Automotive

  • November 8, 2017

    Dealer Calls Foul On Rudy Gay For Selling Damaged Rolls

    A St. Louis car dealership accused San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay of hiding damage to a Rolls-Royce he sold the company in 2016, saying in a suit removed to Missouri federal court Wednesday that a judge should “blow the proverbial whistle.”

  • November 8, 2017

    Allstate Defends Brand Against Kia In 'Drivewise' TM Trial

    Allstate product and marketing executives testified in front of a California federal jury on Wednesday that the insurer spent hundreds of millions of dollars creating and marketing its trademarked “Drivewise”-branded safety program, which the company says Kia Motor Co. infringed with its tech-forward vehicle add-ons.

  • November 8, 2017

    Volvo Can't Boot Electric Car Suit After 7th Circ. Revival

    An Illinois federal judge preserved the bulk of claims brought by a proposed class of Volvo hybrid SUV owners on Wednesday, saying the complaint, recently revived by the Seventh Circuit, has enough information to allege the company misled them on how far the car could drive on a charge.

  • November 8, 2017

    Humvee Co. Sues Activision Over 'Call Of Duty' Games

    The company behind the Humvee truck hit Activision Blizzard with a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday over its use of the iconic military vehicle in its “Call of Duty” video games.

  • November 8, 2017

    Trump's Enviro Pick Gets Frosty Reception At Senate Hearing

    President Donald Trump's pick to lead the White House's Council on Environmental Quality was predictably grilled by Senate Democrats on Wednesday over her skepticism of man-made climate change, but Kathleen Hartnett White also faced heat in her confirmation hearing from Republicans representing corn-producing states over her prior criticism of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels program.

  • November 8, 2017

    2nd Circ. Revives Garage's Contract Claims Against Insurer

    A New York federal judge shouldn’t have given Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. the win over many of an auto repair shop’s claims that the insurer didn’t provide enough money to adequately repair damaged vehicles, the Second Circuit said Wednesday, vacating most of the lower court’s decision.

  • November 8, 2017

    Michelin Wins $2.5M More From Insurer After Fraud Losses

    A South Carolina federal judge on Tuesday found Federal Insurance Co. owes Michelin North America an additional $2.5 million in coverage for a theft from its retirement fund, saying the existence of a second policy allegedly covering the same claim is between Federal and the second insurer, and is not Michelin’s problem.

  • November 8, 2017

    One In Three VW Cars In UK Still Need Defeat Device Fix

    A third of Volkswagen AG cars equipped with defeat devices to fool emissions tests have not been fixed, and the rate of repairs has slowed since the cheating scandal broke two years ago, a U.K. parliamentary committee said Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2017

    Toyota Made Trucks With Faulty Rear Bumpers, Driver Says

    Massachusetts-based Toyota dealer Ira Automotive Group LLC sold a consumer a truck with a faulty rear bumper that detached while the driver was attempting to mount the cargo bed, causing him to fall and break two bones, according to a suit filed in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday.

  • November 7, 2017

    Rolls-Royce Bribe Schemers Hit With FCPA Charges

    Five men have been hit with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges stemming from their alleged involvement in the bribery of officials from various countries in exchange for government contracts for Rolls-Royce Group PLC, according to documents unsealed in Ohio federal court Tuesday.

  • November 7, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Tosses Antitrust Claims Against Auto Body Maker

    The Federal Circuit affirmed on Tuesday a district court’s dismissal of claims brought by an auto body manufacturer accusing a rival of trying to monopolize the U.S. market for fiberglass utility bodies for trucks, while simultaneously upholding its finding that the rival did not infringe the manufacturer’s trade dress.

  • November 7, 2017

    Allstate Accuses Kia Of Ripping Off 'Drivewise' In TM Trial

    Allstate Insurance Co. told a California federal jury on Tuesday that Kia Motors Inc. is infringing its trademark for its “Drivewise” driver data and rewards program, kicking off a trial that seeks to stop the automaker from using the moniker for its own vehicle technology products.

  • November 7, 2017

    Lyft, Jobcase Hit With TCPA Suit Over Spam Text Claims

    Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. and employment social network Jobcase have been accused of sending unsolicited spam texts to prospective drivers, in a proposed nationwide class action filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.

  • November 7, 2017

    House Dem Asks White House To Act On Connected-Car Rule

    The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s ranking Democrat on Tuesday urged the White House to press ahead with a proposed rule requiring all new cars to “talk” to one another so that the public can experience the technology’s safety benefits sooner rather than later.

  • November 7, 2017

    States Oppose Takata's Bid To Extend Airbag Lawsuit Freeze

    Counsel for government agencies whose enforcement actions were enjoined by a litigation freeze by the Delaware bankruptcy court order on lawsuits connected to Takata’s dangerously defective airbag inflators said Tuesday they will oppose an extension, saying that “mere convenience” for the debtor is not enough to keep the freeze in place.

  • November 7, 2017

    Uber Says Rider Waived 'Keypad Issue' In Price-Fixing Suit

    Uber Technologies Inc. told a New York federal court on Monday that the customer accusing the ride-hailing service of price-fixing can't raise the issue of his phone's keypad obscuring a hyperlink to the terms of service at this point in the case because he should have known about it all along.

  • November 7, 2017

    Drivers Fight Fiat Chrysler's Quick Win Bid In Jeep Hack Suit

    Car owners claiming some Jeep vehicles are susceptible to hacking told an Illinois federal court on Monday that Fiat Chrysler can’t duck claims it breached warranty agreements with consumers, arguing in a heavily redacted brief that they’ve obtained substantial evidence that the alleged vulnerabilities have caused injuries.

  • November 7, 2017

    Drivers Slam Kia's Bid To Cut Class Claims In Wiring Suit

    A proposed class of Kia drivers who say their vehicles’ soy-based wiring attracted hungry rodents slammed the automaker’s bid to get rid of all class allegations as “unfortunate and unnecessary,” telling a California federal court on Monday that Kia’s argument is based on nonexistent deadlines.

  • November 7, 2017

    Rent-A-Wreck Pushes Back Over Founder's Bid To Toss Ch. 11

    Discount car rental company Rent-A-Wreck shot back at its founder’s challenge to its Chapter 11 filing, saying he has provided nothing to back his claim the filing is a judgment-dodging scam.

  • November 7, 2017

    Fiat, Bosch Can’t Escape Emissions MDL, Diesel Drivers Say

    Drivers suing Fiat Chrysler and Bosch in multidistrict litigation over alleged cheating on emissions testing urged a California federal court Monday to keep their claims alive, saying they suffered economic losses when they purchased or leased the vehicles.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Self-Driving Trucks Get Closer To Hitting The Road

    Lawrence Hamilton

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed bipartisan legislation in support of autonomous vehicles, but specifically excluded commercial motor vehicles. Labor unions and other stakeholders fear that deployment of autonomous trucks could lead to widespread job losses. However, safety considerations may ultimately bring self-driving commercial vehicles into service, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Why EPA's Auto Emissions Review Could Be A Game-Changer

    Granta Nakayama

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-examination of the midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards is a high-stakes rulemaking with major implications for automobile manufacturers and the public. And it will reverberate beyond the automobile industry, shaping domestic demand for oil and renewables, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.

  • How Plaintiffs And Defense Counsel Misperceive Each Other

    Daniel Karon

    What makes the practice of law so stressful? Our thesis is that it comes from being terrible to each other. As a plaintiffs lawyer and a defense lawyer, we asked what we believed our opposition thought about us and how our opposition judged us — and then we compared notes, say Daniel Karon of Karon LLC and Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.