Automotive

  • November 3, 2017

    NYC Cab Drivers Push For Cert. In Car Seizures Suit

    A group of New York City cab drivers asked a federal judge on Thursday to certify their proposed class action accusing city officials of illegally seizing taxicabs suspected of being unlicensed, saying the drivers all suffered injuries from the city’s unconstitutional, and uniform, policy.

  • November 3, 2017

    Court Case Doesn’t Bar Patent Challenge At PTAB, Board Says

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board has held that the maker of Humvee military vehicles was not barred from challenging a patent for a device that aids in regulating diesel-engine startup temperatures, parts of which the U.S. government recently settled an infringement case over in Federal Claims Court.

  • November 2, 2017

    Uber’s New CEO, GC Mean ‘New Landscape’ For Breach Talks

    A California federal judge urged Uber and a putative class of drivers to take another stab at settling allegations over a 2014 data breach, noting that the recent hire of CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and general counsel Tony West means “it’s a new landscape for Uber.”

  • November 2, 2017

    Murky Connected-Car Regime Won’t Halt Auto Tech Push

    A proposal requiring all new cars be able to “talk” to each other to avoid crashes may be shelved for now, but experts say automakers will continue to develop “V2V” technology with the expectation that the Trump administration will eventually advance a more flexible set of standards.

  • November 2, 2017

    Car Dealer Business Suit Filed Too Late, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday sank the remaining claim in a dispute between purported ex-business partners in an auto dealership, ruling that one of the parties had filed his contract breach claim after the six-year statute of limitations.

  • November 2, 2017

    FCC Leaders Push To Share Connected-Car Spectrum

    In the wake of the suggestion that the Trump administration may shelve a mandate that all new cars possess vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities, two Federal Communications Commission members said on Wednesday that it's time for the agency to revisit spectrum-sharing in the band dedicated to the auto industry.

  • November 2, 2017

    Charging Station Co. Exec Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Gov't

    The former president of a California company that operated electric vehicle charging stations has been sentenced in Illinois federal court to two years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding state and local governments in an effort to obtain grant funds.

  • November 1, 2017

    Pruitt's Grant Ban Stokes Concerns About EPA's Integrity

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said his recent decision to prohibit members of the agency’s scientific advisory committees from receiving EPA grants will reduce conflicts of interest, but experts say the move could exclude many of the nation’s best environmental scientists and damage the agency’s scientific integrity.

  • November 1, 2017

    CFPB Finds Uptick In Riskier, Costlier Long-Term Auto Loans

    Automobile loans with terms of six or more years, which are more expensive and have higher default rates than shorter-term loans, are making up an increasingly greater portion of total auto loans, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report released Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2017

    Final OK Granted For $741M In Takata MDL Settlements

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval for $741 million in settlements reached by Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda to resolve consumer class actions over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags, including an award of $166 million in attorneys’ fees for class counsel.

  • November 1, 2017

    DOT Connected-Car Proposal May Be On Pause For Now

    The Trump administration may shelve a proposed rule requiring all new cars to be able to “talk” to each other to avoid crashes and get alerts on roadway hazards, casting doubt on whether an Obama-era proposal intended to reduce accidents and traffic fatalities will survive.

  • November 1, 2017

    NASCAR Team, Pit Crew Member Settle Wrongful Firing Suit

    Michael Waltrip Racing and a former pit crew member suing the NASCAR team in North Carolina state court over his alleged wrongful termination have settled their dispute, the former tire changer’s attorney told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2017

    OnStar Using Bogus Arbitration, 9th Circ. Told

    A California woman asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to overturn an order forcing her to arbitrate her proposed 6 million-member unauthorized charges class action against GM unit OnStar LLC, saying the company was stitching together a phony arbitration agreement to derail the suit.

