Legal

France Initiates Probe into PSA Diesels

April 24, 2017 at 5:29 PM

Prosecutors in France have begun a formal investigation into possible cheating by PSA Group on diesel emissions, sources tell Reuters.

Supreme Court Rejects GM Bid to Avoid Older Ignition Switch Lawsuits

April 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that General Motors Co. may be sued by victims of its defective ignition switches over incidents that occurred before the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Waymo Claims New Evidence in Data Theft Claim

April 24, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving-car company says it has new evidence that a former executive stole thousands of confidential files before joining rival Uber Technologies Inc.

VW Settles Diesel Complaints in Canada

April 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Volkswagen AG has reached a settlement in Canada to buy back or fix about 105,000 Audi and VW brand vehicles it sold in the country with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engines that were rigged to evade government emission laws.

U.S. Court Confirms $4.3 Billion Penalty in VW Diesel Scandal

April 21, 2017 at 12:11 PM

A federal judge in Detroit has finalized a plea agreement under which Volkswagen AG will pay $4.3 billion in fines and penalties for selling 590,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. that were rigged to evade emission laws.

Lawsuit Claims Tesla’s Autopilot System Is Dangerous

April 21, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system is “dangerously defective,” alleges a lawsuit filed in San Jose, Calif., this week.

Tesla Settles Lawsuit Against Autopilot Development Chief

April 20, 2017 at 1:08 AM

Tesla Inc. has settled a lawsuit that claimed Sterling Anderson, the former head of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, stole secrets about the technology, Bloomberg News reports.

Ex-Saab Chiefs Cleared of Tax Evasion, Fraud Charges

April 07, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Two former CEOs of Saab Automobile AB have been acquitted by a Swedish court of fraud and tax evasion related to their efforts to stave off the company’s bankruptcy in 2011, Reuters reports.

Ex-FBI Director to Manage $1 Billion Takata Airbag Fund

April 07, 2017 at 12:37 AM

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is expected to manage a nearly $1 billion Takata Corp. fund to compensate the company’s carmaker customers and those injured by its exploding airbag inflators.

Judge Warns Uber to Turn Over Allegedly Stolen Documents

April 05, 2017 at 5:40 PM

A federal judge has advised Uber Technologies Inc. that it faces a court order unless it turns over documents allegedly stolen from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo driverless car development unit.

German Judge Chides VW for Withholding Diesel Cheating Details

April 04, 2017 at 12:33 PM

A labor court judge in Germany condemns as “disconcerting” and “irritating” Volkswagen AG’s refusal to reveal findings of investigations into the company’s diesel emission cheating scandal.

German Prosecutors Expect 4 Rulings on VW Lawsuits This Year

April 03, 2017 at 12:03 AM

Prosecutors in Germany tell Automobilwoche that they expect courts to settle four lawsuits against people indicted for aiding Volkswagen AG’s diesel cheating.