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California Panel Revives Fraud Claims Against Nissan Lender

A California state appeals court revived fraud allegations accusing the lender Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. of promising financial support to California dealerships and then pulling the plug, finding a jury was blocked from hearing key evidence favoring the dealerships.

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Strickland: Musk has a point with recall barb

Elon Musk has a does not like the word "recall" being used to describe fixes to Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S, said David Strickland, who left last week as the top U.S. auto-safety regulator. Tesla's ability to make safety changes to the plug-in electric vehicle through over-the-air software updates, the basis for Musk's objection, is "precedent-setting" for regulators, said Strickland.

[Automotive News]

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UAW members will 'overwhelmingly' back dues hike, UAW President Bob King says

UAW President Bob King today said he believes workers will "overwhelmingly" support increasing dues for the first time since 1967 to shore up the union's strike fund and help it win better contracts.

[Automotive News]

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Tesla to upgrade overheating chargers

Tesla will provide owners of its cars with new charger adapters in an effort to fix an overheating issue.

[CNN Money]

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Electric Cars Pose Different Risks, U.S. Regulator Says

Electric cars including Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s Model S pose different risks than gasoline-powered models while being as safe overall, the top U.S. auto-safety regulator said.

[Bloomberg]

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UAW expects to be in the VW Tennessee plant by June

UAW President Bob King is convinced the union will be represented in Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga by June, he told a German newspaper.

[Automotive News]

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FTC Announces Nationwide Sweep Targeting Deceptive Auto Dealer Ads

On January 9, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission and the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs held a press conference announcing a nationwide enforcement action targeting deceptive auto dealer advertisements. The enforcement action, dubbed "Operation Steer Clear," resulted in the voluntary settlement of complaints against nine dealerships. Arent Fox counsel and Auto Advisory Services' president, Rob Cohen, (who previously participated in a FTC roundtable discussion on consumer issues in motor vehicle finance and leasing contexts) attended the press conference.

"Using deceptive ads is a practice that auto dealers should steer clear of and by announcing these cases, we hope to bring attention to these tactics," said Jessica Rich, the FTC's Director of Consumer Protection. Ms. Rich then went on to name the 10 dealerships involved. Four of the dealerships named are located in California, only two of which are new car dealerships.

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California Expands Scope of Online Data Privacy

On January 1, Senate Bill 46 and Assembly Bill 370 took effect, expanding the scope of online data protection and notice requirements in California.
 

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UAW sets up organizing committee at Tesla Fremont factory

UAW sets up organizing committee at Tesla's Fremont factory.

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