Automotive

  • September 7, 2017

    Fiat Seeks To Trim Emissions Claims From Investors' Suit

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has urged a New York federal judge to again toss emissions-related allegations by investors accusing executives of falsely stating Chrysler vehicles didn’t contain “defeat devices” in an effort to inflate share prices, arguing the investors still haven’t proven company officials knew about the software.

  • September 7, 2017

    Wash. Reaches $2M Back-Pay Deal With Hertz, Thrifty

    Rental car services Hertz and Thrifty have agreed to cough up almost $2 million in back pay owed to workers in SeaTac under the city’s minimum wage law, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday.

  • September 6, 2017

    Takata Creditors Question Ch. 11 Notices In Air Bag Case

    Manufacturing creditors of bankrupt vehicle airbag maker Takata Corp. objected Wednesday to taking on most of the $37 million cost of expanded notifications to future individual claim-makers, arguing in a Delaware bankruptcy filing that the expense is part of the overall case cost and benefit.

  • September 6, 2017

    Volkswagen, BMW Accused Of Unfair Dealer Practices In Fla.

    Auto dealerships owned by billionaire Norman Braman filed a series of lawsuits in Florida federal courts Tuesday and Wednesday accusing automakers Volkswagen and BMW of unfair business practices they say coerced them into investing millions of dollars only to see diminished control and profit margins.

  • September 6, 2017

    NY Cab Drivers Slam Uber's Bid To Slash Wage Suit

    New York drivers in a proposed wage-and-hour class and collective action seeking to have Uber classify them as employees rather than independent contractors told a federal judge Tuesday that they have properly asserted spread-of-hours pay and “illegal kickbacks” claims.

  • September 6, 2017

    House Passes Bill For New Self-Driving Car Rules

    The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill intended to ease the process for deploying self-driving cars on the country’s roads, changing federal rules for safety, vehicle testing and other measures.

  • September 6, 2017

    Car-Sharing Co. Turo Raises $92M, Adds Daimler Unit

    Car-sharing marketplace Turo said Wednesday the company raised $92 million in a recent funding round led by Daimler AG and South Korean conglomerate SK Holdings, and expanded further into Europe with the acquisition of Daimler car-sharing startup Croove.

  • September 6, 2017

    Uber Drivers Should Be Bound By Taxi Laws, 3rd Circ. Told

    New Jersey taxi drivers on Wednesday urged the Third Circuit to revive their putative class action alleging the city of Newark allows Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to operate unencumbered by traditional cab regulations, saying the app-based ride-hailing business provides the same service and should be subject to the same rules.

  • September 5, 2017

    VW Gets Leg Up In State Suits After Wyo. Dismissal

    The dismissal of the state of Wyoming’s suit against Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal marks a rare win for the German automaker in the fallout over its so-called defeat device software and gives it a new weapon in fighting other states’ suits, experts say.

  • September 5, 2017

    Tire Cos. Liable For $11M In Iowa Superfund Suit

    An Iowa federal judge on Tuesday said two Titan International Inc. subsidiaries are liable for $11 million for selling buildings contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl in an effort to dodge their environmental responsibilities.

  • September 5, 2017

    Split 3rd Circ. Won't Let Sunoco Arbitrate Credit Claims

    The Third Circuit issued a split decision Tuesday refusing to let Sunoco Inc. force arbitration in a credit card customer’s proposed class action over an allegedly broken promise for rewards at gas stations, saying in the published ruling Sunoco wasn’t even part of the card contract.

  • September 5, 2017

    IP Is An Investment, Bridgestone Says In $16M Panama Row

    Tire maker Bridgestone has asked international arbitrators to dismiss Panama's objections that its trademark protecting its name does not amount to an investment there, telling a tribunal that it has standing to seek upward of $16 million in compensation after the country’s high court held that Bridgestone's efforts to enforce its intellectual property rights pushed out a local rival.

  • September 5, 2017

    Ford Drivers Object To Fiesta, Focus Class Settlement

    A group of owners and lessees of Ford Motor Co.'s Fiesta and Focus vehicles with allegedly faulty PowerShift transmissions asked a California federal judge Tuesday to reject a proposed settlement they claim allows attorneys and named plaintiffs to pocket substantial benefits while giving short shrift to large portions of the class.

  • September 5, 2017

    Cox Seeks Arbitration, Dismissal In Used Car Antitrust Fight

    Cox Enterprises Inc. and its affiliates have urged a Florida federal judge to compel arbitration or dismiss allegations by a bankrupt used car dealership that the conglomerate monopolized the used car market for financial gain, calling the allegations “meritless.”

  • September 1, 2017

    DOJ, VW Spar Over Letting German Firm See Emissions Docs

    The federal government and Volkswagen AG on Thursday asked a California federal court to decide whether a pretrial order governing discovery in multidistrict litigation over the company’s diesel emissions scandal allows the feds to share its discovery with a German law firm helping the government bring a securities case abroad.

  • September 1, 2017

    Uber Director-Board Row Belongs In Arbitration, Experts Say

    A Delaware vice chancellor had few alternatives and plenty of reason recently to order into arbitration a high-stakes, Uber Technologies Inc. director-selection dispute between the ride-hailing company co-founder Travis Kalanick and a major investor, court watchers said after the decision.

  • September 1, 2017

    Uber, Waymo Vie For Quick Wins On Trade Secrets Claims

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC filed dueling bids for summary judgment in California federal court Thursday over allegations that Uber stole autonomous-car secrets.

  • September 1, 2017

    GM Gas-Tank Defect Suit Dead For Now: Bankruptcy Judge

    A New York bankruptcy judge slammed the door Friday on the possibility of punitive damages against General Motors Co. over a woman's catastrophic burn injuries from what she said was a defectively designed gas tank, saying such damages aren't allowed against New GM and directing the parties to take the entire suit back to the drawing board.

  • September 1, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Sullivan, Hogan

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Gilead buys a fellow drug company for $11.9 billion, the Advisory Board Co. sells off its health care and education businesses in a pair of deals together worth $2.58 billion, and a chipmaker picks up a semiconductor company for $750 million.

  • September 1, 2017

    Honda Reaches $605M Deal To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. agreed to a $605 million settlement Friday to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags that will accelerate removal of the dangerous air bag inflators from 16.5 million affected Honda vehicles.

Expert Analysis

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

    Jason McCarter

    When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road there will be at least three major areas in which risk allocation associated with automobiles will change: litigation, contracting and regulation, say Jason McCarter and Tracey Ledbetter of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.