Legal

Tokai Rika exec indicted in ongoing supplier price-fixing probe

12:57 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
An executive at Japan's Tokai Rika -- a Toyota supplier -- was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Detroit for conspiracy to fix prices and obstruction of justice....
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THE GM RECALL

GM overhauling legal department to prevent recall delays, report says

6:58 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
General Motors is overhauling its legal department as the automaker tries to break down silos that delayed the recall of millions of cars for a defect linked to 13 deaths, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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GM, Delphi ask Texas court to consolidate ignition-related suits

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
GM and Delphi asked the Texas Supreme Court to merge four driver-injury suits tied to faulty ignition switches into one state case....
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European push gives self-driving cars a boost

May 19, 2014 10:42 CET
Cars could be driving themselves down the world's streets far sooner than expected because of a change in a global treaty backed by European countries....
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Judge sets out rules for multibillion-dollar fight over GM ignition-switch defects

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
The federal judge who once steered the future of bankrupt GM set out rules today for a fight over billions of dollars in claims tied to the company's ignition-switch defects....
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Porsche may win VW options case despite 'slyness'

May 15, 2014 09:23 CET
Porsche SE may win a second victory in a legal battle with investors over its aborted takeover of Volkswagen Group after a judge said its actions were sly but not necessarily illegal....
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Hyundai to appeal $248 million verdict over fatal Montana crash

2:11 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
Hyundai Motor America plans to appeal a $248 million verdict awarded to the families of two boys killed in 2011 in a crash involving a Hyundai car they claimed was defective....
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Texting while driving can lead to jail time in Ireland

May 13, 2014 12:03 CET
Texting while driving is now considered as serious an offense as drunk driving in Ireland, with fines starting at 1,000 euros and jail time a possibility for habitual offenders. The new rules are considered among the toughest in Europe....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking's manipulation-probe ruling appealed

May 5, 2014 13:28 CET
Prosecutors in Stuttgart have appealed a court decision that ruled former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking won't have to stand trial on market manipulation charges over a failed bid to acquire Volkswagen Group....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking won't face criminal trial over VW bid

5:51 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
Ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-CFO Holger Haerter won't stand trial on market manipulation charges over the use of options in a failed bid to acquire Volkswagen....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking won't face criminal trial over VW bid

April 25, 2014 11:51 CET
Ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-CFO Holger Haerter won't stand trial on market manipulation charges over the use of options in a failed bid to acquire Volkswagen....
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GM owners claim bankruptcy fraud to keep recall suits alive

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's request for court protection from 50 car-owner lawsuits seeking compensation for millions of recalled autos with defective ignition switches was attacked as legally “unsupportable.”...
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Plaintiffs call GM bid to freeze ignition suit a 'red herring'

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
GM's bid to freeze a lawsuit over faulty ignition switches may compromise public safety, plaintiffs told a judge in California, calling the automaker's claim that its 2009 bankruptcy shielded it from the old GM's liabilities “irrelevant” and a “red herring.”...
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Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars....
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Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths....
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Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. And a fourth executive formerly employed by Bridgestone agreed to plead guilty in a related case today....
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Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging....
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Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week....
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Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents....
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Chevy dealership in Missouri sues customer over disputed repair bill

5:49 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Jim Butler Chevrolet in suburban St. Louis is suing a customer who took issue with the repair bill for his Chevrolet Malibu, and is seeking $25,000 in damages. Dwayne Cooney took his vehicle to the dealership for service after hours on Jan. 31 because the key fob wouldn't work, the tire pressure monitor light remained on and an airbag warning light had illuminated....
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$1.2 billion fine? It barely dents Toyota's cash pile

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. just got hit with a costly $1.2 billion Department of Justice settlement for safety violations. So what does it do next?...
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Tesla appeals N.J. ruling on direct-sales ban

3:05 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there....
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GABE NELSON

2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer....
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Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield

9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Motors gained through its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization....
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Ferrari, 21-year-old racer tussle for control of Facebook page

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
Sammy Wasem was 15 when he started a Ferrari fan page that would become one of the most popular car sites on Facebook. Six years later, he is in a legal battle with his favorite Italian sports-car maker in a case that may help define freedom of expression rights in social media....
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