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Manufacturing Contracts in Distress

The automotive industry has recently enjoyed a strong period of sales growth and productivity. But even during this period, some manufacturers and raw materials suppliers continue to face pressures presented by financially...more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

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

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,”...more

NHTSA Seeks to Push Beyond the “New Normal” and into the “New Paradigm”

In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received increased public and Congressional scrutiny stemming from high-profile safety defects, such as the Toyota unintended-acceleration issues...more

Summary Judgment Regarding Noninfringement Is Denied.

The patent at issue relates to a user interface for the driver of a vehicle. In a related matter, the granted summary judgment that the patent-in-suit was anticipated by prior art. The parties then submitted supplemental...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - California Senate approves legislation to combat global warming: San Jose Mercury News - Jun 3: The California Senate approved a sweeping package of climate change bills designed to cement the...more

If Congress Wants to Limit EPA’s Discretion, Perhaps It Should Do a Better Job Legislating

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both industry and environmental group petitions challenging EPA’s determination of what is a solid waste in the context of Clean Air Act standards for incinerators...more

Defective car legislation aimed at rental car companies

When people lease a car from a rental car company in Illinois, they expect to receive a vehicle that is safe to drive. Yet that is not always the case. Unfortunately, drivers may receive an unrepaired car that has been...more

Car Hacking Concerns Re-enter the News

Following on the heels of Senator Ed Markey’s report released in February, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent letters on Thursday to NHTSA and various auto manufacturers regarding cybersecurity. The letters seek...more

GM Not Obligated to Make $450 Million Contribution to Fund Union Retiree Health Benefits

The Sixth Circuit held that GM was not obligated to contribute $450 million to fund retiree health benefits for UAW members because the most recent contract between the UAW and GM extinguished GM’s former obligation to...more

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

Possible Renewable Identification Number Price Spike Due to Proposed EPA Compliance Deadline Causes Biofuel Industry Concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the annual percentage standards for ethanol, cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuels that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced...more

Malcolm Gladwell Re-Thinks Automotive Safety in "The New Yorker"

Recent high-profile product liability lawsuits against automotive manufacturers have captured national attention. These cases have led to a renewed and heightened focus on automotive safety and, specifically, the guidelines...more

Best Practices for Employer Background Checks

There are many clear benefits in performing background checks, such as screening out candidates who give incomplete or inaccurate information on their application, or are not suitable for the job due to relevant criminal...more

Product Liability Verdicts in Arizona

Product liability cases show a strong defense trend in Arizona. Since 2011, Arizona juries have given ten defense verdicts and only one plaintiff’s verdict. That’s nearly 91% in favor of defendants over the last four years....more

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks....more

FTC Lobbies Michigan Legislature to Repeal Ban On Direct-to-Consumer Sale of Motor Vehicles by Auto Manufacturers

On May 11, the FTC released a statement regarding the agency staff’s May 7 letter to Michigan Senator Booher, which concerns pending SB 268 – an act to regulate the sale and servicing of automobiles. The proposed legislation...more

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects. In...more

Automotive Battery Industry Expands Its Horizons to Other Applications

As previously discussed on this blog, the automotive industry is pushing to develop new and improved batteries and charging and power systems for cars. Now, the automotive industry is setting its sights on improving batteries...more

Automotive M&A Activity Remains Strong: Be Prepared

Automobile sales are on the rise globally, and the automotive industry remains one of the hottest sectors for M&A activity. Analysts predict that the surge in deal flow that occurred during 2014 will continue or even...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2015 #2

HOUSE - The House of Representatives spent the last two weeks working in committees and trying to get bills passed out of the House prior to the May 1st cross-over deadline. For a bill to be considered during this...more

European Auto Industry Posts Gains on Economic Growth, Weak Euro

Demand for new passenger cars in the European Unions increased nearly 11% in March 2015 compared to March 2014, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). This marks the nineteenth consecutive...more

Chicago's Technology Community Includes a Growing Automotive Technology and Research Sector

In recent years, Chicago has become a hot spot for technology companies. Established companies like Google and Motorola Mobility are expanding their footprint in Chicago, and growing companies work with incubators and...more

The Keys are in the Design

We often ask kids this question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  While my trajectory towards lawyering is true, my answer wasn’t always immediately “lawyer.”  I sought something that satisfied my passion for the...more

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