The plaintiffs bar is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's choice this week to leave intact a Sixth Circuit decision that endorses a little-used path to class certification, a ruling experts say is likely to result in more successful class actions, especially toxic torts, across the country.
A conservative nonprofit on Wednesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Commerce to turn over a copy of the agency’s findings from its probe into whether imported cars threaten U.S. national security interests.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision invalidating a claim of a hybrid vehicle patent owned by Paice LLC, rejecting the tech company's contention that the board wrongly relied on inconsistent testimony from Ford Motor Co.'s expert.
An environmental and wildlife conservation group asked a District of Columbia federal court Thursday to order the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fork over public documents the group requested in its challenge to proposed slackening of greenhouse gas emission standards.
A California federal judge on Wednesday dumped most of an amended suit alleging Tesla and its contractor committed visa fraud to illegally import low-cost foreign labor, but allowed one of the plaintiffs' human trafficking claims to survive.
Tesla has accused four former employees of stealing company trade secrets and taking them to a competitor, telling a California federal court that one even emailed himself confidential information with the note, "you sly dog you."
An investor filed a complaint Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court seeking access to records detailing Tesla Inc.’s handling of CEO Elon Musk's "false and misleading statements" including his Twitter posts.
Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.
The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.
Honda buyers who won an appellate fight to revive their class certification row urged a California judge Wednesday to grant class certification on claims that Honda falsely advertised reliable vehicles while selling cars with defective transmissions.
Laboratories that conduct drug tests for employers have a legal duty to the workers they test to perform them accurately, the South Carolina Supreme Court held Wednesday, saying a former BMW employee who was fired for failing a drug screening can sue the lab that tested him over a purported false positive.
The Federal Trade Commission argued Wednesday that its false advertising suit against a group of related automobile dealers in Arizona and New Mexico near the edge of the Navajo Nation's borders shouldn't be paused for the dealers' bankruptcy.
Fiat Chrysler asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to slash a proposed class action alleging it sold diesel vehicles with defective fuel injection pumps that weren't compatible with American fuel standards and led to engine failure, saying the drivers' claims are short on facts.
A class of consumers suing an auto loan financier for allegedly "bombarding" them with unwanted robocalls asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to approve a $4 million settlement in the case, with $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and expenses going to Sergei Lemberg and Stephen F. Taylor of Lemberg Law.
The federal government on Tuesday filed suit against a California lighting distributor allegedly caught smuggling illegal high-intensity car headlights into the country, telling the U.S. Court of International Trade that the company should pay up to nearly $2 million in penalties.
A West Virginia highway contractor on Tuesday sued Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in North Carolina federal court over nearly $2.9 million in unpaid work on a highway bypass project in the state.
Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.
Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.
A group of drivers urged a New Jersey federal judge Monday to deny a request by Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Daimler AG and Robert Bosch LLC to file an early appeal of his decision last month not to dismiss civil anti-racketeering claims they knowingly sold cars equipped with emissions test-evading devices.
A unit of Nissan handling car loans has agreed to shell out $2.2 million to potentially thousands of individuals to end a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit brought by a group of consumers alleging they received unsolicited, automated calls from the company.
The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.
You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.
My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.
Private plaintiffs seeking to bolster their price-fixing complaints by citing government investigations or guilty pleas concerning different markets should consider instructive decisions from the Auto Parts, Generic Drugs, and SRAM and Flash Memory litigations, say William Reiss and Dave Rochelson of Robins Kaplan LLP.
Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.
The Trump administration would like Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by June, but progress has been slow. The deal's fate will depend on cooperation from Democrats, support from Republicans and the strategy pursued by the president, says Robert Kyle of Hogan Lovells.
Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.
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 Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.
More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.