The U.S. Dept. of Justice has submitted a legal brief backing two Detroit-based auto makers in their emissions-related lawsuit against the state of California. The Justice Dept.’s brief supports the contention of General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group that changes California last year made in its zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) regulations amount to an illegal effort by the state to regulate fuel economy. Although California originally mandated that, ...

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