Jeffrey Soble

Jeffrey Soble

Foley & Lardner LLP

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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

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

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 Department of Transportation (DOT) Networks NHTSA Rulemaking Process Technology Trucking Industry

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