Automotive

  • February 2, 2018

    Toyota Faces Suit Over Alleged Prius Stall Defect

    A Toyota driver has hit the car company with a proposed class action in California state court alleging that its Prius hybrid cars have a defect that creates a serious risk of stalling while traveling at high speeds, potentially resulting in a crash.

  • February 2, 2018

    Uber's Data Drama Puts 'Bug Bounties' In The Spotlight

    Uber’s $100,000 payoff to hackers who reportedly revealed a security flaw but then demanded increased payment to release stolen data has spawned regulatory backlash that may force companies to re-evaluate how they can employ so-called "bug bounty" programs without running afoul of the law.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ford Owners Pan $35M Deal In Defective Transmission Row

    Certain Ford Fiesta and Focus owners with allegedly defective transmissions on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to reject the estimated $35 million settlement reached with Ford Motor Co. in March, saying the bulk of class members won’t be able to get sufficient relief under the agreement.

  • February 2, 2018

    Head To Head: Uber-Waymo Attys Bring Grit And Wit To Trial

    A high-stakes trade secrets trial over self-driving cars will pit a meticulous questioner against a courtroom charmer, their colleagues say. Here’s what to expect from a pair of high-octane advocates known for their scrappiness and skill.

  • February 2, 2018

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Tesla Stock-Drop Class Action

    The Rosen Law Firm PA will be the lead counsel representing a proposed class of Tesla Inc. shareholders in a stock-drop suit against the electric carmaker, a California federal judge announced Friday at a hearing in San Francisco.

  • February 1, 2018

    Car Dealer Software Antitrust Suits Consolidated In Ill.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated several lawsuits filed against CDK Global LLC and The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. over accusations the software providers conspired to limit access to data stored on their dealer management systems and agreed not to compete.

  • February 1, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Reports Ch. 11 DIP, Sale, Fee Compromises

    After weeks of “chaos,” bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather, its creditors and lenders stitched together a tentative, multipart Chapter 11 sale and case compromise Thursday, positioning the company for a Feb. 12 sale approval hearing.

  • February 1, 2018

    Counties' VW Diesel Suits Could Spur Copycats, Judge Says

    A California federal judge expressed concerns at a San Francisco hearing Thursday that if he allows two counties in Florida and Utah to proceed with their litigation over Volkswagen AG’s “clean diesel” emissions scandal, it could set off thousands of copycat suits from counties across the country.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds More Ford Wins On Hybrid Vehicle Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday held that parts of three Paice LLC hybrid vehicle patents were invalid in the latest rulings to arise from a sweeping series of challenges that Ford Motor Co. brought against the tech company’s patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • February 1, 2018

    Santander Unit Wants Rethink On Bid To Toss Investor Suit

    A Santander Group vehicle financing unit on Wednesday sought a second look at its bid to toss an investor suit alleging the company’s stock price was inflated through accounting fraud, telling a Texas federal judge that his previous decision to largely spare the suit was based in part on allegations that weren’t pled in the investors’ complaint.

  • February 1, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog OKs Volvo Dealer Acquisition

    The competition authority of Belgium on Wednesday approved Volvo’s acquisition of a commercial dealership and repair company in the country, with a narrow condition meant to protect competition for commercial truck repairs in a single region.

  • February 1, 2018

    Freeland Says 'Explicitly Protectionist' US Roiling NAFTA

    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday said that the Trump administration's "explicitly protectionist" positions are complicating the effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, particularly when it comes to the thorniest issues, such as rules governing automotive trade between the partners.

  • January 31, 2018

    Key Safety Pushes For Coverage Win At 6th Circ.

    Key Safety Systems Inc., the prospective purchaser of bankrupt Takata Corp.’s assets, on Wednesday pushed the Sixth Circuit for a win in its coverage dispute with an AIG unit, saying the insurer is clearly obligated to pay its post-judgment interest.

  • January 31, 2018

    Waymo Trial Is About IP, Not Whether Uber's Evil: Judge

    Explaining that the main issue in the Uber-Waymo case is whether Uber stole self-driving car trade secrets, "not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation," a California federal judge laid out which accusations of Uber's litigation misconduct a jury seated Wednesday will learn about.

  • January 31, 2018

    Exide Says Air Regulator's Claim Is Barred By Ch. 11 Plan

    Reorganized debtor Exide Technologies Inc. told a Delaware judge Wednesday that up to $80 million in claims being lodged in California by an air quality regulator should be barred because they were discharged when the company’s Chapter 11 plan was confirmed in 2015.

  • January 31, 2018

    Trump Infrastructure Push Has Both Biz, Enviros Worried

    President Donald Trump gave passing mention in his State of the Union speech Tuesday to a potential legislative package designed to spur infrastructure development. Though the plan has yet to take shape, it’s already stoking concerns in the energy sector about how much federal funding will be available and has green groups up in arms over fears that environmental and judicial review of projects may be diminished or eliminated.

  • January 31, 2018

    Ally Financial Must Face TCPA Suit Over Car Loan

    Ally Financial Inc. will face a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over allegations it improperly called a debtor more than 1,200 times trying to collect on an auto loan, a Florida federal judge said Wednesday, finding no reason to grant a quick win to either side.

  • January 31, 2018

    Trustee Objects To Takata's Ch. 11 Liability Releases

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee objected Wednesday to confirmation of Takata Holdings Inc.’s Delaware Chapter 11 plan, citing sweeping, and potentially improper liability releases for third parties, including automaker officers and directors, without third party or creditor consent.

  • January 31, 2018

    OSHA Fines Auto Parts Maker After Worker's Finger Severed

    A U.S. unit of German auto parts manufacturer Adler Pelzer Group faces proposed fines totaling $129,336 — the maximum allowed — after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found repeat safety violations following the accidental severing of a worker’s finger, the government said Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    GM Drivers Say Vehicles’ AC Units Are Defective

    General Motors Co. was hit with a proposed class action in Tennessee federal court Wednesday for allegedly manufacturing vehicles with air conditioning systems that are incapable of cooling them.

Expert Analysis

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Autonomous And Connected Vehicles: The Year In Review

    Lawrence Hamilton

    During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.