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Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises by 7 to 64

4:45 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

The death toll from GM's defective ignition switch has risen by seven fatalities from a week earlier to 64, the administrator of the company's compensation fund said Monday....
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GM sued by 2 workers for not allowing unpaid religious days

6:27 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Two GM workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the company and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off....
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Porsche hedge-fund lawsuit faces dismissal in Germany

Feb. 26, 2015 15:14 CET

Hedge funds seeking 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in damages from Porsche SE in Germany over its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen Group in 2008 will likely have their case dismissed, according to a German judge....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its bankruptcy, he would consider narrowing the legal protections afforded the company under its 2009 bankruptcy sale....
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Did Subaru store falsify customer surveys?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

If the allegations prove true, employees at South Coast Subaru went rogue in their efforts to boost customer satisfaction scores. But the tale is about far more than one store. Subaru's lawsuit against the dealership highlights friction between factories and dealers over measuring customer satisfaction....
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Takata, plaintiffs tussle over access to airbag inflators for testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

Takata has amassed airbag inflators at the center of a big recall and product liability suits for testing under government oversight to find the root cause of the defect. The results are being shared with automakers. But lawyers for plaintiffs suing the suppliers question the arrangement and are pressing safety regulators to let other entities start testing....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Takata, automakers to face airbag product-liability cases in Florida court

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

A court case consolidating dozens of potential class-action lawsuits against Takata and some automakers for defective airbags will go forward in Florida, not elsewhere, as the embattled supplier and some automakers had hoped....
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UAW will create $354.5 million VEBA for staff retirees to settle suit

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

The UAW agreed to pay $354.5 million to create an independent retiree health care trust that will be similar to those established for retired auto workers at the Detroit 3. The formation of the Voluntary Employee Benefits Association is part of a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit filed in December by retired union staff members who opposed 2013 changes to the UAW's retiree health care plan....
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Toyota ordered to pay $11 million in trial over fatal crash

9:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

A jury on Tuesday ordered Toyota to pay nearly $11 million after finding that an accelerator defect in a 1996 Camry was at fault for a 2006 fatal car crash in Minnesota....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Lending practices face new scrutiny: States

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment....
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Tammy Darvish sues father, DARCARS in ownership dispute

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015

Tammy Darvish, the well-known face of DARCARS Automotive Group, is suing her father, John Darvish Sr., and the company he founded, after being left out of the dealership group's ownership team....
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Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors....
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Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014

GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout....
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GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

8:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014

A U.S. judge ordered GM to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?...
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Takata accused in lawsuit of burying bad airbag test results

8:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014

Takata, the maker of automobile airbags with a potentially lethal defect that prompted the recall of almost 8 million cars, was accused in a lawsuit of a years-long cover-up....
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Ford dealership pays $128,780 in EEOC settlement after firing disabled manager

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Randall Ford in Fort Smith, Ark., has been ordered to pay a former used-car manager $128,750 after failing to accommodate his post-spinal surgery disability and then firing him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week.
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GM's first safety-defect trial set for January 2016

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014

A federal judge in Manhattan has set Jan. 11, 2016, for the first trial in consolidated litigation against GM over a series of safety issues, including a faulty ignition switch, that have prompted millions of recalls this year....
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Ford sued over sexual harassment allegations at Chicago plant

7:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014

A lawyer who previously won a large settlement in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Ford filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of four plaintiffs and “hundreds” of others in similar situations, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation occurring at Ford's Chicago assembly plant....
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Hitachi Metals to plead guilty, pay $1.25 million U.S. fine for fixing parts prices sold to Toyota

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

Hitachi Metals will pay a $1.25 million fine and plead guilty for fixing prices and rigging bids of brake hose installed in cars in the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday....
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GM lawsuit poses danger to future bailouts, Treasury says

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014

The Treasury Department says confidential information it received during the GM bailout should stay secret, otherwise at-risk companies needing government help in the future might not be willing to share data....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014

Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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GM wins appeal, dismissal of Spyker lawsuit upheld

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014

GM persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a $3 billion lawsuit in which Spyker accused it of derailing a plan to sell the Swedish automaker Saab to a Chinese company....
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