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Automotive

  • December 13, 2018

    Moldy Mercedes-Benz HVAC Systems ‘Foul,’ Suit Claims

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its parent company Daimler AG were hit with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court Wednesday, claiming in the third putative class action of its kind that the companies knowingly sold vehicles with defective HVAC systems that create mold build-up and cause an "unbearable," foul smell.

  • December 13, 2018

    $250M State Farm Deal OK'd Amid Objector's Threat To Appeal

    An Illinois federal judge gave the final go-ahead Thursday to a $250 million settlement in a class action accusing State Farm of using campaign donations to buy an Illinois Supreme Court justice’s vote, but an objector to the deal has said she will likely appeal.

  • December 13, 2018

    Nissan 'Breached No Warranty,' Wants Floorboard Suit Nixed

    Nissan North America Inc. asked a Missouri federal court on Wednesday for a quick win in a suit accusing the automaker of selling Altimas with defective floorboards that prematurely rust, saying it has not breached its express or implied warranties and did not conceal knowledge of the defect.

  • December 13, 2018

    NYC Cab Drivers Settle Suit Claiming Uber Is Their Employer

    New York City taxi drivers who say they are exploited by Uber and should be paid as employees settled their lawsuit against the ride share giant Thursday, according to a court filing lodged about three months after a Manhattan judge warned the drivers their case might be on thin ice.

  • December 13, 2018

    China's 'Steve Jobs' Risks Losing Calif. Property Over Loan

    Chinese tech magnate Jia Yueting could have more than $11 million of his U.S. properties seized after a Shanghai-based company asked a California federal court to enforce the decision of a Beijing arbitration committee that ordered Jia to make good on a multimillion-dollar loan.

  • December 13, 2018

    'Put Up Or Shut Up' In Fraud Suit, Fiat Chrysler Tells Investors

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles asked a New York federal judge for summary judgment Wednesday against investors alleging it lied about complying with safety regulations and cheating on emissions tests, saying they need to "put up or shut up" now that discovery produced no evidence to support their claims.

  • December 13, 2018

    Ford Transmission Case Belongs in Federal Court: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit has reversed a California federal court’s finding that a proposed class action against Ford over faulty transmissions in certain F-150 trucks belongs in state court, saying Ford proved potential restitution more than meets the $5 million federal jurisdictional threshold.

  • December 12, 2018

    No 'God-Given Right' To Discovery In Antitrust MDL, CDK Says

    CDK Global LLC stood by its refusal to comply with a second discovery request filed in the multidistrict litigation accusing it of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal judge Tuesday that the competitors suing it don’t have a “God-given right” to unlimited discovery.

  • December 12, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz Can Remand Antitrust Row Against Shippers

    A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday approved Mercedes-Benz USA LLC’s bid to remand to state court its antitrust suit alleging international shipping companies conspired to fix prices, rejecting their stance that the Shipping Act provided for federal jurisdiction since that statute does not allow such claims to be originally filed in federal court.

  • December 12, 2018

    VW Banks On Federal Shield To Beat States' Emissions Suits

    Volkswagen AG’s recent wins against states that separately sued the German automaker for environmental or anti-tampering law violations over its 2015 diesel emissions-cheating scandal have reinforced the federal government’s authority to regulate motor vehicle and emissions standards, spelling trouble for other pending state and county lawsuits.

  • December 12, 2018

    EU-Japan Trade Pact Set To Take Effect In February

    The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the European Union will take effect in February following its ratification by lawmakers Wednesday, effectively creating the largest free trade zone ever implemented by a regional trade accord.

  • December 12, 2018

    Fatal Crash Of Thrice-Lent Car Not Insured, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a trial court’s ruling that a man’s State Farm liability coverage doesn’t apply to wrongful death claims arising from a fatal one-car crash that occurred when the man’s estranged wife’s boyfriend allowed an intoxicated woman to drive the man’s Porsche.

  • December 12, 2018

    Uber Ran Rival Off Road With Fake Ride Requests, Suit Says

    A shuttered ride-hailing startup accused Uber in California federal court Tuesday of requesting rides and canceling them shortly before pickups in a scheme to push competitors out, saying it cost consumers “lower prices, higher quality, and more options.”

  • December 12, 2018

    Ex-Tesla Worker Forced To Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

    Tesla Inc. has won its bid to force arbitration of a former employee’s whistleblower claims he was fired for reporting to supervisors that the automaker had engaged in illicit conduct in dealing with customers, with a New Jersey federal judge finding that the worker waived his right to go to court under the parties’ arbitration agreement.

  • December 11, 2018

    Fiat Presses Supreme Court To Undo Car-Hacking Cert. Order

    Fiat Chrysler urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to resolve a circuit split and allow it to swiftly challenge an Illinois district court's certification of thousands of drivers claiming Jeep Cherokees were vulnerable to hacking, saying the lower court's "manifest errors" cannot go unchecked.

  • December 11, 2018

    Exec Recruiting Firm Dodges GC Candidate's Sex Bias Suit

    A Michigan federal judge Tuesday tossed an attorney’s suit alleging an executive recruiting firm sabotaged her candidacy for a general counsel vacancy at an auto parts company because she's a woman, but declined to sanction her for filing a flimsy suit.

  • December 11, 2018

    VW Slams Bondholder's Bid To Redo Emissions Fraud Suit

    Volkswagen has told a California federal judge that a bondholder cannot tack on insider trading claims to a proposed class action alleging it was duped into buying overpriced bonds based on misleading offering documents concealing the German automaker’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

  • December 11, 2018

    Climate Report Proves Carbon Regs Must Stick, EPA Told

    The dire conclusions in the blockbuster climate change report recently released by the Trump administration contradict White House efforts to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles and power plants and the proposals should be yanked immediately, dozens of state attorneys general and city and county attorneys said Tuesday.

  • December 11, 2018

    Auto Part Maker Can't Fire Worker Over Cursing: NLRB Judge

    A Nexteer Automotive Corp. worker didn't lose the protection of federal labor law when he hurled profanity toward a supervisor in a closed-door meeting, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, deeming the worker's firing unlawful and calling for him to get his job back.

  • December 11, 2018

    EBay Buyout Of UK Car Site Probed By Antitrust Watchdog

    The U.K.'s antitrust watchdog said Tuesday it had launched an investigation of EBay Inc.’s planned takeover of a vehicle shopping site based in that country.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff visits him to learn more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Parking Lot And Garage Operations Tax

    David Machemer

    Historically, the parking lot tax was one of a handful of taxes that were not actively audited. However, in the past few years in Cook County, Illinois, there has been a significant uptick in audits and challenges to taxpayer positions on the tax, says David Machemer of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • Prop 65 Compliance Gets More Complicated

    Anne Marie Ellis

    Recent amendments to California's Proposition 65 changed the nature and content of chemical exposure warnings required for many products, substances and locations. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs bar is stepping up its attempts to target Prop 65 violators, says Anne Marie Ellis of Buchalter PC.