VW recalls 168,275 cars for fuel leak

VW recalls 168,275 cars for fuel leak

October 7th, 2011 Staff and Wire Reports in Business Around the Region

VW recalls cars for fuel leak

Volkswagen is recalling 168,275 cars equipped with diesel engines because of a defect in the fuel injection system that could cause fuel leaks and fires.

The recall affects certain 2009-2012 Jetta midsize cars, and some 2010 through 2012 Golf small cars, as well as some Audi A3 models from the 2010 through 2012 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday on its website.

All are equipped with 2-liter TDI diesel engines.

TIAA-CREF closes $1 billion deal with CBL

TIAA-CREF closed its $1.09 billion real estate joint venture with CBL and Associates Properties on Thursday. The pension fund will invest in CBL's Oak Park Mall in Kansas City, Kan., West County Center in St. Louis, Mo., CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville, and Pearland Town Center in Pearland, Texas.

Stephen Lebovitz, CBL's president & chief executive officer, said the investment "strengthens our balance sheet and partners us with a well-capitalized institution to pursue new opportunities."

Suit says Facebook cookies are wiretaps

WICHITA, Kan. - A Facebook user in Kansas has filed a federal lawsuit against the social networking giant, claiming it violated wiretap laws with a tracking cookie that records web browsing history after logging off of Facebook.

John Graham, a 42-year-old Leawood lawyer, is the named plaintiff in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas. His suit seeks class action status for the 150 million users of Facebook in the United States. Graham referred all comment to his attorneys, who declined to comment on the filing.

Experts say the Kansas litigation faces an uphill battle since courts in the past have tossed out similar cases against Facebook and others filed under wiretap law, finding such computer cookies are not wiretaps. In those cases that do end up being litigated the plaintiffs typically lose because they cannot prove any harm.

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