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Ride-Hailing Companies Score Victory in California

$200 million campaign pays off for gig companies

Car/Ride Sharing

Uber, Lyft Get Reprieve in California

Gig employment issue now will be decided in November election

Sales

Tesla Picks Texas for New Plant Site, Files Lawsuit Against Rivian

There’s never a dull moment for the EV giant  

Autonomous Vehicles

The Cost of Stealing Google's Autonomous Tech: $179 Million

Pioneering engineer files for bankruptcy and still faces criminal charges

Business

Four Auto Companies Rank Among the World's Most Ethical

GM and Cooper Standard make the list for the first time, joining long-running honorees Aptiv and Cummins

Business

Uber to Test Audio Recordings of Trips

To address growing safety concerns, Uber Technologies Inc. is launching a pilot program that will record audios of passenger trips.

Business

Japan Tax Unit Says Ghosn Tapped Nissan Funds

Japan’s National Tax Agency reportedly ruled that former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn spent $1.4 million of company funds on his own behalf.

Business

BorgWarner Manager to Remain Jailed in Russia

Paul Whelan, the director of global security for BorgWarner Inc. who was jailed in Russia as a suspected spy nearly a year ago, will remain in custody there until at least Dec. 29

Economics

Ghosn Claims Prosecutors Colluded on Charges

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s attorneys say prosecutors illegally colluded with the company and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to force him out.

Business

Tesla Fiery Death Blamed on Door Handles

The retracting door handles on a Tesla Model S have been blamed for preventing a Florida police officer from saving a driver inside a burning car.

Labor

11th Guilty Plea In Widening UAW Corruption Probe

Another former United Auto Workers union executive has pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Business

Ghosn Will Plead Not Guilty to All Charges

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn is readying a plea of not guilty to all charges of financial wrongdoing, says The Nikkei.

Regulations

VW Gets 90 Days More to Test Diesel Programs

Volkswagen AG has been granted another 90 days to verify emission compliance programs it was ordered by the U.S. Dept. of Justice to launch in the wake of its diesel emission cheating scandal four years ago.

Business

U.K. Lawsuits Target VW’s Diesel Software Update

Some 94,000 Volkswagen owners in the U.K. claim that software VW used to “fix” its diesel emission cheating problem in fact introduced a new type of cheating, the Financial Times reports.

Regulations

Hyundai Reserves $764 Million for Engine Lawsuit

Hyundai Motor Co. and its Kia Motors affiliate have set aside 900 billion won ($764 million) to settle a U.S. class-action lawsuit over engine stalling, fires and other problems.

Labor

11th Guilty Plea Due in UAW Corruption Probe

The U.S. Dept. of Justice says Jeffery Pietrzyk, a former United Auto Workers union official, is expected to plead guilty on Oct. 22 to wire fraud and money laundering.

Economics

VW Won’t Settle Diesel Lawsuit in Germany

Volkswagen AG has rejected a judge’s suggestion that it settle a class-action lawsuit in Germany on behalf of some 470,000 diesel owners who claim VW’s diesel cheating caused them economic harm.

Diesel

German Court Questions VW Diesel Payouts

German drivers of Volkswagen Group vehicles whose diesels were rigged to evade emission standards may not be entitled to damages after all, a judge in Brunswick suggests.

Sales

FCA to Pay $40 Million to Settle Fake-Sales Claim

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it misled investors about its financial performance by issuing bogus monthly U.S. sales figures between 2012 and 2016.

Labor

Judge: Tesla Violated Federal Labor Laws

Last year Tesla Inc. repeatedly violated federal labor law, according to a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge in California.

Regulations

Carmakers, Justice Dept. to Meet on Emissions Antitrust Probe

Four carmakers who struck a deal with California in July on future emission rules will meet next week with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, which says the pact may violate antitrust laws.

Regulations

FCA Manager Indicted in U.S. for Diesel Cheating

A senior Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV manager has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit for conspiring to mislead regulators about an illegal emission control system used by its U.S. diesels.

Business

VW’s CEO, Chairman Charged with Stock Market Manipulation

Volkswagen Group’s top leaders have been charged with stock manipulation for failing to alert investors about the company’s diesel emission cheating.

Business

SEC Complaint Details How Ghosn Hid Payments

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn and senior associates went to considerable lengths to avoid disclosing his compensation, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission complaint that was settled yesterday.

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