Did you know that some Honda models right now use wiring which is considered a delicacy by rodents in North America? It’s true, according to a recent lawsuit! But lawyers have already come to the rescue.
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General Motors may have paid a $900 million fine to settle the deadly ignition switch case with the feds, but it still faces a barrage of lawsuits from survivors and their families. The first such case, currently being tried in Manhattan, has just encountered a huge plot twist full of fraud allegations.
In September, Segway filed a lawsuit against Inventix for the not-Hoverboard, claiming a violation of their patents. On December 23, Segway filed two more suits, adding Razor and Swagway to the list.
With claims of having multiple data files regarding its Formula One endeavors stolen, Mercedes-Benz filed a lawsuit against a team engineer understood to be on his way to join a competitor—the Ferrari F1 team.
The Car-Freshner Corporation prides itself in its Little Trees, those flimsy albeit potent diffusers of suffocating fragrance. In fact, Little Trees have freshness so on lock that OutKast might have to relinquish their title. But even more urgent is an ongoing legal battle between the Car-Freshner Corporation and…
By now you’ve probably heard Volkswagen got caught cheating emissions regulations with their TDI diesels on millions of cars worldwide. For those who own one here in the U.S., here are some initial thoughts from a consumer protection attorney’s perspective.
General Motors is going to pay a $900 million fine and be criminally charged for hiding a defect from regulators in order to end a federal investigation, according to sources who spoke Reuters. That’s less than the $1.2 billion Toyota paid, but it’s still a massive fine.
On Christmas Day a couple years back I got a phone call from my brother. His truck’s transmission had just failed and he was pretty sure it was the fault of the dealer. He was curious what advice I had for him since his truck was a long way out of warranty.
Uber, the car service oh excuse me technology company that just makes an app and definitely does not employ drivers, is currently fighting it out in court to make sure its employees don’t legally count as employees. In its latest motion, filed Thursday, the company argues 160,000 California Uber drivers shouldn’t be…
A Florida jury has issued a record judgement for $563 million dollars against a car dealership after it loaned a car to a drunk driver who hit and killed a man on a scooter.
The soggy IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana is still creating a mess, even after the fact. According to the New Orleans Advocate, a subsidiary of Andretti Sports Marketing that was contracted to organize the grand prix has filed a federal lawsuit against New Orleans Motorsports Park for non-payment of more than $800,000.
At the height of General Motors' ignition switch fiasco last year, the company commissioned former U.S. Attorney Anton R. Valukas to review what happened. His 325-page report may have been brutal, but now lawyers suing GM say they've found new documents that contradict that report and prove the existence of a…
2014 Sauber Formula One test driver Giedo van der Garde sued his ex-team to get a drive for this year–and won. Sauber signed drivers who brought more money to the team on top of their already contracted pair, and now Sauber could have their equipment seized if they don't comply with the ruling to let Van der Garde…
Last month, John Cohen was relieved to recover his #44 Team Xtreme race car that was stolen before the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Now Cohen is in trouble of his own: an arrest warrant has been issued over his failure to pay money owed from one lawsuit, right as another lawsuit was filed against him over the…
The legal battle between Lyft and its former COO is shaping up to be a long, ugly fight. The on-demand car company has accused Travis VanderZanden of stealing tens of thousands of secret company documents before he joined Lyft's main competitor, Uber. Now VanderZanden has fired back in a new court filing, saying he…
Some dealerships have a hard time understanding laws, such as those dealing with lemon cars or fraud. Now that Ford dealer just reached a settlement because they fired an employee who became disabled after surgery, we can add disability law to that list of things that dealers struggle with.
Two lawsuits have been filed against a Toyota dealership; the first is on behalf on a former salesperson who claims he was harassed due to his Indian background. The second class action suit alleges the dealership withheld pay from employees because of their race.
I'll be the first to say that while there a number of "stealerships" still around, there are good dealers that are trying to do the right thing. I never thought that would involve forcing employees into religious meetings; a former sales manager claims he was fired because he wouldn't pray.