Litigation and Regulations

Five-store Tesla compromise reached in Pennsylvania

1:49 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with important new limits in place on the number of stores Tesla Motors would be allowed to own and operate in the state....
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GM victim-compensation plan to be released Monday

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Ken Feinberg will disclose details of his plan to compensate victims of General Motors' defective ignition switch during a press conference on Monday, the attorney said today....
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Takata says moisture may be culprit in airbag recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
For a global airbag producer, it’s hard to imagine worse news: A few defective airbag inflators from Takata Corp. malfunctioned during accidents, rupturing the airbags....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow direct EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill last week to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate....
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THE GM RECALL

GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”...
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
When Ford lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. But, frankly, there's a troubling undercurrent in recent mpg downgrades....
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THE GM RECALL

GM whistleblower was told to 'not find every problem,' report says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
A GM employee who continued to notice safety issues in vehicles and spoke up was transferred to a job where he was instructed to “not find every problem that GM might have,” according to a Bloomberg Businessweek story posted today. Courtland Kelley, now 52, has worked at GM for more than 30 years, originally as a safety inspector, then in 2002 as brand manager for the Chevrolet Cavalier -- the Cobalt’s predecessor -- and the Pontiac Sunfire....
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Chrysler vehicles investigated for ignition switch issues similar to GM's

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two investigations covering about 1.2 million Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles to probe ignition switch issues similar to those in Chevrolet Cobalts that prompted the General Motors recall crisis....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems

June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrolet Cobalt to fester for more than a decade....
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THE GM RECALL

House panel blasts GM's 'culture of secrecy'

11:57 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced intensive questioning from a House subcommittee for nearly three hours today over the slow recall of defective ignition switches, with lawmakers questioning whether she can truly change the company's culture. Some panel members reprimanded the company for a "culture of secrecy" and said its problems went "well beyond a rogue engineer." Barra vowed GM will set a new industry standard for vehicle safety....
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NHTSA closes Explorer investigation after Ford's recall

2:39 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Federal safety regulators closed a 2-year-old probe into power steering glitches in late-model Ford Explorers, signaling that they are satisfied with the automaker’s recent decision to recall the SUV. Ford said May 29 it would recall 195,527 Explorers from the 2011-13 model years as part of a sweeping campaign that included nearly 1.39 million vehicles....
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State franchise laws, sparked by Tesla, go too far, other automakers charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Dealers' opposition to Tesla Motors' model of factory-owned stores has led states to propose laws defending franchised dealers. Automakers charge that the legal balance in the dealer-automaker relationship now is shifting too far in favor of dealers....
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THE GM RECALL

GM to recall 511,528 Camaros for ignition-related defect; 3 other recalls announced

9:20 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
General Motors announced four more recalls today covering more than 500,000 cars sold in the United States -- including every Camaro sold since the current iteration of the iconic muscle car went on sale....
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GM ignition-switch defect response probed by 9 states

10:03 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
GM's delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by attorneys general in Florida, Connecticut and at least seven more states....
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THE GM RECALL

GM Georgia move may preview handling of switch injury litigation

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
General Motors previewed how it may handle some death and injury lawsuits triggered by faulty ignition switches when it moved an already-settled case from state to federal court after the plaintiffs tried to revive their claim....
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Musk says Tesla's patents are open to all automakers

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Tesla Motors will relinquish its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents “against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology," CEO Elon Musk said today....
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Fiat finance unit says Luxembourg tax ruling is legitimate

June 11, 2014 18:39 CET
Fiat's finance unit said it was confident of the legitimacy of a tax deal with Luxembourg that the European Commission is currently investigating....
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GM victims' fund to have 'modest' window for claims

10:33 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg, who is managing GM's' fund to compensate victims of ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths, said there will be a modest window for filing applications after it starts accepting claims around Aug. 1....
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Automakers oppose Pennsylvania’s bill allowing Tesla stores

4:26 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Automakers are fighting Pennsylvania legislation that would allow electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to operate an unlimited number of factory-owned stores in that state....
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GABE NELSON

How electric vehicles could get cleaner without doing a thing

3:45 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
If the EPA’s proposed emissions rules withstand legal challenges, electric utilities will need to accelerate a switch from coal to natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy sources. As a result, the average EV on roads in the United States will get significantly cleaner -- without any extra effort by the auto industry....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch protesters expected at annual meeting

4:06 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
A planned protest at General Motors headquarters by family members of crash victims will serve as the backdrop Tuesday to an annual meeting of GM shareholders here that should prove more substantive than the mundane proceedings of past years....
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GM ignition-switch plaintiffs seek to reopen case settled in 2008

11:00 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
General Motors committed fraud while settling claims over a 2004 accident that left one man dead and his fiancee pleading guilty to a crime, the victim’s family said in a lawsuit seeking to reopen the case....
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GM faulty-switch cases sent to federal court in New York

11:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
A federal judicial panel today ruled that lawsuits against General Motors over economic damages allegedly caused by a recent recall for faulty ignition switches will be heard in Manhattan....
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Lawyers scan GM report for details to bolster negligence suits

8:05 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2014
Plaintiffs' lawyers began scouring GM's report on its handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to 13 deaths and say they are finding details that could bolster their negligence cases....
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