Automotive

  • September 25, 2017

    US Asks High Court To Hold Off On 2 AIA Cases

    The U.S. solicitor general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hold off on deciding whether to hear two challenges to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s authority to invalidate patents, arguing that they hinge on a case already before the high court.

  • September 25, 2017

    Denso's $193M Car Parts Antitrust Deal, Others Score Final OK

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday approved several multimillion-dollar settlements resolving claims by auto parts purchasers that a raft of companies conspired to rig prices for in-car parts and electronic systems, blessing Denso Corp.'s $193.8 million deal, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s $64 million deal and Japanese auto wiring supplier Furukawa Electric Co.’s $42.5 million deal.

  • September 25, 2017

    Rent-A-Wreck Founder Wants Bankruptcy Case Thrown Out

    The founder of bankrupt Rent-A-Wreck of America Inc., who has been locked in a decadelong litigation battle with the company, pushed the Delaware bankruptcy court Monday to either throw out its Chapter 11 filing or transfer it to Maryland, calling the case “a sham.”

  • September 25, 2017

    Waymo Wants $1.86B From Uber For 1 Trade Secret Claim

    Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving vehicle unit Waymo LLC told a California federal judge Friday it’s seeking $1.86 billion in damages for at least one alleged trade secret claim against Uber Technologies Inc., clearing up confusion about the amount that will be at stake in the upcoming trial between the rivals.

  • September 25, 2017

    Judge Rules EPA's Search 'Inadequate' In Emmissions Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do a second search for records related to a study that provides some of the foundation for the EPA’s vehicular emissions model and that were requested by green groups.

  • September 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Toshiba, Stahlgruber, Siemens

    Toshiba is facing an obstacle in its attempt to complete the sale of its memory chip unit, German auto parts distributor Stahlgruber is for sale and could be worth more than €1.2 billion, and Siemens is expected to choose Alstom over Bombardier as a merger partner for its rail business.

  • September 25, 2017

    Mazda Owners Want Fla., NC Claims Kept In Clutch Defect Suit

    A proposed class of Mazda owners told a California federal judge Friday not to scrap claims brought by Florida and North Carolina drivers, arguing that they’ve plausibly shown the automaker failed to tell consumers about an alleged clutch defect and actively concealed it when the vehicles broke down.

  • September 25, 2017

    Hertz Rejected Job Applicant Due To Cane, EEOC Says

    The Hertz Corp. refused to hire a car salesman who used a cane despite the fact that the car rental and sales company could have accommodated his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged Friday in Colorado federal court.

  • September 25, 2017

    9th Circ. Uber Driver Suits Await High Court Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday paused several class actions alleging Uber misclassified drivers as independent contractors, saying it’ll hold off on ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a trio of closely watched cases on whether employers can legally include class waiver provisions in employee arbitration agreements.

  • September 25, 2017

    Genuine Parts Pays $2B For PE-Backed Auto Parts Co.

    Georgia-headquartered Genuine Parts Co. has agreed to buy private equity-backed Alliance Automotive Group, a leading European wholesale distributor of automotive parts, in a deal worth roughly $2 billion, according to a Monday statement.

  • September 22, 2017

    Honeywell, NRDC Urge DC Circ. To Revisit HFC Decision

    Honeywell International Inc., Chemours Co. FC LLC and the Natural Resources Defense Council on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to reconsider an August decision to undo a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to prohibit manufacturers from using hydrofluorocarbons, saying the decision guts a crucial tool for dealing with climate change.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ex-Uber Drivers Say Data Breach Caused Real Harm

    A pair of former Uber drivers urged a California federal judge Thursday to keep their proposed class action against the company alive, arguing that they have suffered real harm, including identity theft, from a 2014 data breach that compromised drivers’ personal information.

  • September 22, 2017

    Toyota Owner Objects To $278.5M Takata Air Bag Settlement

    A class member in multidistrict litigation over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags objected Thursday to a $278.5 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., saying the deal devotes too little of the money to class members.

