Automotive

  • June 21, 2017

    Justice Sotomayor On The Power Of Dissent

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her views on writing dissents and the change she hopes they inspire in the law, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.

  • June 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Says AutoZone Worker's Transfer Not Discrimination

    The Seventh Circuit upheld a lower court that threw out a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case against AutoZone Inc., saying Tuesday that transferring a black employee out of a store serving a mostly Hispanic community did not rise to the level of unlawful discrimination.

  • June 21, 2017

    EU Tackles Another Auto Cartel With $29.8M Car Lights Fine

    The European Commission on Wednesday slapped German auto parts companies Automotive Lighting and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. with a €26.7 million ($29.8 million) fine for colluding to fix prices for automotive lighting parts.

  • June 21, 2017

    PTAB Lets Schaeffler Amend Some Claims In Patent Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in a rare move, on Tuesday allowed the owner of a patent related to automobile transmissions to amend some claims in an inter partes review after finding that Valeo North America Inc. had shown the patent was invalid.

  • June 21, 2017

    NLRB Loses Bid To Halt Machinist Union Exit

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday shot down the National Labor Relations Board’s bid to stall an industrial parts manufacturer from ending its recognition of the union representing its workers until the union’s unfair labor practices claims play out in front of the board, saying the issue should be taken up with the board’s administrative law judge.

  • June 21, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ducati, Ista International, LendLease

    Harley-Davidson has joined the chorus of companies vying for Italy's Ducati, CK Infrastructure is among numerous suitors interested in German smart meter business Ista International, and LendLease hopes to collect around $757 million through a sale of half of its Australia senior housing business.

  • June 21, 2017

    Jaguar Owes Texas Dealership Nearly $1M In Contract Fight

    Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC must pay one of its Texas dealerships nearly $1 million as a result of a contract dispute, a Texas federal judge said Tuesday, finding that the company improperly reclaimed cash the dealer earned under a sales incentive program.

  • June 21, 2017

    Squire Patton Boggs Adds Tech Partner In England

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has bolstered its intellectual property and technology practice with the addition of a partner who previously managed Eversheds Sutherland’s technology team in the Leeds, England, office and the automotive team internationally.

  • June 21, 2017

    South Africa Finds Shipping JV Could Promote Collusion

    The South African Competition Commission has prohibited a joint venture between container shipping companies Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., saying Wednesday the deal would encourage anti-competitive behavior in the auto shipping and container liner markets.

  • June 21, 2017

    Besieged By Scandals, Uber Boss Kalanick Steps Down

    Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down as head of the company he helped create, a representative of the ride-share giant confirmed Wednesday, amid a growing storm of reports alleging rampant sexism and misconduct at the company under his leadership.

  • June 20, 2017

    Burns & Levinson Boosts IP Bench With Technology Expert

    A former Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC attorney whose experience in patent technology is concentrated in the automotive, green and life sciences industries has joined Burns & Levinson LLP as a partner in its intellectual property group.

  • June 20, 2017

    Driver In Tesla Crash Ignored 7 Warnings, NHTSA Docs Say

    The driver behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S in self-driving mode when he died in a May 2016 accident was warned seven times to put his hands on the wheel, according to documents released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • June 20, 2017

    Fraud Claims Trimmed In GM Ignition Bellwether Trial

    The New York federal judge overseeing GM ignition switch litigation on Tuesday axed fraud claims in a driver’s upcoming bellwether trial, since he bought his 2009 Chevrolet HHR secondhand from a dealership, but declined to nix his claims that the automaker failed to warn of the alleged defect.

  • June 20, 2017

    Uber Defends Privilege Log In Waymo Trade Secrets Case

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Monday defended the extensive privilege log it provided to Waymo LLC in a trade secrets suit and urged the California federal court not to make it hand over documents Waymo requested after receiving the log.

