Tag: Legal Action

Michelin suing Atturo over alleged patent infringement

18th May 2016 | 0 Comments

On 13 May Michelin North America, Inc. filed suit against Atturo Tire Corporation and Svizz-One Corporation Ltd. alleging the companies infringed a design patent covering the Michelin Latitude tyre tread design.

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Daimler share price hit after emissions investigation news

Daimler share price hit after emissions investigation news

22nd April 2016 | 0 Comments

Daimler AG has confirmed that it is conducting an “internal investigation regarding its certification process related to exhaust emissions in the United States”. This action follows a request from the US Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result the company says it will “investigate possible indications of irregularities and of course take all necessary actions.”

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Garage owners and testers imprisoned for carrying out fraudulent MOTs

14th March 2016 | 0 Comments

Following a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) investigation, the garage owners and two MOT testers who worked at the Kyhber and Berbice Garage at Endsleigh Industrial Estate in Southall were sentenced following pleading guilty to conspiring to fraudulently issue MOT certificates. Shorab Jadunandan and Sanjay Spolia who were the registered owners of the garage employed Graham Cahill and Olayinka Fadayomi as MOT testers. During the investigation it was discovered that MOT certificates were being issued for cars that had never been tested on the premises.

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Finnish lawyers: Nokian tyre consumers could claim 30% money back

3rd March 2016 | 0 Comments

Turre Legal, a Helsinki-based law firm, believes anyone who bought tyres from Nokian Tyres during the last decade could be eligible for a settlement, following the firm’s tacit admissions that it mishandled magazine tyre tests.

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VW faces US$60 billion lawsuit

11th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen could face fines of up to £60 billin after the US Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against it for violating clean air laws. It alleges that Volkswagen installed ‘defeat devices’ in almost 600,000 diesel vehicles in the US to cheat emission tests. The Justice Department recently filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, which accuses Volkswagen of four counts of violating the US Clean Air Act. In theory, Volkswagen could be handed fines of about £25,000 per vehicle found to have violated the law.

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Nokian to appeal 87 million euro additional tax bill

15th December 2015 | 0 Comments

Nokian Tyres is to appeal a tax adjustment for the years 2007 – 2010, meaning the firm must pay an extra 87 million euros. 55 million euros of the figure are additional taxes and the remaining 32 million euros punitive taxes. Payment must be made in January 2016.

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Euro Car Parts asks how will VW scandal affect UK garages?

12th October 2015 | 0 Comments

Following Klarius’ take on the Volkswagen emissions scandal, UK parts distributor Euro Car Parts has asked other experts in emissions-related repairs what they make of the VW ‘defeat device’ scandal affecting Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW and VW Commercial vehicles. Tony Wilson, managing director of Klarius, said that the “upside for the aftermarket” is the wider […]

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Will fitting an aftermarket exhaust or DPF to my VW make a difference to emissions?

Will fitting an aftermarket exhaust or DPF to my VW make a difference to emissions?

6th October 2015 | 0 Comments

Klarius, the manufacturer of aftermarket emissions products including exhausts, CATs and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) has confirmed that fitting aftermarket systems will not affect the efficiency or emissions of VW vehicles in the wake of what has been called the ‘diesel dupe’ scandal where an emissions test software ‘cheat’ was allegedly fitted to over 11million VW Group vehicles in order to meet strict US NOx test regulations.

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Transport secretary pushing for European action on car emissions tests

22nd September 2015 | 0 Comments

In the wake of the VW scandal, UK Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is said to be pushing for European level action on car emissions tests. According to BBC News, he said: "We are closely monitoring the situation and have been pushing for action at a European level for more accurate tests that reflect driving on the road. It's vital that the public has confidence in vehicle emissions tests and I am calling for the European Commission to investigate this issue as a matter of urgency."

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Emissions revelation puts VW group credibility in question

Emissions revelation puts VW group credibility in question

22nd September 2015 | 0 Comments

News that VW is recalling almost half a million diesel cars in the US is bad enough, but the revelation that this is because the company put so-called defeat devices into the cars in order to mislead emissions testing systems is likely to damage the OEM’s reputation. And there is a growing financial cost too.

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Corruption – Continental replaces tyre sales management team in China

11th September 2015 | 0 Comments

The entire sales management team within Continental’s tyre business in China has been removed from their duties, and an investigation has begun into allegations of corruption. German financial daily Handelsblatt reported yesterday that a number of managers allegedly “personally enriched” themselves through business transactions. Continental declined to officially comment on the situation as the investigation is not yet complete.

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Goodyear ordered to pay $2.7 million, for withholding tyre test information

22nd July 2015 | 0 Comments

On 21 July a US federal appeals court upheld a directive requiring Goodyear to disclose that it withheld information from a case involving an Arizona family in all future lawsuits. In a separate ruling, the appellate court also upheld “a $2.7 million sanction levied against the company's attorneys, an amount designed to compensate the plaintiffs in the case for all the costs they had incurred in filing the suit”, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.

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Ex-Pirelli managers to appeal asbestos sentences

16th July 2015 | 0 Comments

The lawyers defending 11 former Pirelli managers convicted over asbestos-related deaths say they will appeal the charges. Yesterday a court in Milan convicted the managers of culpable homicide over the deaths of 24 workers employed at the company’s Bicocca plant in the 1970s and 1980s. The employees died from tumours said to have developed due to exposure from asbestos at the facility.

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Halfords Autocentres fined £32,000 for missing basic faults

Halfords Autocentres fined £32,000 for missing basic faults

29th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Halfords Autocentres must pay a total of £47,000 after technicians in Bristol missed 11 of the 20 basic faults set up on Trading Standards department car. North Avon Magistrates Court ordered Halfords Autocentres to pay just under £15,000 costs, a £32,000 fine and a £150 victim surcharge after the firm pleaded guilty to eight offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. Following a series of complaints, Trading Standards offices set up the mystery shopper investigation at the Filton branch of Halfords Autocentres in Bristol. While 11 of the 20 simple defects on the car were not identified or fixed, the technician reportedly gave the car back to the customer as if work was complete.

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Pelmar confirms TST conflict is over

21st April 2015 | 0 Comments

Executives at Pelmar Engineering Group (Pelmar) have confirmed that a disagreement between the company and Tianjin Saixiang Technology Co. Ltd. (TST) has been resolved. Pelmar’s executive chairman Jacob Peled told Tyres & Accessories that “the conflict between TST and Pelmar has ended in an amicable settlement”. The resolution appears to have occurred after TST met its obligations towards Pelmar. As a result Pelmar cancelled the lawsuit it brought against TST in the Tianjin Court. In addition, it was also agreed that the two companies will resume their business relations and will continue to cooperate as before.

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