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Automotive

  • May 9, 2018

    Chinese Tire Cos. Fight Toyo's Bid To Up Damages In IP Row

    Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. shouldn't be able to double-dip on damages in a trade dress infringement dispute, two Chinese tire makers told a California federal judge, saying the Japanese tire giant already snagged a $1.62 million contempt judgment and isn't otherwise entitled to enhanced damages and attorneys' fees.

  • May 9, 2018

    Uber Slams Drivers' Push For Punitives In 'Safe Ride Fee' Row

    Uber Technologies Inc. fired back Tuesday at a certified class of drivers seeking to delve into the ride-hailing giant's financials to support their bid for punitive damages, in a suit alleging Uber improperly took a cut of drivers' fares by instituting a $1 “safe rides fee.”

  • May 9, 2018

    Disney 'Minnie Van' Drivers Can Join Union: NLRB Officer

    The National Labor Relations Board's Tampa regional director on Tuesday granted Teamsters Local 385’s request to add a new group of app-based drivers who ferry guests around Walt Disney World in “Minnie Vans” to the park's bus drivers' union, saying a collective bargaining agreement with the park allows new workers to join existing unions.

  • May 9, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Hagens Berman's Steve Berman

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP’s Steve Berman helped secure a $1.67 billion payout for dealers over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal and a $209 million settlement for student-athletes suing the NCAA over its limits on compensation for living expenses, earning him a place as one of Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 9, 2018

    SEC Looks To Chuck Ex-Navistar CEO's Bid For EPA Info

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to punt a subpoena that the former CEO of Navistar International Corp. issued to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it's a needless delay in the SEC's suit over allegedly misleading statements he made to investors about the company's compliance with environmental regulations.

  • May 8, 2018

    House Votes To Nix CFPB Auto-Lending Guidance

    Congress has sent a measure that would nix the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance on discrimination in auto lending to President Donald Trump, following a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

  • May 8, 2018

    O'Reilly Says 'Forum Shopping' Wage Suit Needs A Trim

    O’Reilly Auto Enterprises LLC asked a California federal judge for partial summary judgment that would invalidate a representative Private Attorneys General Act claim, arguing that the employee bringing the wage-and-hour suit has not conducted the requisite groupwide discovery and accusing her counsel of “blatant forum shopping.”

  • May 8, 2018

    Broadcom Sues Toyota, Others In Texas And ITC Over GPS IP

    Toyota, Panasonic and others are infringing the asserted claims of six Broadcom Corp. patents covering navigation systems and other technologies used in automobiles, the California-based company said Monday at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Texas federal court.

  • May 8, 2018

    NY AG's Implosion No Silver Bullet For Exxon Climate Probes

    The stunning resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman removes a public thorn in the side of ExxonMobil as it grapples with his office's probe of the company's climate change knowledge, but don't expect the Empire State's investigation of the oil giant to go away due to its architect's exit.

  • May 7, 2018

    UAW Says Workers Too Late To Bring Bribery Suit

    A union representing Chrysler paint shop employees asked an Ohio federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging it took bribes from the automaker in a deal that cut pay and benefits, saying Friday that a new indictment doesn’t restart the clock on their too-late claims.

  • May 7, 2018

    UAW-GM Training Center Can’t Ditch Workers’ Age-Bias Suit

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday rejected a United Auto Workers and General Motors training center’s bid to escape an age-bias lawsuit from three ex-center workers, saying the suit plausibly alleges it was a joint employer with the union and automaker and could be held liable.

  • May 7, 2018

    Ex-NTSB Chair To Advise Uber On Safety After Fatal Crash

    Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that it has tapped former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart to advise it on safety amid ongoing investigations into the fatal Arizona pedestrian accident involving one of the company's self-driving cars in March.

  • May 7, 2018

    Dechert Beefs Up Finance Team With Ex-Kirkland Atty

    Dechert LLP said it has hired a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner whose practice areas include commercial real estate finance, asset-backed securities and derivatives, and fintech, further bolstering its global finance team.

  • May 8, 2018

    CORRECTED: Auto Dealer Reaches $1.6M Deal To End Parts Allegations

    Drivers accusing Golden State auto dealer Autobahn Inc. of misrepresenting to customers that it repairs vehicles with genuine Mercedes-Benz parts urged a California federal court to preliminarily approve a settlement that would pay the proposed class roughly $1.6 million in vouchers and their attorneys up to $577,000. Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the settlement amount. The error has been corrected.

  • May 7, 2018

    NJ Car Dealer Forces Arbitration Of Consumer Fraud Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Monday that a woman must arbitrate her consumer fraud claims against a car dealership, saying a trial court properly tossed her proposed class action based on the “clear and unambiguous arbitration agreement” in her sales contract with the business.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 2018

    Tesla, Utilities Join Fight To Stop EPA Fuel Economy Rollback

    A coalition that includes several electric utilities and electric car maker Tesla Inc. on Thursday challenged at the D.C. Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to revisit Obama-era greenhouse gas vehicle emission standards, following the lead of California and other states in fighting the agency’s actions.

  • May 4, 2018

    EPA Science Data Rule Could Upend Regulatory Process

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent proposal to require the publication of data underlying scientific studies that are considered in the regulatory process could disqualify a host of human health risk analyses because many of them rely on the anonymity of their subjects, and could make future regulation less likely as a result.

  • May 4, 2018

    US, China Leave Trade Talks With 'Considerable Differences'

    After two days of hardball negotiations in Beijing, the U.S. trade delegation to China is returning to Washington without any public commitments from the communist superpower to increase U.S. market access and strengthen intellectual property protection at a time of increasing economic hostility between the two nations.

  • May 4, 2018

    Drivers Fight To Keep Suit Over Fiat Chrysler Recalls Alive

    Two drivers who accused Fiat Chrysler of implementing a new set of defects when it recalled faulty cars said Thursday that a New York bankruptcy judge's decision to shift the suit to California didn't lay the groundwork for dismissal, and the case should be permitted to move forward.

Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 3

    Michael Littenberg

    As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 2

    Michael Littenberg

    Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Overcoming Bad Evidence: Lessons From Waymo V. Uber Trial

    Arturo González

    One piece of “bad” evidence can sink a client at trial. This article addresses some of the bad evidence that we — Uber’s counsel — encountered in the Waymo v. Uber trade secrets battle and explains how that evidence was neutralized in front of the court and at trial, say Arturo González and Esther Kim Chang of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 1

    Michael Littenberg

    2018 may be the year that corporate social responsibility compliance becomes a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and more regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 2 Things Missing From Debates On US-China Fights

    Scott Kieff

    Hardly a moment passes without another shot fired in the many high-profile fights between the U.S. and China over trade, intellectual property and antitrust. In this area, there is a problem and solution too often overlooked by commentators and business leaders, says Scott Kieff, a principal at McKool Smith PC and former commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Alice Angst Intensifies

    Robert Stoll

    With three decisions last month, the ethereal world of patent subject matter eligibility is getting even murkier. As jurists and practitioners try to work through the confusion created by the U.S. Supreme Court's untenable Alice test, the U.S. patent community is suffering, says ​​​​​​​Robert Stoll, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and former commissioner for patents.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.