Automotive

  • May 26, 2017

    Calif. Sues Sumitomo In Auto Parts Price Fixing MDL

    The state of California sued Japanese auto parts maker Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. and its affiliates Friday as part of a massive multidistrict litigation in Michigan federal court over anti-competitive conduct and price-fixing in the auto parts industry.

  • May 26, 2017

    Hertz Charges Hidden Toll Fees For A Profit, Suit Says

    Hertz fails to notify car renters that its transponders don’t work on all toll roads and then charges consumers large, hidden fees for small, unpaid tolls to generate a profit, according to a putative class action filed Thursday in California federal court.

  • May 26, 2017

    'Sham' Auto Title Lender Shut Down In Mass., AG Says

    An auto title lender that charged 600 percent interest rates and forced consumers to resolve any disputes in New Zealand is now barred from doing business in Massachusetts, the state attorney general said.

  • May 26, 2017

    Holland & Knight Bolsters M&A Focus With 3-Person Team

    Holland & Knight has sharpened its M&A focus with the recent hiring of a three-person team from Greenberg Traurig in Denver, who will bring an expertise in retail automotive dealerships, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

  • May 26, 2017

    Avis Denied Forced Arbitration Of TCPA Class Action

    Car rental company Avis can’t yet force a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit into arbitration, a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday, finding that the company and the renter who brought the proposed class action disagree on whether an arbitration agreement exists.

  • May 26, 2017

    DC Circ. Erases $4M Iran Sanctions Penalty In Mixed Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed the U.S. Treasury Department’s wide latitude to impose Iran sanctions but set aside a $4.07 million penalty against car accessory seller Epsilon Electronics after finding that the agency cut too many corners in its investigation of the company.

  • May 26, 2017

    Judge Orders Jeep Drivers Back To Mediation With Fiat

    A proposed class action accusing Fiat Chrysler of selling Jeeps with faulty transmissions is headed back to mediation, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge said Thursday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Drivers Seek To Revive Suit After Uber Admits To Underpaying

    An Uber driver who saw his proposed wage-and-hour class action tossed asked a New York federal judge on Thursday to reconsider the dismissal of a breach of contract claim in light of Uber’s recent admission it was mistakenly underpaying New York City drivers, saying his claims were "100 percent on the mark." 

  • May 25, 2017

    3rd Circ. Affirms Uber Win In Taxi Cos.' Competition Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a victory for ride-hailing giant Uber, agreeing with a lower court that a group of Philadelphia taxi companies' unfair competition claims could not be based on licensing law violations for operating without local authorization. 

  • May 25, 2017

    Waymo Says Uber Can’t Hide Exec’s Alleged IP Crimes

    Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo asked a California federal judge Thursday to make Uber hand over a due-diligence report prepared in anticipation of acquiring a self-driving car company started by Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Waymo employee accused of stealing trade secrets, arguing Uber was trying to invoke a work-product privilege to shroud Levandowski's alleged crimes.

  • May 25, 2017

    Subprime Auto Loan Co. Execs Cop To $11M Fraud

    Two Massachusetts men pled guilty in Boston federal court Thursday to an $11 million fraud scheme in which they falsely told investors that their subprime auto loan company could accept tax-advantaged retirement account funds.

  • May 25, 2017

    GM Hit With Emissions-Cheating Claims

    General Motors on Thursday became the latest automaker to be caught up in allegations of emissions cheating, as a proposed class action filed in Michigan federal court claims that defeat devices — similar to those used in Volkswagen’s diesel cars — are installed in certain models of its diesel trucks.

  • May 25, 2017

    German Prosecutors Eye Bosch Workers Amid Daimler Probe

    German prosecutors investigating if Daimler AG employees committed fraud in the sales of the company's diesel cars by faking emissions documents are also looking into workers at auto parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, according to media reports Thursday.

  • May 25, 2017

    VW Wants Fla. Engine Defect Class Action Moved To NJ

    Volkswagen, with the consent of a proposed class of drivers, asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to move the drivers’ lawsuit over a purported engine defect to New Jersey federal court, where an earlier-filed case has been pending for more than eight months.

