Litigation and Regulations

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Bill limiting CFPB has long road to becoming law

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week moved a bill that would limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. But dealers and lenders should hold off on the celebrations....
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EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director of the agency's office of Transportation and Air Quality told Automotive News today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill out at MBS

8:13 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology....
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54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025....
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U.S. widens probe of car radios that may be vulnerable to hacks

7:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Harman International Industries Inc., which supplied car audio systems involved in a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recall in July, has been asked for information on other radios that may be vulnerable to hacking, the U.S. regulator said....
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Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today....
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TrueCar hit with another dealer lawsuit

3:01 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

A group of 100 auto dealerships that are part of TrueCar's network are suing the online car-buying service for not disclosing to consumers the nature of the fees that dealers pay the company for each sale....
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FCA battles in court with Australia ex-CEO

9:56 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

FCA traded charges in court with its former Australia CEO, who denied breaching his legal duties and said he acted on instructions from above after a lawsuit by the carmaker accused him of excessive spending and illegally enriching himself through commercial deals....
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Senate passes bill raising automaker fines to $105M

4:29 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that will triple the maximum fines automakers pay for violations of motor-vehicle safety laws yet bypassed other measures sought by consumer groups....
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Chassix gets new board, $300M in financing

3:14 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Chassix Holdings, following its successful emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has secured $300 million of exit financing and named a new board of directors....
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New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. In response, Ford said it will add "countermeasures" to improve crash-test performance....
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GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer

6:28 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. GM lost a bid to stop lawyers from circulating information about the recalls, obtained ahead of a January trial....
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Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday....
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Ford wins court appeal over apartheid claims

2:05 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a federal appeals court ruled today....
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GM fund approves 3 more serious-injury claims

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Three more serious injuries have been linked to General Motors defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Friedman to leave NHTSA after serving as interim boss

12:25 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

David Friedman, deputy administrator of NHTSA and its interim leader during the 2014 General Motors recall crisis, is leaving his position, the agency confirmed today....
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CHAD HALCOM

BLOG: Is the DOJ auto parts price-fixing crackdown winding down?

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

After scouring the U.S. auto supply chain in a five-year crackdown on price-fixing, has the Department of Justice found something else to do?...
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GM case judge says customers can't see U.S. probe data

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

General Motors customers suing over faulty ignition switches lost their bid for access to witnesses interviewed by the government in a probe of the automaker, a U.S. judge said....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg’s office has has nearly completed its review of 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors’ recalled ignition switches. So far, the death toll is 124 deaths, three more than last week....
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How junk cars can slip through the cracks

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Holes in the national federal vehicle title database let title-washed cars slip though. Only 44 of 50 states participate in the national system....
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GM recalls 779,023 SUVs for lift gate defect; 56 injuries reported

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear, causing the gate to fall on people....
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