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Automotive

  • May 1, 2018

    CDK Tries To Boot Cox Automotive From Car Dealer Data MDL

    Software provider CDK Global LLC pressed its bid Monday to nix an Illinois federal antitrust suit by Cox Automotive Inc., the parent of AutoTrader, Dealer.com and Kelley Blue Book, insisting the suit was full of implausible allegations that CDK monopolized access to car sales and service data in auto dealership software.

  • May 1, 2018

    Del. To Test Mileage User Fee To Replace Fuel Tax

    The Delaware Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday the launch of a three-month pilot study to explore the feasibility of replacing the state's current fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee.

  • May 1, 2018

    Hyundai Drivers Seek Reboot Of Power Steering Defect Suit

    A pair of drivers who recently had their proposed class decertified in a suit accusing Hyundai Motor America of concealing a defect in the power steering systems of certain vehicle models amended their claims Monday to address a California federal judge’s jurisdictional concerns.

  • May 1, 2018

    2nd Circ. Axes Rights Challenge To NYC Uber, Lyft Regs

    The Second Circuit ruled Tuesday that New York City properly justified crafting different regulations for for-hire vehicles like Uber and Lyft, rejecting a suit alleging the uneven set of rules deprived medallion taxicabs of their equal protection and due process rights.

  • May 1, 2018

    Mercedes Smacked With 'Fake Recall' Consumer Class Action

    Mercedes-Benz was hit with a class action in California federal court on Monday that accuses the auto giant of instituting “fake recalls” for dangerous problems it then won't fix in a timely fashion.

  • May 1, 2018

    White House Delay Fuels Industry Unrest Over Metal Tariffs

    President Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on close U.S. allies late on Monday did little to ease the concerns of the various businesses that may be afflicted by the duties.

  • April 30, 2018

    Trump Blinks, Holds Off Metal Tariffs For Close Allies

    President Donald Trump opted against imposing national security-based steel and aluminum tariffs on a handful of allies late Monday, striking permanent agreements to spare Argentina, Australia and Brazil while extending ongoing talks with the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

  • April 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tencent Music, CVC Capital, Volkswagen

    China’s Tencent Music is soliciting pitches from investment banks for a role in its planned multibillion-dollar IPO, CVC Capital Partners has interest in acquiring the market research division of British marketing and communications company WPP, and Volkswagen and Didi Chuxing are in talks about a potential joint venture.

  • April 30, 2018

    Volvo Electric SUV Owners Say Mileage Suit Belongs In NJ

    The Illinois couple leading a proposed class of Volvo hybrid SUV owners in a suit against the company said Monday they were willing to move the suit to New Jersey to prevent Volvo from claiming the current venue in Illinois lacked jurisdiction over all class members. 

  • April 30, 2018

    High Court Won't Revive Auto Parts Co.'s Antitrust Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an auto body manufacturer’s attempt to revive allegations that a rival attempted to monopolize the U.S. market for fiberglass truck accessories by filing bad-faith claims against competitors to stop their sales.

  • April 30, 2018

    Iranian Execs Exported Goods Despite Sanctions, Gov't Says

    Three executives of an Iranian manufacturing company who live permanently in the United States were indicted last week in California federal court on charges that they illegally shipped goods from the U.S. to Iran despite sanctions against such exports, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 30, 2018

    US Trade Delegation Will Head To China This Week

    The White House on Monday offered more details about the Trump administration’s forthcoming trip to China that will aim to smooth over fractious trade ties with Beijing, confirming that a delegation spearheaded by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will depart on Thursday.

  • April 30, 2018

    Texas Justices Embrace 'Sham Affidavit Rule' In Truck Row

    The Texas Supreme Court, while ruling on a $3 million dispute involving conflicting accounts of ownership of several commercial vehicles, opted on Friday to embrace the “sham affidavit rule” already used in federal courts and many districts, allowing trial courts to throw out cases over conflicting sworn testimony.

  • April 30, 2018

    EPA Can't Exempt Blenders From Biofuel Regs, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency flouted the Clean Air Act by refusing to shift some of the obligation for blending renewable fuels into the nation’s transportation fuel supply from refiners to fuel blenders as part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, refiners told the D.C. Circuit Friday.

