Legal

GM owners claim bankruptcy fraud to keep recall suits alive

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's request for court protection from 50 car-owner lawsuits seeking compensation for millions of recalled autos with defective ignition switches was attacked as legally “unsupportable.”... Read More »

 

Plaintiffs call GM bid to freeze ignition suit a 'red herring'

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
GM's bid to freeze a lawsuit over faulty ignition switches may compromise public safety, plaintiffs told a judge in California, calling the automaker's claim that its 2009 bankruptcy shielded it from the old GM's liabilities “irrelevant” and a “red herring.”... Read More »

 

Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars.... Read More »

 

Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. And a fourth executive formerly employed by Bridgestone agreed to plead guilty in a related case today.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Chevy dealership in Missouri sues customer over disputed repair bill

5:49 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Jim Butler Chevrolet in suburban St. Louis is suing a customer who took issue with the repair bill for his Chevrolet Malibu, and is seeking $25,000 in damages. Dwayne Cooney took his vehicle to the dealership for service after hours on Jan. 31 because the key fob wouldn't work, the tire pressure monitor light remained on and an airbag warning light had illuminated.... Read More »

 

$1.2 billion fine? It barely dents Toyota's cash pile

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. just got hit with a costly $1.2 billion Department of Justice settlement for safety violations. So what does it do next?... Read More »

 

Tesla appeals N.J. ruling on direct-sales ban

3:05 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there.... Read More »

 

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2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer.... Read More »

 

Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield

9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Motors gained through its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization.... Read More »

 

Ferrari, 21-year-old racer tussle for control of Facebook page

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
Sammy Wasem was 15 when he started a Ferrari fan page that would become one of the most popular car sites on Facebook. Six years later, he is in a legal battle with his favorite Italian sports-car maker in a case that may help define freedom of expression rights in social media.... Read More »

 

Ferrari fights 21-year-old racer for control of Facebook page

March 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferrari and amateur racecar driver Sammy Wasem are in a legal battle over a fan page Wasem started that has become one of Facebook's most popular car sites. The case may help define freedom of expression rights in social media.... Read More »

 

GM ignition recall may haunt Delphi

8:50 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A faulty part in as many as 1.6 million vehicles could ignite legal and financial calamity for Delphi Automotive plc if it is held responsible for the actions of its bankrupt predecessor.... Read More »

 

U.S. eyes bankruptcy link in GM ignition defect probe, report says

3:48 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
Federal authorities are investigating whether General Motors hid an ignition switch defect when it filed for bankruptcy in 2009, The New York Times reported on Saturday.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge approves Toyota's $1.2 billion unintended acceleration deal

1:50 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
A U.S. judge approved a deferred prosecution agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday that resolves an investigation into safety issues and could serve as a model in a similar probe of General Motors.... Read More »

 

BMW's finance chief sees risks to group's Russia business

March 20, 2014 11:58 CET
BMW CFO Friedrich Eichiner said any worsening of the crisis between Ukraine and Russia would jeopardize the company's outlook.... Read More »

 

GM sued in California over ignition switch

10:09 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
GM was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday demanding that the company be held liable for allegedly concealing problems with ignition switches before its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

 

Toyota's $1.2 billion settlement may be model for U.S. probe into GM

10:41 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
Toyota will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe in to safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how federal authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate even as drivers tried to slow them down.... Read More »

 

Auto industry files 18% more international patents in 2013

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
The auto industry's international patent filings jumped 18 percent in 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization said today, in part reflecting a push for new technologies to lower exhaust emissions.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen seeks clarification over Hyundai World Cup promotion

March 13, 2014 17:08 CET
Volkswagen, the sponsor of Brazil's soccer team, has contacted the country's soccer federation for clarification over a promotion by Hyundai linked to the team's performance at this year's World Cup.... Read More »

 

How dealers can keep their ads safe from FTC's hammer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
Dealers tired of competing with unscrupulous retailers are cheering the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on deceptive dealer ads. But compliance experts warn that all dealers should take a hard look at their own marketing efforts because the FTC remains on the prowl.... Read More »

 

Bankruptcy terms limit GM liability in crash lawsuits

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2014
In apologizing for its response to a faulty ignition switch that triggered a recall of about 1.6 million cars, General Motors has vowed that it will do business differently than the company that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.... Read More »

 

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