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Trade & Manufacturing - July 2014

In This Issue: - Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination Finding Chinese Solar Producers Receive Countervailable Subsidies - United States Prevails in WTO Dispute Challenging China's Duties on U.S....more

Auto Parts Investigations Require Effective Antitrust Compliance Programs to Limit the On-going Risk

Steady as clockwork, auto parts investigations around the globe are continuing. These investigations have exposed wide-ranging price fixing conspiracies. Prosecutors rely on well-organized global enforcement cooperation,...more

China's Auto Industry Invests in Michigan

With more than $1 billion invested in Michigan each year, Michigan is a top destination for Chinese investors. According to Jerry Xu, the President of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, Chinese investors are coming to...more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more

California Announces Regulations for Autonomous Car Testing

Just as manufacturers and other businesses at the edge of autonomous vehicle technology are announcing advances in the field—including, most recently, Google’s fully-autonomous prototype vehicle, featuring no controls other...more

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Manufacturing Bill

On April 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013, which aims to grow U.S. manufacturing by strengthening the...more

Warranty Retail Rate Reimbursement:To Surcharge or Not to Surcharge, That is the Question

Pennsylvania’s dealer franchise protection law, the Board of Vehicles Act (Act), was recently amended effective December 31, 2013. Through the diligent efforts of PAA, the amendments to the Act include...more

EPA Finalizes Emissions Standards for Vehicles and Fuel

This week, EPA finalized its Tier 3 emission standards designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. The rule establishes new vehicle emissions standards and reduces the sulfur content of gasoline by...more

Mexico a focus of Audi growth plans

Audi has decided to focus its budget on the creation of new models, plants, and technology in the coming years to catch up with its main competitor BMW. Of the $27.46 billion (20 billion euros) it plans to invest on global...more

Shift to Modular Platforms Raises New Issues for Manufacturers and Suppliers

One way in which next-generation manufacturing is impacting the automotive industry is the movement toward modular architecture. These designs use common underpinnings for various models across a variety of vehicle segments,...more

Feuding Over Rear-Camera Requirements for New Cars? Should They Be Required or Recommended?

Conflict is brewing over rear-view cameras on new vehicles. Although many safety advocates want rear view cameras required on all new vehicles, the federal government’s stance on the issue is to merely recommend that...more

Shifting Gears: General Motors Invests in Logistics

General Motors’s (GM) new Arlington, Texas, stamping plant is the 10th contiguous stamping plant added to GM’s global operations in the last five years. And, there’s a reason for that. Actually there are several. The...more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

Five Important Lessons From The Antitrust Division’s Record Criminal Settlement

In a fitting tribute to the departing Deputy Assistant Attorney General Scott Hammond, the architect of the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement plan, the Department of Justice last week announced a record criminal...more

Criminal Antitrust Fines Top USD1 Billion Mark Again In 2013

The Antitrust Division obtained more than USD1.02bn in criminal fines in fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 – September 2013), which officially closed yesterday. Fiscal year 2013 marks the second year in a row that the Division...more

New Guidelines For Automakers To Deter Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified and engaged distracted driving as a serious threat to motorists in America. In June of last year, NHTSA released a Blueprint for Ending Distracted...more

Supreme Court to Consider General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Parent Based on U.S. Subsidiary

On Monday, April 22, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, which asks whether a foreign parent corporation can be subject to suit in the United States for wrongs allegedly committed by a...more

EPA’s New Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule

In its massive new industrial boiler rules (issued January 31, 2013), EPA singled out “manufacturers of motor vehicle parts and accessories” as one of the most affected industry types. On February 7, 2013, EPA issued a new...more

EU Environment Report - December/January 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals - France bans bisphenol A in food contact materials - Commission adopts RoHS exemption for lead - Commission adopts RoHS exemption for cadmium - Consultation begins on three...more

Automobile Safety Recall – Ford Recall Number 12C26

On October 5th, Ford announced a safety recall for certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles....more

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