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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to New Hampshire’s “Auto Dealer’s Bill of Rights”

The protracted challenge to New Hampshire Senate Bill 126, which amended New Hampshire’s Motor Vehicle Franchise Act to include farm, industrial, construction, forestry, and yard and garden equipment, has finally come to an...more

Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q3

We are thrilled to bring you the third installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. We are proud of the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge across our firm's 13 offices nationwide and are...more

A Long Road Ahead: Data Privacy and the Self-Driving Car

America has had a longstanding love affair with the automobile, as a manifestation of innovation and independence. The next chapter is likely the advent of the (fully or partially) autonomous vehicle....more

Feds give green light, unroll red tape for autonomous vehicles

Federal transportation regulators have given the green light to autonomous vehicles, accelerating an already brisk race among technologists and car manufacturers to remove human operators from the driver's seat....more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: California DMV Amends Driverless Car Regulations to Include Local Governments

Less than a year after the initial release of draft autonomous vehicle regulations, the California DMV has changed course, issuing revised draft regulations that would not require self-driving cars to have steering wheels or...more

DOT Policy Starts Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles

Traffic has cleared and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its highly anticipated Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. While the revolutionary first iteration of the NHTSA Policy is in guideline...more

U.S. Department of Transportation Checklist for Self-Driving Cars

Some of 2016’s most exciting technological advances have involved the use of—and planning for the use of—self driving cars. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation released their Federal Automated Vehicles...more

Revisiting the Post-Sale Duty to Warn

A federal district court judge in New York City’s Southern District, applying Virginia law, recently invoked the concept of a manufacturer’s “post-sale duty to warn” to hold an automobile company potentially liable for...more

DOT Shifts Into Gear on Self-Driving Cars and Issues New Automated Vehicles Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a comprehensive policy on “automated vehicles,” more commonly known as self-driving cars. Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA is the...more

Federal Government Releases Policy on Autonomous Vehicles

On September 21, 2016, the federal government, through the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), released “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety,”...more

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every...more

Lemon Laws: Potentially a Sour Future for Manufacturers of Autonomous Vehicles

Lemon laws have existed for several decades to protect consumers from permanently defected vehicles. Though they may vary state to state, lemon laws generally require manufacturers to replace or reimburse consumers for...more

Accelerating the autonomous vehicle revolution

Accelerating the autonomous vehicle revolution - USDOT announces new policy for safe design, development and deployment of autonomous vehicles - In an important step towards facilitating the safe introduction and...more

NHTSA Releases Autonomous Vehicle Policy and Guidelines

Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its long-awaited Policy and guidelines regarding autonomous vehicles. The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy consists of four parts: (1) Vehicle...more

NHTSA Issues Guidance for Manufacturers of Highly Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided much-anticipated guidance to manufactures of automated vehicles with the release of the new Federal Automated...more

GM Settles Pair of Ignition-Switch Cases, Faces Thousands More in Massive MDL

Plaintiffs in two separate federal bellwether cases against General Motors (GM) have won their claims against the automobile manufacturer and its faulty ignition switches. The settlements involve two women who were seriously...more

The Risk of a Cooperating Witness Left Out in the Cold

Last week, the Justice Department reported a guilty plea in the VW emissions scandal prosecution. By this one announcement, DOJ signaled that it is planning to build a bigger case against VW. Ironically, the Justice...more

NHTSA Proposes Adding Electronic Communication to Notify Consumers of Recalls

Last week, NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to allow manufacturers to notify owners and purchasers of a safety recall through electronic means. Currently, under the National Traffic and Motor...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: The Billion Dollar Questions – When, How and What?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference on the topic of autonomous vehicles. Coincidentally, the presentation was the same day Uber announced it would be launching...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.26.16

Plaintiffs in the Forex MDL currently in NY federal court argued this week to Judge Lorna Schofield that the 2d Circuit’s recent ruling dismissing some plaintiffs in an aluminium price fixing suit did not apply to rob them of...more

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and...more

Immigration as Mechanism for Growth in the Automotive Industry

Detroit, Michigan is often described as the heart of the automotive industry. With this title comes the inevitable responsibility of continuing to boost the industry's growth. Often, this growth includes hiring an increasing...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Ford Puts Autonomous Vehicles in the Fast Lane

As the conversation around driverless cars progresses from “if” to “when,” the debate over the timeline for the mainstreaming of this technology rages on. Some argue millions of driverless cars will be available by 2020....more

The End of the Wild West

Many say the Wild West ended on this day in 1895 when John Wesley Hardin was gunned down in El Paso by the town’s sheriff. Hardin was a legendary gun slinger who is purported to have gunned down over 40 men in his career. He...more

FCC Seeks Public Comment for Proposal to Issue Data Security Rules for Wireless Car Communication

The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice last week notifying the public that it is accepting comments on the Petition filed by Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America, which requests a...more

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