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Automotive

  • July 26, 2018

    7th Circ. Appeal Of Uber TCPA Deal In 'Bad Faith,' Attys Say

    Counsel for a proposed class of drivers and riders who settled a suit against Uber Technologies Inc. over unsolicited texts for $20 million urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject an objection to the deal, arguing that the challenge to roughly $6.31 million in attorneys' fees awarded as part of the agreement had been made in "bad faith."

  • July 26, 2018

    What You Need To Know About Trump's EU Trade Epiphany

    In a span of 10 days, President Donald Trump went from ripping the European Union as a “foe” that has “clobbered” the U.S. on trade to proudly posting a photo of himself receiving a kiss on the cheek from the president of the European Commission following their vow to launch new trade talks. Here, Law360 fills you in on a move with big implications for the transatlantic powerhouses.

  • July 26, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Must Face Negligence Claims In Rider's Death

    Fiat Chrysler must face a suit over a passenger’s death in a 2015 accident in which the Chrysler Dodge Durango he was riding in lost control and overturned, after a South Carolina federal judge ruled Thursday that negligence and warranty breach claims aren’t barred by Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy sale order.

  • July 26, 2018

    Honeywell Ducks Out Of Retiree Health Benefits Row

    A Michigan federal judge sided with Honeywell International Inc. on Wednesday in a class action over the health care benefits of retirees, finding that previous insurance agreements between workers and the company do not require the industrial conglomerate to guarantee the benefits for life.

  • July 26, 2018

    UberBlack Drivers Fight For Employee Status At 3rd Circ.

    Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that Uber exploited drivers by misclassifying them as independent contractors to dodge paying minimum and overtime wages, and that a district court improperly ruled that the drivers didn't count as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • July 26, 2018

    Quarles & Brady Nabs Litigation Partner For Chicago Office

    Quarles & Brady LLP is beefing up its Chicago office with a former Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum Perlman & Nagelberg LLP partner with expertise representing automakers and distributions in litigation, transactions and other matters, the firm has announced.

  • July 26, 2018

    Novelis Buys Private Aluminum Product Co. Aleris For $2.6B

    Atlanta-based aluminum rolling and recycling giant Novelis Inc. on Thursday said it agreed to buy privately held rolled aluminum product supplier Aleris Corp. for around $2.6 billion, including debt, in a deal steered by Latham & Watkins LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • July 25, 2018

    Toyota Can’t Protect Documents From Seat-Design Trial

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday rejected Toyota’s bid to undo a trial court’s decision to admit allegedly privileged documents into a suit accusing the automaker of designing defective front seats that collapsed during a crash, severely injuring children in the backseat.

  • July 25, 2018

    Papa John's Drivers Get Conditional Cert. In Wage Suit

    A New York federal judge has conditionally certified a collective of delivery drivers at about 700 Papa John’s International Inc. corporate stores who allege the company’s mileage reimbursement policy pushes their pay below minimum wage.

  • July 25, 2018

    EU, US Making A Bid To Cool Rising Trade Tensions

    The U.S. and European Union agreed on Wednesday to begin new discussions aimed at slashing tariffs and other trade barriers on both sides of the Atlantic, with a particular focus on industrial goods and energy products as part of an effort to ease tensions between the economic powerhouses.

  • July 25, 2018

    9th Circ. Upholds Tire Co.'s Nearly $1M Win In TM Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the trial win of tire maker OTR against competitor West Worldwide on Lanham Act claims, blessing a jury's finding that it passed off actual OTR tires used in Genie lifts as West's own and awarding OTR $967,000 in damages.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Bosch, Others To Pay Truck Dealers $3M In Auto Parts MDL

    Robert Bosch GmbH and three other manufacturers of alternators, starters and radiators used in trucks agreed Tuesday in Michigan federal court to pay a combined $3.1 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation over an alleged wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition in the auto parts industry.

  • July 24, 2018

    Progressive, USAA Beat Appeals In Reduced Benefit Cases

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday upheld orders dismissing two lawsuits alleging that United Services Automobile Association and Progressive Insurance improperly deducted auto policyholders' medical benefits payments from their uninsured motorist coverage, agreeing with lower courts that the policyholders’ claims are barred by their prior settlements with the insurers.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ex-Professor Claims Lyft Poached Idea He Had In 1999

    A former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who claims he patented the concept underlying Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing business hit the company with an infringement suit in New York federal court Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    25 Charged With Making $4.5M In Fraudulent Car Sales

    Dozens of people living in the U.S. and Moscow have been charged with participating in a scheme that generated $4.5 million from consumers who were duped into paying them for vehicles they never received, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Warns FCC Over Using Alternative To Car-To-Car Tech

    Toyota continues to warn the Federal Communications Commission about opening up spectrum currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-transportation-infrastructure communications safety technologies, according to an ex parte filing Monday detailing arguments that another technology isn’t a “viable alternative.”

  • July 24, 2018

    Pa. Court Denies Asbestos Case Against Ford, Advance Auto

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday said a Pittsburgh mechanic's widow can't sue Ford Motor Co. over asbestos exposure from aftermarket brake pads and needs more evidence to sue a pair of companies for allegedly distributing the asbestos-containing pads.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Owners Defend Cert. Bid In Defective Windshield Suit

    Toyota Prius owners with allegedly defective windshields told a Texas federal court Monday they should be allowed to present evidence establishing they are a valid class, contending the automaker's bid to deny certification is premature.

  • July 24, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Fosun, Median, Volvo

    Fosun International is reportedly mulling a deal to buy some or all of insurer Ageas, German clinic company Median Kliniken is up for sale, and Volvo Cars has been valued well below its owner’s target related to a potential stock market listing.

Expert Analysis

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • House Hearing Stirs Debate On Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

    Susan Lent

    A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.