Legal

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

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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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan....
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FOILING FRAUD

Phony deals cost dealers reputation, vehicles and lenders

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
For employees in a dealership's finance and insurance office, spotting a potentially fraudulent deal is top priority. A mistake not only can cost a dealership a vehicle, it can hurt the store's reputation and its relationships with lenders. It's a challenge for all dealership groups....
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Dealers, captives battle in statehouses

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
A battle is heating up in several state capitals as dealer associations face off against carmakers and their captive finance companies over proposed state laws governing the sale of F&I products....
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JIM HENRY

Lending practices face new scrutiny: States

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
State officials aren't far behind the federal government in the present crackdown on auto lenders, especially in the subprime segment....
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Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key....
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Tammy Darvish sues father, DARCARS in ownership dispute

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Tammy Darvish, the well-known face of DARCARS Automotive Group, is suing her father, John Darvish Sr., and the company he founded, after being left out of the dealership group's ownership team....
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Former Toyoda Gosei executive agrees to U.S. prison time, fine for price-fixing role

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
A former executive with Japan-based supplier Toyoda Gosei has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge and serve just over a year in prison for his role in fixing the price of automotive hoses sold to Toyota....
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Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors....
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Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said....
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