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U.S. seeks major fines, recalls to settle FCA emissions suit

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2018
The Justice Department has offered to settle a lawsuit over diesel emissions violations against Fiat Chrysler if the carmaker recalls 104,000 vehicles and pays a substantial civil penalty.

Reynolds, CDK antitrust suits transferred to Ill. court

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2018
Five federal antitrust civil suits against CDK and Reynolds have been transferred to the Northern District of Illinois.

Texas store sued in parking lot death of service customer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2018
A fatal accident on the lot of a Waco, Texas, Ford dealership has sparked a $1 million-plus wrongful death lawsuit against the store and the salesman who struck the victim, a service department customer, with a 2017 Ford Expedition.

GM sued by artist over copyright infringement

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2018
A Swiss artist has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against GM, accusing the automaker of using one of his outdoor murals in a marketing campaign without his knowledge or consent.

Porsche SE ordered to reveal who knew what about VW diesel scandal

Jan. 12, 2018 15:09 CET
Porsche SE, the investment vehicle for the Porsche and Piech families that controls VW, has been ordered by a German court to reveal what management at VW and Porsche knew about the diesel scandal and whether any evidence was destroyed.

Big results, but at what cost?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2017
Dealership software giant CDK has produced some eye-popping numbers for investors, but its fast climb has alienated some customers, and antitrust lawsuits are piling up.

Latest suit against CDK comes from a heavyweight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2017
Cox Automotive's antitrust lawsuit against CDK Global follows similar lawsuits by Authenticom and others against CDK, Reynolds or both over the past eight months.

Partner sues megadealer for fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2017
Terry Taylor, who built a dealership empire in part by granting equity stakes to his general managers, is being sued by one of his former managers, who accuses him of fraud.

'Nobody knows' the extent of Taylor's empire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2017
Terry Taylor is an enormously wealthy dealer who owns more U.S. dealerships than anyone alive. Here are some other details known about the publicity-averse Taylor.

Did insurer pressure lead to $42 million verdict?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2017
A Texas jury concluded that substandard car repairs aggravated the effects of a severe crash. The lawyer for the crash victims asserts that insurer pressure to cut costs caused the body shop to fix the car's roof with glue rather than OEM-specified welds.

TrueCar, California Dealers Association settle lawsuit

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2017
TrueCar agreed to change parts of its business model, including its billing, to settle litigation brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.

BMW roasts big dealer in countersuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017
Megadealer Norman Braman filed a federal lawsuit against BMW in September, arguing that changes to a bonus program illegally modified franchise agreements. Now BMW has issued a scorching response.


Technicians win wage discrimination settlement with N.J. dealer

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2017
Eight technicians at a New Jersey Ford dealership won a legal settlement last week in a discriminatory wage dispute that claimed Chinese workers were paid less than than U.S. employees to do the same jobs.

VW 'malicious deception' lawsuit from seafood company rejected by court

Nov. 28, 2017 12:11 CET
German seafood company Deutsche See has appealed against a court's rejection of its complaint against VW over the carmaker's emissions cheating. Deutsche See had tried to sue the automaker over malicious deception for leasing diesel vehicles VW had said were environmentally friendly.

Dealer's big win reversed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2017
Ex-Nissan dealer Mike Kahn won a $256 million jury verdict in his lengthy fraud case against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. But a judge dismissed the verdict.

Dyson sues ex-CEO for sharing secrets on electric car

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2017
Dyson is suing former CEO Max Conze for allegedly revealing confidential information, including details of the British company's plan to expand into the EV market.

Tesla faces new suit over racial discrimination at Calif. plant

5:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017
The company is also challenging lawsuits accusing it of discrimination against gay and older workers. It has denied those claims. The suits also come amid a unionizing campaign by the UAW.

Dealers to get piece of $1 billion bounty from price-fixing cases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017
Thousands of car dealerships are poised to receive a payoff stemming from a multinational price-fixing conspiracy that snared 47 suppliers for rigging bids on commodity parts.

Setback for Authenticom suit against CDK, Reynolds

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2017
Authenticom suffered a legal setback in an antitrust case against CDK and Reynolds, but the trial will go ahead.

GM settles ignition switch case with Calif. county for $13.9 million

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017
GM agreed to a $13.9 million settlement with Orange County, Calif., after prosecutors accused the automaker of intentionally concealing serious safety defects including those involving faulty ignition switches tied to nearly 400 deaths and injuries.

Turf battle: Dealer's lawsuit says his territory is too big

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017
Land Rover Orlando claims the area it is responsible for is so large, it can't meet sales targets.

Ex-FCA official sold Ferrari as federal probe emerged

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2017
A $365,000 Ferrari belonging to Fiat Chrysler's former labor relations chief was sold days after prosecutors first linked him to a $4.5 million embezzlement case.

Tesla worker claims timing of firing denied him lucrative shares

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2017
A former Tesla factory worker filed a lawsuit alleging the company fired him a day before his one-year anniversary, denying him hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options.

States sue Trump administration over delayed fuel-economy fines

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017
New York, California and three other states sued the US government for delaying the rollout of higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers building new vehicles not meeting fuel-economy standards.

Environmental groups sue U.S. over delayed fines for gas guzzlers

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2017
Three environmental groups filed suit against the federal government Thursday for delaying the rollout of higher “gas-guzzler” penalties for automakers that produce new vehicles that fail to meet minimum fuel-economy standards.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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