  • April 30, 2018

    Chinese Co., US Distributor Resist Injunction In Ford Fight

    A Chinese manufacturer of automotive diagnostic tools and its U.S. distributor battled Ford’s bid for a preliminary injunction in the auto giant's trade secret and trademark infringement suit, telling a Michigan federal judge Friday that the request is Ford’s attempt to elicit an unreasonable settlement and could put their entire business at risk.

  • April 27, 2018

    Goodyear Could Have Fought Pension Suit Earlier, Judge Says

    An Alabama federal judge told the Goodyear Pension Plan on Thursday that it could have tried to torpedo an 86-year-old worker's lawsuit over the clarity of plan rules much sooner, and it likely would have succeeded. 

  • April 27, 2018

    Uber Says Ill. AG, Not Chicago, Must Sue Over Data Breach

    Ride-share giant Uber on Friday asked an Illinois state court judge to either dismiss or pause a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect 57 million users’ data and then trying to cover up a 2016 breach, saying the Cook County state's attorney lacks statutory standing to bring those claims and the only person who does — the Illinois attorney general — is already working the case.

  • April 27, 2018

    Tesla Can't Appeal Green Light For Suit Over SolarCity Tie-Up

    A request from Tesla Motors Inc. for an appeal of a Delaware Chancery Court judge’s decision allowing a shareholder suit over the carmaker’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp. was denied Friday by the same judge, who said that it would be inappropriate to stall the litigation.

  • April 27, 2018

    GM Faces Potential $1B Payout Tied To Defective Switches

    The bankruptcy trust of Old GM has reached a settlement over legacy ignition switch lawsuits that could cost the reorganized New GM $1 billion if it’s approved by the New York bankruptcy court overseeing the case.

  • April 27, 2018

    VW Shattering-Sunroof Suit Nixed For Being Too Late

    A driver alleging Volkswagen Group of America Inc. manufactured vehicles with shatter-susceptible sunroofs waited too long to bring his warranty breach claims, a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday when tossing his proposed class action.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • The Volkswagen Scandal: Catalyst For Class Action Change?

    Noah Wortman

    The sheer scale and global nature of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has led to discussions about how such high-volume consumer cases are handled, with some commentators suggesting that the case represents a turning point in how class action litigation is viewed and handled, particularly in Europe, say Noah Wortman, global head of class action services at Goal Group, and attorneys with Hausfeld LLP.

  • Litigating The Internet Of Things

    Leslie Gutierrez

    With the rise of the internet of things, vast new quantities of data are traversing the cloud. Companies that do not actively and continuously strengthen their cybersecurity protocols are at risk for breaches — and for the consumer class actions that may follow, says Leslie Gutierrez of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • The Continuing Evolution Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Kevin Penhallegon

    It was anticipated that last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb would have immediate and significant impacts nationwide. Those impacts have been seen at the state level in recent months, as evidenced by several trial courts dismissing out-of-state plaintiffs’ claims where specific personal jurisdiction could not be established, says Kevin Penhallegon of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • What Employers Can Learn From Waymo V. Uber

    Brian Arbetter

    While Waymo v. Uber was more high-profile than most cases, employers can and should learn lessons from it. Brian Arbetter of Norton Rose Fulbright discusses the current state of the law in the area of employee raiding and restrictive covenants and offers some best practices for employers to follow in order to fully protect their confidential information.

  • A Review Of Cross-Border Investigations In 2017: Part 2

    Sunil Gadhia

    Global authorities are taking an increasingly coordinated approach toward the investigation and prosecution of economic misconduct. Further significant developments in 2018 will likely refine the manner in which such investigations are approached, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • A Review Of Cross-Border Investigations In 2017: Part 1

    Sunil Gadhia

    A number of significant corporate resolutions were reached in 2017, which have provided guidance on the level of cooperation expected by criminal and civil authorities, primarily in Europe. Meanwhile, the divergent approaches to legal privilege taken by courts in different jurisdictions provide significant challenges to those conducting cross-border internal investigations, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.