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|U.S. Supreme Court Addresses When a State can Assert General Jurisdiction of Foreign Corporations|
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014The United States Supreme Court recently handed down a decision that may affect whether and when state and federal district courts can exercise general jurisdiction over non-resident corporations. In Daimler AG v. Bauman, et al., US Supreme Court no 11-965 (January 14, 2014), the U.S. Supreme...
|United States District Court finds Defense Expert’s Testimony Inadmissible under Federal Rule of Evidence 702|
Wayne C. Heavener; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 2014In Ruark v. BMW of North America, LLC, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland held that expert testimony in support of defendant automobile manufacturers was inadmissible under FED. R. EVID. 702 and Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms., 509 U.S. 570 (1993). The Court held that the...
|GM Recalls Chevrolet Cobalt Linked To Fatal Accidents|
Fabrice N. Vincent; Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014General Motors announced today it has recalled almost 800,000 of its cars after 6 people have died due to accidents involving faulty ignition switches. GM has acknowledged at least 22 accidents involving the ignition switches in some of its Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact models. The...
|Iran Sanctions: Every Day Above Ground is a Good Day|
Mark L. Jensen, Cheryl Palmeri; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014What a difference a year makes. As we reported last month, 2013 was filled with notable developments in U.S.-Iran relations. The year was capped on November 24, 2013, when the United States and its negotiating partners were surprisingly able to reach a Joint Plan of Action with Iran (the...
|Vehicle Submersion and Escapeworthiness - Do I Have a Lawsuit?|
Rasansky Law Firm;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014Vehicle submersion and escapeworthiness refers to the ease within which car occupants are able to get out of a quickly sinking car, escaping death via drowning. Most car manufacturers do not pay enough attention to this quality, and as a result, can find themselves partially liable for fatalities...
|Reality Hits - The Temporarily Impaired can be "Disabled" under the ADA|
Gentry Locke Rakes Moore LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014When Congress passed amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008 ("ADAAA"), it was reacting, in part, to a series of Supreme Court decisions. One of those decisions, Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. v. Williams (2002), adopted a strict construction of the term...
|Are You “At Home” in the State In Which You Must Defend Against a Lawsuit? The Implications of Daimler AG v. Bauman|
Felicia S. O'Connor; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a much anticipated decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman that will not only reverberate through the legal world, but the auto world as well. Large corporations that do business across a wide expanse of territory, or who have subsidiaries doing business in many...
|Inter Partes Review Worthwhile Alternative to Patent Litigation|
Howard N. Shipley; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued its second decision in a new inter partes review proceeding. In the decision, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated all of the claims of the patent under review.
|Highlighting Updates to the SPCC Program Guidance|
Graham Crockford; Foley Lardner LLP;
February 6, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014In August, the EPA published a revision to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance Document for Regional Inspectors, which explains the many nuances of the SPCC rule, updated to include revisions to the rule in 2006, 2009, 2009, and 2011. These revisions were made largely in...
|Fiat Deal for Full Ownership of Chrysler Further Evidence of Strong U.S. Automotive Market|
Omar A. Lucia; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014When Fiat announced its $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group LLC, market approval came quickly as Fiat’s shares spiked to over 2 year highs. The deal, which recently closed, is viewed as an effort by Fiat to bolster its global auto position.