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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.