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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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FAMILY LITIGATION

DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott. As the dispute heads to court, DARCARS CEO John Darvish says he's keeping employees focused on their jobs and profits on track....
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Piech, Wiedeking unlikely to testify in hedge-fund case against Porsche SE

April 27, 2015 15:20 CET

Hedge funds involved in a legal fight against Porsche SE seemed to score a victory when a German court asked 21 people, including former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, to testify. Most of the witnesses will likely assert their right not to testify....
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Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing

5:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States....
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Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China's Jiangling

April 20, 2015 13:31 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will not take action against Jiangling Motors over the Chinese automaker's Landwind X7, which the UK automaker says closely resembles the Range Rover Evoque SUV....
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Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is in the works....
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UK tribunal cuts fine against accountancy firm over MG Rover work

April 14, 2015 12:53 CET

A UK tribunal has cut a 14 million pound ($20.5 million) fine against accountancy firm Deloitte in relation to work done for carmaker MG Rover Group. The British automaker was put into administration in 2005 with debts of 1.4 billion pounds and the loss of 6,000 jobs....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 84

2:29 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switch has risen by four from a week earlier to 84, the office administrating GM's compensation fund said....
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Ram owner's suit spins on missing $50 option

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

A South Carolina Ram owner's lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler last week can be summed up in an everyday question: What's the diff?...
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Georgia dealership group sues Shelby American over sales leads

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Shelby American is being sued by a Georgia dealership group for violating a retail agreement designed to steer sales prospects to the brand’s authorized dealers....
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Former FAW-VW exec sentenced to life for accepting $5.3 million in bribes

5:32 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

A former top executive at Volkswagen's China joint venture with FAW Group, Shi Tao, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting $5.3 million in bribes. The sentence is the latest development in corruption investigations involving FAW....
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Former FAW-VW exec sentenced to life for accepting $5.3 million in bribes

April 9, 2015 11:32 CET

A former top executive at Volkswagen's China joint venture with FAW Group, Shi Tao, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting $5.3 million in bribes. The sentence is the latest development in corruption investigations involving FAW....
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Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin settle suit over Thunderbolt design

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Aston Martin has put the brakes on Henrik Fisker's return to the auto industry. Fisker, sued by Aston Martin late last month over plans to produce a $400,000 supercar called the Thunderbolt, has agreed to drop those plans to settle the suit....
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FCA sued after man learned Ram pickup had wrong axle

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

A South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Fiat Chrysler after discovering that the Ram 1500 he bought last year didn't have the heavy-duty axle for which he had paid extra....
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Ex-U.S Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

5:14 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

A retired U.S. Army colonel agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton's private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense....
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Fiat Chrysler ordered to pay $150 million in Jeep fuel-tank fire death

7:26 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

A jury in Georgia, after a two-week trial, awarded $150 million to a family that sued Fiat Chrysler for the 2012 death of their 4-year-old in a fiery crash involving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a rear fuel tank....
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Bosch will plead guilty to price-fixing, pay $57.8 million U.S. fine

1:22 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

German auto parts giant Robert Bosch agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for spark plugs, oxygen sensors and starter motors sold to the Detroit 3 automakers, the U.S. Department of Justice said today....
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Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today....
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Ex-dealership staffers face prison

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships....
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Panoz street car advances despite suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design....
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Ford cleared of technology patent infringement, jury rules

2:41 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A jury ruled that Ford did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the automaker in a $240 million lawsuit....
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