Jeffrey Soble

Jeffrey Soble

Foley & Lardner LLP

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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

What if There was no Tooling?

Having worked for Automotive Industry clients for over a decade, not once did I ever have one tell me that they could not make the products they wanted because there was no tooling. However, a recent study by Harbour Results...more

12/19/2013 - Automotive Industry

AAA Makes Substantial Revisions to Commercial Arbitration Rules

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) issued new Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures governing commercial disputes for AAA commercial arbitrations initiated on or after October 1, 2013. Arbitration proceedings...more

12/17/2013 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Commercial Arbitration

2014 Consumer Electronics Association® Features Nine Auto Companies

In the latest example of the invasion of technology into the Automotive Industry, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that “a record nine automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the upcoming 2014...more

12/12/2013 - Automotive Industry Technology

Analysis of Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 45 and 37

The Supreme Court of the United States has made significant amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45, which became effective on December 1, 2013. Rule 45 governs the form, issuance, service, enforcement of, compliance...more

12/9/2013 - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Proposed Amendments Rule 37 Rule 45 SCOTUS

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

Car Dealers Lose Negotiating Leverage & Profits…and Like it

The Chicago Tribune recently ran a story that will in large part not surprise anyone – car buyers are armed with more information before they walk onto a lot than ever before. But there are some aspects about the article that...more

11/11/2013 - Car Dealerships

Silicon Valley Invades the Automotive Homeland

NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley leader in Visual Computing Technologies has opened an office in Ann Arbor to be closer to the Automotive Industry. While the office has only six people, with the Auto industry doing well it will...more

9/6/2013 - Automotive Industry Silicon Valley

Automotive Industry on Track for Most Sales Since 2007

Those tracking sales for Automakers got good news from July. This continues a positive trend that we noted recently. Strong sales now project to hit levels not seen since 2007....more

8/8/2013 - Automotive Industry Cars Retailers

Automotive Economic Indicators Show Promise

Equifax Inc. reported recently that new credit for auto loans reached an eight-year high in January and February 2013, as calculated by total dollar amounts loaned. For that two month period, new auto loans were 70% higher...more

6/24/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Loans

Next-Generation Manufacturing Invaded by Legal World

Here at the Dashboard we try to avoid overt public relations on behalf of Foley & Lardner LLP. However, sometimes our firm is the one making the news. Often, that news is of interest to the Automotive Industry....more

6/17/2013 - 3-D Printing Technology Manufacturers

Supplier Relationships: Where Breakdowns Occur

Supplier relationships do not break down overnight. Often the reasons or causes for the breakdowns are not those in the moment, but those that companies do not prepare for. A breakdown with the supplier relationship is often...more

5/21/2013 - Contract Drafting Due Diligence Mistake Suppliers

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