Jeffrey Soble

Jeffrey Soble

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Just How "American-Made" is Your Car?

We think that we know where our car is made. Turns out, we might not be so right. The more globalized the automotive industry becomes with each passing day, the harder it is to identify an “American-Made” car. Cars.com...more

7/9/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Cars Foreign Investment JAMA Japan Job Creation

Autonomous Driving Means Big Bucks for Everyone

New insights from McKinsey & Company demonstrate one common theme: the more autonomous vehicles take over the world, the more money saved and the more revenue earned by almost everyone. McKinsey interviewed over 30 industry...more

6/19/2015 - Auto Insurance Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Commuting Driverless Cars

The Takata Consent Order – Here's What You Need to Know

As is well known by now, TK Holdings Inc. – Takata – has entered a Consent Order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). The details and latest information on the Takata recall can be found online...more

6/2/2015 - Airbags Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Consent Order NHTSA Takata

Navigating Product Recalls

Recalls are in the news as much as ever. The number of units recalled in 2014 eclipsed the total from 2010-2013, combined. Takata’s recall is expanding to 34 million vehicles as the company enters a Consent Decree with NHTSA....more

5/31/2015 - Automobile Recall Automotive Industry Consent Decrees NHTSA Product Recalls Risk Allocation

Different Standards for Self-Critical Analysis Privilege: What You Need to Know

In a recent March 19, 2015 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court refused to acknowledge the self-critical analysis privilege. This recent discussion underscores the need to understand the different standards for the privilege...more

5/12/2015 - Child Protective Services Federal Jurisdiction ILL Supreme Court Jurisdiction Self-Critical Analysis Privilege

Suppliers Should Position Themselves to Mitigate Recall and Warranty Claims in 2015 and Beyond

In 2014, the automotive industry waded through numerous recalls, including recalls against component manufacturers. These recalls include multi-billion dollar recalls spanning multiple vehicle manufacturers. In 2015, the...more

2/6/2015

What Are the Barriers to Autonomous Vehicles? The Answers May Surprise You…

Foley hosted Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics on January 14 and undoubtedly, our speakers agreed – the connected car is here to stay with technology rapidly advancing towards the integration of autonomous vehicles....more

1/30/2015 - Auto Insurance Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Data Protection Driverless Cars Privacy Concerns Regulatory Agenda V2V

Stopping Products Liability Claims Is Cheaper Than Defending Them

While manufacturers inevitably face products-liability claims, certain business practices could enable your company to limit or even prevent exposure. Being sued on the basis of products liability costs companies in a variety...more

1/22/2015 - Best Practices Manufacturers

Top Legal Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this overview of the major trends we see affecting automotive suppliers this year. While not all legal risk can be anticipated, companies that are aware of litigation,...more

1/12/2015 - ADA Antitrust Provisions Auto Manufacturers Auto Parts Automobile Recall Automotive Industry DOJ Employer Liability Issues Export Controls FCPA Manufacturers NHTSA NLRB Suppliers V2V

Charting Your Way Through Chrysler Group LLC's New Terms and Conditions

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) issued new general terms and conditions (Terms) for production and Mopar purchasing that will apply to all purchase orders issued after December 1, 2014. The new Terms are not retroactive and...more

12/19/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Auto Parts Automotive Industry Chrysler Manufacturers NAFTA Suppliers Terms and Conditions

Protect Your Safety Investigations and Deliberations From Prying Eyes

Every day companies deal with an ongoing safety analysis of their own products. These Safety Teams are routinely interdepartmental. The Safety Teams must consider design changes, manufacturing issues, potential recalls,...more

11/14/2014 - Manufacturers Product Recalls Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Safety Inspections

Stop Product Liability Claims Now!

More and more recalls mean more and more product liability claims. Even without recalls, for companies in the Automotive Industry product liability claims are a way of life. So, what do you do to prevent such claims? Knowing...more

10/27/2014 - Automotive Industry Best Management Practices Product Recalls

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices....more

8/26/2014 - Automotive Industry DOT Networks NHTSA Rulemaking Process Technology Trucking Industry

Generation Y Boosts Auto Sales

Auto sales continue to climb, rising almost 10% from a year prior. But one metric in particular caught our eye here at the Dashboard: Generation Y buyers exceeded Generation X buyers for the first time…ever. Specifically, for...more

8/15/2014 - Economic Development

Obama Pushes Smart Automotive Technology

Here at the Dashboard, we have been leading the charge that the Auto Industry is undergoing a technical revolution. Whether it be new materials, adaptive vehicles, software, or something else, every car you buy, lease or...more

7/22/2014

Chicago Innovation Hub Gets First Grant - Adaptive Vehicles

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute has its first grant. That grant, $10 million, is from the Defense Advanced Research Agnecy (DARPA). DARPA develops new technologies for the United States...more

6/17/2014 - DARPA Federal Grants

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study,...more

6/7/2014 - Automotive Industry General Motors Nissan OEM Suppliers Toyota

Suppliers Positive, Again, per OESA Survey

OESA recently released its Automotive Supplier Barometer for May 2014, Focus on Production, Technology, Globalization. Suppliers continue to hum along in their positive attitudes, sending OESA’s May Supplier Sentiment Index...more

5/23/2014 - Automotive Industry Suppliers

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

OESA Sees Sunny Skies for Auto Industry

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently released its 2013 Annual Report which includes an interesting and positive “State of the Industry.” Modest growth is projected for both 2014 and 2015, pushing...more

4/15/2014 - Automotive Industry Supply Chain

Tesla Disrupts Old School Dealer Model

The staggering pace of innovation has led to a number of industries being disrupted by upstarts providing similar services or products outside of the established model. Want a taxi? Use Uber. Need a hotel? Try Airbnb. Looking...more

3/24/2014 - Automotive Industry Tesla

OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer: Positive but Guarded

The March 2014 OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer: Focus on Supply Chain was recently published. The 96 survey respondents told a story of an industry still feeling good about itself, but with a little more concern than in...more

3/17/2014 - Automotive Industry Supply Chain

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

Yet Another Forecast – North American Light Vehicle Production Almost 17 Million in 2014

Consistent with many of the forecasts out there, IRN, Inc. is forecasting a 4.5% jump in North American Light Vehicle Production in 2014. If accurate, almost 17 million light vehicles would be sold in 2014 in North America....more

1/9/2014 - Automotive Industry Economic Development

U.S. Exports Record Number of Vehicles in 2013

Almost two million! Never before in one year has the United States exported so many vehicles around the world. But, in 2014, they will do so according to the Detroit News. More impressively, the big three of Ford Motor Co.,...more

1/6/2014 - Automotive Industry DaimlerChrysler Exports Ford Motor General Motors

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