  • November 1, 2017

    Chinese Auto Retail Co. Closes $335M Funding Round

    Chinese automotive retail and finance platform SouChe on Wednesday said it closed a Series E funding round at $335 million, led by the company’s largest institutional investor, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

  • October 31, 2017

    Racing Corvette Buyers Sue GM Over Unsafe Engines

    A putative class of race-enthusiast Corvette owners sued General Motors in Illinois federal court on Monday, alleging three model years of the Corvette Z06 had transmission and other defects that made it unsafe to drive on racetracks, and possibly even on highways.

  • October 31, 2017

    EPA Says No Agency Grants For Science Committee Members

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said that in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, no member of one of the agency’s scientific advisory committees may receive an EPA grant while serving in that role.

  • October 31, 2017

    Judge Slams Uber’s ‘Bad Contract’ In Safe Rides Fee Row

    A California federal judge appeared open Tuesday to granting a quick win to a putative class of Uber drivers who claim the ride-hailing company breached its contracts with drivers by deducting “safe rides” fees from driver fares, saying Uber drafted “a bad contract” that doesn’t define certain essential terms.

  • October 31, 2017

    Dealers Say Carfax Can't Flee Auto Reports Antitrust Suit

    Carfax Inc. shouldn’t be granted a quick win over claims that it used exclusive agreements with websites and auto dealerships selling used cars to suppress competition for vehicle history reports, aggrieved dealers have told a New York federal court, arguing that Carfax hasn’t done enough to disprove the $150 million suit.

  • October 31, 2017

    UK Requires Divestitures For Euro Car Parts Merger

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer on Tuesday said that it is requiring Euro Car Parts to sell several supply depots to preserve competition for aftermarket auto parts in certain parts of the country following its purchase of fellow parts supplier Andrew Page Ltd. out of bankruptcy last year.

  • October 31, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Exec's Stock Options Pact Not Breached, Court Says

    A California state appeals court ruled Monday that Tesla didn't breach a stock options agreement with a former executive the company fired in late 2007, saying the employment contract was supplanted by later agreements stating the stock options weren’t yet vested.

Expert Analysis

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • How Autonomous Vehicles Will Transform Our Cities

    Christopher Boll

    Local governments and businesses must prepare for the disruptions that will hit their communities with the advent of autonomous vehicles. In the not-so-distant future, rules and regulations will change, methods for transporting people and goods will shift, and the way communities are designed, planned and built will be drastically altered, says Christopher Boll of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Harvey Crisis: How State Laws Will Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    During natural disasters, governors often activate members of the National Guard to assist in rescue and recovery efforts, and Hurricane Harvey is no different. When service members enter harm’s way, several state laws provide additional protections for their civilian obligations, say Jeffrey Naimon and Sasha Leonhardt of Buckley Sandler.

  • Practicing Law In The Era Of 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    David Silver

    The growth of third-party litigation funding has added a distinct variable to the world of civil litigation. Such funding has and will continue to change the calculus for many corporations and their defense counsel as to the tipping point between settling or pursuing a case to a court decision, says David Silver of Silver Public Relations.

  • FTC’s First Foray Into Gig Economy Data Security

    James DeGraw

    The Federal Trade Commission’s recent action against Uber reflects its untested but expansive interpretation of “consumer” under the FTC Act to include not only the users in the shared economy, but also some service providers. It also highlights the agency's tightened expectations of what is required to “reasonably” secure data from internal users, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Steel Imports Are Not A National Security Issue

    Donald Cameron

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady is right — this is not the right approach to deal with steel imports. And like it or not, using bogus claims of “national security” as a pretext for what amounts to naked protectionism will invite retaliation from our trading partners, says Donald Cameron of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • The Whys And Hows Of Motor Vehicle Titling Trusts: Part 2

    Alan Mogol

    In the second installment of this article, Baker Donelson partner Alan Mogol examines how the beneficial ownership interest in a sub-trust may be used for warehouse financing, permanent financing and syndication, and the importance of compliance with securities laws in syndication arrangements.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.