Vanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Is Your Company a Federal Government Contractor?

Many automotive suppliers do not consider themselves federal government contractors because they only sell goods and services to the major OEMs and not directly to the federal government. However, purchase orders with OEMs or...more

5/19/2015 - Auto Parts Automotive Industry DFARS FAR Federal Contractors Federal Procurement Systems GSA ITAR Prime Contractor

Force Majeure Clauses: An "Out" for Suppliers Facing Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions From West Coast Labor Dispute

With the ongoing West Coast labor dispute and increasing port congestion causing gridlock, suppliers should look to their contracts to determine whether they have the right to declare force majeure with their customers in the...more

2/13/2015 - Contract Drafting Force Majeure Clause Labor Disputes Ports Supply Chain Supply Contracts

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


Key In-House Counsel Interview Questions Every Automotive Supplier Needs to Ask

As automotive suppliers continue to add employees to keep up with industry growth, legal departments or top management may desire to hire experienced in-house counsel to support the business. To ensure the right fit,...more

2/3/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Auto Parts Automotive Industry Corporate Counsel Hiring & Firing Legal Recruiting

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

Best Practices for Designing, Negotiating and Drafting Supply Chain Agreements

The terms and conditions of key supply agreements can be a significant determining factor in the profitability of both suppliers and procuring companies. These agreements also often have long lives. As a consequence, in a...more

1/8/2015 - Best Practices Board of Directors C-Suite Executives Contract Drafting Contract Negotiations Supply Agreements Supply Chain

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

Disputes in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Disputes in the automotive supply chain often involve questions concerning warranties, warranty disclaimers, limitations on remedies and limitations on damages. Understanding the basics of warranty law is critical to managing...more

10/24/2014 - Manufacturers Statute of Limitations Supply Chain UCC Warranties

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

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