Litigation and Regulations

Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes....
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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that allowed Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy to be restored through arbitration, The Detroit News reported....
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Lesson not learned will cost VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price....
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Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal....
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CFPB says Westlake, Wilshire engaged in illegal debt collection ploys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Westlake Financial Services and Wilshire Consumer Credit, its auto title lending subsidiary, of illegal debt collection ploys, including extending loan terms without permission and failing to disclose loans' annual percentage rates. The CFPB ordered the lenders to pay consumers $44.1 million in relief....
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Which court will hear Volkswagen class actions?

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW and Audi owners whose vehicles have been tainted by the emissions scandal have filed class actions in at least 40 federal jurisdictions in 30 different states. Where the consolidated litigation should take place is being debated by plaintiffs' firms....
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VW's diesel tax breaks could be a focus for U.S. prosecutors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Volkswagen's push to secure tax breaks that kick-started a market for its new diesel cars could now help U.S. investigators build a case against the automaker for deceiving the government about their emissions, lawyers say....
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Automakers summoned to Washington amid reporting lapses, fines

7:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he is going to summon the major automakers to Washington to discuss the need for accurate reporting of safety defects, an action that comes amid a series of high-profile lapses and scandals involving the industry....
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Illegal VW diesel emission systems may require 2 solutions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW's promise to fix pollution control systems on about 11 million diesel vehicles will involve changes to software, and possibly hardware, that could leave owners with cars that deliver diminished fuel economy and performance or require more maintenance, experts say....
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Porsche sued by Paul Walker's daughter over fatal accident

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The daughter of Paul Walker, Meadow Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against defendants Porsche Cars of North America and Beverly Hills Porsche, the Los Angeles Times reports....
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EPA should do more road emissions tests, critics say

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

VW's ability to cheat on emissions screening for seven years is putting pressure on U.S. regulators to change the assessments by adding more road tests to complement laboratory analysis....
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VW culture: No room to fail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

How has a peerless automotive organization known for setting outrageous goals -- then exceeding them -- slipped so low?...
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EPA toughens emissions oversight after VW cheating

10:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

U.S. environmental regulators will add more spot-checks to cars already on the road following Volkswagen AG's admission that it fitted as many as 11 million diesel cars worldwide with software that rigged pollution tests....
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At least 29 U.S. state attorneys general to probe, subpoena Volkswagen

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

At least 29 U.S. state attorneys general today initiated a multi-state investigation of Volkswagen over its representations to consumers over their diesel vehicles, according to a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan....
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BMW denies rigging emissions tests after report on X3 exhaust

7:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

BMW said it doesn’t cheat on emissions tests, responding to a report in German magazine Autobild that the X3 SUV exceeded the European limit for air pollution. BMW shares earlier today fell as much as 9.7 percent, the most in more than four years, on concerns that the luxury automaker would be enmeshed in the diesel-emissions scandal....
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Volkswagen dealers have cause to sue the automaker, lawyers say

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Volkswagen dealers -- already seething over a product drought, sagging U.S. sales and an often cold shoulder from headquarters in Germany -- may now have cause to take their frustrations out on the company in court....
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VW is a repeat offender on 'defeat devices'

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

VW's software designed to hoodwink environmental regulators was hardly the first instance of automakers getting busted for running afoul of U.S. emissions rules using so-called defeat devices. It wasn't even VW's first....
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Lawyer seeks to send VW civil suits to federal court in California

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

At least two dozen civil lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of misleading customers by designing some diesel models to cheat on U.S. emissions tests should be sent to California federal court, a lawyer in one such case said in a motion filed today....
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How U.S. lawyers were so quick off the mark to sue Volkswagen

10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Less than four days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Volkswagen had designed some of its diesel models to cheat emissions tests, lawyers have brought at least 25 class actions on behalf of scores of car owners in all 50 U.S. states....
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German government denies it knew of diesel-rigging technology

Sept. 23, 2015 12:19 CET

Germany's transport ministry denied that it had known about the technology Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests despite acknowledging only months ago that it knew of a gap between test and on-road emissions....
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Volkswagen hires law firm that defended BP after oil spill

6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG has hired the U.S. law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP to help it deal with the widening scandal over the carmaker’s faked pollution controls, according to a company spokeswoman....
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FTC urged to investigate VW diesel advertising claims

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

In a widening of the U.S. government's pressure on Volkswagen, a top U.S. senator today called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Volkswagen's advertising of its diesel engines and explore possible recourse for consumers who purchased the vehicles....
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VW, Fla. dealership accused of deceiving diesel customers in lawsuit

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed today alleges that Volkswagen and a Florida dealership deceived customers about the performance of the diesel-powered vehicles at the center of the German automaker's emissions scandal....
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Rosekind says VW's deception weakens confidence in auto safety

10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said today the emissions crisis at Volkswagen -- along with major recent recalls at General Motors, Takata and elsewhere -- weakens confidence in the auto industry....
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Volkswagen offers U.S. dealers financial assistance

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

Volkswagen of America has rolled out a series of financial assistance programs to compensate its U.S. dealers amid the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The scandal comes at a time when VW’s roughly 650 U.S. dealers already struggle with profitability amid a nearly 3 percent decline in new-vehicle sales through August....
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