Legal

Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan

4:34 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, 55, notified Toyota of her intent to resign, the company said in a statement today....
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GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths....
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EDITORIAL

How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program....
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No seat unturned in flood-damage search

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners....
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Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's....
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Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automaker....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking faces more VW bid charges

June 22, 2015 15:19 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter face more charges over the use of a controversial options strategy in Porsche's doomed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008....
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La. exec sentenced to 11-year prison term for $1.2M ad fraud of dealerships

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A politically connected media firm owner who billed Louisiana dealerships for fictitious advertising that cost them more than $1.2 million was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Wednesday, the Department of Justice said....
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Tom Benson, New Orleans dealer and Saints owner, ruled competent by judge in battle with heirs

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Tom Benson, a New Orleans and San Antonio dealer and the owner of the NFL's Saints franchise, was found competent to manage his own affairs by a Louisiana judge overseeing part of a fight by spurned heirs trying to oust the billionaire from control of his sports and business empire....
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Eberspaecher fined 68 million euros over parking-heater cartel

June 17, 2015 12:44 CET

The European Commission has fined Germany's Eberspaecher Group 68 million euros ($76.6 million) after finding Eberspaecher and fellow supplier Webasto had fixed prices of heating systems in cars and trucks....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Serra Nissan faces civil suit in U.S. court in Ala.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Serra Nissan in Birmingham, Ala., is facing more legal problems, this time in civil court. An Alabama couple is suing the dealership alleging it was involved in a criminal enterprise when they bought a car there. Serra's lawyer says he plans an aggressive defense....
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U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today....
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Nissan store manager, controller in Ala. charged with fraud to win incentive bonuses

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The former general manager and controller of an Alabama Nissan dealership are charged with falsely reporting vehicle sales and receiving factory incentive bonuses....
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Visteon completes $3.6B sale of climate JV

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Visteon completed a $3.6 billion divestiture of its stake in the South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control to Hankook Tire and private-equity firm Hahn & Co....
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Mercedes' new E class will offer automated driving at highway speeds

June 9, 2015 10:22 CET

Drivers of Mercedes' new E class will have to get used to a startling feeling: the steering wheel moving in their hands as it pilots highways and country roads by itself. The technology will be available as of about March next year, when the next-generation model goes on sale....
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Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said....
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Trouble for ex-FCA execs Down Under

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Australian subsidiary has filed suit against two former top executives in the country, accusing them of bilking the company out of millions of dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, according to Australian news reports....
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Skoda fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing

May 29, 2015 12:01 CET

Skoda has been fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing with distributors in 2011 and 2012....
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TrueCar faces shareholder suit

3:13 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

TrueCar's legal woes mounted Wednesday as the online car-buying service was hit with a shareholder lawsuit alleging that it misled its investors about how it does business....
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Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

8:56 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday....
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U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally....
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U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today....
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Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners named in investor fraud suit

6:22 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Lynn Tilton, the CEO of Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed who's already defending SEC claims of overcharging customers by almost $200 million in fees, must now answer fraud allegations brought by her clients....
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California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits....
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