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Automotive

  • October 18, 2018

    Fund Takes 2nd Stab At Uber Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    A Texas-based retirement fund took another stab at a proposed California class action alleging Uber Technologies Inc. and its ex-CEO Travis Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • October 18, 2018

    Crash Victims Ask 8th Circ. To Cut Firm’s Fees In Toyota Row

    The victims of a fatal 2006 crash have urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a ruling that cut the fee award allotted to one of their representatives, the Padden Law Firm PLLC, arguing that the lower court correctly reduced the award because Padden "did little or no substantive work."

  • October 18, 2018

    Toyoda Gosei To Pay $10.8M To Dealers In Auto Parts MDL

    A Michigan federal judge on Thursday gave the first nod to a $10.8 million settlement between auto dealerships and parts maker Toyoda Gosei and its affiliates in a multidistirict litigation over allegations of bid-rigging and fixing prices on a variety of parts.

  • October 18, 2018

    Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

    A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs.

  • October 18, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Slams Drivers' Expert In EcoDiesel MDL

    Fiat Chrysler has urged a California federal judge to reject a bid by consumers to use what the company says is “flawed and unreliable” expert testimony to pursue class certification in multidistrict litigation alleging the company defrauded consumers into buying Jeep and Ram diesel vehicles outfitted with emissions-cheating devices.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Justices Let Philly Area Taxi Drivers Dodge City Rules

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a string of taxicab regulations handed down by the Philadelphia Parking Authority should not apply to vehicles operating across city borders under the jurisdiction of both the PPA and the state's Public Utility Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    Musk, Tesla Board Face Chancery Suit Over 'Erratic' Conduct

    Pointing to unchecked, "erratic" behavior by Tesla founder Elon Musk and board failures to head off recent, costly consequences, a company shareholder launched a derivative suit in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Wednesday, seeking damages and governance reforms.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Katten, GrayRobinson Steer $275M Baggage Delivery Co. Deal

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP led parking, ground transportation and event logistics company SP Plus in its $275 million purchase of airline baggage delivery service Baggage Airline Guest Services, which was guided by GrayRobinson PA, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Senate Bill Would Give Temporary Tax Relief To Tesla

    A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would lift the cap on the $7,500 federal subsidy for consumers of electric vehicles made by companies such as Tesla, before phasing out the tax incentive altogether.

  • October 17, 2018

    Bosch Presses Bid To Sink Ford Pickup Truck Emissions Suit

    Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC told a Michigan federal court Tuesday that consumers alleging it helped Ford Motor Co. rig 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to cheat emissions tests cannot try to use a recent California ruling in a Volkswagen case to keep alive their racketeering and fraud claims.

  • October 17, 2018

    Truckers Tell High Court State Taxes Threaten Deregulation

    Trucking carriers in Washington state have said the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear a trio of cases to preserve federal trucking deregulation or states will continue to pass employment laws undermining the carriers.

  • October 17, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser, Others Want $90M In State Farm Judge Case

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Clifford Law Offices PC and several other firms have asked for $90 million in fees and expenses for their work representing a class of State Farm customers who settled claims the insurance giant rigged an Illinois judicial election for $250 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TPA, Thor, New Wave Loans Residential

    TPA Group has reportedly landed $11.5 million in financing for a Florida warehouse project, a Thor Equities venture is said to have scored a $305 million loan for three New York office and retail properties, and New Wave Loans Residential has reportedly loaned $8.3 million for the recent purchase of a Florida automotive property.

  • October 17, 2018

    EPA's Science Review, Truck Emissions Rules On Back Burner

    The Trump administration has indicated it will delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's controversial proposal to avoid rulemaking based on research that isn't publicly available and indefinitely shelve the EPA's repeal of Obama-era emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks.

  • October 17, 2018

    Hertz Says Consumer's Robocalls Suit Too Narrow For Class

    The Hertz Corp. has asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss a consumer's proposed class action alleging invasion of privacy based on robocalls the company made to him when his mother kept a car weeks past due, saying the circumstances are too specific to represent a group.

  • October 16, 2018

    Uber Gets Car Crash Negligence Suit Sent To NY

    An Illinois federal judge has transferred to the Southern District of New York a negligence suit filed by a Chicago man who was paralyzed when his Uber ride crashed, saying most of the case's "material events" happened in the Big Apple.

  • October 16, 2018

    Mitsuba To Pay $4.6M To Bow Out Of Car Parts MDL

    Mitsuba Corp. has agreed to shell out $4.6 million and cooperate with its accusers to escape claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation alleging it was part of a conspiracy to fix prices on two types of auto parts, direct buyers told a Michigan federal judge in a pair of proposed settlements on Monday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Uber Reaches $1.3M Deal In Drivers' Collective FLSA Action

    Uber Technologies Inc. will pay $1.3 million to settle Fair Labor Standards Act claims from more than 5,000 drivers who aren’t bound by arbitration agreements and alleged the ride-hailing giant misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees, according to a North Carolina federal court filing Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Philly UberBlack Drivers Press 3rd Circ. For Employee Status

    Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told the Third Circuit on Monday that they're similar to migrant workers who are compensated at the whim of an economically dominant entity, meaning they should be recognized as employees entitled to proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • How High Court May Rule On The Bare-Metal Defense

    S. Christopher Collier

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed foundational tort principles at oral argument in Air and Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, which concerns a defendant's liability under maritime law for products it did not make, sell or distribute. The court’s ruling will doubtless influence lower courts considering other bare-metal challenges, say S. Christopher Collier and Michael Arndt of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. 

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • How FIRRMA Changes The Game For Tech Cos. And Investors

    Steven Croley

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, signed into law in August, will significantly alter how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States conducts its work. Emerging technology companies, and their prospective investors, must be mindful of whether investments are now subject to CFIUS jurisdiction, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • A Canadian Perspective On The 'New NAFTA'

    Matthew Kronby

    Last week, Canada reached agreement with the United States and Mexico on what is essentially a revised North American Free Trade Agreement. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement alters some provisions of NAFTA, maintains others and borrows a few ideas from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.