Legal

Supplier exec pleads guilty to price-fixing, remains an employee

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
An executive from GS Electech, a supplier to Toyota, pleaded guilty Thursday to playing a role in an international conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices on auto parts, the Department of Justice said. He remains employed by the company, a spokesman said today....
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THE GM RECALL

GM seeks broader immunity in switch lawsuits

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
GM, moving to expand its immunity from lawsuits after recalling almost 29 million cars in North America, said it sees no need to try to settle customer claims until a judge decides whether it's legally responsible for faults in its predecessor's cars....
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Tesla settles lemon law case with Wisconsin man for $126,836

2:57 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla agreed to settle the first lemon law suit filed against the company, Wisconsin lawyer Vince Megna said....
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Owners of 8 N.J. dealerships settle claims of deceptive practices for $1.8 million

3:14 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Eight dealerships in New Jersey owned by Carmelo and Ignazio Giuffre have reached a $1.8 million settlement with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs....
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THE GM RECALL

Prosecutors' case against GM to focus on misleading statements, report says

7:31 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether GM made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation, Reuters reported....
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THE GM RECALL

GM won't use insurance proceeds to pay ignition-switch claims

10:31 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
General Motors will not be looking for liability insurance funds to help pay for claims stemming from its ignition-switch safety crisis. "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance," said David Roman, GM's director of financial communications....
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Hyundai sued in S. Korea after overstating fuel efficiency of Santa Fe

7:12 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Hyundai was sued by consumers in its home market after the nation's transport ministry said the company overstated the fuel efficiency of one of its models....
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Tesla sued in China by businessman, escalating trademark dispute

9:34 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Tesla Motors was sued in China for trademark infringement in the latest example of the difficulties foreign companies face doing business in the country....
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Alliance drops suit over Florida warranty reimbursement law

5:40 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked a federal court to dismiss its six-year-old lawsuit over Florida legislation on warranty reimbursement....
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GM Korea contractor probed by prosecutors for possible leak of engine technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors said South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a contractor leaked the carmaker’s engine technology overseas....
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EDITORIAL

Lots of negative consequences for companies in crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A crisis such as the one General Motors is suffering through has all kinds of negative consequences. And not just the obvious ones....
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GM victims' lawyer says Feinberg to offer uncapped payment fund, report says

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, who's creating a fund to compensate victims of GM's faulty ignition switch, is expected to offer payments for all drivers, passengers and bystanders killed or hurt in collisions related to the defect, according to a lawyer who said he's spoken to him, Bloomberg reported....
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Airbag accident, lawsuit prompt GM to recall Cruze

9:12 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
An accident that left a Georgia woman blind in one eye and a subsequent lawsuit led GM Thursday to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in North America for potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Print ads target Nissan on BladeGlider design

1:12 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Racing mogul Don Panoz, who sued Nissan last year alleging that the company copied the unusual shape of his DeltaWing race car, is stepping up his campaign with a series of print advertisements aimed at Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn....
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German carmakers consider black box recorders for self-drive cars

June 20, 2014 16:10 CET
German carmakers are considering the use of aircraft-style "black box" data recorders in self-driving cars, potentially a crucial step in getting the new technology on the road....
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GM car owners in U.S. owed about $10 billion in lost value after recalls, lawsuit says

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
GM is facing a new lawsuit that says the automaker should compensate millions of vehicle owners in the U.S. for lost resale value, potentially exceeding $10 billion (7.3 billion euros), after a slew of recalls....
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Lawsuit says GM owners owed around $10 billion in lost value after recalls

2:39 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
A new lawsuit says General Motors should compensate millions of car and truck owners for lost resale value, potentially exceeding $10 billion, because a slew of recalls and a deadly delay in recalling cars with defective ignition switches has damaged its brand....
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Mercedes SUVs least likely to be recovered after theft

1:56 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Mercedes-Benz SUVs are the least likely vehicles in the United States to be recovered once stolen, as thieves target luxury models to export or dismantle....
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GM employees questioned by U.S. attorney under ignition switch probe, reports say

6:19 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Federal prosecutors have begun interviewing present and former GM employees as part of a criminal probe into the automaker's delayed ignition-switch recall that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter....
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Nissan, N.Y. clear hurdle as appeals court validates taxi pact

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
New York's plan for a new fleet of cabs from Nissan is legal, an appeals court ruled, overturning a judge who said the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission overstepped its authority by requiring owners to buy a specific vehicle....
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Feinberg's 9/11 formula gives clues to how he'll craft GM payouts

12:34 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Ken Feinberg gained prominence compensating victims after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the BP oil spill, developing methods that show he's likely to be a tough negotiator in deciding how much money people get for injuries they had in defective GM cars....
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Former Takata executive indicted in seat belt price-fixing scheme

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
A federal grand jury has indicted a former top-tier global sales executive at Takata on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to fix the prices for seat belts, the Department of Justice said today....
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Arbitration court to rule in VW-Suzuki dispute this year, report says

June 5, 2014 17:07 CET
Volkswagen and Suzuki are a step closer to resolving a dispute over their failed partnership after a court of arbitration wrapped up witness hearings, paving the way for a verdict by the end of the year, sources said....
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Continental's Veyance deal is probed by German cartel office

May 26, 2014 14:39 CET
Germany's cartel office says it has launched a probe into Continental's planned takeover of U.S. rubber firm Veyance Technologies....
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GABE NELSON

GM's list of 69 dirty words has its rationale -- and risks

7:00 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2014
GM's attorneys weren't immune to the cost-cutting culture that has been blamed for this year's ignition switch fiasco, if we are to judge from a newly surfaced slide presentation in which they coached engineers to avoid 69 incendiary words and phrases -- including “safety.”...
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