Automotive

  • August 29, 2017

    VW Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over Antitrust Claims

    A proposed class of investors in Volkswagen AG has accused it of covering up possible collusion with other carmakers and causing VW's stock price to trade at inflated levels, according to a suit filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • August 29, 2017

    Fiesta, Focus Drivers Seek Final OK On Ford Settlement

    A proposed class of drivers who purchased or leased Ford Motor Co.'s Fiesta and Focus vehicles with allegedly faulty PowerShift transmissions asked a California federal judge Monday to grant final approval of their settlement with the automaker.

  • August 29, 2017

    Uber Steps Aside In Kalanick’s Bid To Arbitrate Board Fight

    Uber Technologies Inc. told a Delaware vice chancellor Monday that the company would not oppose former CEO Travis Kalanick’s call to arbitrate claims by longtime investor Benchmark Capital Partners LP seeking to oust him from the board, but stopped short of taking sides.

  • August 29, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: United Tech, Veon, LG Electronics

    United Technologies and Rockwell Collins could reach a $20 billion merger agreement as soon as this weekend, Veon is selling about 13,000 wireless towers in Pakistan for roughly $1 billion, and LG Electronics has made a bid to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group.

  • August 29, 2017

    Uber To End Post-Trip Tracking Of Users In Privacy Push

    Uber announced Tuesday that it will no longer enable a controversial feature of its app that allowed for customers to be tracked for up to five minutes after they completed a trip, as part of an attempt by the ride-hailing giant to improve its battered privacy reputation.

  • August 29, 2017

    IRS Says $3M Truck Excise Tax Battle Must Go To Discovery

    The Internal Revenue Service urged a Kentucky federal judge to deny a truck service company’s bid to quickly win a suit over truck excise taxes Monday, arguing that there are still too many factual issues and the agency’s $3 million counterclaim to resolve without discovery.

  • August 29, 2017

    NHTSA Has Hazy Role In Connected-Car Privacy, Report Says

    Automakers and regulators have taken steps to address privacy concerns associated with connected vehicles, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must better define its yet-unclear role in protecting the implicated data, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

  • August 28, 2017

    7th Circ. Nixes Franchisee's $6.5M Verdict Against Volvo

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday reversed a $6.5 million jury verdict against Volvo in favor of the former owner of an Indiana truck dealership, saying the district court erred in siding with the dealer’s claims that the manufacturer discriminated against him.

  • August 28, 2017

    Uber Unit Can't Subpoena Keker Van Nest Over Waymo Inquiry

    A California federal judge on Monday quashed a subpoena seeking evidence a Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP attorney influenced Waymo’s investigation into whether the founder of Uber’s self-driving car affiliate stole Waymo trade secrets, finding the filing came too late and sought privileged information.

  • August 28, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of RICO Suit Against Travelers

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld an order dismissing a proposed class action alleging Travelers and its outside counsel violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and other statutes by concealing policyholders' full limits from car crash victims, agreeing with a lower court that none of the claims in the lawsuit hold water.

  • August 28, 2017

    Uber Escapes Patent Suit Over Transportation Tech

    A California ride-hailing company dropped a suit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. infringed its patent for a computer-based method of calling and dispatching drivers, according to a notice filed in California federal court Friday.

  • August 28, 2017

    Wachtell Steers Chipmaker Littelfuse In $750M IXYS Buy

    Littelfuse Inc., led by Wachtell, said Monday it will pick up California-based power semiconductor company IXYS Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $750 million, as the Illinois-based chipmaker looks to deepen its offerings in the automotive and industrial spaces.

  • August 28, 2017

    Drivers, German Car Cos. Want Antitrust MDL In NJ, Calif.

    German carmakers and the drivers accusing them of colluding for decades on vehicle technology filed dueling briefs Friday urging the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate nearly a dozen related class actions in either California or New Jersey federal court.

