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    Report: GM may face $918-million loss due to suit stemming from bankruptcy
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    General Motors may see a loss of $918 million should a bankruptcy judge rule certain hedge funds were favored over other investors during the automaker's 2009 restructuring. A trust representing a number of unsecured creditors has sued to undo a lock-up agreement that saw hedge funds receive ...

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    Report: Coral Gables, FL votes to scrap 50-year-old pickup ban
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    For 50 years, residents of Coral Gables, Florida weren't permitted to park pickup trucks in their driveways due to a local ordinance aimed at preserving the community's classy aesthetic. As you may recall, police began enforcing the rule last year by handing out citations with a $100 fine to ...

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    Report: Ford drops suit against counterfeiters and trademark infringers
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    Ford has dropped a lawsuit against 13 individuals accused of selling counterfeit products with the automaker's trademarks, according to The Detroit News. The company originally wanted to acquire names, addresses, telephone numbers, bank account numbers and emails from sites like eBay and PayPal ...

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    Report: BMW 'astonished' after losing intellectual property case
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    BMW has been tussling in courtrooms with a South African auto parts supplier called Grandmark for 13 years. The real issue revolves, of course, around money, but the legal issue revolves around intellectual property rights regarding the design of car parts. South Africa allows entities to ...

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    Report: Mini sued over CVT failures. Again.
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    A group of Florida plaintiffs have come together to file a class action lawsuit against Mini. Their issue is with the reliability of the Continuously Variable Transmissions in first-generation Cooper hatchbacks from 2002-2006 and in Cooper Convertible models from 2006-2008. A cursory web search ...

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    Video: Japanese CEO busted for posting speeding Lambo vid on YouTube [w/video]
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    Technology is making it harder and harder to get away with being an idiot. Just ask one Japanese executive. Mikami Tadao, the 38-year-old president of a manufacturing company based in Hiroshima who recently found himself behind bars for grossly exceeding the speed limit in his Lamborghini ...

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    Report: Police confiscating motorists' phones in Cape Town [w/poll]
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    The phrase "law enforcement" – and the very idea of laws themselves – is entirely dependent on that second word, "enforcement." Without it, you don't have laws, you have a modern art installation consisting of reams of paper decorated with lines that are as useless as they are ...

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    Report: Great Britain set to introduce laws making "drug driving" a criminal offense
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    It's taken three years but the Great Britain is finally ready to introduce laws to make driving while impaired by illegal and legal drugs against the law. While Britain's Home Office waitied for approval of a mobile drug-testing unit – currently drug testing is done at the police station ...

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    Report: Ford victorious in requesting legal reversal of $43M fatal crash judgment
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    In 2003, a Lincoln Town Car driven by John and Dora Jablonski burst into flames when it was hit from behind, the fire taking the life of John and severely burned Dora. The accident turned into a court case, which resulted in a $43 million judgment against Ford Motor Company. Now, however, that ...

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    Report: Judge's ruling paves way for owners to sue Toyota over economic losses *UPDATE
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    If Toyota was hoping to end its ongoing unintended acceleration-related legal issues, the latest bit of courtroom news will make the automaker quite unhappy. U.S. District Judge James Selna has ruled that vehicle owners can sue Toyota over economic losses. Some Toyota owners claim the automaker ...

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    Report: Max Mosley's privacy case rejected by European Court of Human Rights
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    It appears as if Max Mosley has gotten whipped once again. But this time, it wasn't in an alleged S&M dungeon with a gaggle of hookers dressed up as Nazi officers, it was in no less distinguished a forum than the European Court of Human Rights. The former FIA president, as you may recall, ...

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    Followup: Ex-Ford engineer sentenced for industrial espionage
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    Xiang Dong Yu, the former Ford engineer who was convicted of stealing trade secrets, has officially been sentenced to six years in prison. According to Reuters, the Beijing native was also ordered to pay a fine of $12,500 and will be deported after he serves his prison term. The 49-year-old Yu was ...

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    Report: 64 axed Chrysler franchisees file suit against U.S. Treasury
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    Back in June of 2009, Chrysler terminated relationships with 789 dealerships in an effort to cut its dealer network down by 25 percent. A few of those dealerships didn't think too highly of the move, which was orchestrated in part by the federal government. As a result, 64 former Chrysler ...

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    Jenson Button sues Brawn-Mercedes for championship-winning car
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    To the victor go the spoils. It's an age-old adage, and with good reason. But after winning the world championship last year, Jenson Button had another battle on his hands. In negotiating his contract with Brawn GP for last season, Button reportedly agreed to a salary cut given the team's ...

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    Report: Hyundai getting sued by former CA dealer for $30M
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    A California-based Hyundai dealership has filed a lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America claiming that the automaker did not provide help to the struggling dealership despite contractual agreements and assurances that Hyundai would do everything necessary to help out the dealership during the ...

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    REPORT: Chinese automaker SAIC accused of hybrid tech theft by SsangYong
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    In the beginning of the decade, before SsangYong got into really deep doo-doo, the Korean automaker began work on a hybrid control unit (HCU) with German engineering firm FEV. From 2004 to 2008, as the research continued, the South Korean government provided nearly half of the financial resources ...

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    REPORT: Utah DoT admits higher speed limits has worked out to less speeding
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    When the Utah DOT raised the speed limit on two pieces of I-15 from 75 mph to 80 mph, it discovered that driving habits didn't change. When the limit was 75 mph, the Utah DoT found that drivers were going between 81 and 85 mph. And now that the maximum limit is 80 mph, it has found that drivers ...

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    REPORT: Jeep Wrangler safe from CARB "Cool Cars" proposal
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    Remember California's "Cool Cars" regulation? Coming into force in 2012, the rule requires manufacturers to install windows that prevent 45% of the sun's energy from entering a vehicle by 2014, and 60% by 2016. It's the law that no one thinks is cool at all. In a minor victory against The Golden ...

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    REPORT: NY cracking down on cabbies using cell phones - only took 10 years
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    It's hard to believe, but cab drivers in New York City are prohibited by law from talking on cell phones, with or without headsets. That doesn't seem to stop them, says the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission. Citing phone-related accident statistics, the commission is now proposing more ...

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    Aim Higher: GM Daewoo reportedly suing TagAZ over fears they are planning to copy the Lacetti
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    In what looks like a serious-but-probably-the-norm case of industrial espionage, General Motors' South Korean Daewoo division is reportedly alleging that the Russian automaker TagAZ has tried to copy its Lacetti sedan. Backing up those allegations are the arrests of two TagAZ engineers – ...

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