Automotive

  • March 24, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Prevails In Recall Suit Over Jeep Fuel Tanks

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday released Fiat Chrysler from a proposed class action brought by Jeep owners alleging the automaker attempted to downplay a fuel tank defect, saying there’s no evidence that press releases regarding the defect posted on the automaker’s website were ever sent to dealerships.

  • March 24, 2017

    GM Drivers Say Experts' Testimony Holds Water

    Several drivers in upcoming trials over General Motors' alleged ignition switch defect on Friday blasted the automaker’s criticisms of their expert witnesses as “meaningless,” telling a New York federal judge that GM fails to address their opinions head on and that its own experts offer unreliable and misleading opinions.

  • March 24, 2017

    Asbestos Firms Shed Racketeering Suits For Lack Of Ill. Ties

    Industrial manufacturer John Crane Inc. cannot pursue claims against asbestos plaintiffs firms Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Shein Law Center Ltd. for allegedly providing false histories for clients during asbestos litigation, as the firms lack sufficient ties to Illinois, according to parallel rulings in federal court Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Wants Hidden Tire Defect Class Suit Tossed

    The maker of Dodge and Chrysler vehicles on Thursday asked a federal judge in New York to dismiss a proposed class action over an alleged costly and hidden tire defect, saying that most named plaintiffs don’t even live in New York and the only one who does belongs to a practically identical suit.

  • March 24, 2017

    Tesla Investors Sue Elon Musk Over SolarCity Merger

    A pair of Tesla Inc. shareholders on Friday filed a putative class action alleging CEO Elon Musk and several other former directors and executives of the electric car maker made false statements about its $2.6 billion purchase of SolarCity Corp. last year.

  • March 24, 2017

    Calif. Advances Methane, Vehicle Emissions Standards

    The California Air Resources Board on Thursday approved several anti-pollution measures including strict new regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas operations, a commitment to increase automobile fuel efficiency, and a plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon.

  • March 24, 2017

    Chicago Cabbies Take Uber Regs Fight To Supreme Court

    Chicago taxi companies Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their arguments that city regulations covering ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft violate the cab businesses' constitutional rights.

  • March 24, 2017

    Uber Arbitration Appeal May Hinge On Rakoff Court Comment

    Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin asked Friday if a trial should be held on whether Uber's mandatory arbitration clause was unlawfully buried in the smartphone of a rider who brought a price-fixing action — and the answer may hinge on a comment U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff made in open court.

  • March 23, 2017

    Justices Avoid Upending Ch. 11 Creditor Payment Practices

    With its ruling that so-called structured dismissals to end Chapter 11 cases cannot sidestep the Bankruptcy Code's creditor priority scheme, the U.S. Supreme Court avoided going so far as to prohibit deviation from the scheme at any time during a case, instead making a carefully tailored decision that doesn't disturb routine practices, experts say.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ariz. Supreme Court Nixes Atty Fee Award In Contract Row

    The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday threw out attorneys’ fees awarded to the successful party in a yearslong contract dispute between a scooter vendor and retailer, saying state law came down in favor of the losing side of the dispute because the winner had rejected the loser’s written settlement offer.

  • March 23, 2017

    Rental Car Co. Settles Sex Bias Case With Lesbian Driver

    A lesbian car transport driver and Enterprise Rent-a-Car subsidiary EAN Holdings LLC have agreed to dismiss her push for the Eighth Circuit to revive her Title VII sexual orientation discrimination case against the company, according to a notice filed Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    Toyota Drops $1.3B On PE-Backed Automation Biz

    Toyota Industries Corp. said Thursday it will buy Dutch logistics automation company Vanderlande Industries Holding BV for 140 billion yen ($1.26 billion) from its private equity backer, beefing up the auto parts, forklifts and textile machinery maker's material handling business.

