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Automotive

  • October 9, 2018

    Ford Workers Ask For Access To EEOC Conciliation Info

    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.

  • October 9, 2018

    Limo Co. Says Uber Drivers Are Employees Under Dynamex

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    6 Firms To Guide 5 IPOs Exceeding $1B Led By Lithium Co.

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    Mercedes Drivers Seek Early Win In Transmission Defect Suit

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    Cancer Widow Seeks $27M From Tobacco, Auto Parts Cos.

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    ATD’s $1.2B DIP Financing Approved Over Trustee’s Objection

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    Auto Parts Maker Adient Inflated Expected Profits, Suit Says

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    Refugee Agency Accuses Ohio Of Bias In Licensing Drivers

    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.

  • October 5, 2018

    Calif. Tire Center Workers Can't Revive Wage-And-Hour Suit

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    Counties Seek 9th Circ. Revival Of VW Emissions Claims

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    Elon Musk, SEC Told To Justify $20M Settlement Over Tweets

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    EPA Inspector General Sets Ambitious Five-Year Plan

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    Tire Distributor ATD Opens Del. Ch. 11 With $2.6B Debt

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ex-Fuel Co. Exec Pleads Guilty To $4M Biodiesel Tax Scheme

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    EU Approves Slovakia's $144M Jaguar Land Rover Investment

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    DOT Stresses Cooperation In Regulating Automated Vehicles

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    Car Data Co. Wants Discovery Quashed In Antitrust MDL

    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.

  • October 4, 2018

    AFL-CIO Won't Endorse New NAFTA Without More Details

    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.

  • October 3, 2018

    Nippon’s $60M Fine Reflects ‘Discount’ For DOJ Flub: Judge

    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.

  • October 3, 2018

    VW Must Face Claims Of Drivers Who Sold Cars Pre-Scandal

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Risk Management Options For Autonomous Vehicle Makers

    Patrick Reilly

    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.

  • Insurance In The Age Of Vehicle Autonomy And Ride-Sharing

    Robert Campedel

    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.

  • A New Approach To Industry Custom Evidence In California

    Alan Lazarus

    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.

  • What To Expect From NYC's New Ride-Sharing Regs

    Rich Meneghello

    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.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    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.

  • Cos. Caught Between Iran Sanctions And EU Blocking Statute

    Guy Soussan

    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.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    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.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    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.

  • 5 Key Defenses For Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

    Patrick Reilly

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    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.