Daimler human rights case raises doubts at U.S. Supreme Court

Oct. 16, 2013 12:00 CET
A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices raised doubts over whether Daimler can be sued in federal court for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s.... Read More »


Nissan taxi rolls even after judge blocks NYC 'tomorrow' plan

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2013
A New York judge's decision to block Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan for a uniform fleet of van-like yellow cabs with sliding doors and skylight windows won't stop them from cruising city streets. One car dealer has already taken delivery of the taxi, built by Nissan, and has sold five to individual operators.... Read More »


Takata to pay $71.3 million fine over seat belt price-fixing charges

8:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2013
Takata will pay $71.3 million to settle antitrust charges brought by U.S. federal prosecutors over price fixing on seat belts sold to automakers, the Japanese auto parts maker said. Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada faces a 30 percent cut in his compensation, while other directors will be subject to a 15 percent cut, the company said.... Read More »


Toyota judge says complaint about juror unsubstantiated

7:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
A Los Angeles judge said a juror's complaint that a fellow panelist in Toyota's trial over a fatality linked to unintended acceleration wasn't participating in deliberations was unsubstantiated.... Read More »


Nissan's N.Y. taxi contract is not valid, judge rules

6:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2013
Nissan is vowing to press ahead selling taxis in New York this month despite a court ruling Tuesday that voids its lucrative exclusive contract with the city. New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler said that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission “exceeded its authority” by awarding Nissan the contract to exclusively supply all taxis for the next 10 years.... Read More »


DOT sued over delayed backup-camera mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2013
Consumer groups are taking the Obama administration to federal court over its about-face on backup cameras. In a lawsuit filed today in federal court in New York, two individuals and four organizations, including Consumers Union, asked a judge to order the Department of Transportation to set rear visibility standards for light vehicles, as required by a 2008 law.... Read More »


Ally claims Santander stole trade secrets for Chrysler Finance job

6:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2013
A joint venture of a Banco Santander unit and Chrysler Group was accused in a lawsuit by Ally Financial of violating a copyright on loan forms to avoid a $150 million accounting penalty.... Read More »


Ford didn't breach truck dealer contracts, Ohio jury rules

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
Ford didn't breach pricing contracts with commercial truck dealers, a Cleveland jury found in the retrial of a case that previously resulted in a $2 billion judgment against the company.... Read More »


Tenn. Supreme Court reinstates ruling against Ford in liability case

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2013
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a $43.8 million verdict in which Ford was held partly at fault in a case involving a Memphis child who was paralyzed in an auto accident.... Read More »


Tesla seeks 'Model E' trademark

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2013
Tesla Motors earlier this month filed three trademark applications for the name "Model E," according to the federal Patent and Trademark Office's Web site. The applications refer to use of the name in "automobiles and structural parts therefore," automobile maintenance and repair services, as well as apparel.... Read More »


Porsche plaintiffs lose bids for access to German prosecutors' files

Aug. 21, 2013 06:01 CET
Plaintiffs seeking damages from Porsche SE have been blocked by a German court from accessing files from the investigation of former Porsche executives Wendelin Wiedeking and Holger Haerter.... Read More »


Toyota loses bid to keep Lentz off witness stand in unintended acceleration trial

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Toyota lost a bid to keep North America CEO Jim Lentz from taking the witness stand in the first trial over a fatal crash blamed on unintended acceleration.... Read More »



Edmunds warns it's on the prowl for fake reviews

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013 is carrying on where Google left off a year ago in policing what it considers to be fraudulent reviews of dealerships. the giant third-party auto research site could have just filed a civil lawsuit last month against a Texas review company. But decided to make more noise about it by flagging other third-party sites potentially targeted by the review company. And it put out a press release to tell the world about the lawsuit.... Read More »


Jeff Schmitt Auto Group comes under fire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Since December, Jeff Schmitt Auto Group has paid about $625,000 to resolve 16 civil lawsuits and five other complaints.... Read More »


Toyota knew of danger of stuck pedals, lawyer tells jurors as Calif. trial opens

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Toyota knew of the danger of stuck pedals and failed to install a brake-override system in the 2006 Camry of a woman who died in a crash, a lawyer told jurors in the first fatal sudden-acceleration case to go to trial.... Read More »


Retired GM execs lose appeal in suit over pension cuts

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
More than 100 former GM executives who sued the automaker for cutting their retirement benefits during the company's 2009 bankruptcy had their appeal rejected today by a federal appeals court.... Read More »



Ford sought a supplier for 2 sedans. But wire-harness makers had already decided who would bid, suit alleges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
In March 2009, Ford Motor Co. asked suppliers to bid for a contract to provide wire harnesses for the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. It should have been an attractive proposition for two high-volume sedans. But, oddly, some suppliers weren't interested, Ford says in a federal lawsuit claiming that Fujikura Ltd., Yazaki Corp., Sumitomo Corp. and Furukawa Electric Co. engaged in price-fixing over the contract.... Read More »


Fiat fails to get judge's valuation of VEBA fund's Chrysler stock

July 31, 2013 06:01 CET
Fiat failed to persuade a judge to set the value of some Chrysler shares now owned by a union healthcare fund, probably delaying a push to complete the combination of the two companies.... Read More »


Fiat fails to get judge's valuation of VEBA fund's Chrysler stock

6:33 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2013
Fiat failed to persuade a judge to set the value of some Chrysler Group shares now owned by a union health-care fund, probably delaying a push to complete the combination of the two companies.... Read More »


VW and Suzuki explore options to resolve legal battle, report says

July 26, 2013 15:04 CET
Volkswagen and Suzuki are exploring options to either revive cooperation efforts or enter a settlement to end a two-year legal battle, sources said. The automakers continue to view the industrial logic for the cooperation as compelling.... Read More »


4 ex-Chrysler dealers' claims dismissed by federal judge

5:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2013
A federal judge today dismissed the final claims of four rejected Chrysler Group dealers who won the right to return to business through arbitration but failed to reopen their stores.... Read More »


Toyota's $1.6 billion settlement over sudden-acceleration suits wins court approval

1:49 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2013
Toyota won final approval of a settlement, valued at as much as $1.63 billion by plaintiff lawyers, with U.S. consumers who claimed that recalls related to sudden, unintended acceleration caused their vehicles to lose value.... Read More »


Toyota sudden-acceleration settlement tentatively approved

8:04 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
Toyota won tentative final approval of a settlement, valued at as much as $1.63 billion by plaintiff lawyers, with U.S. consumers who claimed that recalls related to sudden, unintended acceleration caused their vehicles to lose value.... Read More »


Panasonic pleads guilty, to pay $45.8 million fine in price-fixing parts probe

4:35 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
Panasonic agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing allegations involving automotive parts sold to Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Nissan, the U.S. Justice Department said. Panasonic will pay about a $45.8 million criminal fine, the department said in a statement.... Read More »


GM white-collar retirees in Canada win suit over benefit cuts

12:36 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2013
About 3,000 GM salaried retirees in Canada have won a class-action case against their former employer over cuts in health and life insurance benefits, according to a report in the Globe and Mail newspaper.... Read More »


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