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  • July 18, 2018

    ITC To Probe Amazon, Walmart Over Carburetor IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate several companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Target Corp. and Walmart Inc., after a Michigan-based engine parts manufacturer accused them of selling products containing imported carburetors that infringe five of its patents, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ill. Court Clerk Faces Privacy Suit Over Driver Records

    The clerk of Illinois' Cook County Circuit Court got hit with a proposed class action in federal court Tuesday over claims that her office is “systematically” violating federal driver privacy laws by disclosing unredacted traffic records in the court’s docket terminals.

  • July 17, 2018

    Geico Drives Into Multibillion-Dollar Auto Parts Antitrust Row

    Geico Corp. has filed suit in Michigan federal court against more than 70 auto parts companies embroiled in an international antitrust investigation that has yielded billions of dollars in criminal fines, saying it has been overcharged on insurance claims for more than 20 years due to numerous price-fixing conspiracies.

  • July 17, 2018

    Santander Investors Reach $9.5M Deal In Accounting Row

    A vehicle financing unit of Santander Bank has agreed to a $9.5 million settlement with investors ending allegations it flouted accounting regulations and kept its stock trading at artificially inflated levels, according to documents filed in Texas federal court on Monday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Abraaj, Dyal, Didi

    Abu Dhabi Capital Management is reportedly competing with Cerberus Capital Management to manage Abraaj Group’s funds, Dyal Capital Partners is discussing a deal to buy a Golub Capital stake, and Didi Chuxing wants to spin off its car services business for up to $1.5 billion.

  • July 17, 2018

    Product Liability Cases To Watch: Midyear Report

    The tsunami of litigation over the nation's deadly opioid crisis will continue to keep attorneys riveted as the parties work toward trial dates next year. And after a string of losses for patients who claim that Bayer failed to warn of its blood thinner Xarelto's bleeding risks, attorneys are looking to see if they can find a winning argument. Here are the product liability cases attorneys will be keeping an eye on for the rest of 2018.

  • July 17, 2018

    Enviros Press DC Circ. To Halt EPA Truck Emissions Rollback

    A trio of environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to cease enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, standards the agency plans to repeal.

  • July 17, 2018

    Biz Groups Urge 1st Circ. To Rehear Uber Fine Print Spat

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Boston-based public interest law firm and an app developers’ group urged the First Circuit on Monday to rethink a recent ruling rejecting the legality of Uber’s terms of service containing an arbitration provision, saying it creates enforceability problems for online contracts.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ex-'Taxi King' Worker Wins $1.3M In Sexual Harassment Suit

    A federal judge on Monday awarded $1.34 million to a former employee of an embattled New York City taxicab kingpin in a lawsuit accusing him and his company of sexual harassment and retaliation.

  • July 17, 2018

    Buyers Slam German Auto Cos.' Bid To Dodge Antitrust MDL

    U.S. auto dealers and consumers told a California federal judge Monday that Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche cannot dodge multidistrict litigation alleging they engaged in an antitrust conspiracy on car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment, saying there’s substantial evidence of the decadeslong scheme.

  • July 17, 2018

    EU, Japan Ink New Trade Deal Trimming Nearly All Tariffs

    European Union and Japanese officials on Tuesday signed a bilateral trade deal that will drop tariffs and facilitate commerce between the two economic powerhouses, voicing a strong commitment for trade liberalization as barriers persist around the globe.

  • July 17, 2018

    Booking Holdings Invests $500M In Chinese Ride-Hailing Co.

    Connecticut-based online travel company Booking Holdings Inc. and Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing Technology Co. said Tuesday that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the former also investing $500 million in the latter.

  • July 16, 2018

    Ex-Apple Engineer Denies Stealing Self-Driving Car IP

    A former Apple employee accused of illegally downloading the tech giant's proprietary information related to self-driving cars before taking a job with a Chinese self-driving car company pled not guilty in California federal court Monday to trade secret theft.

  • July 16, 2018

    4th Circ. Axes Va. Buyers' Hyundai False Ad Suits

    The Fourth Circuit snuffed out two proposed class actions from Virginia consumers alleging Hyundai Motor America Inc. misrepresented the fuel economy of its Hyundai Elantra cars, saying the consumers already missed their chance to plead facts to back up their allegations.

  • July 16, 2018

    Drivers Drop $60M Suit Against Data Co. Over Selling Info

    Drivers have dropped their $60 million proposed class action lawsuit against data company National Recall & Data Services alleging their motor vehicle records were accessed and wrongly sold to advertisers, telling a federal judge in Texas the company doesn't have the funds it would need to pay a judgment.

  • July 16, 2018

    FCA, Bosch Want RICO Claims Axed In Emissions MDL

    Fiat Chrysler and Bosch asked a California federal court Friday to dismiss claims brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in multidistrict litigation over alleged evasion of emissions testing, saying the purported misconduct harmed regulators rather than the drivers making the claims.

  • July 16, 2018

    NY Man Admits Hacking Uber Drivers' Bank Accounts

    A 22-year-old high school graduate told Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday that he worked with a crew to loot the accounts of Uber Technologies Inc. drivers, admitting to a role in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar identity theft and fraud scheme targeting the ride-hailing service and its Lyft Inc. rival.

  • July 16, 2018

    6th Circ. OKs Pollution Class Action, Paving Way For Others

    A group of Dayton, Ohio, residents suing four companies for groundwater pollution got the green light from the Sixth Circuit on Monday to continue their lawsuit as a class action, a ruling that generally opens the door for easier approval of class claims in the circuit.

  • July 16, 2018

    Ford Agrees To $300M Deal To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

    Ford Motor Co. on Monday agreed to a $299.1 million deal that allows the company to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags and accelerates the removal of dangerous air bag inflators from 6 million affected vehicles.

  • July 16, 2018

    Toyota, Kobe Steel Want Out Of Subpar Metal Parts Suit

    Toyota Motor Corp. and Kobe Steel Ltd. separately asked a California federal judge on Friday to dismiss claims that Kobe misrepresented the quality of steel, aluminum and copper products used in Toyota vehicles, saying there is no evidence the possible presence of subpar metals makes the vehicles defective.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • New Regs Pave Way For China's Self-Driving Car Strategy

    Mark Schaub

    Last month, three Chinese government ministries jointly issued national regulations for road testing of autonomous vehicles. The national rules supplement local regulations recently issued in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and are just one indication of China’s ambitions to lead the world in this new technology, say Mark Schaub and Atticus Zhao of King & Wood Mallesons.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • When Must Manufacturers Anticipate Product Misuse?

    Stephen Copenhaver

    Not all injuries arising from the abuse or misuse of a product may lead to manufacturer liability. If the misuse was not reasonably foreseeable, the law does not hold manufacturers responsible in tort. But it can be difficult to determine which misuses are reasonably foreseeable and which are not, say Stephen Copenhaver and Sarah Schiferl of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • How Lagos Might Affect Internal Investigations

    Joon Kim

    If the U.S. Supreme Court holds in Lagos v. United States that companies are able to seek restitution from criminal defendants when they are the victim of an offense, it will create another incentive to conduct internal investigations into misconduct within or against a corporation, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.