Automotive

  • June 30, 2017

    Light-On-Specifics Hyundai Suit Still Passes Muster

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss product liability claims against Hyundai Mobis Co. Ltd., Hyundai's airbag unit, over the death of a passenger in a Hyundai car, saying the claims may be slightly vague but are specific enough to pass muster.

  • June 30, 2017

    Feds May Save Driverless Cars From Patchwork State Regs

    For years, a disconnected smattering of states has been slowly driving toward regulations for autonomous vehicles, but the federal government appears poised to finally take the wheel and save the industry from a patchwork of contradictory and unsustainable laws.

  • June 30, 2017

    Acura Owners Denied Cert. In Honda Autodialing Suit

    A California federal judge declined to certify a proposed class of Acura owners who accused American Honda Motor Co. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited calls, finding that not all claims were uniform because some plaintiffs had consented to receive the calls.

  • June 30, 2017

    Haldex Walks From Knorr-Bremse Bid Amid Antitrust Woes

    Swedish brake company Haldex on Friday pulled its support for a 5.52 billion Swedish kronor ($653.7 million) takeover offer from German rival Knorr-Bremse, contending that the deal has a “very low probability” of securing antitrust approval.

  • June 29, 2017

    German Prosecutors Probing Porsche, Bosch Employees

    German prosecutors have reportedly started looking into whether Porsche AG employees had a part in designing software to cheat emissions standards, and the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office is also reportedly investigating three employees, all managers, at automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, over emissions cheating.

  • June 29, 2017

    EU Watchdog Stops Clock On $38B Qualcomm Antitrust Probe

    The European Union suspended its probe Wednesday into whether Qualcomm Inc.’s proposed $37.7 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors will harm competition for semiconductors used in mobile devices and vehicles because the chipmakers hadn’t provided key information on time.

  • June 29, 2017

    Auto Financing Co. Hit With TCPA Suit Over Unwanted Calls

    A consumer slapped iLendingDirect with a proposed class action Thursday in Colorado federal court, accusing the company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making scores of autodialed calls aimed at pushing people to refinance their auto loans.

  • June 29, 2017

    Research Co. Sues NHTSA For Tesla Safety Data

    A research company on Wednesday hit the federal government with a Freedom of Information Act suit in D.C. federal court requesting data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation of a fatal crash of a Tesla car in autopilot mode.

  • June 29, 2017

    Waymo Can’t Drag Sex Harassment, Feds Into Uber IP Fight

    The California federal judge overseeing Waymo’s trade secret fight with Uber told attorneys for the unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. on Thursday he won’t allow them to present evidence of sexual harassment scandals inside Uber or tell jurors that he referred the case to federal prosecutors, calling the latter suggestion an “insult to my intelligence.”

  • June 29, 2017

    No Collusion In GM Investors' $300M Deal, 6th Circ. Told

    General Motors and its shareholders joined forces in the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday to defend their $300 million settlement that resolved a stock-drop suit connected to the company’s alleged concealment of deadly ignition-switch defects, disputing an objector’s argument that the deal was a product of collusion. 

  • June 29, 2017

    Jeep Buyers Ask 8th Circ. To Revive Suit Over Fuel Tanks

    A Jeep buyer asked the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday to revive his case against the carmaker over a fuel-tank recall and send it to state court, arguing that the amount of money at issue wasn’t enough for a federal court to get involved.

  • June 28, 2017

    Mayer Brown Malpractice Suit Tossed At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the toss of a legal malpractice suit brought against Mayer Brown LLP by lenders of a $1.5 billion loan held by General Motors Co., saying the firm didn’t owe any professional duties to the lenders as third-party nonclients.

  • June 28, 2017

    Union Punted Over Harley Buyout Plan, Says NLRB Judge

    An NLRB administrative judge dismissed on Tuesday a complaint from a union representing workers at a Pennsylvania Harley-Davidson facility, ruling that the union had given implicit consent to a buyout plan it later contested. 

