FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

17 Jun
2016 Jeep WranglerFiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and alleges FCA knew of the...

Lawyers argue that Ford knowingly built Focus, Fiesta cars with faulty transmissions

13 May
2011 Ford FocusTwo of Ford Motor Company's discontinued small cars may come back to haunt it for the second time. The automaker is facing potential legal action as a law firm in California hopes to undo an earlier class-action lawsuit in pursuit of an even bigger payday for consumers over transmission woes in its Focus and Fiesta models, The Detroit Free Press...

California sues EPA over Trump’s emissions rollback

8 Apr
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. Reuters reported on the...

UAW files lawsuit against GM over decision to idle car factories

28 Feb
General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, MichiganThe United Auto Workers union served General Motors a fresh lawsuit on Tuesday over its decision to idle four assembly plants in the U.S. The UAW claimed in its lawsuit that GM breached its 2015 contract with the union by announcing that two car plants in Michigan and Ohio and a pair of transmission plants in Maryland and Michigan will be...

Family of pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber test car files $10M claim against city

4 Feb
Uber self-driving carFamily members related to the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber test vehicle have filed a new lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona, seeking $10 million. The Arizona Republic reported last week the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Elaine Herzberg's daughter and her husband and seeks $5 million for each of them. The...

Motorcyclist sues GM over crash with self-driving car

25 Jan
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVIn a case that could potentially set a landmark precedent, a motorcyclist is taking GM to court for its role in a 2017 collision between the rider and a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV. The vehicle involved is part of GM’s self-driving Cruise Anywhere ride-sharing fleet that it hopes will soon be available to members of the general public...

Lawsuit filed against Ford alleges automaker cheated on diesel-emissions test

10 Jan
2017 Ford Super Duty F-250A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups. The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's massive diesel emissions scandal in late 2015...

Oregon cedes freedom of speech case against red light camera critic

9 Dec
red light runners in los angelesIt is, perhaps, human nature to harbor grandiose dreams of fighting a traffic ticket, even to the point of arguing before a local judge. For the past four years, however, an Oregon man has taken that fantasy to extreme levels, ultimately resulting in the state’s senior assistant attorney general admitting in federal court that the state...