Automotive

  • January 23, 2018

    9th Circ. Axes $200M Settlement In Hyundai, Kia Fuel MDL

    In what one judge called "a major blow to multistate class actions," a divided Ninth Circuit on Tuesday nixed a $200 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging Hyundai and Kia misstated vehicle fuel efficiency, saying a California federal judge failed to weigh variations in state law before certifying a nationwide class.

  • January 23, 2018

    Takata Sues RL Polk Over Noticing Debacle

    Bankrupt air bag maker Takata filed an adversary suit on Tuesday against bankruptcy administration vendor R.L. Polk & Co., who Takata says caused an extra $1.6 million in expenses by botching almost 5 million addresses on a mailing list.

  • January 23, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds 2 Partners To Chicago Office

    DLA Piper’s Chicago office gained two experienced litigation partners this week with the addition of Amy Rubenstein and John Scholnick from Schiff Hardin LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 23, 2018

    Ex-GE Capital GC Joins Baker Donelson In Baltimore

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has broadened its financial services transactions practice group with the addition of General Electric Capital’s former general counsel, who spearheaded tens of billions of dollars’ worth of equipment financing.

  • January 23, 2018

    Swiss Artist Says GM Used Mural In Ad Without Permission

    The Swiss artist known as Smash 137 accused General Motors Co. of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Monday, alleging that the carmaker featured one of his murals in a Cadillac marketing campaign without asking permission.

  • January 23, 2018

    Refiners Slam EPA Renewable Fuel Mandates In DC Circ.

    Refiners and a biodiesel trade group have taken aim at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, with the refiners telling the D.C. Circuit Monday the agency wrongly shifted the compliance burden onto refiners and importers.

  • January 22, 2018

    Ex-Fiat Chrysler Executive Cops To Union Conspiracy

    A former Fiat Chrysler executive pled guilty to several counts in Michigan federal court Monday stemming from his alleged role in a scheme to pay off a onetime United Automobile Workers vice president and his wife with more than $1.5 million in cash and gifts, prosecutors announced.

  • January 22, 2018

    Auto Tech Co. Wants Out Of Fiat Chrysler Car-Hacking Suit

    Car electronics maker Harman International Industries Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday to grant summary judgment in a suit by owners of some Jeeps and other Fiat Chrysler models who are concerned that their vehicles are vulnerable to hacking and remote takeover.

  • January 22, 2018

    High Court Wants SG's Thoughts On Ford Pension Spat

    The U.S. Supreme Court asked the solicitor general Monday to weigh in on a widow’s review request contending that a lower court wrongly said her attempts to seek recovery of her late husband’s Ford pension benefits under a section of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act barred her from pursuing a fiduciary duty claim under a different section.

  • January 22, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Sale Stalls Amid Creditor Infighting

    Bankrupt GST AutoLeather Inc.’s bid to sell its assets to its senior lenders in a deal valued at $172 million failed to get off the ground Monday after volatile infighting between secured and unsecured creditors flared up, leaving the proposed sale caught in the crossfire.

  • January 22, 2018

    Cox Wins Arbitration Of Dealer's Used Car Antitrust Suit

    A Florida federal court on Monday granted Cox Enterprises Inc.'s motion to compel arbitration in a suit brought by Citi Cars Inc., a bankrupt used car dealership that claims the conglomerate used a monopoly on the wholesale vehicle market to inflate its price points.

  • January 22, 2018

    Where Things Stand On The Biggest P3 Transpo Projects

    The Trump administration’s reluctance to shoulder most of the costs for state or local transportation infrastructure projects has increased the pressure on governments to look to private industry to get some of the nation’s most crucial projects financed, built and delivered, experts say.

  • January 21, 2018

    Immigration Standoff Keeps Government Shuttered

    The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Hacking Suit Should Be Tossed, Fiat Chrysler Tells Judge

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to rethink his decision to keep alive a suit by Jeep owners who say certain models are vulnerable to hacking, with the carmaker contending the motorists have changed their argument.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ford, Class Fight Exhaust-Odor Deal Objector In 11th Circ.

    Ford Motor Co. and representatives of a class of Floridians who drove Ford Explorers that may have had a defective exhaust system have asked the Eleventh Circuit to throw out an objection to the settlement, saying the deal was fair to drivers and acknowledged the risk that they would lose at trial.

  • January 19, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Says Tire Defect Claims Are Too Old

    Fiat Chrysler asked a Delaware federal court Thursday to toss a proposed class action alleging that a defect in certain Chrysler and Dodge vehicles caused their tires to corrode or deflate, arguing the suit's consumer fraud and warranty claims are time-barred and others have no factual basis.

  • January 19, 2018

    US Chamber Pushes Gas Tax Hike In Infrastructure Blueprint

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce pitched an infrastructure investment plan Thursday calling for a 25-cent federal gas tax hike, more public-private partnerships and streamlined permitting processes, urging Congress and the Trump administration to advance a meaningful infrastructure bill this year.

  • January 18, 2018

    GM Says Car Entertainment Systems Not Recording Devices

    General Motors told a D.C. federal court Wednesday that its in-vehicle entertainment systems don’t qualify as digital recording devices that would require it to pay royalties for songs copied onto the systems’ hard drives, with the Alliance of Artists and Recording Cos. responding that “the facts on the record” say otherwise.

  • January 18, 2018

    Senators Push NHTSA For Details On Recent Air Bag Warning

    Two Democratic senators on Thursday called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get to the bottom of what made Takata air bags in certain 2006 Ford Rangers so dangerous that owners of those vehicles had to be warned last week to stop driving them right away.

  • January 18, 2018

    Judge Rips Old GM, But Won’t Enforce $1B Ignition Settlement

    A New York bankruptcy judge refused on Thursday to enforce a deal worth perhaps $1 billion between a General Motors Corp. bankruptcy trust and hundreds of people hurt because of defective ignition switches in millions of its vehicles, but not without harsh words for the trust.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. In the coming weeks, we will discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three judicial nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International and a former member of the White House vetting team during the Obama administration.

  • Breaking The Workplace Silence Safely

    Jack Schaedel

    If companies are not careful about how messages regarding workplace harassment are communicated, and don’t first take the time to think about how some workers will perceive them, it can actually create the very problem they're trying to avoid, says Jack Schaedel of Scali Rasmussen.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • A Survey Of In-House Attorney Views On Trade Secrets

    David Almeling

    In an attempt to peek behind the corporate curtain and pick the brains of those with unrivaled access to their companies’ trade secrets, we surveyed 81 in-house attorneys who work on trade secret issues. We discovered many interesting findings — and one alarming trend, say attorneys with O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key District Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    Over the last year, there were some interesting cases in the indirect purchaser class action arena, with district courts addressing pleading motions, class certification in “pay-for-delay” drug cases, and class certification of nationwide and multistate class claims based on California’s state antitrust law, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • Indirect Purchaser Cases In 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

    Chris Micheletti

    As with 2016, there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions impacting indirect purchaser claims in 2017. Unlike 2016, however, several circuit court decisions addressed important issues such as ascertainability, 23(b)(3) predominance, and indirect versus direct purchaser status, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.