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It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

For the second time in just over three weeks, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2015, narrowly avoiding a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. unilaterally imposed by the UAW. This time, however,...more

Not Driving in America: Navigating New Territory in Product Liability

Driving in America: It’s a task almost universally reviled by those with hour-long commutes, practically a right-of-way to adulthood, a pastime romanticized in films, and – maybe – a soon extinct activity? Ever since Google...more

A Perfect Storm for Automotive Patent Disputes?

As the automotive industry rebounds from its recessionary levels to an all time record level of spending on vehicles and healthy profitability, one of the key drivers of the increased vehicles sales has been increased...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian) - October 2015

Amendments to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2015 - On September 17, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine on State Budget for 2015 No. 704-VII. According to the...more

Fallout for the “Made in Germany” Brand

The “Made in Germany” brand has undoubtedly taken a hit in the past few weeks. The brand, along with the phrases “German engineering”, “German engineered”, etc. have made their way into just about every advertisement for...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - October 2015

Amendments to the State Budget of Ukraine for 2015 - On September 17, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine on State Budget for 2015 No. 704-VII. According to the...more

Volkswagen Defeated?

Last week, on September 18, 2015, the EPA issued a News Release revealing that Volkswagen Group of America (“Volkswagen”) sold cars incorporating a “defeat device” as defined in the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) to purposefully evade...more

The Psychology of Cheating and FCPA Compliance

In the movie Margin Call, Jeremy Irons intones that there are three ways to win in business: (1) be the smartest; (2) be the fastest; and (3) cheat. I am currently out at the SCCE 2015 Compliance and Ethics Institute and as...more

EEOC Criminal Background Check Cases Come With Big Price Tags for All Parties

One of the EEOC's top priorities has been ensuring individuals are not discriminated against based on their criminal histories. In recent years, it has filed multiple headline-grabbing lawsuits related to background checks...more

Not So Fast My Friend – UAW Membership Rejects Tentative Agreement

During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends...more

Fiat moves to dismiss proposed class action suit

Late last week, Fiat filed a Motion to Dismiss the proposed class action against it following reports of hacking into vehicle information systems and its announcement that it was recalling 1.4 million Dodge, Ram and Jeep...more

New Study Says ... Pace of Adopting Active Safety System Should Be Picked Up

Vehicle safety systems are experiencing a period of development unlike any in the history of the industry. While the 20th century focused on passive safety systems, such as crumple zones, seat belts, and airbags, these...more

Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage

Editors at Wired magazine recently engaged in a year-long project to develop a means to hack the onboard computer of a Jeep, and override the driver’s control of several critical vehicle functions. According to a disturbing...more

How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

North Face Scales Sanyang Applications For Clothing and Services

In The North Face Apparel Corp. v. Sanyang Industry Co., Ltd., Opp. No. 91187593 (September 18, 2015), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) handed The North Face Apparel Corp. (“The North Face”) significant victories...more

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Speaks to Troubled Culture

Too many organizations learn the hard way that failure to create a speak-up culture poses risks that go far beyond financial calamity. Volkswagen (VW) appears likely joining those sad ranks today, as it scrambles to figure...more

IREG Update - September 2015 #2

Hot Topic: Auto insurance in the age of the driverless car - Background - Not surprisingly, the most common cause of vehicle accidents is human error. Whether a motor vehicle offers one automated function or fully...more

Approximately 8,000 Fiat Chryslers recalled for hacking vulnerabilities

If you drive a Fiat Chrysler sport utility vehicle (SUV), you may want to check to see if your vehicle is one of the almost 8,000 vehicles recalled this week after discovery of a software flaw that may expose the vehicle to...more

Work With Experienced Attorney To Navigate Tax Issues With Stock Sales

In our last post, we began speaking about the recent Tesla Motors stock sale announcement. As we noted, the company is hoping that the move will help expand its business presence, a task that has been somewhat challenging....more

Vehicle to Infrastructure Technologies

This post is provided by Swad Komanduri, Manager, Market Analysis (VFA), at NextEnergy, where he is responsible for developing, aggregating and synthesizing market intelligence across NextEnergy’s target sectors. With...more

Tesla Announces Stock Sale To Expand Business

Most of our Kentucky readers have probably heard of Tesla Motors, the auto manufacture which produces electric vehicles and sells them directly to consumers rather than going through a dealer. At present, there are only...more

Lessons That Manufacturers Can Learn From Automotive Recall Issues

By now, anyone not living under a rock for the last 18 months is no doubt aware of the high-profile recalls that have been roiling the automotive industry. Although the long-running GM ignition switch recall may be the most...more

Smarter China Trademark Owners

If you do business in China, or advise clients who do business in China, and know anything about trademarks, you’ve likely heard that China is a first-to-file country. This means that registration is required to establish...more

In the Wake of Trade Agenda Momentum, TPP Negotiations Continue

The United States made significant headway with the Administration's trade agenda in the summer of 2015. With the passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Congress has agreed to ensure trade agreements negotiated by the...more

Electric Vehicles Continue Gaining Consumer Acceptance

As government mandates like Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets make electric cars more attractive to manufacturers looking to meet these standards, it is worth asking how consumers are responding to these vehicles as they...more

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