Automotive

  • June 28, 2017

    Ford Recalls 402K Vans At Estimated $142M Cost

    Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 402,000 Ford Transit vans in North America because of a driveshaft coupling defect that the company expects to spend $142 million to repair, according to a report filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • June 28, 2017

    FTC Chief Says Connected Cars Require ‘Regulatory Humility’

    The Federal Trade Commission’s approach to overseeing the burgeoning world of connected cars that can communicate with one another and the world around them and are likely to one day produce self-driving vehicles on a mass scale is one of “regulatory humility,” the agency’s acting chairman said on Wednesday.

  • June 27, 2017

    Takata Gets Clearance To Launch Massive Ch. 11 Case

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge allowed embattled Takata to set the wheels in motion Tuesday for its massive global restructuring proposed to culminate with a $1.6 billion sale to competitor Key Safety Systems Inc., a case that could see a significant role played by victims of its defective air-bag inflators.

  • June 27, 2017

    Norway Shipping Co. Execs Charged In DOJ Price-Fixing Row

    The U.S. Department of Justice has charged three executives at a Norwegian shipping company for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices on shipping services for international cargo, according to an indictment unsealed by a Maryland federal court Tuesday.

  • June 27, 2017

    Gorsuch And Thomas Becoming Fast Friends At High Court

    In Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas seems to have found a U.S. Supreme Court justice after his own heart. The court’s newest member and its most silent one cast identical votes in case after case this year, at times taking positions deemed more conservative than those of their fellow Republican appointees on the court.

  • June 27, 2017

    Lyft Wins Bid To Arbitrate User's Toll Overcharge Suit

    A New York federal judge sent a Lyft user’s proposed class action alleging the ride-hailing app unlawfully charges inflated toll prices to arbitration Tuesday, citing an arbitration agreement included in an updated terms of service contract the user accepted after the suit was filed.

  • June 27, 2017

    5 High Court Concurrences That Read Like Dissents

    “Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.

  • June 27, 2017

    VW Aims To Trim Securities Row Over Emissions Cheat

    Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to toss some securities claims from sprawling multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, saying the complaint hadn't properly alleged the embattled automaker knowingly misled investors by concealing liabilities even after internal warnings that the scheme could cost the company €20 million.

  • June 27, 2017

    The Sharpest Dissents From This Supreme Court Term

    While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.

  • June 27, 2017

    Avis To Maintain Waymo’s Self-Driving Cars In Phoenix

    Avis Budget Group Inc. has reached a multiyear agreement with Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC to provide maintenance and parking for Waymo’s fleet of autonomous vehicles at certain Avis and Budget car rental locations in Phoenix.

  • June 27, 2017

    Fla. Judge Denies Uber Driver's FLSA Certification Bid

    An Uber driver lost his bid to certify a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action Tuesday, when a Florida federal judge said he’d failed to show there are other similarly situated Uber employees who want to opt in to his wage-and-hour suit.

  • June 27, 2017

    VW, Marketing Co. Want 2 People Cut From TCPA Class Action

    Two of four people claiming Volkswagen and a marketing company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with autodialed calls shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the proposed class action because they voluntarily provided their phone numbers, the companies told a California federal court Monday.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

  • June 26, 2017

    Goodyear Can't Win Sanctions Over Missing Part In Crash Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal court on Monday denied Goodyear’s bid for sanctions in a case alleging that a defective tire led to a fatal truck accident, finding that the disappearance of a part of the truck in the accident was not a bad faith act meriting spoliation sanctions.

  • June 26, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Case Pulling GM Canada Into Ala. Court

    General Motors of Canada Ltd. can’t be pulled into court in Alabama just because it made an allegedly defective truck that was involved in a crash there, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday by refusing to hear a German citizen’s appeal of a state court order saying the same.

  • June 26, 2017

    Judge Scolds Counsel For Emails In Faulty Engine Parts Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday put her own spin on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., now infamous rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — "nevertheless, she persisted" — when she scolded attorneys representing AutoZone consumers in a proposed class action over allegedly defective Chrysler engine parts for sending unwanted emails.

  • June 26, 2017

    Takata Ordered To Pay $8M In US Virgin Islands Air Bag Suit

    A U.S. Virgin Islands judge on Saturday ordered Takata Corp. to set aside $8 million to cover civil penalties and the cost to drivers who have to replace the potentially fatal air bags, a day before the company’s U.S. business filed for Chapter 11 protection.

  • June 26, 2017

    Uber Doesn’t Need To Produce More Docs In Trade Secret Row

    A California magistrate judge determined Monday that Uber Technologies Inc. doesn’t need to produce additional documents that are privileged from disclosure, saying Waymo LLC hasn’t proven that Uber hired attorneys in order to help the ride-hailing giant receive trade secrets allegedly stolen by a former Waymo employee.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Steps To Avoid 'Bet-The-Company' Trade Secret Litigation

    Michael Elkon

    Waymo v. Uber Technologies is fascinating on a number of levels and presents a host of object lessons for employers. From these lessons, there are four steps that all employers and workplace attorneys should consider adopting to avoid being embroiled in a similar high-stakes courtroom battle, says Michael Elkon of Fisher Phillips.

  • Cybersecurity And IP Are Key In Autonomous Vehicles

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    Automated driving isn't coming — it’s here. The automotive industry is implementing strategies, tools and technologies to not only allow the car to drive, but to operate using "internet of things" devices. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Griff Griffin discuss how the internet of things in driverless cars will impact big data, cybersecurity, data protection, intellectual property and patents.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • How Automated Vehicles Are Disrupting Insurance

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    The question isn’t whether automated technology will impact the auto insurance industry, but how big that disruption will be and when that disruption will happen. In this videocast, Eversheds Sutherland partners Kymberly Kochis and Fabian Volz discuss numerous ways the insurance industry will be impacted by automated vehicle technology.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • A New Path To Defending NLRB Employer Policy Challenges

    Adam Abrahms

    For employers that feel handcuffed by what many view as overzealous interference from the National Labor Relations Board, two recent decisions reinforce the merits of what may be the best approach to defending against charges that challenge company policies, say Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Closing The Door On Hybrid Product Defect-Fraud Claims

    Erin Bosman

    Last month, a California federal court dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW over soft-closing automatic car doors. While many automotive defect claims are brought as pure product liability actions, the plaintiffs in this case sought to “hybridize” product liability and fraud doctrines. The case illustrates the perils of overreaching, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.