  • May 25, 2017

    Chrysler Beats Ex-Worker's Bias, Retaliation Suit

    A Michigan federal judge granted Fiat Chrysler an early win on Wednesday in a former worker’s wrongful termination and discrimination suit alleging the automaker improperly fired him when he complained he couldn’t physically perform his job duties, finding that the worker’s own performance led to his termination.

  • May 24, 2017

    Used Car Dealer Adds Doubts To Class Bid In Junk Text Suit

    A used-car dealer raised numerous issues Wednesday in federal court in Miami objecting that evidence a Florida man presented in his bid to form a class to pursue claims of Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations over unsolicited text messages, as well as his suitability to lead a class.

  • May 24, 2017

    6th Circ. Affirms Decision To Keep VW Exec In Detention

    A Volkswagen AG executive accused of aiding in the conspiracy to cover up the diesel emissions test scandal will remain in pretrial detention after a Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday denied his bid to overturn a lower court decision that ruled him a flight risk.

  • May 24, 2017

    Honda Won't Remedy Defective Engine Starters, Suit Says

    A Honda Accord owner hit the car manufacturer with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday, alleging Honda has violated consumer fraud laws by failing to remedy a defect to the engine starter system that can cause motors and batteries to fail.

  • May 24, 2017

    Truckers Denied Class Cert. In Rest Break Suit

    A California federal judge declined Tuesday to certify a proposed class alleging that Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona denies drivers rest periods required by state law, saying that whether a given driver should be in the class is too fact-intensive for the suit to be decided collectively.

  • May 24, 2017

    Waymo Wants Privilege Log From Uber Exec In IP Suit

    Waymo asked a California federal judge on Tuesday to force a former engineer who's now working for Uber to provide a detailed list of documents he's refusing to disclose under the Fifth Amendment in a high-profile trade secrets fight alleging the ride-sharing giant stole the Alphabet Inc. unit's self-driving car technology.

Expert Analysis

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • A New Path To Defending NLRB Employer Policy Challenges

    Adam Abrahms

    For employers that feel handcuffed by what many view as overzealous interference from the National Labor Relations Board, two recent decisions reinforce the merits of what may be the best approach to defending against charges that challenge company policies, say Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz of Epstein Becker Green.

  • Closing The Door On Hybrid Product Defect-Fraud Claims

    Erin Bosman

    Last month, a California federal court dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW over soft-closing automatic car doors. While many automotive defect claims are brought as pure product liability actions, the plaintiffs in this case sought to “hybridize” product liability and fraud doctrines. The case illustrates the perils of overreaching, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Driverless Vehicles May Put The Brakes On Accident Suits

    Peter Hart

    When autonomous driving technology replaces error-prone human drivers, many are betting that businesses such as trucking firms, delivery services and shuttle operators will face dramatically fewer legal settlements and court battles triggered by vehicular accidents. Now is the time for companies to consider how the shift to autonomous vehicles could create opportunities and challenges for their businesses, says Peter Hart of LeClairRyan.

  • Rules Of Origin For Automobiles Under A New NAFTA

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    As the Trump administration begins renegotiating NAFTA, auto industry stakeholders will wish to know whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership rules are to be emulated or avoided, says Dean Pinkert, a partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and former vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Merger Notification In China And The Statute Of Limitations

    Wei Huang

    There are two approaches to Chinese law regarding failure to declare concentration — one is that businesses will no longer face anti-monopoly risk after two years, and the other is that they could still face risk after two years. As seen in the recent Cummins case, China's Ministry of Commerce clearly prefers the latter, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Uber May Have Met Its Waterloo In Europe

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    Recent developments in Europe suggest that Uber’s business model — built on its claims that it is a digital platform between consumer and driver, not a transportation company, and that its workers are merely independent contractors, not employees governed by local labor laws — may be approaching collapse on the continent sooner than anticipated, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.