  • September 22, 2017

    Fiat Investors Want Emissions Claims Kept In Stock Drop Suit

    A proposed class of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV investors told a New York federal court Thursday that there’s no reason to trash their emissions-related allegations because they’ve shown the automaker’s executives knew about possible “defeat devices” in Fiat’s vehicles and thus intended to deceive investors about potential emissions problems.

  • September 22, 2017

    London Shuts Out Uber In Surprise Move, Calling It 'Unfit'

    Uber will be stripped of its license to operate in London at the end of the month after the city’s transport regulator said Friday the ride-hailing giant was “not fit and proper” to be licensed, a surprise decision that the San Francisco-based company vowed to appeal in court.

  • September 22, 2017

    Lyft Hit With TCPA Suit Over Texts To Reassigned Numbers

    Lyft Inc. sends owners of recycled telephone numbers unsolicited promotional text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, says a proposed class action filed Friday in Ohio federal court.

  • September 21, 2017

    NTSB Finds Severe Sleep Apnea In NJ, NY Train Crash Probes

    The engineers behind the New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road train crashes over the past year that caused hundreds of injuries combined and left an attorney dead in one accident were later diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, according to reports made available Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

  • September 21, 2017

    8th Circ. Urged Not To Rehear Toyota's Crash Verdict Appeal

    Victims of a fatal 2006 crash urged the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday not to grant Toyota Motor Corp.’s request for rehearing, saying that the appellate panel was correct to affirm a jury’s $11.4 million verdict in several cases over an alleged acceleration defect and that the automaker is simply rehashing failed arguments.

  • September 21, 2017

    Hyundai Consumers Send Peeling Paint Claims To 9th Circ.

    A proposed class of Hyundai drivers on Wednesday said that they’re planning on appealing to the Ninth Circuit a California judge’s decision to ax their claims that the automaker sold cars with defective paint that peels and flakes far too soon.

  • September 21, 2017

    Audi Wants Dealer Counterclaims Gone In Suit Over $23M Sale

    Audi of America Inc. on Wednesday slammed “scattershot” counterclaims filed against it after it sued to block a Pennsylvania auto dealer’s $23 million asset sale, saying the allegations must be thrown out pursuant to the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, which bars any claim based on conduct that occurs as part of litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Manufacturers Must Focus On Securing The Internet Of Things

    Aristedes Mahairas

    We know internet-of-things devices are unsecure. Some say they are likely to remain unsecure. But given the increasing risk and seriousness of IoT-based attacks, manufacturers should take proactive measures to bring to market IoT devices that contain standard security protocols, says Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Special Operations/Cyber Division.

  • How Plaintiffs And Defense Counsel Misperceive Each Other

    Daniel Karon

    What makes the practice of law so stressful? Our thesis is that it comes from being terrible to each other. As a plaintiffs lawyer and a defense lawyer, we asked what we believed our opposition thought about us and how our opposition judged us — and then we compared notes, say Daniel Karon of Karon LLC and Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Balancing Safety And Innovation In Automated Vehicles

    Michael Nelson

    When touting highly automated vehicles, original equipment manufacturers frequently cite the safety benefits. Michael Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland explore how OEMs consider setting their baseline safety metrics for HAVs to determine whether the early adoption of these vehicles is truly as safe a choice as the automotive community claims.

  • Policy Action On Self-Driving Cars Is Accelerating

    Joel Beauvais

    If enacted, the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act,” recently passed by the House of Representatives, would set a new course for federal policy and regulatory action on autonomous vehicles — helping to open the way for large-scale development and deployment, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Sanctions Compliance Lessons From Recent OFAC Actions

    Mike Casey

    Three recent enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control illustrate that OFAC is increasingly bringing cases against nonfinancial institutions, taking aggressive jurisdictional and interpretative positions, and focusing its efforts on Iranian sanctions. Financial and nonfinancial institutions should therefore assess their sanctions risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Founders Find Leverage In Investors’ Short Memories

    Les Trachtman

    The only rationale for why the capital markets have succumbed to the trendy scheme of dual-class stock is that economist John Kenneth Galbraith was right — when it comes to financial markets, we do have short memories. History is littered with well-meaning founders and chief executives who succumbed to the seduction of wealth and power, says Les Trachtman, CEO of The Trachtman Group.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.