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Hogan Lovells US LLP
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United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation

Hogan Lovells US LLP is best known for its experience in automotive sector litigation and is well placed to advise on domestic and cross-border cases. Auto franchise disputes are a key area of expertise, as are emissions cases, product liability, IP and data privacy mandates. Carl Chiappa in New York regularly acts for motor vehicle manufacturers and handles motor vehicle franchise cases. Acting alongside Los Angeles-based Colm Moran, Chiappa is representing Kia Motors America in regulatory and litigation matters, and is also defending the client on number of protests filed by terminated dealers. Moreover, the team is acting for Kia in relation to an action involving incentive programs and the designation of a dealer’s area of responsibility. Desmond Hogan and Michelle Kisloff defended Uber, its subsidiaries, and some of its executives, in an MDL involving more than two dozen federal putative class actions stemming from a 2016 data security incident. Michael Kidney, who handles consumer class actions and complex commercial litigation, and Jessica Ellsworth are also recommended, as are senior associates Ryan Ford and James Clayton. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

The automotive group at Hogan Lovells US LLP is headed by Washington DC-based Michael Kidney and represents OEMs and distributors as trial and appellate counsel in class actions and product liability litigation; the team also has experience of large-scale recalls. Head of the global products practice Lauren Colton in Baltimore is representing an importer of Chinese tires, ITG Voma, in a catastrophic injury lawsuit involving a chain of distribution of an allegedly failing tire manufactured in China. Also recommended is Latane Montague, who has been advising Daimler on a large recall of vehicles with Takata airbag inflators. In Washington DC, Sean Marotta was promoted to partner in January 2019, and  Jessica Ellsworth is also recommended.