  • March 23, 2017

    German Prosecutors Probe Daimler Diesel Emissions

    A German prosecutor’s office has launched a probe into whether Daimler AG employees committed fraud over the sales of its diesel cars by faking emissions documents, according to media reports on Wednesday.

  • March 23, 2017

    Text Recipient Has Standing For TCPA Suit, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge held Wednesday that a man accusing used-car dealer Off Lease Only Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with unsolicited texts and calls has standing for his proposed class action, saying he alleged a sufficient injury under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision.

  • March 23, 2017

    Fed Orders Santander To Boost Oversight Of Auto Unit

    The Federal Reserve on Thursday ordered the Spanish bank Banco Santander SA’s U.S. unit to increase its oversight of its subprime auto lending operation, the second time in two years that the bank’s oversight for consumer protection violations has been cited by the central bank.

  • March 23, 2017

    Drivers Say GM Can't Exclude Valukas Report Facts In Trials

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation over GM’s alleged ignition switch defect slammed the automaker's bid to exclude from upcoming trials a set of admissions made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the key investigatory “Valukas report,” saying Wednesday that such a move would break with prior rulings and that the evidence is critically relevant.

  • March 23, 2017

    Intel's $15B Auto Tech Bet Could Spur More Sector Activity

    Intel Corp. made a huge bet on the autonomous driving industry with its $15.3 billion purchase of an automotive technology company last week, marking the chipmaker's largest deal ever and potentially sparking more movement in an industry that experts see as an area ripe for significant future growth.

  • March 22, 2017

    Refiner Blasts Salvager's Bid To Bolt $200M Arbitral Row

    A South African metals refiner shot back Tuesday at an auto salvage company owner’s effort to get out of a Pennsylvania federal court lawsuit over an unpaid $200 million arbitration award, saying the case allegations of breach of fiduciary duty were well supported by evidence already reviewed by the court.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ford Sued For Alleged Defect In Shelby Racetrack Mustangs

    Car enthusiasts who were expecting to be able to race like the greats in their Shelby GT350 Mustangs from Ford Motor Co. were disappointed because of a pair of defects that cause the cars to lose speed and power mid-drive, according to a proposed class action in Florida on Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    PTAB Judge 'Troubled' By Current State Of Law On Reviews

    In agreeing not to institute a covered business method review of a Versata software patent, a Patent Trial and Appeal Board judge said Monday he was “troubled” that patent owners can escape such a review even if the patent is intended to cover financial products and services.

Expert Analysis

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Key Lessons From Recent Employee Allegations Against Uber

    Christopher D. Durham

    Thankfully, for executives, managers and human resources professionals who are kept up at night by accounts like the recent blog post published by former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, there are measures that every company can take to minimize the risk that its name will be the next splashed across the headlines, says Christopher Durham of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 3 Ways EU Conflict Minerals Rule Differs From US Approach

    Sure Millar

    While the European Union and U.S. regulatory regimes are similar in some respects, there are notable differences in terms of their applicability to companies, geographic scope, and due diligence requirements. Attorneys at Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and Stephenson Harwood LLP highlight three key ways the new EU conflict minerals regulation differs from the U.S. approach.

  • Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

    Alexander R. Dahl

    The polarized reaction to H.R. 985 indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in trouble. It was a good idea to revise Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to create the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in the 1960s, but now these mechanisms are exceeding their limits and should be reined in, says Alexander Dahl of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Killing Class Actions Means Everybody Loses

    Daniel Karon

    Congress is trying to kill class actions again. H.R. 985 would impose a host of impossible requirements on the certification of class members, and close the courtroom doors to countless victims of serious fraud, negligence and other abuses. But it would also cause well-behaving companies to lose market share, profits and sales to cheaters who aren’t policed, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Where Cos. Are 'Found' In §1782 Discovery Applications

    Alexander Wentworth-Ping

    Two recent decisions in the Northern District of California shed light on what standard applies when determining whether a respondent corporation "resides or is found" in the district in which an application for discovery is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.