  • August 28, 2017

    Uber Founder Seeks Arbitration, Stay In Benchmark Fight

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick reported the launch of an arbitration action Monday targeting investor Benchmark Capital Partners LP’s challenge to a Kalanick-tilted board expansion, while separately urging a Delaware vice chancellor to dismiss or stay related complaints in Chancery Court.

  • August 28, 2017

    BMW Can't Escape Leaky Mini Cooper Engine Suit

    A California federal judge refused Monday to toss a putative class action alleging BMW hid an engine defect in its popular Mini Cooper cars, finding that the drivers’ third amended complaint plausibly claimed that BMW knew of the alleged defect as early as 2011.

  • August 28, 2017

    Uber Says Revamped Data Breach Spat Still Fails

    Uber Technologies Inc. has urged a California federal judge to axe a proposed class action over a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information, arguing that the pair leading the suit took almost two years to offer revamped allegations but still fail to allege any injuries stemming from the incident.

  • August 25, 2017

    VW Drivers Make 2nd Bid For Class Cert. In Autodialing Suit

    Volkswagen dealership customers accusing the auto giant of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with autodialed solicitations urged a California federal judge on Friday to grant their revised class certification bid, saying it addressed the court's concern about a change in FCC rules about obtaining consent for such calls.

  • August 25, 2017

    Attys Leave Case Against Geico Amid Ethics Issues

    A Florida federal judge has allowed attorneys to withdraw their representation of a Tampa auto glass shop seeking to lead a class action accusing Geico General Insurance Co. of systematic underpayments, saying Thursday the lawyers demonstrated just cause, including “serious ethical considerations.”

  • August 25, 2017

    Mich. Judge Tosses Workers' Age Bias Claims Against UAW

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday dismissed without prejudice claims that the United Automobile Workers discriminated against three older workers by transferring them because of their age, saying the workers did not name the UAW in their complaint to authorities nor show it to be a joint employer with General Motors LLC.

  • August 25, 2017

    Unfair Jiffy Lube Employee Wage Deal Denied Approval

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday declined to approve a settlement between a former Jiffy Lube assistant manager and a franchise of the auto repair shop that would end the putative wage-and-hour class action, finding that the proposed deal overly favored the named plaintiff and his attorneys.

Expert Analysis

  • Autonomous Vehicles And European Data Protection: Part 2

    Oliver Yaros

    Many industry stakeholders are interested in making use of the vast amount of data that will be generated by connected and autonomous vehicles. But the need for compliance with Europe's strict data protection laws will require a “privacy by design” and “privacy by default” approach, say Oliver Yaros and Ryota Nishikawa of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Autonomous Vehicles And European Data Protection: Part 1

    Oliver Yaros

    The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles will lead to industry participants collecting and analyzing immense amounts of data from those vehicles for many purposes. But first, key legal issues must be addressed. European data protection laws present particular challenges, say Oliver Yaros and Ryota Nishikawa of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • The Gov't Wants To Tell Your Car How To Drive Your Car

    Michael Nelson

    Congress has been an observer on the sidelines when it comes to laws related to automated cars — up until now. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a series of discussion drafts that, if passed, would not only significantly increase the government’s oversight of highly automated vehicles, but also would look to free automakers from the current patchwork of state regulations, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • A Chat With FTC’s Thomas Pahl

    Lucy Morris

    Recently, I joined a “fireside chat” with Thomas Pahl, acting director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He discussed the FTC’s consumer protection priorities and its initiative to reform the agency’s investigative process, says Lucy Morris of Hudson Cook LLC.

  • Courts Rein In TCPA 'Revocation Of Consent' Claims

    Michael Daly

    As we all anxiously await a decision in the appeal from the Federal Communications Commission's “any reasonable method” ruling, several courts have found other ways to limit this particular species of Telephone Consumer Protection Act abuse. The most recent and notable is the Second Circuit's decision last month in Reyes v. Lincoln, say Michael Daly and Daniel Brewer of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?