VW sued by West Virginia over clean diesel claims

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

West Virginia is suing Volkswagen AG for deceiving car buyers after the EPA said last month that the company had installed software to hide that its diesel engines exceeded pollution standards....
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Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal....
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Used-car dealers in Calif. sue VW over diesel emissions

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Independent, used car dealerships sued Volkswagen AG in California on Thursday over losses they say they will incur following revelations that the company fitted some diesel models with software to cheat on U.S. vehicle emissions tests....
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Holy lawsuit, Batman! U.S. court affirms Batmobile's copyright

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The Batmobile, the indispensable crime fighting vehicle driven by comic book hero Batman, has enough distinct character traits to qualify for copyright protection, a U.S. appeals court ruled....
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VW, Fla. dealership accused of deceiving diesel customers in lawsuit

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed today alleges that Volkswagen and a Florida dealership deceived customers about the performance of the diesel-powered vehicles at the center of the German automaker's emissions scandal....
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After GM settlement, an unsettled feeling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

The known financial toll to GM for hiding a deadly safety defect now exceeds $2.3 billion. But outside of GM, there's little feeling of genuine accountability for the ignition-switch flaw now tied to 124 deaths and 275 injuries over more than a decade....
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W.Va. dealership group pays $80,000 civil penalty over ads

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

A West Virginia auto dealership group agreed to pay an $80,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that charged it with showing misleading advertisements, the FTC said....
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Corporate 'siloing' an obstacle to charging GM employees, prosecutor says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

The chief U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan blamed gaps in federal law and "siloing" within General Motors for the failure so far to charge any individual employees who may be responsible for faulty ignition switches linked to 124 deaths....
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GM agrees to pay $900 million in U.S. criminal settlement over ignition switches

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

General Motors admitted it hid from the government and the public a lethal defect in its vehicle ignition switches, and agreed to pay $900 million to end a U.S. criminal probe over its problem, which has been linked to 124 deaths....
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Takata settles U.S. patent infringement case for airbag sensors

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Two units of Japanese auto supplier Takata are settling a six-year patent infringement dispute with International Electronics & Engineering and its Detroit area subsidiary for $1.1 million....
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Autonomous driving and the law: Who's responsible when there's a machine at the wheel?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits. But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?...
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Former Porsche communications chief charged with aiding market manipulation

Aug. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

A German prosecutor charged Porsche's former communications chief, Anton Hunger, with aiding market manipulation related to the purchase of Volkswagen Group shares, after dropping identical charges against Porsche's supervisory board....
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TrueCar, Sonic settle suit over 'True' usage

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

TrueCar Inc. and Sonic Automotive Inc. have reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement....
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Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent recalls

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

A Canadian law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday seeking $4 billion in damages, in connection with the massive recall announced by the automaker earlier in July....
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TrueCar, Sonic settle trademark lawsuit

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

TrueCar and Sonic Automotive reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement. As part of the deal, Sonic agreed to transfer to TrueCar all rights to and use of its True Price, True View and all other True-related marks. Sonic also will lift a ban on using TrueCar at its dealerships....
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Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2015

Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicles under development and reduce warranty costs....
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Curse of the $16.5 million Ferrari pits tycoon against an auction house

July 11, 2015 06:15 CET

Following 16 years of lawsuits and ownership claims from Paraguay to Switzerland, the fate of a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus roadster, which Victoria's Secret founder Les Wexner thought he bought last year for 10.7 million pounds ($16.5 million), is finally coasting toward resolution in a London court....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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