Brandi Walkowiak

Brandi Walkowiak

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

4/23/2014 - Automobile Recall Automotive Industry General Motors NHTSA Toyota

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that whistleblower protections of Sarbanes-Oxley extend not only to employees of public companies, but to the employees of their contractors and subcontractors. See Lawson...more

4/1/2014 - Contractors FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

GM (Again) Revises Its Terms and Conditions, This Time in Response to Continued Supplier Concerns

In July 2013, GM rolled out major changes to its general terms and conditions for its contracts, imposing the most extensive changes for its suppliers in several decades. On this blog, we covered the changes and extensively...more

2/21/2014 - Audits Business Interruption Contract Drafting General Motors Material Suppliers Terms and Conditions Warranties

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014

We know that you have been considering what business and commercial issues you will face in 2014 (and perhaps beyond) as an Automotive Supplier. But, have you been considering what legal issues you are likely to face? Do you...more

2/18/2014 - Automotive Industry Compliance Data Protection FCPA NHTSA Suppliers Supply Chain Trucking Industry

New Year, Time to Think Prospectively

At the start of the new year, (in addition to making some personal resolutions), it is a good time to think prospectively about our industry, our business, and the legal challenges we anticipate. For my compliance clients,...more

1/24/2014 - Compliance FCPA

OESA Regional Meeting – Chicago Automotive Supplier Industry Update

Are you aware that General Motors (“GM”) issued new general terms and conditions (“Terms”) for direct material, customer care & aftersales, and tooling purchases effective for requests for quotation issued on or after July...more

11/25/2013 - Automotive Industry DOJ General Motors Plea Agreements Price-Fixing Suppliers Supply Contracts Terms and Conditions

Denso Executives Sentenced to Over a Year in Prison for Price Fixing

On August 5, two Denso Corp executives were sentenced to over a year in prison following their guilty plea to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices in violation of the antitrust laws....more

8/19/2013 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions Conspiracies DOJ Price-Fixing

U.S. Supreme Court: Silence Admissible

When faced with questions from a government investigator, a person’s silence can now be used in a criminal trial against the person who was questioned and declined to provide an answer....more

7/22/2013 - Admissibility Criminal Prosecution Evidence Jury Trial SCOTUS

Another Steelmaker Subsidiary Raided in International Antitrust Investigation

On March 29, 2013, South Korea’s antitrust watchdog, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office raided the office of POSCO ICT, a subsidiary of POSCO that manages the parent company’s IT network, as part of an ongoing investigation of...more

4/17/2013 - Antitrust Investigations FTC Search & Seizure Steelmaker Subsidiaries

Three Steelmakers Raided in Antitrust Investigation

On February 28, 2013, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (“GFCO”) searched the offices of three steelmakers as part of an antitrust investigation into steel supplies to the automotive industry. Specifically, GFCO raided the...more

3/8/2013 - Automotive Industry Investigations Price-Fixing ThyssenKrup

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