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Automotive

  • July 19, 2018

    16 AGs Sue EPA Over 'Super-Polluting' Truck Rule Rollback

    The attorneys general for New York, California and other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for suspending a rule that limited the number of remanufactured, heavy-duty trucks that could be sold, a decision issued on Scott Pruitt's last day as agency administrator.

  • July 19, 2018

    NY Appeals Board Agrees That Uber Drivers Are Employees

    The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board affirmed an administrative law judge’s determination that three former Uber Inc. drivers and those similarly situated were employees for the purpose of receiving unemployment benefits, rejecting the ride-hailing giant’s bid to withdraw its appeal, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Uber Slams Rival's 'Troubling Pattern' Of Axing Attys In IP Row

    A California state judge tapped the brakes on Uber’s bid to end claims it stole an inventor’s ride-sharing concept, saying Thursday she would wait until the man finds a new attorney — even after Uber pointed out “a troubling pattern,” noting the plaintiff had terminated contracts with three consecutive law firms in the case.

  • July 19, 2018

    Capital One Worker Says Cancer-Related PTO Led To Firing

    A former employee of Capital One’s automotive lending unit told a Texas federal court Thursday that he was wrongly fired for being late on two days for reasons that were related to his cancer. 

  • July 19, 2018

    GM Ch. 11 Judge Undecided On $1B Ignition Switch Deal

    The judge presiding over the bankruptcy case for General Motors LLC’s predecessor said Thursday he’s not yet decided on whether class certification is needed for him to approve a proposed Chapter 11 settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits that could possibly cost the carmaker $1 billion in new stock.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ford, Bosch Say Super-Duty Truck Emissions Suit Baseless

    Ford Motor Co. and auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC rebuked a proposed Michigan class action alleging they rigged 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests, saying Wednesday the vehicle owners’ unsubstantiated racketeering and fraud claims based on contrived road tests won’t hold up in court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Investors Sue Kleiner Perkins, I-Bankers Over Fisker Loss

    A group of investors who claim they were conned into buying shares in electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive just before it filed for bankruptcy have sued the company’s former executives, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and the leaders of a now-defunct Chicago investment banking firm in Illinois state court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Senate Enviro Committee Goes Easy On Trump CEQ Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality left a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday largely unscathed, avoiding much of the controversy that has dogged many of the administration’s other nominees for environmental positions.

  • July 19, 2018

    CDK Seeks Arbitration Or Toss Of Dealership Claims In MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC asked an Illinois federal court on Wednesday to either compel arbitration or dismiss claims against it by the car dealership class in multidistrict litigation alleging it monopolized access to data in software licensed to car dealerships, saying the dealers don’t have standing as indirect purchasers of applications that utilize the data.

  • July 19, 2018

    Trump Faces Widespread Calls To Steer Clear Of Car Tariffs

    A chorus of automakers and advocacy groups on Thursday implored the Trump administration to not slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and parts, questioning the administration’s national security rationale for the potential duties and warning of the economic calamity that could ensue if they take effect.

  • July 19, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Clearlake’s $700M Sale Of Auto Interior Co.

    Clearlake Capital Group LP said Thursday it will hand over South Carolina-headquartered Sage Automotive Interiors to Japanese materials and chemicals manufacturer Asahi Kasei Corp. in a $700 million deal, with Kirkland & Ellis LLP guiding the investment firm in the sale.

  • July 18, 2018

    Lyft Wants Snubbed Driver's Background Suit Arbitrated

    Lyft Inc. asked a California federal judge Tuesday to order arbitration in a prospective driver’s proposed class action alleging he was unfairly blocked from picking up riders after Lyft ran a background check, saying the driver is bound by an arbitration provision in Lyft’s terms of service.

  • July 18, 2018

    DC Circ. Pauses EPA Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions Rollback

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to stop enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks on hold Wednesday, while it mulls an emergency bid by environmental groups to nix the decision.

  • July 18, 2018

    Dynacast Wins Settlement Dispute In Car Camera Parts Feud

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday that component manufacturer Dynacast Inc. did not agree to, or later renege on, a settlement with Magna Electronics Technology Inc. in a dispute over unreturned tools and unpaid work on car camera parts, saying emails between each side’s counsel confirms that an agreement was not formed.

  • July 18, 2018

    Buyers Tout $1.8M Settlement In Car Heater Price-Fix Case

    Car dealers have urged a Michigan federal judge to sign off on their $1.87 million settlement with Japanese auto parts maker Tokai Rika Co. Ltd. to resolve claims in multidistrict litigation that the company participated in bid-rigging and price-fixing of heater control panels, saying the deal is fair and avoids the risks of trial.

  • July 18, 2018

    NJ Court Reinstates $6.3M Jury Award For Kia Brake Class

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday reinstated a $6.3 million jury verdict against Kia Motors America Inc. in a defective brake class action, ruling in a published decision that case law in other jurisdictions permitted the use of aggregate data to estimate classwide repair damages.

  • July 18, 2018

    VW Insists Bondholders' Emissions Fraud Suit Must Be Axed

    Volkswagen told a California federal judge Tuesday that disgruntled bondholders cannot prove they were duped into buying overpriced bonds based on purportedly misleading offering documents concealing the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal, and that their latest amended proposed class action should be dumped for good.

  • July 18, 2018

    Tenneco Hit With Investor Suit Over $5.4B Federal-Mogul Deal

    A shareholder of auto parts company Tenneco Inc. filed a putative class action on Tuesday against the company seeking to pause its proposed $5.4 billion purchase of auto parts maker Federal-Mogul LLC, accusing Tenneco of misleading shareholders and withholding financial details.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Insurer Says It Doesn't Owe Coverage For Fatal Parade Crash

    A Dallas auto body shop isn't covered for a fatal crash involving an affiliated motorsports team during a parade, an insurer has told a Texas federal judge, arguing the shop isn't the party responsible for the crash and lied in its insurance application about whether it had any sports sponsorships.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Relief From CFPB’s Auto Guidance May Be Short-Lived

    Dowse Rustin IV

    In a dramatic win for the auto finance industry, Congress recently voted to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance related to fair lending and interest rates for indirect loans. However, such rollbacks may not be enough to create long-lasting regulatory relief, say attorneys with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Future Of Antitrust Claims At The ITC

    Matthew Rizzolo

    In March, the U.S. International Trade Commission's dismissal of U.S. Steel’s complaint caused some to question whether there remained a viable path for antitrust-based claims at the ITC. But the initiation of an antitrust-based Section 337 investigation just days later shows that the door for antitrust claims at the ITC has not closed, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • TCPA Trends: Impact On Future Litigation And Compliance

    Michael Reif

    The number of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits has grown exponentially in recent years, and courts have issued several significant decisions in recent months that may have implications for future TCPA litigation and compliance efforts, say Michael Reif and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.