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Automotive

  • May 4, 2018

    New GM Must Face Some Groundwater Claims, Judge Says

    Michiganders with property-contamination claims against GM must submit to the provisions of GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale order, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Friday — but that order does allow them to press claims over contaminants that were purportedly dumped presale but migrated onto their land post-sale.

  • May 4, 2018

    Musk Denied Fast Appeal Of Failed Bid To Toss SolarCity Suit

    In a ruling made public on Friday, Delaware’s Supreme Court rejected Tesla founder Elon Musk’s bid for an early review of a Chancery Court decision that kept alive a stockholder class challenge to his company’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp.

  • May 4, 2018

    NJ Justices To Mull If Fraud Law Covers Custom Truck Row

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to decide if custom-built items are considered merchandise for sale covered by the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and if a lower appeals court erred in reviving such a case involving a malfunctioning tow truck, according to an order released Friday.

  • May 4, 2018

    BMW, Consumers Agree To Settlement In Engine Defect Suit

    Automaker BMW AG and its U.S. unit have agreed to provide drivers with reimbursements and coupons to resolve allegations that defects in its N63 engine caused drivers to burn through oil and drain their batteries, according to papers filed Friday in New Jersey federal court.

  • May 4, 2018

    NY Uber Drivers' $3M Deal In Fare Cut Spat Gets Early OK

    A New York federal judge on Friday greenlighted a $3 million settlement in a putative class action alleging Uber miscalculated taxes and deductions from drivers’ fares or falsely promised that they would earn a guaranteed income, saying the deal is substantive enough and procedurally fair.

  • May 3, 2018

    GM Trust Seeks OK For Ignition Switch Settlement

    The bankruptcy trust of Old GM Thursday asked for approval from a New York bankruptcy court for a settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits that could cost the reorganized New GM $1 billion in stock depending on what number the court puts to the remaining claims.

  • May 3, 2018

    Dynamex Unlikely To Slow Lyft Drivers’ $2M Pay Deal

    A California federal judge appeared likely Thursday to preliminarily approve Lyft’s $1.95 million deal ending claims it shorted drivers on “prime-time premium” pay, after attorneys said the deal wouldn’t foreclose a future independent contractor misclassification suit under the California Supreme Court's recent Dynamex decision.

  • May 3, 2018

    States, Auto Groups Weigh In On Fuel Economy Penalties

    A group of states and an environmental organization on Wednesday asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not to block an increase in penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, while industry groups backed the agency’s decision to nix the increase.

  • May 3, 2018

    NHTSA Says It Didn't Assess Tesla's Autopilot Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that it did not evaluate the effectiveness of Tesla Inc.’s self-driving Autopilot technology when investigating a 2016 fatal crash in Florida.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ex-Volkswagen US Exec Wants Bondholders' Fraud Suit Nixed

    The former CEO of Volkswagen’s U.S. unit told a California federal judge Wednesday that a proposed class of bondholders cannot establish that he knowingly helped issue misleading bond offering documents concealing the 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

  • May 3, 2018

    Consumers Want Nationwide Data In BMW Engine Defect Suit

    A proposed class of consumers on Thursday asked a New Jersey federal judge to force BMW of North America to produce nationwide data — not just California data — on an alleged defect in certain M3 vehicles that can cause catastrophic engine failure, saying they are not asking for much.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ex-VW CEO Indicted Over Emissions Scandal

    The former chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG, Martin Winterkorn, has been charged with conspiring to mislead the U.S. government over the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal, according to an indictment unsealed in Michigan federal court Thursday.

  • May 3, 2018

    UK VAT System Is The Problem In VW's Case, EU Court Told

    The U.K.’s value-added tax system, which is at the center of a dispute between British authorities and Volkswagen, flouts European Union law because it splits up what should be a single taxable transaction, an adviser to the EU’s top court concluded Thursday.  

  • May 3, 2018

    Chinese Tire Co. Sues US Agency Over Steep Duties

    A Chinese producer hit the U.S. Department of Commerce with two suits Wednesday that challenge the tariffs imposed on the company's off-road tire exports to the U.S., according to documents filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • May 2, 2018

    Cabbies In Uphill Battle Against Regulators Over Uber Rules

    The Second Circuit’s finding that traditional taxicabs weren’t unconstitutionally harmed by New York City rules governing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft may derail similar challenges in other cities from taxicabs seeking more hard-line rules for their new rivals, attorneys say.

  • May 2, 2018

    'Modest Result' In Uber FCRA Suit Yields Modest Atty Fees

    A California federal judge on Wednesday awarded $2,025,000 in attorneys' fees — trimming $474,500 off the ask — in a $7.5 million deal between Uber and a class of drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act, saying the settlement produced a "very modest result."

  • May 2, 2018

    Subaru Can’t Ditch Suit Over Faulty Windshields

    Subaru of America Inc. can’t derail a suit by drivers claiming it sold vehicles with faulty windshields that spontaneously cracked and failed to repair them, a federal judge in California said Wednesday, finding the drivers have standing and adequately pled that Subaru knew of the defects.

  • May 2, 2018

    Ford Objectors Won't Be Made To Pay $475K Appeal Bond

    A group of Ford drivers who objected to a $35 million settlement over defective transmissions in certain models were freed from paying a $475,000 appeal bond by a California federal judge Tuesday, with the court calling the settling plaintiffs’ bond request a “financial pressure tactic.”

  • May 2, 2018

    Ford Subsidiary Deserves $20M Refund, Fed. Circ. Told

    The Ford Motor Co. argued before the Federal Circuit on Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries was unfairly levied and the company was entitled to a $20 million refund of interest paid because it should be considered as the same taxpayer.

  • May 2, 2018

    How Weil Gotshal Drove Takata Through Complex Bankruptcy

    A group of attorneys at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP say they can finally get some rest after laboring for years on the restructuring and sale of Japanese auto parts maker Takata — a legal undertaking they say was one of the most complex but gratifying experiences of their careers.

Expert Analysis

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Section 232 Tariffs: More Questions Than Answers

    Donald Cameron

    The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Will UN Electric Vehicle Regs Live Up To Billing?

    Anurag Maheshwary

    Aspiring to close the gaps between differences in American, European and Chinese approaches to regulating electric vehicle safety, the United Nations recently completed development of a Global Technical Regulation. Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, reviews the notable features of the GTR and explores its impact on improving safety compared to existing regulations.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Calif. High Court OT Ruling: What Employers Should Know

    Christian Scali

    For the past two years, California employers have been able to pay employees for working weekends with a flat-sum bonus, confident that following official federal regulations would be enough to protect them from liability. However, this interpretation came to a halt with the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., say attorneys with Scali Rasmussen.