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Proving vehicle defect after an auto accident

When motorists purchase a vehicle, they put their complete trust in the manufacturers and workers who built it. In many instances, however, defects in these vehicles can cause or contribute to accidents, some of which become...more

Smart Car Legislation Suggests Different Approach To Internet Of Things Regulation

On February 11, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced legislation aimed at establishing federal data security and privacy standards for Internet-connected automobiles (“smart cars”). This...more

CERCLA’s Confusion Between Section 107 and Section 113

Over a decade after the Supreme Court’s decision in Cooper Industries v. Aviall, the divide between CERCLA Section 107 cost recovery claims and Section 113 contribution claims remains unsettled. PRPs incurring response costs...more

China Market Update

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently presented on February 4th its annual China Market update webinar, and as usual a lot of great information was imparted to OESA members. The presentations included a...more

Defective Airbags Cause Another Round of Recalls

Each year, the auto industry issues a number of airbag recalls. Typically, the recalls are the result of air bag components being defective and failing to operate properly....more

You Should Know - February 2015

In This Issue: - Year of the Recall - Check Your Car Here - Free Accident Guide - Excerpt from Check to See If Your Car Is on the List: Auto Safety Crisis Spurs Record Year of Recalls - A...more

With Self-Driving Vehicles on the Forefront, Companies Should Consider Cyber Insurance Coverage Options

As we move closer to a world of self-driving cars, it is important for companies involved in their manufacture to consider cyber insurance policies to provide coverage for the risks brought by this new technology....more

Connected cars are privacy and security threats?

The recent report from the US Senator Ed Markey raises issues on the future of connected cars because of the privacy issues and the potential cybercrimes that might affect the security of vehicles.  ...more

Federal Circuit IPR Scoreboard PTAB: 2 Patent Owner: 0

Last week the Federal Circuit issued its first decision in an appeal of a final decision from a post-issuance review proceeding under the America Invents Act. In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and...more

Court Continues Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Though PTO Declined to Institute Review on Patent

The district court had previously stayed the patent infringement action between Nidec Motor Corporation and Broad Ocean Motor pending the PTO's decision on whether to institute an inter partes review on three of the...more

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a...more

Organized Labor’s International Strategy To Solve Its Domestic Crisis: A look at how American labor unions are reaching out to...

Another major factor contributing to organized labor’s decline in the U.S. is the global economy. Asthe market for goods and services transitioned from domestic to global, U.S. companies faced downward pressure on labor costs...more

"Congressional Investigations Highlight Risks for Companies Across Industries"

An examination of congressional investigations in 2014 reminds us that such investigations can strike an industry or company at any time. Irrespective of the subjects, the investigations typically share one or more of the...more

Business Litigation Reporter - February 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Game Changer? The S.D.N.Y. Endorses a Company-Friendly Privilege Standard

In In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation, No. 14-MD-2543 (JMF), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5199, at *220 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 15, 2015), Judge Furman upheld General Motors' claim of privilege and work product protection...more

Study: Voice-activated vehicle systems cause distraction for drivers

When drivers opt to put hands-free devices and technology in their vehicles, they often do so under the impression that they are increasing safety for them and all those around them....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

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

NC Politics In The News

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: New economic development strategy is in the works Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he is working on a new economic development strategy for North Carolina, but it is too early to release details....more

Claims Regarding User Interface Systems And Methods For Cars Are Held Invalid

The disputed technology relates to user interface systems and methods for a vehicle. The parties agreed during oral argument that construction of the term “page” is the only matter at issue for determining whether a...more

Forecast on the Automotive Industry in Brazil and Argentina

What is next for the auto industry in Brazil and Argentina? Despite the current recession, the markets show signs of the potential for growth, although it will likely be at a slow pace. Below is a high level summary of...more

What's Next for NHTSA and Automotive Safety?

This past year, we witnessed the GM Ignition Switch investigation, which involved massive recalls, multiple Congressional hearings, and civil penalties; the ongoing Takata airbag inflator investigation and recalls (and more...more

Easing the Cuban Embargo: Automotive Industry Unlikely to Realize Any Immediate Benefit

The president’s recent announcement of plans to ease the 54-year old embargo of Cuba engendered great excitement and anticipation on the part of U.S. companies eager to do business in Cuba. However, although these proposed...more

The Odds and Evens of Q’s: Trademarks in the Car Industry

Last week was the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the top trade shows in the automotive industry. The highlight of the show for car buffs was the new Ford GT, which I will try not to drool too much...more

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

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