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Automotive

  • September 18, 2018

    Auto Dealers Seek To Approve $115M Price-Fixing Settlement

    A group of auto dealers asked a Michigan federal court Tuesday to approve a $115 million third-round settlement with 23 different auto parts makers, in a suit alleging they conspired to fix prices on auto parts.

  • September 18, 2018

    Judge Won't Halt Suit Against GM Over Graffiti In Car Ad

    A California federal judge said Tuesday he can't determine whether a mural painted on a parking garage is a standalone work of art or part of the building under copyright law and so refused to let General Motors Co. escape from a copyright infringement suit accusing it of featuring the design in a Cadillac marketing campaign without permission. 

  • September 18, 2018

    Elon Musk's Take-Private Tweet Draws Tesla Into DOJ Probe

    Tesla said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating CEO Elon Musk's August tweet suggesting he was poised to take the electric-car maker private, a comment that caused an uproar and the company's stock to soar before Musk made an abrupt about-face under pressure. 

  • September 18, 2018

    EU Probes German Automakers For Emissions Collusion

    Europe’s competition watchdog said Tuesday that it has opened an in-depth investigation into allegations that German automakers Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG colluded to limit the development and implementation of certain emissions control systems.

  • September 18, 2018

    Beijing Tees Up New Duties After Trump's $200B Strike

    The mounting trade imbroglio between the U.S. and China continued to intensify Tuesday as Beijing plowed ahead with new duties on $60 billion in U.S. goods, a day after President Donald Trump whacked $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs of his own.

  • September 18, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Reps Thor In €2.1B Deal For Fellow RV Maker

    Thor Industries Inc., led by Baker McKenzie, on Tuesday inked a €2.1 billion ($2.45 billion) takeover of family-owned Erwin Hymer Group SE, paving the way for the creation of the world’s largest recreational vehicle maker.

  • September 18, 2018

    Drivers Say BMW, Bosch Can't Halt Emissions-Cheating Suit

    Car buyers have told a New Jersey federal judge that BMW of North America LLC and auto parts manufacturer Robert Bosch LLC can't duck allegations that they installed software to cheat emissions testing in diesel model vehicles, saying courts considering similar claims against the likes of Volkswagen AG have held that the conduct is fraud.

  • September 18, 2018

    Swiss Augmented Reality Auto Biz Secures $80M In Round C

    WayRay AG, a Swiss provider of holographic augmented reality displays for cars, said on Tuesday that it has raised $80 million in a funding round that was led by investment and asset manager China Merchants Capital Management Co. Ltd. and Porsche.

  • September 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Delays Voiding Section Of 2008 Ozone Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday agreed to delay until February its voiding of a portion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2008 ozone standards implementation rule that exempted some areas from transportation-related air quality requirements.

  • September 17, 2018

    Elon Musk Is Target Of Defamation Suit By Thai Cave Rescuer

    A man who aided in the rescue of a dozen young soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand accused Tesla CEO Elon Musk of defamation in California federal court Monday, saying tweets and emails in which Musk accused him of pedophilia were part of a “campaign to impugn.”

  • September 17, 2018

    Calif. Starts Ball Rolling With Novel Internet Of Things Law

    California is poised to become the first state to enact rules mandating security features for internet-connected devices, marking a modest first step in what is likely to be a flurry of activity in the coming years to more tightly regulate emerging technologies at the state and federal levels, experts say.

  • September 17, 2018

    BMW Holds On To Win In Appeal Following Seat Belt Trial

    A California appeals court on Friday blessed BMW's trial win against a woman who said her seat belt failed her during a crash, agreeing with the exclusion of a key expert witness and the finding that BMW could send hundreds of thousands of dollars in its own expert-witness bills to the plaintiff.

  • September 17, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz Says It Isn't Liable For Defects In Used Cars

    Mercedes-Benz USA has asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed consumer class action alleging the company sold them cars with faulty transmissions, with the automaker arguing it can hardly be held responsible when the drivers bought their cars used, fourth-hand and not from Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

  • September 17, 2018

    Automakers Seek OK For $5.7M In Heater Panel MDL Deals

    Three Japanese manufacturers wrapped up in multidistrict litigation alleging they conspired to hike prices on automobile heater control panels have agreed to pay $5.7 million to escape automakers’ claims, according to a filing in Michigan federal court.

  • September 17, 2018

    NY, NJ Agencies Aim To Dump Suit Over Excessive Toll Fees

    New York and New Jersey transportation agencies asked a federal judge Friday to dump a proposed class action alleging they're slapping motorists with improper fees and excessive penalties from cashless tolls, such as E-ZPass, saying the agencies are well within their authority to go after toll violators.

  • September 17, 2018

    Lucid Motors Lands $1B From Saudis With O'Melveny's Help

    Lucid Motors, working with legal adviser O'Melveny and Myers LLP, has inked an agreement under which the California-based electric-car company will receive $1 billion from the public investment arm of the government of Saudi Arabia, according to a Monday statement.

  • September 17, 2018

    Nissan Can't Arbitrate Claims In Defective Sunroof Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday denied Nissan North America Inc.'s attempt to compel arbitration for a consumer in a potential class action accusing the carmaker of selling vehicles with defective sunroofs, finding that Nissan is not a third party to an arbitration agreement the customer signed with the dealership.

  • September 14, 2018

    Trump Admin. Asks CIT To Nix Challenge To Steel Tariffs

    The federal government on Friday brushed aside notions that the Cold War-era national security law the Trump administration used to levy steel tariffs is unconstitutional, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that Congress has left foreign affairs to the president and as commander-in-chief his authority under the law is "at a maximum." 

  • September 14, 2018

    Full 9th Circ. Won’t Rehear Seattle Uber Union Law Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to revisit a recent decision reviving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's antitrust challenge to a Seattle ordinance letting app-based, ride-hailing drivers bargain collectively, rejecting the city’s petition for a rehearing before the full appeals court.

  • September 14, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Denmark's tax authority file another fraud suit against more investment firms, insurance giants like Amlin and Axa sue a seafood distributor, and a bid to appeal a decision from former shareholders of a business in RBS' controversial restructuring unit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • Muddy Road Ahead For Autonomous Vehicle Liability In EU

    Anna Masser

    The product liability regimes related to driverless cars in various European countries remain far from harmonized, and lawmakers trail behind the fast-moving reality. As the European Commission works to update the European Product Liability Directive, evolving legal definitions of "producer," "product" and "defect" will be vital for the industry, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • NY Revives Fair Lending Risks For Indirect Auto Lenders

    Melanie Brody

    The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Hurricane Florence: How State Laws Protect Service Members

    Jeffrey Naimon

    As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Intellectual Property Caught In US-China Trade Crossfire

    Holly White

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products as a response to China’s trade practices concerning technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. The U.S.-Chinese trade war highlights the need to approach investments in China differently, taking a broad view of intellectual assets and looking beyond basic legal protection, says Holly White, a consultant at Rouse & Co.

  • Report Highlights Challenges Of Partial Vehicle Automation

    Laura Foggan

    A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reviewing advances in vehicle automation technology, notes the difficult questions that may arise when assigning responsibility in an accident involving both a human driver and a vehicle equipped with automated driving technology, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.