Ford employees claiming they experience sexual harassment at work said Monday the automaker should disclose details of an earlier conciliation agreement with the federal employment regulator after making public that most workers could get no more than $30,000 in damages upon filing a claim with the agency.
A California limousine company told a federal court Friday that the state's newly adopted Dynamex standard for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees will show that Uber Technologies Inc. has misclassified its drivers to get a competitive edge over traditional taxicabs and limousine companies.
Six law firms expect to guide five initial public offerings estimated to raise nearly $1.1 billion during the week of Oct. 8, steering a lineup led by a lithium producer seeking to rev up the market for electric-car batteries, plus three biotechnology firms and a technology startup.
Two drivers suing Mercedes-Benz USA LLC in a proposed class action over faulty transmissions have asked a federal judge in California to find the company liable before trial, arguing the company’s own honored warranties prove it took blame for the defect.
R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and an auto parts company should pay $27 million in damages for selling cigarettes and asbestos-laden brakes that combined to cause a man’s fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man’s widow told a Boston jury Friday during closing arguments.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a roughly $1.2 billion debtor in possession financing package in tire distributor ATD Corp.’s Chapter 11 over the objection of the Office of the U.S. Trustee, which flagged more than $600 million of prepetition debt being rolled up into the financing.
Investors in worldwide auto parts maker Adient PLC on Thursday filed a proposed class action in New York federal court, alleging that its executives knowingly misled stockholders in overly optimistic profit predictions for its metal seating parts business.
A Columbus-based nonprofit launched a putative class action in Ohio federal court Friday, accusing the state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of discriminating against noncitizen refugees by illegally denying them driver's licenses.
A California appeals court tossed multiple class actions accusing Certified Tire and Service Centers Inc. of stiffing its automotive technicians of some of their enhanced pay, finding that the auto repair company complies with state minimum wage and break requirements.
Counties in Florida and Utah asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive their claims alleging Volkswagen AG violated local rules over tampering with emissions software in its vehicles, arguing that the district court was wrong to find that the claims are preempted by the Clean Air Act.
A New York federal judge on Thursday told Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to justify their settlement, which would see Musk step down as chair of Tesla Inc. and pay a $20 million fine to end the SEC’s allegations that he posted misleading Twitter messages about taking Tesla private.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said it wants to increase its effectiveness by 10 percent between 2019 and 2023, according to a five-year strategic plan the office released Thursday.
ATD Corp., one of the nation's top distributors of replacement tires, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware Thursday with plans to reduce the company’s roughly $2.6 billion in debt by about $1.1 billion in a debt-for-equity swap.
A former Keystone Biofuels Inc. executive pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to a $4.1 million tax fraud conspiracy that involved seeking renewable energy tax refunds by falsely claiming to manufacture biodiesel that met the necessary standards, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The European Union's competition authority on Thursday approved a €125 million ($143.9 million) investment from Slovakia to help Jaguar Land Rover build a new plant in the country, rather than in Mexico, saying the move is in line with the bloc's state aid rules.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday outlined how government agencies can prepare for computer-driven cars and trucks to enter the country’s roadway system by talking to stakeholders and working together to create compatible regulations.
A vehicle information services company has urged an Illinois federal judge to shut down a discovery request from a digital registration company in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying any discovery should wait until its motion to dismiss is resolved.
After pillorying the North American Free Trade Agreement for more than two decades, the AFL-CIO on Thursday said it is not yet ready to endorse the Trump administration's new accord with Canada and Mexico until it learns more about how the deal will be implemented and enforced.
A California federal judge on Wednesday approved a $60 million fine against Nippon Chemi-Con Corp. for its role in a price-fixing conspiracy, but complained it had won a "discount" on the maximum because a U.S. Department of Justice attorney's possible conflict jeopardized the government's case.
A California federal judge Wednesday largely rejected bids by Volkswagen AG and electronics engineering firm Robert Bosch LLC to dismiss putative class claims from former owners who sold their affected diesel vehicles before news of an emissions-cheating scandal broke, saying the drivers alleged a sufficiently concrete injury.
While there are no precedential court decisions involving an autonomous vehicle accident yet, it's only a matter of time. In-house counsel should consider a range of legal, professional and technological measures to avoid or mitigate the litigation risks, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Programs involving the use of autonomous vehicles by parties other than direct owners, such as ride-share, peer-to-peer, and leasing and rental programs, create new insurance issues for manufacturers, owners, lessors and users of autonomous vehicles, says Robert Campedel of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
In its ruling last week in Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., the California Supreme Court broke with decades of precedent and allowed a manufacturer to use evidence of compliance with industry practice to show a design was not defective. This is a surprising but welcome statement of flexibility and realism in product liability cases, says Alan Lazarus of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
The New York City Council recently passed a series of laws aimed at regulating the city's ride-sharing services. However, they do not provide the clarity businesses and workers in the industry were hoping for, say Rich Meneghello and Melissa Osipoff of Fisher Phillips.
In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.
In response to the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the European Union has expanded the scope of its blocking statute to prohibit EU and multinational companies from complying with these sanctions. But the blocking statute does not apply if a decision to terminate business with Iran is for reasons unrelated to sanctions, which gives companies some flexibility, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.
Potential theories of liability for autonomous vehicles have not yet been fleshed out or tested in court, but we can expect negligence and product liability lawsuits — not to mention statutory claims — as the government begins regulating. Manufacturers can lean on at least five available defenses if litigation arises, say attorneys at at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe — "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.