Automotive

  • January 26, 2018

    Uber Drivers Back $7.5M FCRA Deal Despite Objections

    A class of Uber drivers who accused the company of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting background checks without their knowledge told a California federal judge Thursday that a proposed $7.5 million settlement is “overwhelmingly favorable” despite an objection filed in December on behalf of hundreds of drivers.

  • January 26, 2018

    Florida Car Dealer Hit With Another TCPA Suit

    Florida car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. was hit with another consumer class action lawsuit on Thursday for allegedly sending consumers unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • January 26, 2018

    Jury Clears Ford In Faulty Focus Suspension Class Action

    A California federal jury on Thursday cleared Ford Motor Co. of all four claims in a class action alleging that a rear suspension defect in certain Focus vehicles could cause premature tire wear.

  • January 26, 2018

    Judge Parks Suit Over Rudy Gay's Damaged Rolls In Mo.

    A Missouri federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a car dealership's suit against San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay and his sales agent over a damaged Rolls-Royce Phantom under an Arizona bill of sale’s forum selection clause, which the judge said was invalid.

  • January 26, 2018

    Uber Driver Pushes For Cert. In Suit Over Fares

    An Uber Technologies Inc. driver on Thursday urged a California federal judge to certify his proposed class action alleging that the ride-hailing giant’s pricing model charges passengers a fare before their ride begins based on inflated projections but pays drivers based on the actual distance and time they drove.

  • January 25, 2018

    Benchmark Capital Drops Directors Suit Against Ex-Uber CEO

    A venture capital firm dropped its director-selection suit in Delaware Chancery Court against Uber Technologies Inc. co-founder Travis Kalanick on Thursday after the two sides reportedly reached a deal last week.

  • January 25, 2018

    Mahle Behr's $1.5M Deal In AC Price-Fixing Suit Gets 1st OK

    A federal judge in Michigan on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a nearly $1.5 million proposed settlement releasing German manufacturer Mahle Behr from claims that it was part of a conspiracy to fix prices for vehicle air conditioning systems, ruling that the deal between the company and a proposed class of U.S. car buyers is “fair, reasonable and adequate.”

  • January 25, 2018

    Ford Pushes To Consolidate Transmission Defect Cases

    Ford Motor Co. asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to consolidate 165 cases pending against the car manufacturer over alleged acceleration problems in Fiesta and Focus transmissions into an MDL in Los Angeles, explaining that the company anticipates more suits.

  • January 25, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Cert. In Avis Insurance Fraud Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday said a Florida federal judge improperly decertified a class action alleging Avis and subsidiary Budget Rent-A-Car fraudulently sold foreign customers supplemental insurance that didn’t actually provide coverage for car rentals, reviving a Scottish consumer’s breach of contract and fraud claims and ordering the class recertified.

  • January 25, 2018

    Honda, Nissan, Class Defend $702M Air Bag Settlements

    Lawyers for Honda, Nissan and a class of vehicle owners who sued the car manufacturers over the cost of replacing their defective Takata air bags asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to reject a litany of objections to settlements worth more than $702 million.

  • January 24, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Hires Fiat Defender, Ex-Toyota Attys

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has reeled in three new hires with deep backgrounds in the automotive industry for its business and distribution litigation practice, including one who has represented industry giants like Fiat Chrysler and General Motors in product liability disputes.

  • January 24, 2018

    9th Circ. Sets High Bar For Nationwide Class Settlements

    Multistate consumer class action settlements will have to clear a higher bar before scoring approval, experts say, after the Ninth Circuit ruled that a California judge didn't thoroughly consider varying state consumer protection laws before certifying a nationwide settlement class of consumers accusing Hyundai and Kia of overstating their cars' fuel efficiency.

  • January 24, 2018

    Mayer Brown Nabs Ex-Bracewell White Collar Chair

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired a former head of Bracewell LLP's white collar practice who previously prosecuted high-profile anti-terrorism and foreign bribery cases in Manhattan, the firm said on Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    2 Dealership Workers Convicted In $1.6M Racketeering Plot

    Two Indianapolis car dealership workers accused of taking part in a racketeering scheme that allegedly duped lenders and insurance companies out of $1.6 million have been found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and transporting stolen goods, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Conservative Groups Tell Trump To Oppose Gas Tax Increase

    Two influential conservative organizations with ties to the Koch brothers called on President Donald Trump on Wednesday to oppose an increase in the federal gas tax as part of an infrastructure bill, in a break with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • January 24, 2018

    Takata Seeks OK For $22M Stock Buy To Duck Mexico Tax

    Hoping to avoid a $9 million tax bill in Mexico, bankrupt vehicle safety device and air bag component maker Takata sought Delaware court approval late Tuesday to plow a $22 million intercompany receivable back into a Mexican affiliate that owes the money.

  • January 24, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Says Uber Driver Can Get Unemployment

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision Wednesday upending a finding that income a man earned driving for Uber rendered him ineligible to receive unemployment benefits after losing his job as a behavioral health specialist.

  • January 24, 2018

    GM Hit With First-Known Suit Over Self-Driving Car Crash

    General Motors LLC became possibly the first automaker sued over an accident involving a self-driving vehicle when a motorcyclist said he suffered neck and shoulder injuries after one of GM's vehicles veered into his lane and knocked him to the ground.

  • January 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Axes $200M Settlement In Hyundai, Kia Fuel MDL

    In what one judge called "a major blow to multistate class actions," a divided Ninth Circuit on Tuesday nixed a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging Hyundai and Kia misstated vehicle fuel efficiency, saying a California federal judge failed to weigh variations in state law before certifying a nationwide class.

  • January 23, 2018

    Takata Sues RL Polk Over Noticing Debacle

    Bankrupt air bag maker Takata filed an adversary suit on Tuesday against bankruptcy administration vendor R.L. Polk & Co., who Takata says caused an extra $1.6 million in expenses by botching almost 5 million addresses on a mailing list.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • How ITC Applied Inter Partes Review Estoppel In Ford Case

    Bryan J. Vogel

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's initial determination in Certain Hybrid Vehicles is significant because it continues the ITC trend of issuing patent owner-friendly rulings in spite of conflicting Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings, say Bryan J. Vogel and Derrick J. Carman of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.