Legal

Court Blocks Delay in Hiking Gas Guzzler Fines

April 24, 2018 at 12:19 AM

A U.S. federal appeals court has overruled the Trump administration’s effort to delay a sharp increase in the fines carmakers pay for failing to meet U.S. fuel economy targets.

VW to Pay $228 Million to Diesel Owners in Canada

April 20, 2018 at 3:03 PM

A court in Ontario, Canada, has approved a Volkswagen AG plan to distribute C$291 million (US$228 million) to 20,000 customers whose diesel-powered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles don’t meet emission laws.

German Police Arrest Porsche’s Powertrain Chief

April 20, 2018 at 11:26 AM

Police in Germany have arrested Joerg Kerner, who heads powertrain development for Porsche AG, because of his suspected involvement in diesel emission cheating.

Germany’s Diesel Probe Takes Aim at Porsche Execs

April 18, 2018 at 11:26 AM

Prosecutors in Germany searched 10 Porsche AG sites earlier today as part of an investigation into diesel emission cheating that includes high-level executives, Reuters reports.

Uber Consents to Expanded Settlement for Hiding Data Breaches

April 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to a broader settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding its tardy disclosure of a breach in 2016 that released account data concerning 57 million customers and drivers.

VW Is Storing Nearly 300,000 Repurchased Diesels in U.S.

March 30, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Volkswagen AG has stashed about 294,000 diesel-powered cars across the U.S. that it bought back from customers after admitting the vehicles were rigged to evade U.S. emission laws.

Uber Settles with Family of Woman Killed in Self-Driving Car Crash

March 29, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. has quickly settled on damages to the survivors of a woman killed in Tempe, Ariz., last week by an Uber test vehicle operating in autonomous mode.

VW Owners Begin Diesel Lawsuit in London

March 28, 2018 at 1:27 AM

Lawyers representing more than 50,000 owners of Volkswagen brand diesels have begun a three-day hearing in London’s High Court in hopes of combining their demands for compensation for engines that were rigged to evade emission standards.

U.S. Owners Sue BMW, Bosch Over Diesel Emission Software

March 28, 2018 at 12:30 AM

A lawsuit on behalf of owners of diesel-powered BMW vehicles claim the company and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH used illegal software to evade U.S. emission standards.

Three Takata Whistleblowers to Split $1.7 Million

March 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM

A trio of former Takata Corp. employees is in line to receive $1.7 million in awards for revealing that the company hid defects in its explosion-prone airbag inflators that have killed at least 22 people.

Another UAW Official Charged in FCA Training Center Scandal

March 22, 2018 at 12:01 AM

The U.S. has indicted former United Auto Workers union aide Nancy Johnson on five counts of criminal violations related to the misuse of $4.5 million in funds intended for a UAW-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles employee training center.

UPDATE: BMW, VW Offices Searched in Emission Probes

March 20, 2018 at 1:04 PM

BMW and Volkswagen facilities in Germany were raided today as part of separate emission violation probes.