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Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

8:59 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years....
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Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps

3:34 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Georgia trial over the death of 4-year old Remington Walden in 2012 is renewing demand by safety advocates for a massive recall of older Jeeps....
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Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. The latest actions, announced today, also target auto-loan application fraud and deceptive practices related to add-on products and services....
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Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing

2:46 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts....
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German court dismisses hedge funds' suit against Porsche holding company

March 26, 2015 16:21 CET

A German court has dismissed claims brought against Porsche SE by hedge funds seeking $1.3 billion in damages over its botched attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008....
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Tesla sued in UK in fight over charging stations rollout

March 26, 2015 11:06 CET

Tesla was sued in London in a dispute over whether the company interfered with a competitor's plan to rollout electric-car chargers at UK highway rest stops. Renewable energy supplier Ecotricity claims Tesla tried to induce companies to breach agreements for exclusive charging points. Tesla countersued accused Ecotricity acting abusively in its dominant position as a supplier....
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Barra, other GM execs to be deposed in ignition-switch case

6:19 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is among current and former executives set to be questioned in litigation over ignition-switch defects that led to the recall of millions of vehicles. Lawyers suing GM on behalf of vehicle owners will begin taking sworn depositions on May 6, attorney Bob Hilliard said....
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VW Chairman Piech, Porsche family on witness list in hedge-fund lawsuit

March 18, 2015 11:35 CET

VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech and Porsche SE Chairman Wolfgang Porsche are among 21 people who will be asked to testify by a German court in a 1.8 billion euro lawsuit filed by two U.S. hedge funds....
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U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags....
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All new EU cars will need emergency call technology from 2018

March 17, 2015 17:09 CET

All new cars sold in the European Union from 2018 will have to be equipped with technology to contact emergency services in the case of an accident....
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China's FAW chairman faces gov't graft probe

March 17, 2015 13:18 CET

Xu Jianyi, the chairman of China's FAW Group, which makes cars with Volkswagen and Toyota, is being investigated by the Communist Party anti-graft watchdog....
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Toyota ad hits bad guitar note

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

Toyota is in trouble with an author who reunited blues legend B.B. King with one of his favorite Gibson "Lucille" guitars. In a lawsuit, the author says the automaker used his story in a TV commercial without his permission....
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GM settles second ignition-switch lawsuit with parents of Georgia victim

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

The Georgia parents who forced GM to acknowledge an ignition switch defect linked to the deaths of their daughter and at least 64 other people have settled a second case against the company, their lawyers said today. The terms of the new settlement are confidential. GM revealed the ignition switch defect in February 2014, when it announced a recall that was eventually expanded to cover 2.6 million small cars....
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Apple seeks to dismiss lawsuit filed by electric battery maker A123

8:24 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Apple asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by battery maker A123 systems over engineers hired by Apple, saying A123's claims were too speculative to proceed....
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TrueCar sued by dealers for 'false advertising'

5:45 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Dealers representing 117 new-car franchises are suing TrueCar for more than $250 million, claiming they are victims of false advertising and unfair competition. In the complaint, the dealers argue that TrueCar's advertisements falsely claim that consumers who use the vehicle-shopping site's services can buy a car without haggling or negotiations. The filing dealers are not current users of TrueCar, though some have used the service in the past....
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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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NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation....
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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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German prosecutors drop probe of Daimler, Merkel aide

Feb. 10, 2015 11:50 CET

Prosecutors in Berlin have dropped a probe into whether Daimler granted "undue advantage" to a former treasurer of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats when it hired him as chief political lobbyist....
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