Litigation and Regulations

GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer

6:28 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. GM lost a bid to stop lawyers from circulating information about the recalls, obtained ahead of a January trial....
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Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday....
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Ford wins court appeal over apartheid claims

2:05 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a federal appeals court ruled today....
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GM fund approves 3 more serious-injury claims

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Three more serious injuries have been linked to General Motors defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Friedman to leave NHTSA after serving as interim boss

12:25 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

David Friedman, deputy administrator of NHTSA and its interim leader during the 2014 General Motors recall crisis, is leaving his position, the agency confirmed today....
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CHAD HALCOM

BLOG: Is the DOJ auto parts price-fixing crackdown winding down?

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

After scouring the U.S. auto supply chain in a five-year crackdown on price-fixing, has the Department of Justice found something else to do?...
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GM case judge says customers can't see U.S. probe data

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

General Motors customers suing over faulty ignition switches lost their bid for access to witnesses interviewed by the government in a probe of the automaker, a U.S. judge said....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg’s office has has nearly completed its review of 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors’ recalled ignition switches. So far, the death toll is 124 deaths, three more than last week....
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How junk cars can slip through the cracks

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

Holes in the national federal vehicle title database let title-washed cars slip though. Only 44 of 50 states participate in the national system....
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GM recalls 779,023 SUVs for lift gate defect; 56 injuries reported

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear, causing the gate to fall on people....
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Chassix finds support for Chapter 11 exit plan

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Debt-laden auto supplier Chassix Holdings Inc. entered its bankruptcy court confirmation hearing late last week with nearly unanimous creditor support for its Chapter 11 exit plan....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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NADA offers compliance help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/DetailPressRelease.aspx?id=21474839236"A Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements, which provides dealers with examples of bad and good ads....
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NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. NHTSA officials used a roughly three-hour hearing Thursday to detail and spotlight FCA's safety and recall shortcomings....
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GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. GM says a similar defect subsequently detected in an additional 10 million vehicles is ineligible for compensation because the company recalled the cars immediately after discovering the flaw. Some victims and their advocates think GM should expand the fund for other victims....
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Dura owner Tilton loses bid to halt SEC proceedings

2:37 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Lynn Tilton, the owner of auto supplier Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed, lost a bid to halt a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in-house disciplinary proceeding against her after a federal judge said she was powerless to do so....
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GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Nissan's NYC taxi fleet plan upheld in state appeals court

4:41 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

New York City's $1 billion plan for a new line of yellow cabs made by Nissan was upheld by the state's highest court today. The court rejected a challenge from fleet operators to the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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