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Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Auto and Tech Companies Join Forces to Lobby

Automobile and technology heavy weights Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft jointly created the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group that will work with both policy makers and the public to promote...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.29.16

Dealbook looks back at a crazy Thursday of healthcare company deals [with Abbott/St. Jude taking the prize for biggest] and concludes that the industry appears to be “convinced, regardless of tax benefits [or common financial...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 4/28/16

Several companies cast an eye toward the Internet of Things, Twitter’s AI gets pretty good at live video, some industry giants get behind the driverless car, and more … Samsung launches a place in the cloud just for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.13.16

US regulators are reportedly preparing a handful of the US’s biggest banks for news that their living wills (their plans for winding down without a taxpayer bailout in the case of a potential bankruptcy) aren’t going to cut...more

A Tale of Two Orders: Different Results for Motions to Strike Class Allegations

The Southern District of California and the Northern District of Illinois recently entered orders addressing motions to strike class allegations—with very different results for the respective defendants. Although the claims...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

American Car Manufacturers Benefiting From Surge in European SUV Sales

After closing out 2015 with over 9 percent sales growth year over year, European auto sales have continued to rise in January and February. Western Europe car sales rose 14 percent in February, following a January passenger...more

More Auto Recalls Cite Dangerous Airbag Inflators: Ford Recalling Ranger Pickups Due to Injuries from Exploding Airbags

If you are a consumer who has been following auto recall news over the last year or two, you know that the Takata airbag recall has involved thousands of vehicles sold in the 2000s and has left drivers wondering whether their...more

When Mechanical Failure is to Fault

Automobiles have thousands of parts. Each of these parts operate in concert to propel the vehicle down the road. When these parts fail they can make a vehicle unsafe to drive. Brake failures, tire blowouts, malfunctioning...more

Inter Partes Review Is Not for Pending Claims - Ford Motor Co. v. Signal IP, Inc.

Addressing the issue of the utility of consolidating an inter partes review (IPR) with an ex parte reexamination proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied a...more

California Court Gives Ford SUV Tailgate Class the Boot

Plaintiffs from California, New Jersey, and Florida claimed their 2002-2005 Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers, and Lincoln Aviators suffered from a common design defect: the plastic appliqué just below the flip-glass on...more

Ninth Circuit Resolves Federal/State Court Split Regarding Whether “Latent” Defects Discovered After Duration of Warranty Period...

In Daniel v. Ford Motor Company (filed 12/02/15), the Ninth Circuit resolved a federal and state court split on the issue of whether consumers can sustain a breach of implied warranty claim under California’s Song Beverly...more

Plaintiffs Use Catalyst Theory to Win Attorneys’ Fees After Ford Class Action Mooted By Recall

On November 2, 2015, a group of plaintiffs won a motion for attorneys’ fees against Ford Motor Company, even though Ford’s voluntary recall of vehicles mooted the plaintiffs’ lawsuit. In MacDonald v. Ford Motor Company, the...more

Big Win for Automakers After Federal Judge Dismisses Car Hacking Lawsuit

On November 25, a California federal court dismissed without prejudice a proposed class action against Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., and General Motors LLC, claiming the carmakers failed to ensure the electronic...more

Narrow Ratification Victory For UAW At Ford Marks End Of Long Strange Trip

The UAW recently announced that its members approved the tentative agreement with Ford by approximately 51%, just enough to ratify the agreement despite receiving greater benefits than the workers at both GM and Fiat...more

Big win for car manufacturers, dismissal of data breach suit

A California federal court dismissed a proposed class action against Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota), Ford Motor Co. (Ford) and General Motors, LLC (GM) this week, after a class of drivers alleged that the car companies failed to...more

Ford UAW Workers Defy Logic Of Ricky Bobby With New Tentative Agreement

If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the...more

U.S. Auto Companies Report Best October in 10+ Years, Head Toward Record Year

The auto industry posted the strongest October sales in ten years—and even longer for some U.S. companies. The industry is capitalizing on low interest rates and low fuel prices across the U.S. to drive record sales....more

It’s Called Sputnik!: Don’t Fall Behind in the E-Discovery Space Race

This week marks the 58th anniversary since the launch of Sputnik II, the first spacecraft in history to carry a living animal—a dog named Laika—into Earth orbit. But the Sputnik program, which began the space age in 1957,...more

The Citadel Revisited – New York’s “Thing of Danger” Privity Exception Is Obsolete (and Another New York Note)

Way back when – before Restatement (Second) of Torts §402A (1965) crystallized the concept of strict liability – courts around the country were poking around, trying to come up with viable theories of what we would now call...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Challenges, Opportunities for U.S. Companies

The U.S. and its 11 negotiating partners – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – reached preliminary agreement on October 5, 2015, on the Trans-Pacific...more

District Court Denies Defendants' Motion to Stay Pending Inter Partes Review ("IPR") Where Third Parties Filed IPRs and Defendants...

In this patent infringement case, Plaintiff Signal IP, Inc. ("Signal") alleged that Defendants Ford Motor Company ("Ford") and Fiat Chrysler US LLC ("FCA") (collectively "Defendants") infringed upon six of patents. The...more

TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

It was reported Monday that in a marathon 100-hour negotiating session the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached agreement on the TPP trade pact. The TPP was negotiated in secret, i.e., only the diplomatic...more

Standing Conferred Only to a Privy of the Petitioner - Acxiom Corporation v. Phoenix Licensing, LLC

Addressing the issue of standing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, finding that the petitioner failed to provide sufficient proof...more

Not So Fast My Friend – UAW Membership Rejects Tentative Agreement

During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends...more

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