  • June 20, 2017

    Musk Didn't Drive Challenged SolarCity Merger, Tesla Says

    The Delaware Chancery Court should throw out a lawsuit filed by Tesla investors accusing the company’s executives of overpaying for SolarCity Corp., the automaker has said, arguing that the investors haven’t supported their claim that Elon Musk controlled whether the deal went through.

  • June 20, 2017

    Ex-Tesla Worker Gets Probation For Peeping At Boss’s Email

    A California federal judge ordered a former Tesla mechanical engineer on Tuesday to serve five years probation and pay the electric car maker restitution for illegally accessing an ex-manager’s email and downloading confidential information he later posted online, rejecting prosecutors’ request for at least 6 months of home detention.

  • June 20, 2017

    Uber Hits Back At Proposed Class Action Over Driver Fares

    Uber slammed a proposed class action alleging it breached its contract with drivers by stiffing them on fares with its so-called upfront pricing model, telling a California federal judge Monday that the plaintiff has misread the agreement and doesn’t have a valid case.

  • June 20, 2017

    Sanction Ford For Scrubbed Source Code, Drivers Say

    A proposed class of drivers who say Ford Motor Co.’s vehicles suddenly accelerate told a West Virginia federal court on Friday to sanction the car company for lying during discovery and defying a court order to produce its full electronic throttle control system source code.

  • June 20, 2017

    Ford Again Sues CBP For $6M In Jaguar Import Refunds

    Ford Motor Co. on Monday filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade, hoping to revive its long-running effort to force U.S. Customs and Border Protection to refund about $6.2 million that it says CBP owes for overpaid duties on Jaguar-brand cars imported in 2004 and 2005.

  • June 19, 2017

    Ford Canada Gets Win In Long-Running Antitrust Litigation

    A California state judge on Friday ruled that antitrust claims against Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. can’t be brought because of similar claims that were tossed in a federal action in a 14-year-old dispute over an alleged conspiracy among automakers to keep cheap Canadian cars out of the U.S. market.

Expert Analysis

  • Expect Change At The Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Kevin Penhallegon

    With a new Republican acting chairman appointed in February, and the retirement of a Democratic commissioner coming in October, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is already in the midst of change. Statements by Republican commissioners offer further proof that the CPSC is due for a shift in policy and philosophy, say attorneys with Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • A Tale Of 2 States, And 2 Asbestos Verdicts

    Meghan Senter

    Two verdicts were handed down recently in mesothelioma lawsuits related to asbestos exposure. Both cases were heard in state courts, both involved a deceased plaintiff, and both were brought by the same firm. But the verdicts were very different, and illustrate how state-specific laws can be as damaging to a case as a bad set of facts, says Meghan Senter of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Solving The Uninsured Driver Conundrum With Technology

    Kymberly Kochis

    Nearly a century after Massachusetts enacted the first law mandating the purchase of auto insurance, and despite laws on the books in almost every state, 12 percent of drivers are still uninsured. Kymberly Kochis and Veronica Wayner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP explore why uninsured driver rates are so high, how states are addressing the issue, and consider prospects for future solutions through technological advances.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Haeger V. Goodyear: Just Put The Cookie Back In The Jar

    Jeb Butler

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Haeger v. Goodyear illustrates how manufacturers and their lawyers get away with withholding evidence. If the chances of getting caught are low, and the penalty is merely that you go back to where you started, there is little incentive to play fair, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Privilege Applies To Multinationals' In-House Counsel

    Devika Kewalramani

    How does attorney-client privilege apply to an international company with corporate legal departments at a U.S. parent and at foreign subsidiaries? When does it attach to communications between such entities? These questions were the subject of a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court. The court's opinion provides real-world guidance to both in-house and outside counsel, say attorneys from Moses & Singer LLP.

  • Thinking Fast And Slow About Class Action Reform

    Michael Donovan

    Corporate interests lobbying for H.R. 985, the anti-class action bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, are the same ones that pushed the Class Action Fairness Act in 2005. That law caused most significant class actions to migrate to federal courts. Ironically, the new bill could return many class actions to state courts, says Michael Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group LLC.