Automotive

  • September 1, 2017

    NLRB Says Tesla Suppressed Union Campaign

    Tesla Motors Corp. violated the National Labor Relations Act by blocking workers at its California manufacturing plant from handing out union literature, the National Labor Relations Board’s Oakland office alleged in a complaint filed Thursday.

  • August 31, 2017

    VW Gets Wyo. Diesel Emissions Suit Tossed

    The California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions scandal on Thursday tossed Wyoming’s suit alleging the automaker violated the state’s anti-tampering laws and seeking billions of dollars in penalties, finding its claims were barred by the Clean Air Act.

  • August 31, 2017

    Okla. High Court Upholds Revocation Of Auto Tax Exemption

    When the Oklahoma Legislature partially lifted an 8-decade-old exemption protecting automobiles from the state sales tax to try to raise revenue for the cash-strapped state, it was not instituting a new tax subject to much stricter requirements for passage, a narrowly divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • August 31, 2017

    Uber Ditches Lyft Drivers’ Spying Class Action, For Now

    A California federal judge dismissed a Lyft driver’s suit accusing Uber of tracking competing drivers, saying Thursday the complaint “just copied an article and put in some statutes,” but she gave the putative class a second shot at explaining how the technology intercepted private communications in violation of federal wiretap laws.

  • August 31, 2017

    Electric Car Co., Lithium Battery Co. Row Sent To Arbitration

    A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday ordered a lithium battery manufacturer and a Hong Kong electric vehicle company to arbitrate their dispute over a business venture gone bad, relying on a clause in their contract stipulating that venue questions had to be addressed through arbitration.

  • August 31, 2017

    Ford Can’t Escape Throttle Defect Suit, Drivers Say

    A proposed class of drivers accusing Ford Motor Company of covering up a defect with some vehicles’ electronic throttle bodies urged a California federal judge Thursday to keep the suit alive, saying the automaker isn’t free of wrongdoing simply because it repaired the alleged problem.

  • August 31, 2017

    Scali Law Firm Taps Ex-Arent Fox Auto Atty For LA Office

    The Scali Law Firm has bolstered its automotive practice with the hiring of a partner from Arent Fox LLP who is among a handful of attorneys nationwide adept at handling litigation, regulatory matters, and mergers and acquisitions for automotive clients, the firm has announced.

  • August 30, 2017

    Fla. Consumer Hits Auto Retailer With TCPA Suit

    A Florida car dealership group is sending unwanted texts to prospective customers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in federal court.

  • August 30, 2017

    As Cybersecurity Risks Loom, Carmakers Look To Regulators

    Makers of internet-connected vehicles, facing new liability at the prospect of catastrophic hacks, are looking to how government agencies traditionally have regulated similar technologies as they step up self-policing efforts to guard consumer data, attorneys say.

  • August 30, 2017

    Frankel Wyron Founder Tapped As Takata's Future Claims Rep

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave the green light Wednesday for Takata to appoint a founding Frankel Wyron LLP partner as its future claims representative, rejecting an alternative choice floated by product liability litigation organization Attorneys Information Exchange Group.

  • August 30, 2017

    Golden Gate Bridge Drivers Seek Class Cert. In FasTrak Row

    Motorists urged a San Francisco judge Wednesday to certify a class of drivers who claim the Bay Area Toll Authority and its contractor, Xerox, robbed them of due process by failing to adequately alert them of penalties for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge without FasTrak electronic toll collection devices.

  • August 30, 2017

    Uber Investor Suit To Oust Kalanick Halted For Arbitration

    A Delaware vice chancellor put on hold Wednesday a Benchmark Capital Partners LP suit to oust former Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick from the ride-hailing company's board and undo its 2016 expansion, saying a director agreement to rely on arbitration left no choice.

  • August 30, 2017

    Challenge To Smog Standard Delay Is Moot, EPA Tells DC Circ.

    With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency having recently withdrawn its proposal to extend a deadline for designating smog-affected areas, the legal challenges to the extension are now moot and should be tossed, the agency told the D.C. Circuit Tuesday.

  • August 30, 2017

    AM General Scores $2B Foreign Military Humvee Contract

    AM General LLC has been awarded a U.S. Army contract worth as much as $2.2 billion to build Humvees and related parts for sale to foreign military sales customers, including the Afghan government.

  • August 30, 2017

    Grab Nabs $2.5B In Funding Round, Partners With Toyota

    Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab said Wednesday that it has raised $2.5 billion in a funding round that included an investment from Toyota Group as the companies also announced a new technological partnership.

  • August 30, 2017

    WTO Strikes Down Brazilian Tax Breaks On Cars, Tech Goods

    A World Trade Organization panel on Wednesday faulted a series of Brazilian tax breaks and subsidies for cars and information technology products, ruling that those measures provided an unfair advantage to domestic producers and handing a win to the European Union and Japan.

  • August 30, 2017

    Uber Hit With Trademark Suit By 'Uber Operations'

    Uber Technologies Inc. was hit with a trademark lawsuit Tuesday from a cloud computing company called Uber Operations, which says its name pre-dated that of the embattled ride-share giant.

  • August 29, 2017

    Rakoff Can Weigh Uber Rider Arbitration Info: 2nd Circ.

    A Second Circuit panel said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff could consider new information about how long Uber riders actually see the terms that bind them to arbitration, opening the door for the judge to take another crack at a practice he has called a "legal fiction."

  • August 29, 2017

    Bankruptcy Court Skeptical Of New GM Punitives Claim

    A New York bankruptcy judge considering a bid by a General Motors plaintiff to pursue punitive damages over an alleged gas tank defect in a 1980s pickup was highly skeptical of the request on Tuesday, saying it’s been blocked by earlier orders.

  • August 29, 2017

    9th Circ. Enjoins Seattle's Uber, Lyft Union Law

    Two Ninth Circuit judges Tuesday temporarily granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce an emergency injunction blocking a Seattle ordinance allowing for-hire drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize, as the court considers a motion to stay the case, pending an appeal of a district court order dismissing the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Fisker Takes Trustee Avoidance Powers Overseas

    Chad Dale

    The Delaware bankruptcy court's recent decision in the case of Fisker Automotive significantly expanded the ability of debtors in possession and trustees to pursue fraudulent transfer and unjust enrichment claims for transactions occurring outside the U.S., say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Avoiding The Rotten Compromise In Mass Litigation

    Ted Mayer

    Product liability litigation is often resolved through compromise. But not all compromises are equal. If a settlement achieves peace at unknown cost, does not resolve the most serious claims, or permits new claims to be filed for decades into the future, it is a rotten compromise and should be avoided, say Ted Mayer and Robb Patryk of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • When Safety Features Are Optional, Manufacturers Beware

    Richard Rubenstein

    New York courts have recognized that optional safety features are appropriate under some circumstances — for example, when equipment is operated by trained employees. But the recent ruling in Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York, where the end user was a customer of an equipment rental yard, should concern manufacturers, says Richard Rubenstein of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.