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TrueCar, Sonic settle suit over 'True' usage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar Inc. and Sonic Automotive Inc. have reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement....
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Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent recalls

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

A Canadian law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday seeking $4 billion in damages, in connection with the massive recall announced by the automaker earlier in July....
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TrueCar, Sonic settle trademark lawsuit

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

TrueCar and Sonic Automotive reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement. As part of the deal, Sonic agreed to transfer to TrueCar all rights to and use of its True Price, True View and all other True-related marks. Sonic also will lift a ban on using TrueCar at its dealerships....
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Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2015

Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicles under development and reduce warranty costs....
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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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Curse of the $16.5 million Ferrari pits tycoon against an auction house

July 11, 2015 06:15 CET

Following 16 years of lawsuits and ownership claims from Paraguay to Switzerland, the fate of a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus roadster, which Victoria's Secret founder Les Wexner thought he bought last year for 10.7 million pounds ($16.5 million), is finally coasting toward resolution in a London court....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed without charges; Hayakawa new CCO

July 8, 2015 10:54 CET

Former Toyota executive Julie Hamp was released from custody in Japan today without being charged, following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing oxycodone. Toyota said Senior Managing Officer Shigeru Hayakawa will succeed Hamp as chief communications officer....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody in Japan, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Tokyo prosecutors plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota executive, on Wednesday after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, a report said....
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Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan

4:34 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, 55, notified Toyota of her intent to resign, the company said in a statement today....
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GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths....
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How dealers can protect themselves from bad actors

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A blot on auto retailing is developing in Birmingham, Ala. Eight former employees of Serra Automotive Group pleaded guilty to charges including falsifying documents and two managers are accused of cheating on Nissan North America's national sales incentive program....
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No seat unturned in flood-damage search

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Since torrential downpours hit Houston in late May, Bob Sluss has been extra vigilant about leaving no stone - or seat - unturned when appraising used vehicles. Sluss has seen a spike in trade-ins with water damage that was not disclosed by their owners....
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Porsche mulls legal action over Macan copy in China, report says

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche may take legal action against Zotye Automobile over the Chinese automaker's T700 SUV that closely resembles the Macan, a report said. The T700 is due to launch next year at a price much lower than the Macan's....
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Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automaker....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking faces more VW bid charges

June 22, 2015 15:19 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter face more charges over the use of a controversial options strategy in Porsche's doomed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008....
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La. exec sentenced to 11-year prison term for $1.2M ad fraud of dealerships

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A politically connected media firm owner who billed Louisiana dealerships for fictitious advertising that cost them more than $1.2 million was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Wednesday, the Department of Justice said....
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Tom Benson, New Orleans dealer and Saints owner, ruled competent by judge in battle with heirs

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Tom Benson, a New Orleans and San Antonio dealer and the owner of the NFL's Saints franchise, was found competent to manage his own affairs by a Louisiana judge overseeing part of a fight by spurned heirs trying to oust the billionaire from control of his sports and business empire....
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Eberspaecher fined 68 million euros over parking-heater cartel

June 17, 2015 12:44 CET

The European Commission has fined Germany's Eberspaecher Group 68 million euros ($76.6 million) after finding Eberspaecher and fellow supplier Webasto had fixed prices of heating systems in cars and trucks....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Serra Nissan faces civil suit in U.S. court in Ala.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Serra Nissan in Birmingham, Ala., is facing more legal problems, this time in civil court. An Alabama couple is suing the dealership alleging it was involved in a criminal enterprise when they bought a car there. Serra's lawyer says he plans an aggressive defense....
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U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today....
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Nissan store manager, controller in Ala. charged with fraud to win incentive bonuses

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The former general manager and controller of an Alabama Nissan dealership are charged with falsely reporting vehicle sales and receiving factory incentive bonuses....
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Visteon completes $3.6B sale of climate JV

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Visteon completed a $3.6 billion divestiture of its stake in the South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control to Hankook Tire and private-equity firm Hahn & Co....
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Mercedes' new E class will offer automated driving at highway speeds

June 9, 2015 10:22 CET

Drivers of Mercedes' new E class will have to get used to a startling feeling: the steering wheel moving in their hands as it pilots highways and country roads by itself. The technology will be available as of about March next year, when the next-generation model goes on sale....
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Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. Ford will open up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology. Unlike Tesla and Toyota, it will license its patents for a fee, the company said....
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