Automotive

  • June 26, 2017

    Car-Hacking Suit Based Solely On Hypotheticals, Fiat Says

    Fiat Chrysler urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to toss claims that certain vehicles are susceptible to hacking, saying the allegations are based on an unsupported hypothesis.

  • June 25, 2017

    Air-Bag Maker Takata Files For Bankruptcy In Delaware, Japan

    The U.S. business of embattled Takata Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware late Sunday, with the parent company following suit in Tokyo Monday morning.

  • June 23, 2017

    2nd Circ. Ruling Offers Way Out Of TCPA Litigation Jungle

    The Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t allow consumers who consent to receiving calls as part of a contract agreement to revoke that permission, handing a major win to businesses in their efforts to quell a popular accusation that has fanned the rush of TCPA litigation in recent years.

  • June 23, 2017

    VW Dealers Must Clarify Bosch Conspiracy Claims, Court Says

    A California federal judge sent a class action brought by Volkswagen dealers against Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC back to the drawing board Friday, saying their complaint accusing the technology giants of conspiring with VW to evade emissions regulations “blurs the lines” between the companies.

  • June 23, 2017

    GM Deal Could Settle Hundreds Of Ignition Switch Claims

    General Motors LLC has agreed to a private, confidential settlement that could resolve hundreds of claims against the automaker over an allegedly defective ignition switch, GM’s lawyers said in a letter to the New York federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation.

  • June 23, 2017

    GM Done With NHTSA Oversight After Ignition Switch Recall

    General Motors on Thursday said it had wrapped up a three-year-long consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the automaker’s delayed recall of vehicles affected by an ignition switch defect, saying that it will continue working with the agency on safety issues.

  • June 23, 2017

    International Arrest Warrants Out For Ex-VW Execs

    U.S. authorities have issued international arrest warrants for five ex-Volkswagen managers under indictment in connection with the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, a German news outlet reported on Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Class Must Arbitrate Suit With Ford's Credit Arm

    An Illinois federal judge Thursday granted Ford Motor Credit Company LLC’s request to arbitrate a proposed class action alleging the company violated its obligations on a security release, saying the parties agreed to arbitrate claims about the arbitration agreement itself.

  • June 23, 2017

    German Drivers' Bid For Jones Day VW Docs Ruled Too Broad

    A New York federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by prospective plaintiffs to subpoena Jones Day for documents from the law firm's investigation of Volkswagen AG and its emissions scandal to use in their future suits in Germany against the embattled carmaker, saying their request was too broad.

  • June 23, 2017

    Mexico Hits Car Carriers With $32M Antitrust Fine

    Mexican antitrust authorities have sanctioned seven automobile shipping companies the equivalent of $32 million for alleged anti-competitive practices.

  • June 22, 2017

    NJ Gas Stations Can't Dodge Developers' Competition Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday trimmed a suit brought by two developers but found they could continue to pursue their claims that a group of gas station companies were attempting to monopolize a local market and blocking their projects, including gasoline pumps, a Wawa convenience store, a Chick-fil-A and a bank.

  • June 22, 2017

    US PE Co. Hits Ex-Formula 1 Boss With UK Bribe Claim

    A U.S. private equity firm has claimed in British court that former Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone bribed a German bank official so that the financial institution would sell its stake in F1 to a competing private equity company, according to U.K. court documents seen by Law360 on Thursday.

  • June 22, 2017

    More Than 30 Auto Parts Makers Hit With Antitrust Suits

    A group of companies that own automobile dealerships across the country sued more than 30 auto parts manufacturers in at least a dozen lawsuits filed Wednesday and Thursday as part of the sprawling multidistrict litigation in Michigan federal court over alleged price-fixing in the auto parts industry.

  • June 22, 2017

    Intellectual Ventures Didn't Own ITC Probe Patents: Car Cos.

    Automakers Honda, BMW and Toyota have argued that a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation into thermoplastic parts used in imported cars should be terminated because Intellectual Ventures never owned the patents in question, having bought them from a defunct subsidiary.

