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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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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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2 executives at Japan's Mitsuba indicted in U.S. for price-fixing

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

Two executives of Japanese auto parts company Mitsuba were indicted today on charges of conspiring to fix the prices of auto parts and obstruction of justice, the Justice Department said....
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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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BMW, Bosch join Deutsche Bahn in airline cartel damages claim

Feb. 2, 2015 12:29 CET

BMW and Bosch said they would join German train operator Deutsche Bahn in two claims for about 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in damages from air freight carriers that were involved in a cartel....
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KEITH CRAIN

This is right out of '1984'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the U.S. Justice Department is tracking millions of cars and knows just where they are. The paper reports that the effort started as a move to combat drug cartels near the Mexican border has expanded around the country. It is a massive intrusion on our rights....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German auto industry feels ripples from Paris terror attacks

5:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

The January killings of journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris have brought home to Germany the difficult issue of Jihadi attacks, with the debate now reaching the economic pride of the country, its carmakers....
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