Automotive

  • August 23, 2017

    Drivers Denied Docs In Land Rover Battery Defect Suit

    A proposed class of drivers suing over alleged battery failures in Land Rover vehicles is not entitled to documents related to Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC’s preproduction vehicle testing and a software fix, a New Jersey federal judge said on Wednesday, upholding a magistrate judge's July decision.

  • August 22, 2017

    7th Circ. Revives Suit Over Volvo's Hybrid SUV

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Tuesday rejected a district court's finding that the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action against Volvo over its electric hybrid SUV gave up legal standing when she rejected a remediation attempt by the company before filing the lawsuit.

  • August 22, 2017

    Mercedes To Repair Seat Heaters In Around 270K Cars

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC will install new seat heater wiring in as many as 270,000 vehicles to settle claims the equipment could spark or catch fire as part of a proposed class action settlement filed in California federal court on Monday that the plaintiffs’ counsel says is worth at least $54 million, in addition to warranty and reimbursement relief.

  • August 22, 2017

    Objector Fights Ford Exhaust-Fume Deal At 11th Circ.

    A class member objecting to the settlement in a dispute over a Ford Motor Co. exhaust system that allegedly exposed passengers to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide fought the class counsel's bid to dismiss her appeal for lack of standing in the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.

  • August 22, 2017

    Tesla Wins Bid For Lawmaker Docs In Direct Auto Sales Fight

    A Michigan magistrate judge on Monday ordered two Republican state lawmakers to comply with Tesla Motors Inc.’s requests for documents related to a state law passed in 2014 that bans the automaker from selling directly to consumers.

  • August 22, 2017

    Fiat Must Face Some Claims In Drivers' Hacking Risk Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday refused to entirely dismiss a putative class action claiming some Fiat Chrysler Jeeps are susceptible to hacking, saying that the plaintiffs can continue to claim they overpaid for the vehicles.

  • August 22, 2017

    Uber Wants NY Cab Drivers' Wage Battle Slashed

    Uber moved Monday to dismantle a proposed wage-and-hour class and collective action from New York drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors, saying the drivers shouldn’t be allowed to assert spread-of-hours pay and “illegal kickbacks” claims.

  • August 21, 2017

    Why Midsize Firms Run The Gamut On Diversity

    Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.

  • August 21, 2017

    Law Firms Head Back To School For Diversity Guidance

    A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.

  • August 21, 2017

    GCs Find New Urgency In Longtime Push For Diversity

    In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.

  • August 21, 2017

    Japan Car Parts Co. Seals $61M Deal In Price-Fixing MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday gave final approval to a $61.2 million settlement in massive multidistrict litigation brought by automobile dealerships that accused Japanese car parts maker Denso Corp. of bid-rigging, market allocation and price-fixing.

  • August 21, 2017

    9 Global Car Shippers Fined $37.8M By South Korea Watchdog

    Nine auto shipping companies from Japan, Norway, Chile and Korea were hit with 43 billion won ($37.8 million) in fines by South Korea’s antitrust watchdog on Monday for allegedly rigging bids and fixing prices to ship cars.

  • August 21, 2017

    Hyundai Beats Peeling Paint Class Action For Good

    Hyundai on Monday beat a proposed class action claiming it sold cars with defective paint that begins peeling and flaking after too short a time, with a California federal judge finding that the vehicle owners still hadn’t provided enough facts to support their claims.

  • August 21, 2017

    VW Tells DC Circ. Earlier Micro-Unit Decision Doesn't Apply

    Volkswagen told the D.C. Circuit on Friday not to pay any mind to a recent decision by a panel of circuit judges upholding the National Labor Relations Board’s Specialty Healthcare micro-unit decision, saying the issues in that case are different from those in its challenge of a micro-unit of maintenance workers at its Tennessee plant.

  • August 21, 2017

    Nissan Close To Deal Over Allegedly Defective Transmissions

    Nissan North America Inc. and a New Jersey waste management company are close to settling a lawsuit accusing the automaker and a local dealership of hiding transmission problems affecting 2014 Sentra sedans, according to a letter filed in federal court Friday.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    Feds Seek 3 Years For Ex-VW Engineer In Emissions Scandal

    Federal prosecutors asked a Michigan federal judge Friday to sentence ex-Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang to three years in prison after he pled guilty to charges stemming from the diesel emissions scandal, while his attorney sought house arrest and community service.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Early Lessons From The DOJ Auto Parts Investigation

    Jon Tomlin

    Over the past six years, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a steady flow of guilty pleas for price-fixing of automotive parts in what has been called the largest criminal antitrust investigation in U.S. history. The information contained in plea agreements reached thus far offers a “sneak peek” into what future economic research may reveal, say Jon Tomlin and Chris Ring of Navigant Consulting Inc.

  • Policymakers Accelerate On Driverless-Car Cybersecurity

    Nancy Libin

    A uniform national framework for the cybersecurity issues implicated by autonomous vehicles is needed to supplant the numerous state laws and regulations that have sprung up in the absence of federal legislation. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Congress have an opportunity to provide just that, says Nancy Libin, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP and former chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • A Regulatory Bellwether: Forecasting Cyber Breach Litigation

    Michael Bahar

    While the prospects of cybersecurity litigation loom ever larger, there are tangible ways that may very well decrease the unease and mitigate the risk. Businesses can likely gain significant insight into the future standards courts will use by looking at what matters most to the regulators, say Michael Bahar, Alexander Sand and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.