Honda Motor Company, the world's largest maker of internal combustion engines, has confirmed plans to shut down its only car assembly plant in the United Kingdom by 2022, and some employees say Brexit is to blame. The closure of the car assembly plant at Swindon operated by Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. (HUM) will see more than 3,500 employees lose their jobs and will affect at least four times that number in the supply chain dependent jobs at the plant. The plant builds 160,000 Honda Civic compact cars and CR-V compact crossover SUVs a year. Swindon accounts for more than 10 percent of Britain's total annual output of 1.52 million cars. Although Honda has refused to detail the exact reasons for its decision to close the plant, the tormenting issue of Brexit is believed to be at the top of the list. A number of Swindon employees made known to British media their belief that Brexit is the main cause of the plant's shutdown and their impending unemployment. An employee who has … [Read more...] about Honda to lay off 3,500 with UK car plant closure, Brexit to blame?
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Alexer Geier was involved in a serious car accident in the District of Columbia in 1987. He suffered numerous and significant injuries across his body. Part of the reason he did incur these wounds, in his opinion, was because there was no driver’s side airbag in his car: a Honda Accord. What was the rule at that time? Well, federal law mandated that car makers equip their vehicles at least with passive restraints so Honda put in seat belts and warning lights in its Accords (See the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 that was promulgated by the Department of Transportation pursuant to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act). However, the District of Columbia had its own rule-it required driver’s side airbag. Therefore, he sued according to the latter standard and sought damages from Honda arguing that “American Honda Motor Company was negligent in not equipping the Accord with a driver’s side airbag.” The District Court disagreed. It ruled … [Read more...] about Geier v. American Honda Motor Co.: Personal Injury and Preemption
On Friday, in American Calcar v. Amer. Honda Motor Co., App. No. 2013-1061 (Fed. Cir., September 26, 2014) a divided Fed. Cir. panel affirmed the district court’s ruling, following remand, that three patents on a multimedia system for vehicle information and control were invalid due to inequitable conduct (IC) by Calcar’s founder, Mr. Obradovich. The patents were all part of one family and the “priority patent” is U.S. Pat. No. 6,009,355. The primary evidence of inequitable conduct was the failure by Obradovich to disclose the owner’s manual of an Acura model that Calcar used as the basis of its specification. (A copy of the decision can be found at the end of this post.)The Fed. Cir. had reversed the court’s earlier finding of inequitable conduct for a number of reasons, including judicial error in relying on jury findings of IC rather than ruling from the bench on equitable grounds, applying the “reasonable examiner” standard instead of … [Read more...] about American Calcar v. Amer. Honda Motor Co. – Therasense Goes Out For a Test Drive
17-year-old Huma Hanif died in a March 31 car accident while driving her 2002 Honda Civic. That’s when shrapnel from her Takata airbag punctured her neck.“It was a minor accident, fender-bender,” barbershop owner Rudy Torres told KTRK. He said he saw the accident, and the aftermath when Hanif walked out of her car, then collapsed. “She should have walked away from the accident. She should have walked away from it. She had a deep laceration on the side of her throat. It looked like debris from the airbag.”Fort Bend County Sherrif’s Deputy Danny Beckworth confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that it was a “moderate” crash.Investigators later confirmed that the airbag caused her death. Reuters says it was the 10th death linked to a Takata airbag nationwide. On top of that, over 100 injuries have been tied to the defective product. Takata and 14 automakers recalled it five-years-ago, urging the owners of 24 million U.S. vehicles to get their … [Read more...] about Lawyer: Honda Still Liable for Teen Girl’s Death by Airbag
U.S. District Judge Manuel Real of Los Angeles has been removed from another case.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removed Real from a case involving Honda’s rear suspension systems and revoked his order certifying a class action in the lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports in a post summarizing a National Law Journal story (sub. req.).The July 22 opinion (PDF) said Real abused his discretion when he certified the class sua sponte without making any findings on whether the requirements for certification had been met.Real has been removed from at least eight cases. In March he was booted from a securities fraud case for creating an atmosphere that favored the prosecution. … [Read more...] about Judge Manuel Real Kicked Off Honda Class Action