  • June 22, 2017

    2nd Circ. Tosses TCPA Suit Against Auto Financial Co.

    The Second Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action accusing Lincoln Automotive Financial Services of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying the man suing the company consented to receive calls when he signed his car lease.

  • June 22, 2017

    Uber Must Give Driver Info To San Francisco Tax Office

    Uber Technologies Inc. must disclose driver information to the San Francisco tax collector in response to the city’s attempt to verify that drivers are securing business licenses in accordance with local law, a Superior Court judge said Thursday, while the company continues to voice privacy concerns.

  • June 22, 2017

    Transportation Regulation & Legislation: Midyear Report

    Much-anticipated legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and implementing President Donald Trump's estimated $1 trillion infrastructure proposal are among the top transportation policy items still on deck for 2017. Here, Law360 examines the transportation-related legislation and regulation that attorneys will be watching closely for the rest of the year.

  • June 22, 2017

    Honda Asks To Use Takata Guilty Plea In Its Air Bag Defense

    American Honda Motor Co. on Wednesday asked the Florida federal court overseeing the multidistrict litigation over Takata’s potentially deadly air bags to let it use Takata’s criminal guilty plea as part of its defense, saying that the facts therein are crucial to its arguments.

  • June 22, 2017

    Ex-Uber CEO Knew Engineer Had Trade Secrets, Waymo Says

    Former Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick knew last year that a then-engineer possessed trade secrets from Waymo LLC, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit said Wednesday while arguing that Uber must prove to a California federal court that it shouldn’t be held in contempt for its repeated failure to surrender the documents.

  • June 22, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Cert. Of Foundry Worker OT Class

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld the certification of two classes of Wisconsin iron foundry workers who say a Hitachi-owned foundry operator violated state law and the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying for the time workers spend decontaminating themselves after their day is done.

Expert Analysis

  • Driverless Vehicles May Put The Brakes On Accident Suits

    Peter Hart

    When autonomous driving technology replaces error-prone human drivers, many are betting that businesses such as trucking firms, delivery services and shuttle operators will face dramatically fewer legal settlements and court battles triggered by vehicular accidents. Now is the time for companies to consider how the shift to autonomous vehicles could create opportunities and challenges for their businesses, says Peter Hart of LeClairRyan.

  • Rules Of Origin For Automobiles Under A New NAFTA

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    As the Trump administration begins renegotiating NAFTA, auto industry stakeholders will wish to know whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership rules are to be emulated or avoided, says Dean Pinkert, a partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Merger Notification In China And The Statute Of Limitations

    Wei Huang

    There are two approaches to Chinese law regarding failure to declare concentration — one is that businesses will no longer face anti-monopoly risk after two years, and the other is that they could still face risk after two years. As seen in the recent Cummins case, China's Ministry of Commerce clearly prefers the latter, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Uber May Have Met Its Waterloo In Europe

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    Recent developments in Europe suggest that Uber’s business model — built on its claims that it is a digital platform between consumer and driver, not a transportation company, and that its workers are merely independent contractors, not employees governed by local labor laws — may be approaching collapse on the continent sooner than anticipated, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Legal Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicles

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    Human error on the roads costs countless lives. As artificial intelligence in the driver’s seat grows more advanced, better outcomes are possible. But autonomous vehicles present many legal complexities. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland LLP partners Michael Nelson and Charlotte Walker-Osborn discuss the compliance challenges of the driverless future.

  • Why Plaintiffs Bar Should Worry About Asbestos Suits

    Gregory Cade

    Asbestos-related cases have come to be known as the longest-running mass tort litigation ever, and they have collected a number of potential problems over time. Diminishment of trust funds for victims, loss of insurance coverage for asbestos defendants and long court backlogs are all potential issues attorneys must confront and discuss with their asbestos plaintiffs, says Gregory Cade of Environmental Litigation Group PC.