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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine... read more

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Tesla mulls federal suit to sell in Texas, Michigan, other states (and Hurricane Katrina may help)

This is a very big week for Tesla. Just a few short months after delivering its first Model X crossovers to earlybird customers, the all-electric automaker will begin taking... read more March 30, 2016 by


 
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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers' Susan Powter moment, worker alleges diesel data deletion

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a review of the week's headlines related to Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Over the past few days, VW U.S. dealers had... read more March 18, 2016 by


 
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Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: Shareholders Sue, South Korea Investigates, Bosch Defends

It's been another long week for Volkswagen and its ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Although news of Volkswagen's 11 million emissions-test-cheating "clean diesels" broke nearly... read more January 19, 2016 by


 
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Fiat Chrysler Asked Dealers To Fudge Sales Figures, Lawsuit Says: FCA Responds

Earlier this week, two Fiat Chrysler dealerships filed a lawsuit accusing FCA of asking them to falsify sales figures, giving the media and investors an inflated sense of the... read more January 15, 2016 by


 
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Volkswagen Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over Diesel Cheats: $48 Billion In Fines Possible

Volkswagen staffers have been working overtime at the Consumer Electronics Show, wowing attendees with VW's e-Golf Touch and Budd.e concept -- both part of the automaker's... read more January 6, 2016 by


 
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Why Does Volkswagen Want To Face Dieselgate Trials In Detroit?

It goes without saying that Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal is going to cost the company a very pretty penny. We'd initially pegged the cost around $25 billion, but some... read more December 2, 2015 by


 
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Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

South Carolina's Supreme Court has handed down a hefty win for auto shoppers. In a 3-2 ruling, justices found that Hendrick Honda of Easley shouldn't have been charging... read more November 11, 2015 by


 
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If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer?

When you're shopping for a new ride, you always take a test drive, right? But what happens if you're in an accident during those 15 or 30 minutes? Who can be sued? That... read more September 15, 2015 by


 
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Cases From Fiat Chrysler & Ford

In two separate rulings -- or rather, non-rulings -- the Supreme Court of the United States had dealt smackdowns to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company... read more June 23, 2015 by


 
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Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates

Specialty license plates have become big business in recent years, but they've brought their share of troubles, too. While some plates feature innocuous school crests or... read more June 18, 2015 by


 
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GM Dodges The Bullet In Court: So Now What Happens To Ignition Switch Complaints?

This week, General Motors prevailed in a very important court case. According to Auto News, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that the automaker's 2009 restructuring shields... read more April 17, 2015 by


 
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Fiat Chrysler Hit With Nearly $150 Million Fine For Jeep Grand Cherokee Death

Late last week, a jury in Decatur, Georgia found Chrysler Group LLC (now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) guilty for the 2012 death of four-year-old Remington Walden. Walden died... read more April 6, 2015 by


 
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Insurance Companies Sued For Forcing Garages To Make Shoddy Repairs With Cheap Parts

Americans are wary of insurance companies. In fact, a recent Gallup poll about trustworthy professions put insurance agents near the bottom of the "trusted" list, besting... read more February 18, 2015 by


 
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Lawsuits: Ignition-Related Recalls Cut GM Cars' Trade-In Value

General Motors [NYSE: GM] has been hit with two lawsuits that seek class-action status and allege that the owners of vehicles affected by GM's ignition-related recalls have... read more October 16, 2014 by


 
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Judge Cuts Hyundai's Fine To $73 Million In Montana Wrongful Death Suit

In May of this year, a jury in Montana ruled against Hyundai, siding with the families of two teenage boys who died in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. The jury set a massive, $240... read more September 24, 2014 by


 

 
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