Litigation and Regulations
U.S. report says Tesla driver speeding in fatal Autopilot crashTue, 26, Jul 2016
A driver killed in the May 7 crash of a Tesla Motors car while using Autopilot driving-assist software was speeding, U.S. highway safety investigators said on Tuesday in a preliminary report that did not state a probable cause.
Ford of Canada violated U.S. antitrust laws, lawsuit chargesTue, 19, Jul 2016
Ford of Canada must defend a class action suit accusing it of illegally conspiring to violate antitrust laws that restrict the export of lower-priced Canadian-made vehicles into the U.S.
Japan's NSK agrees to $34.5 million settlement in price-fixing caseMon, 25, Jul 2016
Japanese auto supplier NSK said it has agreed to pay $34.5 million in a settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit over price-fixing allegations.
While looking back, Nader looks forwardSun, 24, Jul 2016
It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more people realized.
Japan's Nishikawa agrees to plead guilty, pay $130 million in U.S. price-fixing probeWed, 20, Jul 2016
Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber agreed to plead guilty and pay $130 million in one of the stiffest penalties in the U.S. Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into industrywide price fixing and bid rigging.
Tesla's data collection may help it deflect Autopilot liability, lawyers sayWed, 20, Jul 2016
The large volume of data Tesla collects from its cars on the road has armed it with information to publicly counter, and possibly legally defend, claims about the safety of its Autopilot driving-assist software, according to lawyers familiar with such cases.
BMW's 2017 diesels delayed by more stringent EPA emissions testsWed, 20, Jul 2016
The EPA's crackdown on diesels has delayed the certification and sale of four BMW models. BMW confirmed it is still awaiting production certification of all 2017 diesels and would not say now long this would take.
Hyundai dealers in China seek up to $135 million in compensationWed, 20, Jul 2016
A group of Hyundai dealers in China is seeking 800 million-900 million yuan ($120 million-135 million) in compensation from the South Korean automaker, saying Hyundai has cut the flow of models it exports to them, resulting in dealership losses and closures.
VW execs covered up diesel cheating, state lawsuits allegeTue, 19, Jul 2016
Senior VW executives including former CEO Martin Winterkorn covered up evidence that the German automaker cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, three U.S. states charged on Tuesday in civil lawsuits against the company.
54.5 mpg target is off the table, U.S. regulators sayMon, 18, Jul 2016
The U.S. government is adjusting its CAFE goals for the 2025 model year, saying the industry won't hit fleetwide fuel economy averages of 54.5 mpg because demand for trucks and SUVs is higher than expected.
Denso to pay $255 million in antitrust case settlements to dealerships, consumersFri, 15, Jul 2016
Denso has agreed to pay $255 million in settlements between two class actions over price-fixing allegations in the U.S., the Japanese supplier said Friday in the latest development of the largest antitrust scandal in U.S. history.
Tesla won't be able to put crash defense on AutopilotFri, 15, Jul 2016
Telling Tesla drivers its Autopilot feature doesn’t mean their cars can drive themselves may not be enough to keep Elon Musk off the hot seat if the technology comes up short.