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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.