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Another Requirement to a Successful Motion to Amend Claims

It is getting hard to keep track of all the hoops and hurdles that need to be navigated in bringing a successful motion to amend in an inter partes review proceeding. Each new decision seemingly raises the bar further. The...more

Mother, May I?

In Toyota Motor Corporation v. American Vehicular Sciences LLC, IPR2013-00415, Pape 51, IPR2013-00416, Paper 35, IPR2013-00417, Paper 62 (August 7, 2014), the patent owner submitted a notice of withdrawal of motion to amend...more

Reed Smith Wins Toyota Credit Case in New Jersey Tax Court

On Friday, August 1, in a corporation business tax case handled by Reed Smith, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled that Toyota Motor Credit Corp. was entitled to recompute its tax by reducing gains on the sale of leased vehicles....more

Defective Airbags Lead to More Automobile Recalls

Automobile recalls have been a hot topic in the news lately. Indeed, millions of vehicles have been recalled due to dangerous automobile defects. Adding to the list of recalled cars and trucks, a recent article in the Wall...more

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study,...more

Eastern District of Texas Can’t Keep Every Case Filed There

In re Toyota Motor Corporation - Granting a defendants’ petition for a writ of mandamus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to transfer a...more

Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

BRI = I

In Toyota Motor Corporation v. LeRoy G. Hagenbuch, IPR 2013-00483, Paper 21 (April 16, 2014), the patent expired during the inter partes review, as a result the parties and the Board agreed that “broadest reasonable...more

Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name

Things that are worth talking about need names. Good, distinctive names are best. As you may recall, last year we wrote this about non-verbal logos needing names...more

GM’s Billion Dollar Week In Washington

Two weeks ago, Toyota agreed to a record $1.2 billion settlement with U.S. regulators for the company’s alleged mishandling of its recall during its unintended acceleration crisis. Now it’s General Motors’ turn under the...more

Toyota Fails to Report Recalls and Will Now Pay Big Bucks in Penalties

Toyota will have to pay $1.2 billion in penalties in order to settle the criminal probe of acceleration problems, which has led to more than 8 million recalls. Attorney General, Eric Holder, said this is the largest criminal...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Percentage Method To Determine Attorneys’ Fees In Class Action Settlement

In Collado v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Nos. 11-57013, 11-57023, 11-57030 (9th Cir. Dec. 16, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a class action settlement...more

Safer Car? We Have An App For That

Mechanical defects can contribute to car accidents. Worn out brakes or mechanical defects from the factory can lead to equipment failure on the road....more

What Are My Rights if My Defective Car Caused the Accident?

Three of the largest automobile manufacturers had to issue a recall of more than three million vehicles this year after the airbags were found to be defective. Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Company and Honda Motor...more

Toyota Recalls 160,000 Tacoma Pickups Due to Rust

Toyota issued another recall that will affect a number of drivers in New York as well as other states. This recall involves the Tacoma pickup, a vehicle known for plowing through the snow and carrying a heavy load on its bed....more

Levick Weekly - February 8, 2013: Spotlight On OutSourcing Boeing Scrambles As Toyota Triumphs

In This Issue: - Spotlight On Outsourcing Boeing Scrambles As Toyota Triumphs - Labor Unions Seek To Stop The Bleeding - Threat Management - Handicapping The Tech Brand Wars - Sequestration - Athlete Endorsers...more

The Unheard Tree: The Struggle Over Unmanifested Defects in Consumer Class Actions

One of the most famous questions in philosophy is “if a tree fell in a forest and nobody was there to hear it, would it still make a sound?” A similar question dominates the world of consumer class actions. If a product...more

Arbitration Clauses Are Enforceable Despite Waiver Of Classwide Arbitration Rights

Israel Flores and Andrea Naasz sued West Covina Toyota (WCT) and Toyota Motor Sales for selling them a “lemon,” alleging both individual and class action claims, including claims for violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies...more

Prius Owners Put The Brakes On Arbitration With Non-Signatory Toyota

The Ninth Circuit ruled this week that a class of car owners could pursue their court claims against the manufacturer, Toyota, for product defects and false advertising, despite the existence of an arbitration agreement in...more

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