumer product recall. Managing recall risk is as much about being ready to respond to recalls properly as it is about preventing them, say Derin Kiykioglu and Jonathan Judge of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • ITC’s US Steel Decision Unlikely To Have Broad Impact

    David Hickerson

    In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled this month that a complainant alleging price-fixing as an unfair act under Section 337 must also allege an antitrust injury, as would be required in federal district court. But the decision is unlikely to apply beyond the narrow area of standing in antitrust cases, says David Hickerson of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 4

    Michael Littenberg

    Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in litigation and investigations related to corporate social responsibility issues. Activity has increased not only in the United States at the federal, state and local level, but also in several other countries. Proceedings and investigations have involved many different statutes and theories of liability, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.