  • June 28, 2017

    Judge Trims Securities Row Over VW Emissions Cheat

    A California federal judge on Wednesday again trimmed some claims from a securities class action that’s part of Volkswagen’s larger emissions scandal, but also let some claims back into the case and rejected efforts to change his mind.

  • June 28, 2017

    Families Hit Guardrail Cos. With Wrongful Death Suits

    The families of three people killed in 2016 after their cars hit highway guardrails slapped the guardrail manufacturer and the company that installed them with wrongful death suits in Tennessee state court Wednesday, alleging that the guardrails were defective and improperly installed.

  • June 28, 2017

    The 10 Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court Term

    Neal Katyal seemingly tried to educate Justice Samuel Alito about a well-known Latin phrase, Justice Sonia Sotomayor prayed aloud that she wouldn’t be assigned a mind-numbing opinion, and Justice Elena Kagan needled a lawyer who confused her with another justice. Here, Law360 wraps up the top moments of legal levity from the latest high court term.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Most Talkative Justice Of The High Court Term

    Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has emerged as the most talkative at oral arguments — and the titleholder should come as no surprise to court watchers.

  • June 28, 2017

    The Cases That Got The Justices Talking

    The justices’ level of engagement at oral argument can provide a crucial window into their thinking on an issue, but interpreting what that might mean for how they’ll rule is an elusive art. Here, Law360 looks at the sessions in which each justice engaged the most.

  • June 28, 2017

    BMW Slams Objections To Sunroof Leaks Settlement

    BMW of North America LLC reiterated its support Wednesday in New York federal court for a deal that would end two lawsuits over an alleged sunroof design defect that damaged electrical components in certain vehicles’ trunks, saying a mere .003 percent of the settlement class has objected to the deal.

  • June 28, 2017

    Sens. Grill Trump's Pick To Head DOJ Environmental Division

    President Donald Trump’s pick to be the top environmental law official at the U.S. Department of Justice faced skeptical Democrats on a Senate panel on Wednesday, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Jeffrey Bossert Clark fielding questions about his private practice and views on climate change.

Expert Analysis

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Self-Critical Analysis Privilege: Not A Sure Thing

    Jane Warring

    When a company learns of a problem with one of its products, it may conduct tests and evaluate procedures to assess the issue. The self-critical analysis privilege covers companies seeking to protect records of internal investigations and self-evaluative analyses. But jurisdictions are split regarding whether the privilege exists, and if so, in what contexts, says Jane Warring of Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • EU-Canada Agreement Is An Opportunity For Duty Savings

    Laura Siegel Rabinowitz

    The much anticipated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement going into effect this summer is a terrific opportunity for global companies to take advantage of duty savings, says Laura Siegel Rabinowitz, special counsel at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and a former attorney with Customs’ Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel.

  • Automated Transportation’s Legal And Ethical Risks

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    What should driverless cars do when traffic laws and traffic safety are at odds? Would an autonomous vehicle exceed the speed limit or drive around an obstacle if it meant breaking the rules of the road? In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Jason McCarter and Fabian Volz discuss legal and ethical risks of automated driving.

  • Trends From CFPB's Unwavering Focus On Fair Lending

    Abigail Lyle

    According to its recent fair lending report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to increase its focus in the coming years on three areas. As such, institutions should proactively use these focus areas as guideposts in developing their internal review processes and be prepared to address these topics in their next compliance examinations, say Abigail Lyle and Rachael Craven of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Rebuttal

    After The BNSF Decision, There’s No Place Like 'At Home'

    Richard Dean

    In its recent BNSF Railway decision, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a company cannot be sued in a state where it is not “at home.” Contrary to the claims of the plaintiffs bar, this finding does not deprive plaintiffs of the chance for a remedy: it restores balance between the parties, say Richard Dean and Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • A Review Of Recent Cases Against Execs: Part 1

    Lauren Briggerman

    Several recent developments in significant government investigations highlight the aggressive tactics prosecutors are deploying and the risks faced by corporate executives. However, there have been relatively few charges brought against corporate executives in major government investigations this spring, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.