Automotive

  • April 25, 2018

    EU Invests Funds, Working On Standards To Spur AI Growth

    The European Commission on Wednesday stepped up its efforts to be a global leader in artificial intelligence, announcing the investment of €1.5 billion ($1.83 billion) to boost research in the transportation, health care and other key sectors and revealing plans to develop ethical guidelines and product liability standards before the end of next year.

  • April 25, 2018

    VW Strikes $33M Deal With Md. Over Diesel Emissions

    Volkswagen AG agreed to a deal valued at $33.5 million to close out Maryland’s claims that the automaker violated state law by using so-called defeat device software in its diesel-powered cars, the Old Line State said Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Google Fights Uber's Intervention In Ex-Execs' Arbitration

    Google LLC told a California appeals court Wednesday that Uber Technologies Inc. shouldn’t be allowed to intervene in its arbitration with two former employees accused of defecting to Uber with stolen trade secrets, arguing during a hearing that Uber is not a party to it and "can't keep jumping in on the sidelines."

  • April 25, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Reaches Global Deal On Ch. 11 Confirmation

    Vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather received court approval Wednesday in Delaware for a Chapter 11 plan centered around a sale of its assets and the creation of a cash pool for recoveries by creditors.

  • April 25, 2018

    Arbitral Award Confirmed In Kuwaiti Dealer Row With Ford

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday denied a Kuwaiti auto dealer’s motion to overturn an arbitral decision that Ford Motor Co. properly terminated its resale agreement, finding a federal motor vehicle law does not apply to contracts between domestic manufacturers and foreign dealers.

  • April 25, 2018

    Elio Motors Puts Brakes On IPO, Pursues Coin Offering

    Three-wheeled carmaker Elio Motors Inc. on Wednesday scrapped its plans for a $100 million initial public offering, one day after the company said it would ride the cryptocurrency route and pursue a coin offering to fund production of its yet-to-be-made vehicle.

  • April 25, 2018

    Defying Trump, Macron Calls For Scaling Back Trade Blitz

    Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a measured and diplomatic approach to global trade policy in open defiance of the Trump administration, which has made a flurry of aggressive enforcement maneuvers in recent months.

  • April 25, 2018

    VW Franchisees Can't Get Bosch Docs In Emissions MDL

    A group of Volkswagen franchised dealers cannot get their hands on documents from Robert Bosch LLC and Robert Bosch GmbH related to ongoing government investigations into the alleged defeat device that Bosch manufactured for Volkswagen diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests, a California federal judge said Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Objectors Blast $40M Deals In Car Parts MDL At 6th Circ.

    Two car buyers urged the Sixth Circuit on Monday to reverse a lower court’s decision that struck their objections to nearly $40 million in settlements with Denso Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying the deals warrant a second look.

  • April 24, 2018

    NJ Car Dealers Can't Force Arbitration Of Fraud Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court handed down a published opinion Tuesday reviving separate consumer fraud actions against car dealers, finding that certain claims did not fall under the arbitration provisions in sales contracts and that trial courts must resolve questions over the arbitrability of other claims.

  • April 24, 2018

    White House Steeling For Trade Talks With China

    President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would dispatch two of his top economic advisers to China “in a few days” to discuss the two countries’ escalating trade tensions over steel and aluminum tariffs, technology policy and intellectual property enforcement.

  • April 24, 2018

    EPA Tells DC Circ. New Renewable Fuel Mandates Are Proper

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that refiners and a biodiesel trade group were wrong to attack a rule that set the levels of renewable fuel that must be blended into the fuel supply, defending its discretion to calculate mandates.

  • April 24, 2018

    Calif. Drivers Seek Cert. In Toll-Fine Due Process Suit

    California motorists asked a federal judge Monday to certify their class action alleging the operators of cashless tolls around Orange County unlawfully used drivers’ personal information to collect unpaid tolls and unconstitutionally hit drivers with overblown fines, saying the operators engaged in uniform violations of the law.

  • April 23, 2018

    GM Slams Consumers' Bid To Expand Diesel Emissions Suit

    General Motors LLC on Friday slammed an attempt by consumers to expand their putative class action accusing the Detroit auto giant of installing so-called defeat devices on Chevrolet Cruze diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, saying their eleventh-hour bid comes too late.

  • April 23, 2018

    New GM, Mich. Residents Dispute Provisions Of 2009 Sale

    General Motors told a New York bankruptcy court on Friday that a group of Michigan residents cannot pursue the carmaker for groundwater contamination, saying GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale agreement did not assign the so-called New GM liabilities related to common law environmental claims.

  • April 23, 2018

    Borrowers Defend Claims In Wells Fargo Auto Insurance MDL

    Borrowers accusing Wells Fargo and National General Insurance of adding unneeded auto insurance to car loan bills have told a California federal court that dismissal bids from the pair in the multidistrict litigation “border on frivolous” in the wake of last week’s $1 billion fine for the bank.

  • April 23, 2018

    Covington Hires Ex-Wilson Sonsini Tech Deals Pro

    Covington & Burling LLP said it has bolstered its technology transactions practice in Silicon Valley with the hire of a former longtime Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner who has advised on intellectual property matters in multiple billion-dollar transactions.

  • April 23, 2018

    Ex-Ford Worker Says Wrongly Fired For Sexual Harassment

    A former Ford electrician claimed in Illinois federal court Friday that he'd been wrongly terminated on sexual harassment grounds without being given a chance to defend himself while “younger, nonblack” employees got away with more egregious conduct, as the automaker deals with separate class actions alleging a culture of sexual harassment in its Chicago workplaces.

  • April 23, 2018

    DC Circ. Asked To Rethink Decision On 2008 Ozone Rule

    The Los Angeles-area air quality regulator on Friday asked a D.C. Circuit panel to reconsider its decision partially vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 ozone standards implementation rule.

  • April 23, 2018

    Dealerships Slam Fiat Chrysler's Bid To Bury RICO Claims

    Auto dealerships told an Illinois federal judge Friday that they’ve established standing to sue Fiat Chrysler under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, insisting they’ve backed up amended allegations that the auto giant conspired with certain favored franchisees to artificially inflate sales figures to score incentives.

Expert Analysis

  • What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

    Jackie Glassman

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent announcement that it will reconsider Obama-era automobile greenhouse gas emissions standards is generating controversy, it was not unexpected, say Jackie Glassman and Rachel Tennis of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Battery Supply Chain: A Unique Growth Opportunity

    Rebecca Campbell

    Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today’s commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble for resources not seen since the last great commodity supercycle, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • What Makes CPSC's Polaris Settlement Special

    Heather Bramble

    For members of industry, consumer advocates and those worried about partisan deadlock, the recent settlement between Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may provide some faith in how the CPSC fulfills its important mission to keep consumers safe, says Heather Capell Bramble of Venable LLP.

  • When Your Trademark Is A False Advertisement

    Mike Justus

    False advertising issues continue to plague brand names and trademarks in a variety of forums and contexts. Recent legal trends are instructive for trademark and advertising counsel, says Mike Justus of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.