Automotive

  • January 31, 2018

    Pinning Uber Woes On Regulators A Hard Road For Cabbies

    Philadelphia this week became the latest city where cab drivers failed to convince a court that regulators unconstitutionally harmed their industry by going easy on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, once again showing the sway of an early appellate ruling on the issue by now-retired jurist Richard Posner.

  • January 30, 2018

    Uber Rider Appeals Arbitration Order To 2nd Circ.

    An Uber customer on Friday said he’s appealing a decision from U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff that sent his class action over alleged price-fixing to arbitration, teeing up the case for its second appearance at the appellate courts.

  • January 30, 2018

    As Uber-Waymo Trial Nears, Judge Highlights MoFo's Impact

    On the verge of Waymo’s highly anticipated trade secret trial against Uber, a California federal judge made clear Tuesday that jurors will hear about Morrison & Foerster LLP’s role in Uber’s acquisition of a self-driving car company that allegedly funneled secrets to Uber, saying “You can’t try this case” without explaining the law firm’s involvement.

  • January 30, 2018

    GM Loses Bid For Conn. High Court Review Of $2.9M Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Tuesday declined to have the state’s top court take up General Motors LLC’s challenge to its rulings that paved the way for a $2.875 million jury verdict after a Chevrolet Suburban shifted gears out of park and killed an 8-year-old girl.

  • January 30, 2018

    GM Can Get Potential Plaintiff Questionnaires In Ignition MDL

    A New York federal judge ruled Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation against General Motors LLC over defective ignition switches must turn over forms that potential class members submitted through the website of a firm that advertises class actions to consumers.

  • January 30, 2018

    Hertz Wants Quick Win In Consumers' Conversion Fee Suit

    The Hertz Corp. sought a quick win in a long-running suit from customers accusing it of secretly charging them currency conversion fees on overseas car rentals, telling a New Jersey federal court Monday the claims relate to its foreign subsidiaries that are not subject to state consumer protection laws.

  • January 30, 2018

    Calif. Waiver On Table, Pruitt Says At Senate Hearing

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday told senators the agency is in talks with California about establishing a national fuel economy standard, eliciting concerns that the agency may withdraw the state’s ability to regulate auto emissions on its own if no deal can be reached.

  • January 29, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Claims Ex-Execs Stole Trade Secrets, Staff

    Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future sued rival Evelozcity Inc. for trade secret misappropriation in California federal court Monday, claiming its former CFO solicited employees to leave and join his new company, encouraging them to copy and steal Faraday’s intellectual property on their way out.

  • January 29, 2018

    Philly Parking Authority Scores Win In Uber Regulation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday killed the bulk of a suit by Philadelphia taxicab operators alleging the city’s parking authority unfairly refused to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, ruling that the court couldn’t protect the cabbies from market competition.

  • January 29, 2018

    Autoworkers Accuse Fiat Chrysler, Union Of Collusion

    Days after an ex-Fiat Chrysler executive pled guilty to his role in an alleged scheme to pay off a union official, a proposed class of autoworkers sued the car maker and United Automobile Workers in Michigan federal court Friday, saying the company and the union colluded to sacrifice workers’ interests at the bargaining table.

  • January 29, 2018

    Takata Asks Bankruptcy Court To OK State Claims Discharge

    Takata pushed the Delaware bankruptcy court on Monday to rule that potentially $1 billion in claims stemming from enforcement actions by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands would be discharged by a Chapter 11 plan confirmation, a notion the states argued would make bankruptcy "a haven for wrongdoers."

  • January 29, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Sky Betting, Autodis, Renesas

    CVC is reportedly mulling taking Sky Betting & Gaming public, Bain Capital has hired banks to aid it in an IPO of French spare car parts distributor Autodis, and Japanese semiconductor company Renesas Electronics could ink a nearly $20 billion deal for integrated circuit company Maxim Integrated.

  • January 29, 2018

    VW Says Texas Diesel Plaintiffs Can’t Rush Service Of Docs

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge on Friday to deny a bid by 23 groups of car owners who sued the automaker in Texas over its “clean diesel” emissions scandal to skip the time-consuming process of notifying overseas defendants of lawsuits.

  • January 29, 2018

    Uber Says Calif. Codes Bar Cab Drivers' Low Pricing Suits

    Uber urged a San Francisco judge Monday to toss several suits alleging its low pricing seeks to illegally squeeze taxi companies out of the ride service industry, arguing Uber is exempt from state competition laws, because its rates fall under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • January 29, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Rehear EPA's HFC Rule Decision

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to reconsider its August decision to invalidate a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule forcing manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, rejecting rehearing bids from Honeywell International Inc., Chemours Co. FC LLC, the Natural Resources Defense Council and 11 states.

  • January 29, 2018

    NCAA Sues Over 'Markdown Madness' As Tourney Nears

    With the yearly “March Madness” tournament six weeks away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association sued a Southern California car dealership on Friday for using “Markdown Madness” in advertisements.

  • January 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Lyft's General Counsel

    Kristin Sverchek joined the transportation network company Lyft as its first legal hire and general counsel in November 2012, nearly six months after its two co-founders launched the platform. She spoke with Law360 about how she responds now to friends who doubted her decision to join a company that was part of an unfamiliar industry and how that industry continues to grow.

  • January 26, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Nears Deal On DIP Funding And Sale Plans

    Bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather Inc. told a Delaware judge Friday that issues over its post-petition funding and plans to sell off its assets had been largely resolved after an aborted attempt at gaining approval for the sale last week.

  • January 26, 2018

    Unpublished Opinion Can't Help Fiat Chrysler, Drivers Argue

    Jeep owners accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of overcharging them for vehicles that are vulnerable to hacking urged an Illinois federal court Friday to uphold its decision to keep the proposed class action alive, saying FCA cited an unpublished opinion in its bid to toss the suit.

  • January 26, 2018

    Auto Retailer O’Reilly Cans Minn. Workers’ Age Bias Suit

    Auto parts retailer O’Reilly Auto Enterprises LLC exited an age discrimination suit in Minnesota on Thursday when a federal judge rejected two employees’ claims that they were passed over for operations and sales promotions in favor of younger candidates.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • A Look Back At 2017's Enviro And Energy Law Developments

    Stacey Mitchell

    2017 has been a year of dramatic shift in United States energy and environmental policy. As the year draws to a close, it’s an apt time to review the key steps taken to achieve President Donald Trump’s campaign goals, assess the impacts of the administration’s actions, and postulate on what may be coming next, say Stacey Mitchell and Kenneth Markowitz of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Is Your Company Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

    Erin Bosman

    Evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence will change countless aspects of how companies do business. Consumer product companies ceding control to technology should weigh efficiencies against the risks posed by such novel movements, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • EPA Maintains Renewable Fuel Standard Status Quo, For Now

    Joel Beauvais

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program has been the subject of considerable controversy this year, with important developments across all three branches of government. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze key elements of two recent EPA actions in this area, and highlight one of the looming questions for the program.

  • IP Protection Tips For Connected And Autonomous Vehicles

    Clinton Brannon

    The best intellectual property strategy to protect connected and autonomous vehicle developments will depend on multiple factors. With appropriate planning, a company may successfully employ a strategy involving both patents and trade secrets to maximize the chances of protecting innovation, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.