Jeffrey Soble

Jeffrey Soble

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Predicting what any industry will do in 2017 is a challenge. We have to consider Brexit, a new President, NAFTA is up in the air … and all this coming after a robust year of sales in 2016. But, this is an Automotive Industry...more

1/25/2017 - Antitrust Conspiracies Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Breach of Warranty Competition Authorities EU FCPA Immigration Reform OFAC UK Brexit

Connected Cars: Navigating Top Trends in 2017

Yesterday, the Automotive Industry Team of Foley & Larnder LLP (yes, us), hosted its annual event at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Eschewing narrow or small topics, we charged into 2017 by trying...more

1/13/2017 - Automobile Recall Automotive Industry Connected Cars Driverless Cars FCC FTC Intellectual Property Protection NHTSA Risk Assessment

Record Sales! But...

As has been reported all over, it looks like the Automotive industry will set some sales records in 2016 (see here, here, and here for example). As summarized by JD Power, “The full-year sales forecast of 17.5 million units...more

1/9/2017 - Automotive Industry Retail Sales Sales Supply Chain

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching...more

11/29/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Cell Phones Distracted Driving New Guidance NHTSA Technology Sector

What Will Car Companies Look Like in the Future?

As we have written about before, what is an “automotive” company is changing. We have also written how companies like Uber, Lyft may disrupt the automotive industry. We have even considered what might be the focus of OEM’s...more

11/23/2016 - Automotive Industry Driverless Cars Lyft Public Transportation Ridesharing Uber

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made...more

10/28/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Data Recording Driverless Cars Regulatory Oversight State and Local Government Technology Testing Requirements Warrantless Searches

Self-Driving Ride Sharing Cars on the Road in 2016 (!)

You know how flying cars, jet packs and things like that always seem way off into the future? Many feel the same about self-driving cars being on the road in the United States. However, Volvo and Uber are out to prove them...more

9/1/2016 - Driverless Cars Ridesharing Sharing Economy Uber Volvo

Technology Companies Continue Their Automotive Invasion

As we have written about before, the difference between technology companies and automotive companies is getting smaller and smaller. That trend continues to progress. Samsung Electronics Ltd. is closer to becoming an...more

8/12/2016 - Acquisitions Apple Automotive Industry China Google GPS Italy Samsung South Korea Suppliers Technology Sector Verizon

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most...more

7/28/2016 - Automotive Industry Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Cooperation Manufacturers NHTSA Product Development Protocols

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the...more

6/29/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Exports Mexico Professional Conferences Supply Chain

Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Do Not Need to be Shielded from Lawsuits

Full disclosure # 1: I, the author of this blog post, am a trial lawyer. Full disclosure # 2: The law firm that allows the publication of this blog post has many, many, many more trial lawyers. Without disputes that could go...more

6/24/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Car Accident Driverless Cars Product Defects Product Recalls Software

Be Fully Compliant, and Avoid Lawsuits!

Who could dislike the title of this post? It promises to solve all your compliance problems and keep your business out of litigation. Were it only that simple. Of course, it is not. But, when it comes to compliance,...more

6/16/2016 - Anti-Corruption Bribery Commercial Contracts Compliance Corporate Veil Economic Sanctions Joint Venture Risk Assessment Whistleblowers

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

6/7/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Business Valuations Driverless Cars General Motors Lyft OEM On-Demand Services Ridesharing Sharing Economy Toyota Uber Volkswagen

Most Frequently Hacked Industries Now Includes Manufacturing

Second only to health care, the manufacturing industry is now one of the most frequently hacked industries (according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index). And more importantly, automotive manufacturing was the...more

5/23/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Cyber Attacks Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Breach Plans Employee Training Hackers Insider Breach Manufacturers Phishing Scams Popular

U.S. Manufacturing Continues as World Leader

The latest Research Briefing from Oxford Economics claims that the U.S. manufacturing sector is “the most competitive worldwide.” Pretty strong statement there. Reading the news, one would find it hard to believe, so let’s...more

4/25/2016 - China Commodities Currency Fluctuation Exchange Rates Global Economy Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities Mexico

The President Agrees: Cybersecurity Must Include Your Car

For those of us who watch the automotive industry, the most interesting name on the list of appointees to President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was Joe Sullivan. Why Mr. Sullivan? Because he...more

4/19/2016 - Automotive Industry Barack Obama Connected Cars Cybersecurity Hackers Uber

Did You Order Your Tesla Model 3?

If you did not order your Tesla Model 3, it might feel like you are the only one. In just the first weekend, Tesla got 276,000 orders. That is a pretty astounding number. It is even more impressive when you consider that the...more

4/11/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Electric Vehicles Elon Musk Manufacturing Facilities Tax Credits Tesla

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business...more

4/4/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Car Accident Driverless Cars Expert Testimony Google

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

3/21/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Congressional Investigations & Hearings Driverless Cars Federal v State Law Application General Motors Google Lyft Regulatory Standards

It's Not a Powertrain, It's a Propulsion System

What’s in a name? To General Motors, a lot. So much so that GM will no longer deal in powertrains. Instead…wait for it…Global Propulsion Systems. Whoa. Here at the Dashboard we all just got very Buck Rodgers-y. But,...more

2/23/2016 - Alternative Fuels Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Corporate Branding Electric Vehicles General Motors

Good Automotive Emissions News

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat...more

2/19/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry EPA Fuel Standards Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Emissions Standards

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars...more

1/21/2016 - Automotive Industry Connected Cars Department of Transportation (DOT) Driverless Cars NHTSA

Suppliers: Be Ready When Technology Companies Come Knocking

It is hard to believe that just two years ago, it was news that so many auto companies were attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In contrast, last week’s 2016 CES show featured a full 25% of its keynote speakers...more

1/13/2016 - Automotive Industry Driverless Cars Google Suppliers Technology Sector

Skynet Is Coming to Your Car

Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it has started a new company, Toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI), for the purpose of researching and developing artificial intelligence. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with another...more

11/9/2015 - Automotive Industry Connected Cars Driverless Cars Telematics Toyota

Are You Providing Your Warranty Correctly? Congress Just Passed a Law!

Believe it or not, Congress passed a law. That law impacts how you, Automotive Industry Company, are providing your warranties (hopefully, limited warranties with limited remedies – but that is a topic for another post). The...more

10/16/2015 - Amended Legislation Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Barack Obama Disclosure E-Warranty Act FTC Magnuson-Moss Act Manufacturers New Legislation Warranties Websites

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