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OSHA Announces Auto Industry Inspection Sweep

Alarmed by what it calls "higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses," the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: The California Supreme Court further limits the scope of CEQA review for voter-sponsored initiatives: Allen Matkins - Aug 11: Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code...more

Center for Automotive Research Event - Traverse City

Automotive executives and other industry participants gathered in Traverse City this week for the annual Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars. And, as usual, CAR put on another great show! Several...more

Opportunities and Challenges for Suppliers in Mexico

Last week the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) hosted an event entitled “Supplier Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico” that I attended. It was a great program as always by OESA, and I wanted to share some of...more

Illinois Appellate Court’s Expansive Interpretation of a Taxing Ordinance Swallows a Sale for Resale Exemption

The First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, in Ford Motor Company v. Chicago Department of Revenue, 2014 IL App (1st) 130597 (June 27, 2014), recently held that Ford Motor Company (Ford) owes City of Chicago vehicle...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Lines Drawn In Tesla Direct Sales Battle

Elon Musk's battle to sell Teslas directly to consumers continues. In the last five months, the governors and legislatures of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and, now, even the White House, have taken stands on whether or not...more

Take Off Every Zig: The Risk in Tesla’s “All Our Patent Are Belong to You” Message

With a title parodying a classic Internet meme, Elon Musk announced on June 12, 2014, that “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” Musk plans to continue...more

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

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

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